Movie Review: Superman Vs Batman: Dawn of Justice
Updated: May 27, 2019
On March 25, 2016 Batman and Superman star together in a comic book film for the first time since their inception.The Dark Knight from Gotham City who became a crime fighter after witnessing his parents death, and the Last Son of Krypton, who came to Earth as a baby in a rocket ship after his planet exploded, are arguably the two most iconic characters in comic book history. Yet, they’ve never shared the big screen before.
They have appeared together in countless cartoons, such as the popular 1970’s TV show Superfriends, but never in live-action. This is just one of many reasons why B v. S is a very significant milestone in comic book movie cinema. It seems that in modern times the significance of these two heroes have been pushed aside, as characters such as Iron Man and Deadpool, now dominate pop culture.
More than any other superheroes, Batman and Superman have been the benchmark of comic books since the genre as we know it today has been launched. They’ve appeared in movies, TV shows, radio dramas, video games, and much more. Perhaps it’s the fact that Clark and Bruce have been overexposed in the media, that people want to move on to newer heroes. But we must not forget the historical significance in comic book culture that these two heroes have.
Superman first appeared in Action Comics in June 1938, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, followed by his rival, Batman the following year, May 1939. The brainchild of writers Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Batman was created as a response to Superman’s popularity the year before, and they have been rivals ever since.
Given their significant history, it’s a wonder it tool so long for Superman and Batman,, or Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, to grace the big screen as a duo. Both characters have crossed over in the comics many times, the first time being in the 1952 comic, “The Mightiest Team in The World” Yet on film, they’ve always existed in separate universes.
We’ve seen them star in their own films many times.. Christopher Reeve became The Man of Steel to generations of children through four films in the 1970’s and 80’s, and from 1989 to as recently as 2013, we’ve seen Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale, play The Caped Crusader.
Children have debated for decades, “Who would win in a fight”? In a few short weeks, we’re about to find out. Superman is seen as a threat in the new film, someone who must be stopped for bringing dangerous aliens to Earth. Batman makes it his mission to do so
The significance doesn’t just stop there though. Action Comics, now DC Comics, predates Marvel by a few years.
The Justice League was the first superhero team that helped pave the way for other groups, such as X-Men, and The Avengers. Thee League is about to make their in cinema as well. If you’re a superhero fan, the success of Batman V Superman will open the door to more comic book films, much like the current success of Deadpool has. So let’s cheer on these two legends as they fight, and eventually team up with each other.