For fans of superhero movies in general, or fans of DC’s superhero characters, the recent news that a film that will include both Superman and Batman will have been met either with great excitement or cautious trepidation. To be honest it is kind of difficult to see how the writers behind the script will manage to create a storyline to bring the massively contrasting pair together in a feasible plot. So, what do we now about the film at this stage?
The news was first given away by the director Zack Snyder, behind the recently releases Superman film, Man of Steel, whilst speaking at a major comic convention in the southern Californian city of San Diego. Snyder dropped the bombshell to a reeling room of comic super-fans before explaining that the script was still in production. However, Warner Brothers are expected to begin production in 2014 with the film due for release the following year.
Superman will again be played by Henry Cavill, the most recent incumbent of the role in Man of Steel, but the actor who will play Batman has yet to be cast though it is thought that it will definitely not be Christian Bale, who most recently held the role.
Fans immediately started speculating as to just how the writers will manage to combine two such big characters together in one film. One would presume that the script will be something along the lines of an uneasy alliance forged by necessity with plenty on infighting and clashing of egos along the way. No doubt fans will jamming forums with speculation and predications as to the plot over the coming months but with at least two years to go until the film’s release they will have to be patient before there is even so much as a teaser released.
Rival comic house Marvel has long adopted the approach of mixing and matching its superheroes in various combinations both in comic books and in films. However, this will be the first time that DC has gone down a similar route. Time will tell if it proves to be a stroke of genius or ends up looking like a desperate grab for cash when other storylines have run out.