Why you should root for both The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

“The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world: Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!”  -Lex Luthor

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  is quickly upon us.  The film is set to release on March 25th and will have two of DC’s biggest juggernauts going at it on the big screen for the very first time.  There are many comic book fans, movie fans, or fans of the DC property who have been waiting their ENTIRE lives to see Batman and Superman in the same film together.  Well fans are finally getting their wish.  However, when the movie starts, Batman will not be on the side of Superman.  Instead, Batman will be trying to take down the Man of Steel.  

As fans we should all soak in this moment that we live in an age where our favorite comic book heroes are being brought together in a motion picture.  Many fans are currently fighting over whether Batman can really take down Superman in a fight given the circumstances. Fans are also clamoring to know if Superman could easily win this fight against the Dark Knight.

To be honest, there are many fans out there who are rooting for one side or the other.  There are those who HATE this new Superman and there are some who even think that Ben Affleck could become the definitive Batman of the DC cinematic universe.  And of course there are some who absolutely love Henry Cavill as Superman and those who don’t believe that Ben Affleck will pull off Batman.  My question to those fans is why not like both?  Why are we rooting for one or the other? Sure it’s fun to pick a side as fans but most of those fans out there are cheering for all the wrong reasons.

The DC cinematic universe is just getting started in a BIG way.  Zack Snyder’s  Man of Steel  was the first film to kick off this grounded universe with  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  being the followup to his first film.  Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne will both be going at it but I’d like to inform you why we should be cheering for both sides.  Both of these characters have gone through their share of pain which is why we should have some sympathy for these future Justice League heroes.

Why you should sympathize with Superman:

Henry Cavill in my honest opinion has brought us a great Superman.  Cavill has proven to me in just one film that he was the right man for the job to take over the cowl that was once worn by the gone but not forgotten actor, Christopher Reeve.  Superman has faced many uphill battles on his time on planet Earth.

There are many people out there who were absolutely against the fact that Superman killed someone in  Man of Steel.  I was not one of those people.  You have to remember that Superman still has not come into his own yet as the one who will eventually lead the Justice League.  Superman may have been born a god, but he was raised on a farm in Kansas going to a regular school like everyone else, working a steady job, and yes also paying his fair share of taxes.

“If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them!” -General Zod

The point I’m trying to make here is that this Superman symbolizes hope (“It’s not an S. On my world it means hope.”) and is willing to do what is necessary to do what’s right.  I will be the one to tell you that I am in total agreement of Superman killing Zod.  Superman was put in the most difficult position he could possibly be in.  General Zod was not going to let up when Kal El repeatedly told him to stop what he was doing while having him in a choke hold.  Kal gave him multiple chances and had to do what was necessary even though he knew it wasn’t what he wanted.  But it was the right thing to do since saving innocent civilian lives was far more important than saving his own race from extinction.

“Look at this. We could have built a new Krypton in this squalor, but you chose the humans over us. I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the sole purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now… I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!” -General Zod

What most people don’t seem to understand is that not only did Superman save those people in that building, but he saved the ENTIRE world when Zod was trying to Terraform earth to build a new Krypton.  With his back against the wall, Superman flew across the world to destroy the “world engine.”  After getting that job done, he had to face his own blood relative which of course was not an easy task for him to accomplish.  Superman did the very best he could even though he and Zod created a lot of devastation throughout Metropolis.

Saving the people of the world and fighting Zod weren’t the only challenges Clark had to face.  One of his biggest challenges Clark faced in his lifetime was being told by his own adopted father to never give away his secret.  This couldn’t have come at a more crucial time when a tornado appeared out of nowhere.  Johnathon Kent made sure everyone was safely out of the car before noticing that their pet dog was still trapped inside.  Hurrying over, Kent freed their family pet but that also came to the detriment of his own life.

Clark being Superman could have easily saved his adopted father here, but his father told him that now was not the right time to show who he really was:

“My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they’d reject me… out of fear.  I let my father die because I trusted him. Because he was convinced that I had to wait. That the world was not ready.”  -Kal El

Superman has his back against the wall.  Clark now has to answer to the press and explain that he was raised on this earth and has been in hiding for over thirty years.  He has saved the entire world (without really anyone noticing or acknowledging it), lost his adopted father, lost his entire planet along with his real parents, and was forced to kill the only blood relative he had left.  And now, he must pay the price.

