“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been released and to say the reaction the movie has been mixed is an understatement. My thoughts on the film are documented so no need to go over that. However, there is one lingering thought about the film that I can’t help but shake. Every time that I think about the movie, I cannot think that audiences should have gotten a proper sequel to “Man of Steel” before this movie. The evidence is clear in the movie itself.
The most common complaint about “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is that there is too much going on. It’s a mix of a sequel to Man of Steel, a introduction of Batman, a teaser of the forthcoming Justice League movie. The bulk of the story hinges on the fact that it is a sequel to Man of Steel. There is numerous talks of the events of that movie, the main villain is a Superman villain and the bulk of the supporting cast is made up of Superman supporting characters. The director of the feature, Zack Snyder, mentioned that the decision to make “Batman v. Superman” was decided only a few days before it was announced. The plans were to make a straight up sequel to the 2013 feature “Man of Steel”.
When watching “Batman v. Superman” Superman is probably the character that suffers the most in terms of character development. His screen time is there but he doesn’t get a lot to do. There is a full scene where he visits his mother, Martha Kent, and not a word is said by him. There is also another scene where Superman is brought forth by Congress to explain his actions and intentions. Once again, he does not utter a word before the scene is over. There is a moment at the end of the movie that involves Superman and does not feel entirely earned, mostly because it is the audiences second interaction with the character.
Since the movie is crammed with stuff, Superman gets the shaft in a lot of ways. With a proper “Man of Steel” sequel there could have been development with the character of Clark Kent/Superman, Lois Lane, Perry White, Martha Kent and Lex Luthor. We could have learned much about these people and actually developed feelings for Superman. However that was not in the cards and there is only moving forward from here. Hopefully, Superman receives another solo film in the DC Extended Universe because he is certainly a character that deserves more stories to be told about him.