“I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
DC Comics fans will recognize the above as a chilling quote spoken by one Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, to fellow protector of Earth and rival in a quest for narcissistic fulfillment, Clark Kent. Otherwise known, of course, as Superman. Spoken in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, this quote marks one of many unions of the two iconic characters. And it serves, via the good graces of Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and star Harry Lennix, as an introduction to Warner Bros’ next big project: a Superman/Batman movie.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Snyder announced a follow-up to Man of Steel at San Diego Comic-Con, dropping the pretty stalwart hint of Batman’s involvement by having Lennix recite the above passage. Although the long awaited Justice League movie might still be working the bugs out, the Kent/Wayne crossover might well be on track for imminent delivery.
But how will fans take to it? What with the lackluster reception to Man of Steel and the overwhelming adoration for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, a film like this could be hit or miss. Even with our apprehensions, however, we’re excited to see the prospect carried forth.