A Rundown of Batman at Comic-Con

Batfleck.

Batfleck.

In the past week, my Twitter feed has exploded. So has my Facebook Home Page. Between the announcements of the new Marvel movies, the new King Kong, an upcoming Godzilla sequel, and prejudice against the new Wonder Woman, it feels like something new has been popping up every hour, and each time, it’s simultaneously the most brilliant invention of mankind and the ushering in of the apocalypse. Funny how that works.

The ones I’ve been keeping my eye on, though, have been the talks about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And the more I see about it, the more I think it’s going to be more or less a loose adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and the more I think it’s going to be awesome.

Now, in the interest of being balanced, I have written before about how DC and Warner Bros. are rushing things far too quickly so that they can get their universe out and start competing with Marvel. I think that, as a whole, is a mistake. It would have been better to have a standalone Batman film before doing a versus movie. It would have been better to introduce the fifty-some other DC characters slowly instead of packing them all into the same movie. But so long as they keep those to cameos, and stick to Bruce and Clark, I think this will be an awesome movie.

People raved about Wonder Woman for a while, but the thing that really made the internet explode was the showing of a twenty-second teaser trailer exclusive to Comic Con. Of course, there always has to be that fan that breaks copyright laws for his ten minutes of fame, so for a small amount of time, it was available on the internet . . . sort of. The video was so shaky and draggy that you could’ve seen it better from your grandparents’ house in Akron, Ohio, but it was up there nonetheless.

Ben-Affleck-Batman-v-Superman-Dawn-of-JusticeSince the video isn’t available anymore anyway, here’s a better view of the only new thing the video revealed anyway: Batman in his Bat-anti-Superman-Suit or whatever the heck he calls this thing. With glowing white eyes and all, it’s pretty legit.

It’s outrageously similar to the same suit that Bruce Wayne used in The Dark Knight Returns. As in it looks like it literally walked out of the pages of the comic book. That reminded me of a few other similarities:

  • In both this film and The Dark Knight Returns, we’re looking at an older Batman
  • In both, Dick Grayson appears to be out of the picture (Batman takes a girl as his new Robin in The Dark Knight Returns, and Robin is said to be estranged in this film)
  • In The Dark Knight Returns, Superman is essentially a government lapdog, who comes against Batman because of his newly founded war on crime. We don’t yet know what leads to Batman and Superman’s war, but we do know that Superman has a relationship with the government at the end of Man of Steel

The Dark Knight Returns is arguably the most successful Batman story ever, even though it’s not technically canonical. Frank Miller’s dark and gritty version of the Caped Crusader blends perfectly with Snyder’s darker world of Clark Kent, which some have dubbed his “emo Superman.” If they really are doing as much of an adaptation as it looks like they are, then I’d say this is a brilliant move for Snyder and Co. The Batman franchise in the past has gotten into trouble when they’ve tried to go back to the campy days of Adam West (Who above the age of 10 like Jim Carrey’s Riddler? Anybody?) or just pretended their audience had the reasoning of a toddler (You can reflect the sun to melt a frozen city. That totally works, right? No? Really?). The reason that Christopher Nolan’s trilogy was so successful, outside of the fact that it’s just Chris Nolan, was that it channeled the dark side of Batman, which has defined the character since at least the ‘80s, and to a certain extent even earlier. This is the right move for DC’s future in film, and it’s making me less cynical than I have been. ~ Logan Judy; Extremis Batman Contributor 

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About Julian Munds

I possess a degree in Theatre and Drama from the University of Toronto. I own my own theatre company called Snobbish Theatre. We focus our work on new versions of classics.

Posted on July 31, 2014, in Batman, DC, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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