Rumor Alert: Superman/Batman Movie On The Way?

Apparently, there is a real chance of Warner Bros. considering a future movie team-up of the characters of Superman and Batman after 2013’s release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Rumor has it that this possible upcoming Superman/Batman movie could go one of two ways. The first being that, if Christian Bale is willing to reprise his role, Batman would be mentoring a young Superman in fighting super crime that threatens the world. And if Bale isn’t willing, the other idea is too throw out the Chris Nolan continuity, and have Henry Cavill‘s Superman mentoring a young Bruce Wayne.

This is a terrible idea.

Why is this a horrible idea? Well, I’m glad you asked. First and foremost, Superman and Batman are extremely different and have different reasons and opinions on why and how to fight crime. As much as I believe that Bruce Wayne is an agent of justice not of revenge, the fact is that he vows to fight crime based on the death of parents. He has an emotional investment in the eradication of crime and injustice, whereas Superman is quite different. Superman has a gift bestowed upon him by his alien blood that is enhanced by Earth’s yellow sun. He is a super-powered being who upholds the ideals of truth, justice, and the American way. While they complement each other in a team-up, as seen in several comics and animated films, neither should be mentoring the other. It just doesn’t work. The two styles don’t match. Superman is not a dark ninja who prowls the night in search of crime, and Batman doesn’t fly through the sunlit days punching supervillains to the moon. They are polar opposites. Neither should mentor the other.

If Batman teaches Superman anything, Superman ceases to become the hero that we know and love, and Superman teaching Batman wouldn’t go well, either. You think Batman’s going to listen to Superman on how to be a hero? No, of course not. No matter how this scenario plays out, by the end of the movie there will be tension between the heroes. It’s a predictable, obvious idea that, in the end, is just going to weaken the franchises. One might somehow inspire the other, but a superhero mentoring program is just plain dumb.

Also, why not just develop more of the DC characters? For example, make a Justice League movie before making a Superman/Batman movie. That way you can introduce your other characters in an interesting way first instead of counting on the public to be in love with Green Lantern because of a cross promotion between the film and Subway’s new avocado footlong? All jokes aside, a Justice League film could generate real interest in characters like The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman (the public is already interested in Wonder Woman). I mean, any movie with Superman and Batman is going to have a hell of a budget anyway, why not go all out?

I do want to clarify, however, that it is not a bad idea to have Superman and Batman in the same movie. In fact, I think it’s a great idea and I’m sure I would love it. But this idea? This way? No thank you. If there is someone working for Warner Bros. that’s reading this right now, please take this into consideration: The mentoring idea is just bad, make a Justice League movie instead. Anything you would hope to accomplish by having a Superman/Batman movie could be done with a Justice League film. People will see it. Do a reverse Marvel approach. Come out with the team movie and branch off from there. Think about it, Superman and Batman would be in the Justice League, too. No one will forget about them.

There have been rumors for over a decade of teaming up Superman and Batman in a film. In my opinion, this is just another one of those rumors, and should be taken as such.

But what do you think of this rumor, dear readers? Bad idea or terrible idea? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

[Source: Think McFly Think via io9]


  1. Convincing Bale to return for a stunt movie like this seems unlikely.I’m guessing – if they go through with this – Cavill will be playing the experienced Superman guiding the newbie Batman (who will be played by a new actor)

    Comment by Michael Haist — August 16, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  2. Terrible terrible

    Comment by Will — August 16, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  3. this would be the worst idea if they have superman or batman mentoring the other. it just doesn’t work. they work well together utilizing their differences. besides, aren’t superman and batman around the same age? i always thought they were, but i guess this could be a different continuity.

    Comment by Princemel28 — August 16, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  4. I’m not even interested in seeing Bale again.  Once the current “realistic” series of Batman movies are done, I’m looking forward to a reboot.

    Comment by Steve — August 16, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  5. The issue is no “live action” version of any of these superheroes has been played out as spectacularly as it does in animated form.  The current Batman film trilogy has been well done (and quite enjoyable) – but I don’t think it holds a candle to the fantastic story-lines played out in Batman TAS.  And if you want a great Batman/Superman team up, watch the “World’s Finest” arc in Superman TAS – later turned into The Batman Superman Movie.  That doesn’t even begin to take into account the genius that was the entire Justice League (Unlimited) series… 

    Comment by James Enns — August 16, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

  6. Screw the realism of the current Batman….I want to see these fantastic heroes together in a larger than life portrayal that seems beyond realistic.  If they are going to team up Superman and Batman, they should just go with the DC holy trinity and include Wonder Woman!

    Comment by Cyfurkode — August 17, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

  7. it could be a good film if they tried. superman and batman together it might turn out alright :) . if they do make it the story should go as batman goes to metropolis because one of his enemies e.g (killer-croc) are there. and batman has to try his best to him back to arkham while that enemie somehow teams up with luthor. and luthor pays (killer-croc) to kill superman. and eventually superman has no choice but to team up with batman. and that will be the part how they cant work together because there complete opposite people. while that happens eventually they have to fight which will be awkward. and at the end they finally got what superman and batman what he wanted JUSTICE! :) but this is only if they will ever make SUPERMAN/BATMAN team up. and i hope they will.. 

    Comment by simon hopwood — March 25, 2012 @ 5:25 am

  8. im 17 yrs old. my dad is in his 30’s. we both believe that the world needs a Superman/Batman movie in this generation of time. They can either fight, or out prove each other. Shit, even save the world together. I honestly don’t care, i just wanna see the damn movie.

    Comment by Yng_KiD — July 23, 2012 @ 1:14 am

  9. Get rid of Superman he’s done in today’s world.Batman is better

    Comment by kareem hawkins — February 22, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

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