On a recent episode of his “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast, filmmaker and Batman superfan Kevin Smith gave his two cents on the recent titling of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Some of you may agree with him.
“It’s a bit of a mouthful. And also, I don’t know why Batman V. Superman. Why not just throw the “s” in there? Or spell it or something like that,” said Smith. “Or honestly, every comic book fan on the planet, who is a DC comic book fan, I think we all wanted to see Batman/Superman: World’s Finest.”
What is more interesting is what he had to say about the direction of DC on film. He continues: “But look, they’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flicks. And so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies. But all of them…it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.”
We all know by now that Kevin Smith hears and sees things that are legitimate and he tries to keep it as vague as possible, lest he get in trouble. It really does seem like a cohesive on film DC universe is being built here. Quite frankly, I think after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League WB will make a solo Batman film with Ben Affleck, probably a solo Wonder Woman film with Gal Gadot, hopefully an Aquaman movie (should they decide to use that character), and then go into Justice League 2. They could all have connective threads, while telling their own stories. I think that was some of what Smith was getting at because some people may have interpreted his statement as there will be five consecutive Justice League films. It would also be wise to assume that they aren’t going to follow the Marvel Studios blueprint as closely as you would think.