Batman vs. Superman: A Possible Justice League Movie in the Making

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January 3rd, 2014

Batman vs. Superman: A Possible Justice League Movie in the Making

Fans anticipating the new Batman vs. Superman film may be in for a bit of a surprise. The fact is, the given title is only tentative, more a place holder than anything else. As far as those watching and waiting are concerned, this film could actually be the start of a whole new set of films starring the fabled Justice League. Reports even state that the film's script isn't entirely developed, and the cast of characters remains incomplete as well. Although some may find this news a bit disturbing, it should be greeted with a wave of joy from fans. An incomplete character list leaves things open for some major players to be introduced, while the rewriting of the script is a rather happy turn of events as well. Some viewers of the previous Superman film found the storyline to be inferior to other movies dedicated to the Man of Steel. This means they should be looking forward to seeing what the screenwriter of ''Argo,'' Chris Terrio, can do when he replaces the current writer, David S. Goyer.

There are actually quite a few rumors about this film, which is slated for release in the summer of 2015. Supposedly, DC Comics and Warner Bros. had a plan in place concerning the three franchises. The 2013 release of ''Man of Steel'' featuring the character Superman would herald the coming of a Justice League film, which in turn would lead to a restart of the Batman franchise. Now, new reports claim that there are no firm plans for anything beyond ''Man of Steel.'' There have even been reports that the release of a Justice League film will be delayed until the restart of the Batman franchise, which by all accounts isn't supposed to occur until 2017. If these rumors are to be believed, the Batman vs. Superman film shouldn't even be being filmed, but it is. That should mean that fans can't place much stock in the rumors floating around about the delay of the Justice League movie either.

Maybe the movie studio isn't trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their fans, and this movie will be exactly what it seems, a clash of the ultimate superheroes. If so, it won't be that much of a surprise considering the relationship that the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share. The two have never really gotten along, so imagining their differences would eventually come to a head isn't that unbelievable in the superhero universe. If anything, this film is supposed to be the follow-up to the Superman film, ''Man of Steel.'' Henry Cavill will be reprising his role as Superman, while Ben Affleck will be taking on the role of a world-weary Batman. The character list has also grown to include Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor (Joaquin Phoenix), Superman's mother Martha Kent (Diane Lane), and Perry White (Laurence Fishburne). It has also been rumored that Jason Momoa, who fans may recognize as Khal Drogo from ''Game of Thrones," will have a role as well. However, there are no conclusive reports stating what that role will be at this time.

The fact still remains there are a few inconsistencies that make it hard to believe this film will only showcase a feud between Batman and Superman. First of all, everyone knows there has to be a love interest. For Superman, it has been, and most likely will continue to be, Lois Lane (Amy Adams). As far as Batman is concerned, there's no telling who will catch his eye in any given film. So far, the Caped Crusader has been tied to Catwoman, newspaper reporter Vicki Vale, and even Poison Ivy to name just a few. It's safe to say that just about no one is safe when it comes to Batman's love life. The question is, why did the movie studio choose to add Wonder Woman to the film this time around? Fans of the Justice League cartoon series and comic books know there is an existing relationship between Batman and Wonder Woman, who will be played by Gal Gadot. If almost any woman will do for the Dark Knight, why bring in his Justice League love interest to a film that is supposedly dedicated to only two superheroes? Needless to say, fans of the Amazonian princess are wondering why the heroine would be cast in a supporting role instead of being featured as a main character. Even if this film won't be introducing the famous Justice League to waiting fans, it could be safe to assume that it's paving the way for an actual Justice League movie to come about some time in the future.