In 2020 everyone knows Superman. In 2020 it’s arguable that Superman’s popularity is at its lowest. Why is that?
In 1938 Superman made his debut when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster wrote him into existence for Action Comics #1. Since then Superman has evolved into a global icon, known for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Superman has been featured in comics, TV, graphic novels, and movies so it’s hard to imagine that there’s anyone on this planet who hasn’t at least heard of the Man of Steel…so why does Superman seem to be given the shorthand when compared to the likes of Batman, Iron Man, or even Captain America?
In 1978 Superman hit the silver screen in Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie.” This threw Superman into mainstream popularity and boosted Superman to the next level of fame. In many ways, this set the tone for the Superman that is still used in many versions of him today.
In 2013, when Zach Snyder took the role for the next Superman movie, he started strong. The Dark Knight trilogy was ending and comic book movies were at the height of their popularity…so what happened? Batman. Batman happened.
At some point, it became “cool” for people to pretentiously claim they like Batman whenever Superman was brought into a conversation. No problem right?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The fans…the fans make it a problem. The Batman fans always claim Superman is too strong or too boring and prefer Batman’s vigilante antihero style. Due to this VS mentality, it became a popular debate on who would win in a fight between the two. Batman vs Superman is great for comics and even better for the imagination…..but it doesn’t belong on screen.
In 2016, after a successful first installment of the DC Cinematic Universe, Zach Snyder decided to jump the gun and bring this popular debate to the big screen. Just 4 years after The Dark Knight Rises Ben Affleck took the role in a movie titled Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice. I seriously wish I was making that title up.
Batman vs Superman….that title is clearly the most cash grabby, unimaginative title for a blockbuster film, that for the first time ever, features arguably the most popular superheroes in history.
I understand Snyder’s logic here…I really do. It was direct and everyone knows what the movie would be. However…the movie wasn’t that. There was barely a Batman vs Superman fight and it took the movie over two hours to show us that. We all know they would team up at the end because the dawn of the Justice League was basically spoon-fed to us. What we didn’t know was that Zach Snyder was truly going to show his lack of Superman knowledge and creativity and throw a poor man’s Doomsday into the mix as the real threat…even though it took more than two hours to get to that threat.
In 2018 Justice League made its first-ever big-screen debut, proving even more that the powers that be had no idea what they were doing with the Superman character.
It was announced that we will finally see the “Snyder Cut” of this film in 2021…but I have to ask. If this cut is so much better as it’s claimed, why was it not the version in theaters?
My point of this article? Saying Batman is better than Superman is just something that people say. It’s like people who claim they don’t like Nickelback. Someone is lying because Nickelback has sold out stadiums. Hollywood has given the reigns of Superman to people who don’t know superheroes and therefore are listening to the lies of people on the streets.
A time will come when we see another great Superman film on-screen…I just hope it happens before the next apocalypse.