10 Ways Batman v Superman Might Top Its Predecessors
GOOD COP, BAT COP
We're not exactly aware of how the Joker will be cross-pollinating between Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, but to our mind, this scene from The Dark Knight is probably the one to top between the two characters.
WHEN SUPERMAN REVERSES TIME (YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY)
The scene in which Superman flies around the world in the wrong direction fast enough to reverse time is the kind of crazy that can only be found in a vintage superhero story. But it's also very imaginative, clever and – for 1978 – awe-inspiring, all of which Superman needs to be when he graces the silver screen.
Absolutely the best part of the 1960s Batman was that he had an endless succession of Bat-gadgets. Whatever Bat-Affleck's got up his sleeve, it had better be half as good as "Shark-Repellent Bat-Spray."
EVER DANCE WITH THE DEVIL IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT?
No, we don't need a catchphrase quite as … descriptive as that one. But one thing that DC film properties have been lacking for a little while is some zip or humor. It would be nice to see a line or two at least as outlandish as this one be delivered by somebody. May we suggest Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor?
Possibly the coolest moment from Superman Returns took place when viewers were treated to a slow-motion shot of a bullet being unable to penetrate Brandon Routh's Super-eye. It was a little bit laughable and a little bit over-the-top, but the whole point of Superman is that he's ... well, super, and he should be able to pull off unbelievable stunts just like that.
BUILD A BETTER BATMOBILE
We have seen the new Batmobile already, and it looks pretty good, but whatever scenes it stars in had better be able to top the visceral, rough-and-tumble thrills that Christopher Nolan's rejiggered Batmobile delivered in his darker, more reality-grounded series of films. "Does it come in black?"
HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?
Nolan's Bat-films generally didn't send Batman pinging around like a lunatic on his Bat-grappling-hook, which was a shame. There's at least one shot in the new film's trailer where it looks like Bat-Affleck will be utilizing it to swing around, which we're excited for: This scene, from the original Tim Burton Batman was – and still is – such a joy.
Superman just needs to lift some really heavy stuff. That's all we're saying. That's forever an important set-piece of Superman films. Superman lifts. Heavy. Stuff.
A STRONG BAT-ENTRANCE
Batman's first entrance in Batman Begins was so cleverly orchestrated that it was easy to feel the unease and terror Gotham's petty criminals must have felt. (And also their headaches.) We're excited to see how the new film handles the requisite scene of Batman trouncing some lowlifes.
We just want Cavill's Superman to have a romance that gives us one-third of the feels Reeve's and Margot Kidder's did in the original. For his sake, as well as ours.