How awesome would it be to see Superman and Batman in the same movie together?
Well guess what? Unless the franchise is taken out of Chris Nolan’s hands, it will never happen.
You see, that’s because in the “trying to be super-real” Nolan world of Batman, everything has to be believable as being possible within reality. Now, if he had pulled that off as well as he did in “Batman Begins”, there would be little to complain about - but the reality is broken constantly in “The Dark Knight” while simultaneously trying to reinforce “this can be real”. “This can be real… ignore the man behind the curtain…”
Either one has to let go of the whole “super-real comic adaptation” or make it a given that there are many fantastic things which can only exist within the world of comics – one of the greatest reasons comics have such great appeal. You can’t ride the fence. BB didn’t ride the fence, and it worked. TDK rode the fence in ridiculous ways, and none of them because fantastic scenarios were presented, but because it was presented as realistic yet completely unrealistic things were utilized to move the story along.
Just step back and observe the tone of “Batman Begins” and compare it to “The Dark Knight” and given the background of how Gotham was presented in either one, how the story was played out, how the theme was established, think about which version of the Batman “reality” one could possibly see Superman showing up in. Only in the world of “Batman Begins”, but now that possibility is gone.
So, if you ever hoped for such a team-up in a movie, and realize that will not be possible, you can only blame yourself for having gone to see TDK 2, 3, 4 or more times, shooting the box office for it up, and reaffirming to Warner Bros to keep Nolan on the ticket for the next one. Pat yourself on the back.
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