MAN OF STEEL Star Henry Cavill Thinks a Superman/Batman Movie Would Make a “Great Story”

     May 23, 2013


The possibility of a Superman/Batman movie was seriously considered back in August 2001 when screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) penned a script entitled “Batman vs. Superman“, which even reached the point of attaching director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) before fizzling out.  But bringing DC Comics’ two biggest heroes together (a team-up referred to as “World’s Finest”) is always an enticing possibility, and with Man of Steel set to take flight in a few weeks, the DC Movie Universe could be a fresh start.  While Justice League is seen as the ultimate achievement of bringing DC Comics’ biggest heroes together, there’s no reason to rule out a film only featuring Batman and Superman.  New Superman Henry Cavill is certainly intrigued by the idea.

Hit the jump for what he had to say regarding a Superman/Batman movie.

Speaking to SFX, Cavill said bringing the two heroes together is an interesting idea:

“I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict, “he tells SFX, “because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”

Of course, Cavill has no say from a production standpoint of actually green-lighting a film, but he’s probably not wrong when he says, “I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros right now.”  That’s probably because a Superman/Batman movie would print money.


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    I would honestly rather see Batman vs Superman, than Justice League!!! JL just has too many other heroes that are well, a bit silly. OK for the comics and cartoons, but I’ve never liked Green Lantern or his powers. The Flash, i liked the 1990 movie, but in general its too OTT for me when he can vibrate through walls and people. Martian Manhunter, well, I’ve never really understood what the hell he’s supposed to be, nor do i care much. Wonder Woman, well she’s the equivallent to Thor to me, silly in theory but Thor just got away with it, but anything goes in Marvel world. Hawk-Man? Better suited to Flash Gordon, I dunno what they were thinking there, even in the comics. He always looked an 8 year old had to design a superhero, and the winner got it created as a character as a prize.

    But Superman, with this new MOS looks fantastic, and so far looks like sci-fi, which takes away some of the silliness that was Superman. And Batman, well weve seen how realistic he can be done.

    However, I hope they reboot Batman to fit in with Snyders take Superman. The Arkham City style Bats is just about perfect!

    Batman is supposed to be able to take on Superman, but Nolans Batman is not up for that challenge. So a definate Bat-reboot is necessary here. And I wanna see Snyders version, he will at the very least have a great looking costume. Night Owl from Watchmen was as close as weve got so far.

    • Guy Smiley

      Nolan’s Batman from the first two movies might’ve been up to the challenge, but not the one we saw in TDKR.

      He disappears for eight years, is still less than 40 years old, and suddenly he’s hobbling around like an man who’s 80 (and not a healthy 80 at that).

      Then, after some training (and a leg brace that will allow him to break a brick wall), he goes to fight Bane and he’s clearly not up that challenge either. He apparently forgot to bring that magic leg brace to the fight, nor did he bring any special gadgets or weapons. “Here’s a few firecrackers! Take THAT Bane!!” Yeah, that worked well.

      TDKR has many, many faults, but reducing the hero and main character to a sad, pathetic shell of his former self was the greatest of the movie’s sins. Even if he hadn’t faked his death and suddenly abandoned his beloved Gotham (another of the movie’s faults), they would still need to reboot now, after what they did to the character, to make him worthy of going toe-to-toe with Superman.

      • movienut

        movie sucked.

  • mattritchey

    Superman/Batman is actually a fantastic idea. Now that AVENGERS has “taught” studios how to do hero vs. hero and still have them team up at the end, SVB would be a really smart transition before a full-on JUSTICE LEAGUE film.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      In the script mentioned on the article they team up after fighting each other. IMO is a really solid story.

  • Bob

    Well I hope this happens. My fanmade schedule for them to follow is…

    Summer 2015 The World’s Finest
    Late 2015 Flash
    Summer 2016 Wonder Woman
    Summer 2017 Justice League

    I would like Justice League to come out in 2016 with WW but theres no way Justice League isnt being released in the summer.

  • ikkf

    It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with in the end. They’re going to need just the right creative minds to get the formula right. The difference between Marvel and DC is that the successful Marvel movies all have comedy at their heart, whereas the best DC ones–and I’m including MOS on this list because all signs point to it falling under this description–are character dramas.

    Warners must be willing to invest the time to find the right collection of talent and not just hope to catch lightning in a bottle.

  • mike_thoms

    Batman vs. Superman as a movie gives DC something totally different from the Marvel Movie Universe. If they do JLA it’ll be viewed strictly as them copying. Batman vs. Superman offers such a great dynamic. I know the story has been done to death in the comics (literally and figuratively) but Batman and Superman squaring off against each other, then having to team up to fight a common foe…it practically writes itself.

  • Grayden

    They’ll have to do it in a way that doesn’t evoke the “Tony Stark is the talk of the town as far as heroes goes, until someone from a different realm shows up and he realizes he’s just a human in a suit of armor” trope. Bruce Wayne is obviously more grounded in his purpose as Batman than Stark is as Iron Man, but it’s a fine line for DC to walk if they go that route.

  • jk

    If it’s possible, Warner Bros. should do this movie before doing Justice League. Work with what’s going well and build on that. There’s no rush for a Justice League if it’s going to be crap.

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