BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: Send in the Drones?

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While there are plenty of Batman and Superman storylines out there for Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman feature to draw from, there’s a new rumor that the story might use Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s “Kingdom Come” arc as a source.  All we really know about Snyder and David S. Goyer’s script is that Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) will appear.  Beyond that, we’ve had rumors of Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing being involved in the plot, plus the possibility of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman making an appearance, and maybe Lex Luthor as well.  The fun part of this new rumor is that the “Kingdom Come” storyline involves all of the above characters … plus Bat-Drones.  Hit the jump for more.

kingdom-come-comicBrought to our attention by Screen Rant, here’s the source of the new rumor, Warner Bros. producer, Daniel Alter:

Daniel Alter @DAlter007

Can’t wait for .. semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore.. Controlling drones from the batcave.

We know that this version of Batman is expected to be a bit older than previous iterations, so him being semi-retired makes sense.  The Nightwing rumor also suggested that the Dynamic Duo had been estranged for a number of years when we find them in the film.  Both of these plot points are a part of the “Kingdom Come” storyline, an Elseworlds arc that sees a growing conflict in a future world where Superman’s traditional Justice League battle Luthor’s Mankind Liberation Front.  Batman’s group, the Outsiders, are caught in between.  Grayson sides with Superman and Wonder Woman in the League as Red Robin.

While I don’t believe that Batman takes on Superman in this arc, he does don a battle-suit and winds up fighting Wonder Woman (didn’t see that coming)!  As far as controlling drones from the batcave goes, Batman does employ a small army of BatMecha known as Bat-Knights to do his bidding.  (Your move, Iron Man!)  Time will tell just how much of this is rumor and how much actually makes it into the final film, but go get your copies of “Kingdom Come” while they’re relatively cheap, just to be safe.




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  • Cedhollywood

    Kinda skeptical. I always called for the JLA movie to be based on the classic mini series anyway. But to hear that bats vs Supes will take elements from the dark knight returns and now elements from kingdom come has me thinking they might be biting off more than they can chew.

    • King of Collider

      Look at it this way: nobody could fuck it up worse than Nolan did.

      • p

        Nolan did great and everybody know that

      • King of Collider

        Yes, everybody “know that”.

      • King of Collider

        And you know what else everybody know? where i can find a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN! LULZ! ;-)

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Trayvon Martin ?

      • dantes342

        I hate myself for even thinking of wanting to waste my time calling a collider commenter an ‘asshole’, but it’s happened.

      • dandoo

        U need some new material cockbreath , I have seen u leave the same comment on here at least twice before. And it wasnt funny the first time.

      • Nick

        “I want to say something controversial for no reason”

        Come on man you’re better than that… Are you? Never mind this is fitting

      • Real King of Collider

        For those reading: the CORN comment is not from King of Collider but an imitator. You can tell by the fact that when I say lulz and add the smily face mine is ;) but the imitator goes ;-) for some reason. He is a racist dickhead. His comment originated as a Christopher Nolan comment which is why the impersonator says “action” but he then altered it in the hope of getting a rise out of me by adding in Trayvon Martin’s name. He wasn’t creative enough to even alter his puerile insult to match the new name so that’s why it’s nonsensical. He is deeply disturbed and very racist and is most likely a molester of children. That is all.

      • Strong Enough

        shut up

      • King of Collider

        Make me.

      • Strong Enough

        I just did

      • The Jester

        i think there are other websites that handle fetishes like yours. Im afraid to say Collider isnt one of them.

      • bombinUSA

        you’re an fn idiot

  • Batman

    It seems way too early for all of this. Just have Batman and Superman, no other superhero.

    • Al Conyado

      What you said, I finished this article and found myself facepalming for +/- 30 seconds..keep it simple WB.

    • sunshine

      well they’re casting now and shooting in like two months, so i’m sure that they’ll immediately take your thoughts into consideration.

    • Strong Enough

      and who says they aren’t? all of this is RUMORS!

    • Me

      Kingdom Come to JLA is like The Dark Knight Returns to Batman …. Kingdom Come would be majorly awesome if it was like the 3rd part of a JLA film trilogy or something like that.. Mainly because they are old people in that storyline…

  • Oliver Queen

    I was skeptical at first but now i’m really warming up to some of the ideas that are being thrown around. Like Bat-Drones, Nightwing in conflict with Batman and all that but i hope there won’t be any Flash or WW (crossing fingers for Jaimie Alexander in JLA) as it will get to crowded. Keep it simple Snyder and Goyer! Just please find a good actor if Nightwing is gonna be appearing.

    • Oliver Queen

      Also for the villains Lex would suffice with Deathstroke working under his wing so that Bats can have a physical match that is more than just a henchman and less than a Superman.

  • MIXTER

    Great approach if true! In Kingdom Come, his Bat-Drones were used because he was old and broken if i remember Correctly?

