Superhero movies are big business these days. There are currently three movies in the top ten for all time worldwide box offices takings, those being Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 3 & The Dark Knight Rises.
So it’s no surprise that most major studios have at least one superhero franchise to their name, and most fanboys have seen at least one of their favourite superheroes take to the big screen. There are, however, some superhero movies that have either been stuck in development hell or for one reason or another not made it past the initial development stage.
So today, I am going to present to you the 3 superhero movies I would like to see on the big screen. Two of these, potential, movies have been mentioned in Hollywood circles in the past and one is pure fanboy daydreaming.
Henry Cavill, aka the new Man Of Steel, recently spoke about the possibility of a Superman/Batman crossover movie. When asked about the possibility of the two DC heavyweights coming together on the big screen, he had this to say “Who knows. I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros. right now”
The idea of seeing The World’s Finest on the big screen is something that excites me more than seeing a Justice League movie. Superman & Batman have been mainstays of both my youth and adult life and any coming together of these two characters would be something very special indeed.
Back in 2003 when Warner Bros. were going over various plans on how to bring Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent back to the big screen, one idea that was banded around was that of a Superman vs Batman movie. The plot would essentially consist of a retired from the cape Bruce Wayne blaming Superman for the death of his wife. Superman would go into hiding in Smallville, only to be tracked down by a vengeance seeking Batman. They would both learn later in the movie that events had been entirely manipulated by Lex Luthor, and it was up to The World’s Finest to stop him.
There was also an excellent comic book series that started in 2003 and ran for 87 issues until 2011. Granted not all the issues were brilliant, but overall the quality was very good.
A Superman/Batman movie could work on so many levels. It would obviously be box office gold for the studio, but more importantly, if done well it could be the best superhero movie ever. Batman and Superman are different sides of the same coin, they both want the same thing but have completely different methods to achieving their goals. They also inhabit the same universe, and having these two together could be a stepping stone to something bigger, say something like the forever in limbo Justice League movie.
Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max
Green Arrow is another DC character who has received short shrift when compared to some of the bigger names on the DC roster. Green Arrow has however been a mainstay in the comic books and featured in several team ups with Batman and Green Lantern.
That changed recently when Green Arrow featured heavily in several seasons of Smallville. He then received his own show, smartly titled Arrow. This has proved a popular hit among both fans and critics, and is arguably the most famous the character has been since, well ever.
Back in 2008 however, a script was penned for a Green Arrow movie, entitled Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max. David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) & Justin Marks were the two men behind the script, which involved Arrow being framed for a crime he didn’t commit (very A-Team alike) and his plan to escape prison.
The only problem was, this was no ordinary prison. This prison was home to rogue superheroes and villains, some of whom Green Arrow had helped to put behind bars. At one point it was even mentioned that the prison itself had superpowers of its own, in order to keep the criminals within its walls.
This idea fascinates me. How would a man cope going with being framed for a crime he didn’t commit and being sent to a prison packed full of people he had put there. Coming across the likes of the Joker, Lex Luthor and the Riddler as well as other B & C list villains and having to entrust these people to help aid his escape.
Unfortunately there has been no movement on this project for sometime now, but with the recent success of the Arrow TV show and Warner Bros. desire to make a Justice League movie, this would be a great opportunity to make a captivating story about one of DC’s main characters and also introduce some more of the lesser known villains.
Civil War takes place in the Marvel comic book universe, and presents a very real story for an otherwise fantastical landscape.
In Civil War the US Government implements the Superhero Registration Act after a series of events in the Marvel universe caused severe damage across the country and many human casualties. The act proposed that anyone in the United States who had superpowers had to register and make themselves known to Government.
The Act split the superhero community and two sides formed. One side led by Tony Stark (pro-registration) and the other led by Captain America (anti-registration). Tony Stark took to the Presidents side and assumed that any resistance was futile, while Captain America was forced underground with others who wanted to keep their identities a secret.
We’ve already seen in last years Avengers Assemble how delicate their relationship is with one another. Yes, they become a team by the end of the movie, but they all have fragile egos finely balanced. This reason alone is why Civil War would make a great movie. Given the time to establish more heroes across their cinematic universe and those characters individual personalities, what bigger threat could they face than themselves?