I noticed something very cool while watching I AM LEGEND this last Friday. Don't worry, this is not a spoiler. At one point in the beginning of the movie, Will Smith is driving through the city and passes a building with a huge movie billboard on the side of it. The billboard was simply graphic image of the iconic Batman symbol with the equally iconic Superman "S" in the middle of it and a date under it. I am sure some people thought, "Oh cool, it's a Super-Batman movie." Those of us who are true and loyal fans know that it is a reference to the series World's Finest that came out in 1941 and ran until 1986 predominately featuring Batman and Superman as a team. As of 2003 it was reintroduced into the comic book mainstream titled simply Batman/Superman. Well today's topic is what I would like to see from this movie if it were ever to be produced (mind you this is a best case scenario and subject to flights of fancy.)
This is not the exact logo, but an aproximation.
First off I would try to get Bryan Singer and to co-direct the movie. Nolan did a great job on BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT looks to be following suit with it. The guy basically undid the steady decline the franchise of Batman movies were on that ended with the costume having nipples. Bryan Singer clearly knows comic book movies. He started out by taking the helm of X-MEN and making a success out of what could have been a total disaster (Us fans are very picky don't you know? A friend of mine still hates the first X-Men movie based solely on the fact that Hugh Jackman is taller than 5'4" which is how tall Wolverine is in the comics.) He followed up with X2: X-MEN UNITED and wrote the script treatment for X3: LAST STAND (Which Bret Ratner was unable to totally screw up despite
his best efforts.) Even though I have heard mixed reviews of SUPERMAN RETURNS, it is never about the direction of the movie so I think both Singer and Nolan should be in on this one.
Kicking it old school.
As far as the cast goes, there are only a few changes I would make and many I wouldn't change at all. First off I would still have Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, Michael Cain as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Luscious Fox, Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen (if it is absolutely needed to have Superman's Pal in the movie) and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon.
Second of all I would not have Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, I just didn't think she fit the part and it was quite clear she was sporting a wig. I would not have Brandon Routh as Superman.It is no slight upon him, I just think he lacked the charm and charisma for the part and wasn't prepared for it (although Singer totally loves the guy and probably wouldn't dream of doing a Superman movie without him.) If you ask me, go ahead ask me, I would either try to sweet talk Tom Welling (Clark Kent from the Smallville series) or Bruno Campos (Quentin Costa from Niptuck) to play the man in blue tights. All of the above actors fit the esthetic (Campos might be a little shorter than the requirement, but if Wolverine can be 6' tall than Superman can get away with being 6'2" in my opinion.)
Now as far as a villain for Bats goes, I am not sure how Heath Ledger is going to work as the Joker, from what I have seen he is going to be much darker in his portrayal than Jack Nicholson was in Tim
Burton's BATMAN. I am reserving any judgment until I see more of him as The Joker. This leaves Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul or Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow with the possibility of Aaron Eckhart reprising his role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face. I can't say anything about Eckhart, but both Neeson and Murphy were great in their respective roles.
Put him in 3
Now that being said, the story would vary great depending on the villains involved. If it is Lex Luthor partnering up with Scarecrow you would get a plan of using fear against people. If he partners with Ghul, then you have two great criminal minds working together towards world domination. If you match him up with either the Joker or Two-face there would be no logistics involved, but it is always fun seeing Luthor trying to get along with the Joker. In any event, the plot would have to involve a world threatening event masterminded partly or completely by Lex Luthor. Anything less would not do justice to a franchise called "World's" Finest.
There are still many other factors and variables involved in a film of this magnitude to the dork community (which I am a member), but I have covered what I think are the building blocks to what could be the greatest comic book movie ever. I will leave you with one of the coolest quote about Superman from Batman in the Batman/Superman comic series, "It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then he shoots fire from the skies and it is difficult not to think of him as a god, and how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him." Thanks for reading and EXCELSIOR!
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