    But, logiC here would suggest that this Batman is very established, rather than Nolans “begins” take on the Batverse.

    So, maybe Waynes teCh department built them, and maybe Lex somehow rivals or steals some of that teCh in order to defeat Superman? I heard Luthor uses some of Zods armour to build his own. Guessing that either these Bat-Drones will be used to either aid Batman in his fight against Superman, or Lex, but i bet they may be used as some real world “moral message” against their use in Afghanistan.

    • Frank

      What’s going on with your “C” key?

      • Jimmy B

        I think it’s Out Of cOntr0l.

    • The Flobbit

      Please, no drones. We have enough of that crap in Iron Man.

    • sunshine

      well, he can’t be that old, because they want to franchise this incarnation into solo films. everybody is fixating on this like hes gonna be moving up on 50 or some shit. makes no sense. he might, might be approaching 40.

    • Me

      Well in Kingdom Come the future Batman was still crippled from the Knightfall story line basically… Hence the Bat dromes because this take on Batman is not mobile without assistance…

  • Jimmy B

    I fear this is not going to be a good movie. It needs a better director than Snyder.

    • The Flobbit

      I knew that from Day One. It also needed a stronger screenwriter, and someone who didn’t SUCK as Batman – Wes Bentley, Richard Armitage, Josh Brolin, or Jim Caviezel.

      I know I will watch this, and probably like it. But I will grumble about it just the same.

      • God’s Diamond

        Wes Bentley? I like him but I don’t see him as batman. Nightwing maybe

      • The Flobbit

        Well, apparently, Christopher Nolan saw him as Batman, recommending him to Zack Snyder, mentioning his “inner turmoil, repressed rage behind the smile”. That’s enough for me.

      • 80sRobot

        I thought Matthew Fox would have been a good choice. And Affleck to direct.

      • sunshine

        mathew fox is a terrible actor dude. terrible.

      • Oliver Queen

        Not trying to start an argument here but you really can’t say that Affleck sucks as Batman when we haven’t seen anything that can suggest or deny that. Just wait for at least a trailer before criticising. Thanks!

      • The Flobbit

        We don’t know whether Affleck sucks as Batman yet, you are right. But we DO know he sucked many MANY times before and has shown none of the inner turmoil, complex soul, tortured, animalistic, dangerous aspects that Batman needs.

        The more I think about it, the more Jim Caviezel was the perfect choice…

      • Pk

        I was rooting for armitage since he’s a newcomer like cavill. Plus he’s acted well in the hobbit and I’m pretty sure he could have pulled off both Bruce Wayne and batman. Not to mention he’s the got the deep gruffly voice so he doesn’t have to change it

      • The Flobbit

        Not only that, he’s the perfect stature – 6’3, he’s got the perfect voice – deep and gravelly, suave and charming in a suit, but can shown suppressed rage, revenge, and darkness with true gravitas and charisma.

        Why did they not cast him? It would have been a great boost for his career – a boost that Bentley, Caviezel, and Armitage greatly need (not to mention that Hollywood needs more awesome guys like them). Affleck does not need another career boost. He’s riding the tail of an Oscar and is an AMAZING director.

        Actor? Not so much. Nope.

      • bombinUSA

        proviing once again that you’re a moron. saying the movie will suck, but also saying you’ll watch and like it. lol, nimrod

      • Strong Enough

        what until you see the movie before you judge ben as batman. only logical

      • The Flobbit

        If someone cast Adam Sandler as Pee Wee Herman would you need to see the movie to make up your mind?

      • Strong Enough

        of course. you can’t say so and so performance was bad if you never fucking seen it.

    • 80sRobot

      “It needs a better director than Snyder.” Like, Ben Affleck

      • The Flobbit

        Like, Nolan. Like, Del Toro. Like, Aronofsky. Like, Raimi. Like frikkin Spielberg, man!

      • The Flobbit

        I keep thinking, what happened to the Snyder of Watchmen and 300?

      • RiddleThemThis

        You didn’t like dawn of the dead?

      • The Flobbit

        Never seen it. Any good?

      • sunshine

        its fucking rad. damn dude… pry yourself out from under the rock.

      • The Flobbit

        Not one for the zombie genre, sorry. Watchmen is awesome, though. That line – “I’m not locked in here with you…You’re locked in HERE with ME!” – makes it instant badass classic.

      • chris

        best snyder film i’ve seen. and i’ve seen them all(sadly. hahaha)

  • Ched Groundheggin

    so batman is basically going to become ironman from ironman 3?

