Superhero Legacy of Batman v Superman

Good superhero movies have become a pop culture staple in the last decade or so, after quite a few tragic misfires in the 90’s that all but killed the genre.

No, Clooney Batman, this is not a real thing, and your movie almost bankrupted the studio.

No, Clooney Batman, this is not a real thing, and your movie almost destroyed Joel Schumacher’s career.

Of course, even the terrible Batman movies of the 90’s paled in comparison to even worse comic book adaptations.

spawn superhero

Warmer…

judge dredd superhero

Warmer….

steel superhero

Disco.

After Shaq, Stallone, Clooney, and Michael Jai White (that’s Spawn; don’t feel bad, we had to look it up too) formed an Avengers style team to destroy the superhero film genre for a solid childhood, it was up to the cartoons to right what was wrong in the world.

"Dun da da da dah dah"

“Dun da da da da dah”

While Schumacher was making goofy nonsense that even Adam West probably though was a bit much, the Batman Animated Series ensured Batman’s legacy as the cerebral, brooding figure that he is supposed to be.

"You really need to have more respect for the source material, Joel."

“You really need to have more respect for the source material, Joel.”

It comes as no surprise that Superman got similar treatment in the 90’s with the Superman Animated Series that, while not quite as good as Batman, was still a solid entry into the chronicles of the orphaned Kryptonian, Jal-El.

"You lost your friend Clark again? Hmm, this is quite the mystery Lois."

“You lost your friend Clark again? Hmm, this is quite the mystery Lois.”

Lois Lane being the worst investigative journalist of all time aside, the Superman Animated Series added to the legacy of vastly superior DC Comics animated shows, in a time where quality was desperately needed.

"Acting"

“Acting”

The animated shows established a legacy of crossover between the two franchises, which really wasn’t explored in the films, though the comic books have been doing it for decades.  Which brings us to why you’re here: Batman v. Superman!

"The defendant moves for forum non conveniens; the alleged cause of action occurred in space, where the substantial body of evidence and witnesses can be found."

“The defendant moves for forum non conveniens; the alleged cause of action occurred in space, where the substantial body of evidence and witnesses can be found.”

As much as we were hoping that the film would be a sadder version of Kramer v. Kramer, we have come to terms with the fact that it will, instead, be Batman and Superman pummeling each other for a solid two hours, while Jesse Eisenberg cackles in the background.

He was so good in "The Social Network"

He was so good in “The Social Network”

Of course, this sort of thing, as we mentioned, has happened in a few of the animated movies, and happens surprisingly frequently in the comic books, with Batman winning a majority of the fights, usually by having a contraption that has incorporated Kryptonite in some form.

Like this panel from "Hush" where Batman pummels Superman, who is under the control of Poison Ivy after inhaling mind control spores, by using a ring made of Kryptonite that he keeps in his utility belt. No part of that was a joke.

Like this panel from “Hush” where Batman pummels Superman, who is under the control of Poison Ivy after inhaling mind control spores, by using a ring made of Kryptonite that he keeps in his utility belt. No part of that was a joke.

While the premise sounds pretty great, the internet, being what it is, is understandably skeptical.

The internet never forgets Ben, but we're sure in this case, you don't either.

The internet never forgets Ben, but we’re sure in this case, you don’t either.

While the star of such incredible films like Gigli and Reindeer Games may have a few Oscars in his utility belt, it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to don the cape and cowl effectively.  Ultimately, the film is basically slated to set up the DC version of Avengers, the Justice League, but hopefully Batman v Superman will be a solid entry into the Superhero genre.

Hey, if Ryan Reynolds can do it after that disastrous Green Lantern "movie," then this one should have a chance.

Hey, if Ryan Reynolds can do it after that disastrous Green Lantern “movie,” then this one should have a chance.

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