With Warner Bros. announcing a Superman/Batman movie at Comic-Con, Anthony Stokes provides a few suggestions on how a World's Finest movie could work...
Out of Brilliance or Sheer Desperation
How to Make a Justice League Movie Work and done right this could be a winner. But that's the key isn't it. If done right everyone will love it and it will easily make an outrageous amount of money. If done poorly it will still make a lot of money, but will lack the word of mouth and repeat viewings required to make it the hit they really want. Since Warner Bros. made a bold choice, I will reward them with a few ways to make a good World's Finest movie...
Do Not Reboot Batman
You do not need to completely reboot Batman. Pull an Incredible Hulk and just pretend the last movies kind of never happened. And do an original take on The Dark Knight. Have Bruce Wayne be a borderline sociopath who may or may not be mentally stable. This will provide a foil for Superman's naivety and sincerity. Also, they have to make Batman stronger and more competent so it makes sense that Superman needs his help. Get rid of the realistic aspects and go for the more fantastical elements so that he'll still be an anchor for the movie, but so it's believable he'd be in the same movie as Superman.
Power Down Superman
Make It a Direct Sequel to Man of Steel
One of the problems I had with Man of Steel was the fact that essentially there is no follow through with the apocalyptic scenes of carnage and destruction on a level that's been estimated as 9/11 several times over. A lot of people have been saying it has been held back for a sequel, which I absolutely don't buy. But, since the opportunity has presented itself, make it a follow up to Man of Steel. The script essentially writes itself. Have Bruce Wayne track down Superman and talk to him about how much destruction he's caused and how many people he's killed and have them rebuild the city. This should be Man of Steel 2 featuring Batman since Man of Steel laid down the foundation for the rest of the shared DC Universe.
Build the DC Universe
Get a New Creative Team
This is more of a personal point, but I really don't want Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer involved on a significant level. Goyer is great with coming up with stories. He should be the "Story By" guy and Zack Snyder should do the catering while Warner Bros. brings in somebody new. The writer should be somebody who knows how to build mythologies and understands the characters and their dynamics, and the director someone who knows how to make fun movies with a lot of heart. Warner Bros. is going to need some more go to DC directors eventually anyway, so why not bring in someone who can take the mantle while being guided by Snyder and Goyer? It worked for X-Men: First Class, it sorta worked for the Evil Dead remake, and Kick-Ass 2 certainly looks promising. Warner Bros. needs to learn how to take well thought-out, calculated risks if they're ever going to catch up to Marvel.
Warner Bros. and DC have obviously been listening to the backlash from the fans, which I commend them for. Now all they need to do is make a good movie. This is a great way of continuing the Batman franchise while also bringing more people around to Superman and the idea of a Justice League movie. The ball is in Warner Bros. and DC's court and let's hope they hit a home run for the fans' sake.
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Anthony Stokes is a blogger and independent filmmaker.