|Man of Steel was a better movie on second viewing.|
It's also still true that Clark fights Zod right in the middle of Metropolis, leveling the second largest city in the country in the process. And that still struck me as an unfortunate choice, but at the same time, on second viewing I thought that both Clark's inexperience as a superhero and his lack of control over the whole situation were much more apparent. For example, it's Zod who decides to set his ship down in the heart of the city. From there, Clark has little choice about where the battle's going to take place. He can either fight the Kryptonians where they are, or he can watch them level the city out of spite and hate and then terraform the planet.
Finally, when Warner Brothers initial announced plans for a Superman vs. Batman movie, I'll admit that I was skeptical. But having just seen the original again, it's not all that hard to see where a plot might work.
|Since this image was produced, Superman/Batman has |
been pushed to May 6, 2016.
Of course, Warner has already said that the new movie is going to be based loosely on the asthetic of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. All I'm saying here is that I think I can see it now.
We open with Superman watching TV in Lois's apartment. It's been two years since the Battle of Metropolis, and in that time, he's been working hard to both be the hero he's always wanted to be and to win the trust of the American government. By now, the Man of Steel is on a first-name basis with the President, although he's refused to allow himself to be inducted in any formal way into the American military. Still, he lets himself be an occasional tool of the presidency because it's the best way that he knows to reassure people that he's not trying to take over the world.
The news is showing footage of Gotham City, where the vigilante known as the Batman has put a half-dozen organized crime figures into the hospital, some with permanent injuries.
Jumpcut to Gotham City. Batman is conducting surveillance on some underworld figure. But although he is well-hidden, Superman has little trouble finding him.
You want to tell me what the heck you think you're doing here?
I'm working. Aren't you supposed to be in Metropolis?
I want to talk. I think you're trying to help, but I'm concerned about your methods.
Can't it wait? I'm busy right now.
You put six people in the hospital last week. Two won't ever walk again.
This from the man who destroyed an entire city in a fistfight not two years ago?
That isn't fair. I--
Life isn't fair. That's why the world needs people like me. Now go home--Clark--before someone gets hurt.
What?! How do you know my--
I make it my business to know. And no, I'm not going to tell anyone. But you need to leave. Now.
If you think you can intimidate me just by--
(Drops his headset in frustration) Dammit! You just cost me an entire night's work.
Listen, I don't care about your damn moralistic crusade, and I don't think you're here to try to take over the world, but Gotham City is MINE! And I'm doing a damn-sight better protecting my city than you're doing protecting yours. Now GO HOME!
You're making people mad, Batman. Eventually, someone's going to make me bring you in.
We both know that no one can make you do anything you don't want to do.
(throws a smoke bomb and dives off the roof).
(Watches Batman go. His phone rings, and he answers it.) Hello?
What're you doing?
Wasting my time.
Then come home. I miss you.