“The world needs to know what happened, and to know what he stands for.” -Senator Finch

The only thing he can do right now is do what’s right.  He doesn’t owe this world anything and that’s exactly what Martha Kent is trying to tell him:

“People hate what they don’t understand. Be their hero, Clark, be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be… or be none of it! You don’t owe this world a thing, you never did.” -Martha Kent

How can you not sympathize or at least root for this alien who has now come into his own and the whole world is now bearing down on him?  He saved the planet from certain extinction and now has to go to trial for it.  Superhero accountability is a difficult issue and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) will be sure to not make this any easier for Superman.  Not only does the Man of Steel have to answer to Luthor and the rest of the world, but now a certain someone in a black cape has a target aimed directly at him…

Why you should sympathize with Batman: 

Ben Affleck is the next actor to wear the black cape and cowl.  There has been a lot of scrutiny with big Ben as the next Batman but to all those I say this:  “Wait till the film comes out then you can have an opinion.  Don’t judge an actor before watching any film!”

With that out of the way, I have to say that I am completely on board with this new Batman Affleck is portraying.  This is a brutal, older, tough, and torn apart Batman, one in which we’ve never had before. This Bruce Wayne has dealt with a lot over his lifetime.  Affleck’s Batman looks to have a similar origin story like the previous Batmen’s.  From some of the trailers we’ve seen a young Bruce in tears perhaps due to the death of his parents.  Once again Bruce has been raised by his personal butler Alfred J. Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons).

Not only has Batman lost his parents but he has also lost his partner who was most likely Robin.  We assume from the photo above that his death was most likely caused by the hands of the Joker (“HAHAHA Jokes on you Batman!”).  Joker is not confirmed to be in the film but it wouldn’t surprise me if we get a few flashbacks showing us scenes of Batman taking on the Joker at some point.

“Twenty years in Gotham… how many good guys are left? How many stay that way?” -Bruce Wayne

Once again this is clearly an older more experienced Batman who has dealt with much pain and anguish over the years.  The phrase “how many good guys are left?” tells me that Bruce has lost many people who were family to him.  We all know Gotham as this dark,corrupted, and crime ridden city that Batman has to survive in.  Could Bruce have also lost a good partner in Commissioner Gordon as well?  He was never announced being cast in  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  so it’s certainly plausible that he has been killed at some point in the last twenty years.  Here’s yet another character who Bruce Wayne was close to and lost.

All of that is now only the tip of the iceberg for Bruce.

No one knew what the implications would be of the destruction of Metropolis.  Many fans were angry that Superman’s fight against Zod appeared very cartoonish with no consequences on the decimation.  Well as a matter of fact, the majority of the plot in  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice relies heavily on the last twenty minutes of  Man of Steel.  The carnage of the city is what brings Superman in to court and is one of the motivating factors for Bruce Wayne to go after Superman.

As you can see in the photos above, Bruce Wayne had an office building centered in Metropolis.  The building that Zod and Superman were fighting in was one of his office buildings called ‘Wayne Financial.’  We see Bruce talking on the phone presumably to one of his coworkers when all hell breaks loose.  Superman unaware that civilians are inside of that building, leaves and attempts to lure Zod away from the city.  Still, Bruce witnesses everything and it’s to his surprise that this alien not only destroyed part of Metropolis but also his friends, family, and coworkers who were housed inside of that building.  Everyone he still knew, gone before his eyes.

Now let me ask you something.  If you heard of this alien being among us running around with no accountability or limitations who just showed up and destroyed most of your city accidentally killing all of your coworkers in the process, wouldn’t you be upset?  Your damn right I would be!

“He has the power to wipe out the entire human race. And if we believe there is even a one percent chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty.”- Bruce Wayne

Bruce is scared out of his mind knowing he must have to face this alien “who can burn the whole place down.”  The man is a god where Batman is just a human.  Batman knows this is a battle he can’t compete against.  Even Alfred is convinced of this when he tells him: “You know you can’t win this. It’s suicide.”

Bruce has lost everything he has and is sure that destroying this alien is the right move.  What more motivation could you possibly have after losing an entire building of people who worked for you for many years and were practically family?

Whether you are #TeamBatman or #TeamSuperman, you have to at least understand both sides of the coin here.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t pick one side or the other but there should not be any hatred for Superman or for Batman.  Superman has dealt with just as much as Batman has over their lifetimes and they both have their reasons to fight.

Superman doesn’t even want to fight Batman at all!  In one of the trailers Superman says to him: “Stay down!  If I wanted it, you’d be dead already!”  In other words Superman was just holding his own not trying to harm him but rather defend himself and wear out Batman.

UPDATE: A new clip has just surfaced online which has the quote I referenced above!

The clash of these two titans is just in a few short weeks.  I cannot be more excited than I already am! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  will release in theaters on March 25th.  What side do you reason with more or are you cheering for both sides?  I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and please share!

You can also check out all of the trailers for  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  down below!

 

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