    • alex james

      Batman was created in 1939 and since then has created many suits and robots. Iron Man is basically takes some ideas from Batman. Tony Stark billionaire copy Bruce Wayne. I think this logical idea to battle superman. How can you convince audience that batman can fight superman. He is great in martial arts but superman with one punch can kill him. So batman create drone actually is logical to battle superman. Batman is genius and great in martial arts. Lex Luthor maybe appear in this movie

      • Ched Groundheggin

        I agree, but i don’t see the point. Superman just beat the crap of out kryptonian tech that is way more advanced than what bruce wayne will have made- i just don’t buy any of it- i’ll enjoy the movie as much as i can on home video some day but i’m not going to drop my money into a theatrical presentation

      • alex james

        Remember in Man Of Steel, Superman has a weakness which is he cannot adapt environment in zod kryptonian ship. In MOS, there are many parts of kryptonian ship. Bruce Wayne or Lex Luthor get the part of the ship and create a weapon to battle superman. In Avengers among the best part is superheroes argue and battle with each other, lastly they become allies. In this movie, batman maybe skeptical with superman, battle with him and become allies to fight lex luthor. Logically, batman is totally opposite of superman, so it is possible they will argue with each other and have confrontation

      • Ched Groundheggin

        I guess I am just semi spoiled by nolan’s batman films (the first 2 at least) – i don’t see how batman can develop all this tech while keeping his secret, that is really the only thing that i am curious about with the new movie-

        Maybe Synder can win me over, the first 3/5 of MOS was great- hopefully they remember to write a complete script for the BvsS instead of the partial script for MOS.

      • alex james

        This is new interpretation of batman. This is the new version of batman where he is experience with many years of fighthing criminal and villain. Besides, I heard rumour and speculation which is in this movie he has robin/nightwing by his side. Zack snyder said that in this universe, superman in the first superhero that stand out himself infront of public while other superhero such as batman, the flash and etc is public consider them as myth, urban legend and not real. After the event occur which is alien invasion aka zod army on earth, many superhero stard to show themself infront of public. Maybe in this movie, bruce wayne and lex luthor do collabration to rebuid metropolis after the destruction of metropolis.Bruce wayne go to metropolis, he meet superman for the first time. He is curious with superman and they will have some fight. Yeah Man Of Steel is not oscar/academy award worth, it has some flaw but for me it is still great superhero movie

      • alex james

        This is new interpretation of batman. This is the new version of batman where he is experience with many years of fighthing criminal and villain. Besides, I heard rumour and speculation which is in this movie he has robin/nightwing by his side. Zack snyder said that in this universe, superman in the first superhero that stand out himself infront of public while other superhero such as batman, the flash and etc is public consider them as myth, urban legend and not real. After the event occur which is alien invasion aka zod army on earth, many superhero stard to show themself infront of public. Maybe in this movie, bruce wayne and lex luthor do collabration to rebuid metropolis after the destruction of metropolis.Bruce wayne go to metropolis, he meet superman for the first time. He is curious with superman and they will have some fight. Yeah Man Of Steel is not oscar/academy award worth, it has some flaw but for me it is still great superhero movie

  • Blitz

    Well , this does fit in with what kevin smith said about the batuit being nothing like what we have seen on-screen so far . I have a feeling this movie is going to look ubercool without any character development which maybe enough to bring in the big bucks but personally not what i am hoping for . Hope I am wrong.

  • cimmerian

    Didn’t Goldberg lecture everyone about pointless speculation a couple of weeks ago? The word “drone” shows up in some assholes tweet and now it’s Kingdom Come. Jeezus.

    • Me

      Yeah… When that guy said drones… It probably means military drones.. In like in maybe one scene only too.. Well Man of Steel had Batman’s satellite that’s probably the only drone you get! Except for the one that got broken at the end of Man of Steel…

  • mattinacan

    this movie is getting ridiculous, and Affleck seems a little young to be such a jaded old hero resorting to drones like in the comics.

    • sunshine

      now he’s too young. how the fuck are they gonna start a new batman franchise if he’s fucking 45 dude. jeesus fanboy world makes me fucking sick.

      • Me

        In the Kingdom Come Story Batman is a crippled senior citizen… Dude’s got a point here…

    • Strong Enough

      its rumors. JUST RUMORS AHRGRGRGRGR!

  • Grayden

    The thing about Kingdom Come is that it’s well into the future. Supes, Bats, Arrow, Lantern, they’re all old…like 60s. Superman has grey hair on his temples. So hopefully they leave that part out.

    • sunshine

      i really can’t see them giving us the geriatric answer to the avengers… plus SUPERMAN IS 33 IN MAN OF STEEL. jesus.

      • Me

        Well Kingdom Come is set in a future where the JLA are old… The mortal characters like Batman and Green Lantern are geriatric… Picking this story line for basically the 1st JLA movie seems absurd.. Drone comments probably means something like actual military drones or something more realistic I’d wager….

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  • Nomis1700

    Ah well, just rumors for now. All we know for sure is that Superman, his supporting characters and Batman will appear. Not quite much eh. Time will tell, getting closer to the start of principal photography!

  • sunshine

    this thread sucks.

    • Me

      You suck!!!

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