Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is not due to be released until March 25th, 2016, but the hype is already well underway. Last month, Comic-Con gave us our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and thanks to one particularly sneaky fan, the internet finally received a glimpse of the actual teaser trailer. Sure, the low quality footage was taken down faster than a speeding bullet, but that didn’t stop fans worldwide from having a giant geekgasm in anticipation.
Comics have always pitted their heroes against one another in a bid to ignite interest, but the idea of using a superhero slugfest as a central plot device is unprecedented in comic book movies. If Zack Snyder can pull this off, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice could surpass even The Avengers in box-office terms, becoming the biggest superhero movie of the decade. Of course, it’s impossible to know yet whether this will be the case, but it’s hard to imagine even casual cinema-goers ignoring a face-off between the two most iconic superheroes on the planet.
We have to wait almost two years to finally see if Snyder has managed to live up to everyone’s’ expectations, but that doesn’t stop us from looking past the film’s eventual release. Hollywood has never been shy about jumping on the bandwagon, so if DC are successful with this venture, it’s likely that more superhero duels will follow. Whether you believe this could be the best thing that’s ever happened to comic book movies or not is up for debate, but it seems that this is likely to happen.
Join us then as we take a look at five more superhero duels that could fulfill the dreams of fanboys everywhere and still make big bucks at the cinema. For the sake of plausibility, no inter-studio pairings have been included, so while that means there is no Hulk V Wolverine or Batman V Captain America, there is always the possibility that one or more of these five suggestions could actually see the light of day.
3) Iron Man v. Captain America
Iron Man and Captain America are similar in many ways; both heroes are core members of the Avengers, both are flagship characters for Marvel and both have enjoyed huge success on the big screen in recent years. However, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are actually far more different than they first appear…
Back in 2006, Marvel Comics linked their core books with a crossover event named Civil War that divided every major character into two opposing camps. Those that believed superheroes should officially register with the government were led by Iron Man, but those who wished to maintain their secret identities followed Captain America. The conflict culminated in a large-scale battle between the two opposing forces, which led to Rogers beating Stark into submission before finally surrendering.
An adaptation of Civil War would be a fanboy’s dream, although ownership issues over certain characters would require a heavy rewrite in the translation from the source material to the big screen. However, even if Civil War is never adapted, there’s still a lot of potential in pitting Iron Man and Captain America against one another in their own movie. The seeds have already been sown in The Avengers, which shows the two regularly arguing over the best way to approach different situations, so it would certainly be believable to see them both physically come to blows.
Civil War ended with the death of Captain America in the comics. Could this be a potential avenue to explore when Chris Evans finally gives up the spandex? It very well could be.
2) Wonder Woman v. Superman
One of the most exciting aspects of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is that after decades of waiting, fans will finally be able to see Wonder Woman on the big screen. Unfortunately, the Amazonian Princess has been relegated to a supporting role, so we’ll have to wait even longer before she eventually receives her own solo outing.
It’s shocking that in an industry where comic book movies currently dominate, we have still yet to see a high quality superhero movie that stars a woman. If DC remain strangely reticent to give Wonder Woman a chance on her own, then it’s worth considering another VS movie in the future, one that pits Diana against Superman. It may not be a solo Wonder Woman movie, but it’s definitely the next best thing!
Batman is a more popular character than Wonder Woman, but in a fair fight, Bruce Wayne is hopelessly outmatched against the Man of Steel. As a born warrior, Diana has the physical strength and skill set to give Superman a real run for his money. A confrontation between these two iconic heroes could lead to some incredible action sequences. Plus, there’s also the potential for some sexual chemistry between the pair, echoing their current relationship in the comics.
Make it happen DC! What are you afraid of?
1) Avengers v. Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Studios may not possess the rights to the X-Men, arguably the publisher’s most popular superhero team, but that doesn’t even matter anymore. The Guardians of the Galaxy have jumped from relative obscurity right up to the A-list recently with the release of their first movie. The reviews are looking incredibly positive right now, and Marvel is so confident in this property that they have already announced a sequel.
For years now, each of Marvel’s movies has contained clues that indicate the end of Phase 3 will culminate in a film based on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. Cosmic villain Thanos is currently in Guardians of the Galaxy, but his previous cameo in The Avengers suggests that he will be a key player in Avengers 3 as well, which means that it’s likely both teams will share screen time at some point in the near future.
The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy may share the same goal of taking Thanos down, but the two teams couldn’t be more different. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes occasionally bicker amongst themselves, but the team as a whole have noble aims and work effectively as a unit. In contrast, the Guardians of the Galaxy are an oddball group comprised of misfits and criminals who were thrown together by chance. It’s not hard to imagine a conflict of interests between the two teams…
A confrontation between the studios premiere groups would combine the best that Marvel has to offer. Imagine the iconic characters of the Avengers facing off against the kooky personalities of the Guardians. Iron Man V Rocket. Black Widow V Gamora. Thor V Drax. Captain America V Star-Lord. Hulk V Groot. Hawkeye V Cosmo the Space Dog…?
Ensemble movies are notoriously tricky to handle, but X-Men: Days of Future Past did a surprisingly good job of balancing its huge cast, so this match-up certainly has the potential to work. If the right people took this project on, it’s almost guaranteed that Avengers V Guardians of the Galaxy would become Marvel’s most successful movie yet. I’m not saying it would be easy, but I couldn’t imagine a more thrilling confrontation that has a chance of actually making it to the big screen one day.
So what superhero battle would you like to see on the big screen?