"...a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent": Does this not worry anyone else?
I am a pretty open-minded person. I am not one of the Zack Snyder detractors. I actually really loved Man of Steel. It was the Superman movie that I had always wanted to see. Sure it wasn't perfect, and there could have been a bit more "lightness" but overall I think it was a great interpretation of a modern-day Superman.
However, Superman vs. Batman (ugh, such a bad title) has me worried. Ever since the initial revelation I have been a little worried. The Dark Knight Returns quote that was read before the announcement struck me as an odd quote to use for a Batman/Superman team-up movie.
Of course they said that they aren't doing an adaptation, they are just using the quote as inspiration for the feel of the movie. The thing is, this is a quote that carries a lot of weight and history with it. In the Dark Knight Returns Clark and Bruce have a lifetime of history behind them. There is a reason why Batman is slightly antagonistic towards Supes.
Although, this isn't the problem either. The real thing that worries me is this quote:
"Ben has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him".
This worries me tremendously. I don't mind that Batman and Superman don't exactly see eye to eye in this movie. There are plenty of reasons why Batman could distrust Superman, and Batman is already inherently distrusting of most people anyways. The problem is that they are seemingly painting a version of Batman that is someone that has more years on Superman. I think this undermines the fact that Batman and Superman in the comics are generally considered equals, at least in terms of intellect and wisdom.
I think that it is going to be a big balancing act if this movie can pull off having Batman in a Superman sequel, without Batman upstaging Superman in his own sequel. People already aren't incredibly keen on Superman and I just don't think it is fair to cast Superman as this young, inexperienced boy next to a grizzled, old Batman.
What do you guys think?