Wonder Woman is Kryptonian?! Bat-Iron-Man?! Oh, Warner Bros. Just when I think you’ve messed with the cinematic versions of your DC Comics properties enough, you go and make it far worse. And if these rumors are correct, the changes made are a real doozy.
Before we get into the thick of it, I want to state again that thus far this is all RUMOR, however the folks at the Batman-On-Film blog are usually pretty spot-on with this stuff. To sum up the important bit of their article:
- Recently-cast Jason Momoa will NOT be playing either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter in the film, because neither character (nor any other hero outside of Supes, Bats, and WW) are set to sow up.
- Wonder Woman’s role will essentially be like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow role in Iron Man 2.
- The Amazons will be reworked as decedents of ancient Kryptonians (hinted at in Man of Steel). Furthermore, Wonder Woman will be much less powerful than Superman due to being acclimated to Earth’s environment.
- Warner and DC’s television properties (Arrow, Flash, etc) will NOT be included the theatric universe.
- No Batman villains will appear in Batman vs Superman.
- Batman will be based off his portrayal in classic graphic novels Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, with a healthy dose of Batman Beyond, and will be wearing a kind-of ‘Bat-Armor’ like the aforementioned series.
Wow, that’s a lot to take in all at once. While there are some bits that I’m OK with (No Aquaman or Martian Manhunter, no Batman villains) or expected (WW being an extended cameo, no ties to the Arrow series), there are two bits of info that I just can’t get past.
We’ll take the easy one first. Batman should NOT be Iron Man.
For those of you out of the loop, this is what they meant when they said his look will be based on Dark Knight Returns:
And Kingdom Come:
And Batman Beyond:
Impressive, sure, but Batman is his own character, with a full history of excellent storytelling. He doesn’t need to be visually compared to a previously introduced franchise (i.e. Iron Man) for no apparent reason. In short, Batman doesn’t need armor because he’s friggin’ Batman. This is just Warner Bros desperately trying to make bank on Marvel’s filmic success, and they’re watering down their own properties in the process.
Speaking of watering down properties, let’s talk about Wonder Woman. I mean, on the most base level, I get it. Warner Bros is ashamed of their properties’ comic book roots (a point we made on a recent podcast), and they’re terrified of introducing some of the more fantastical elements to their films, like magic. Fine. But, y’know, if they wanted a secret Kryptonian sidekick for Supes, they should’ve just dropped in Supergirl or Power Girl and called it a day. Again, this is Warner Bros bastardizing their own properties for the sake of the masses, who I believe WB assumes are too dumb to take a slight leap of logic. And I mean, it’s not like magic hasn’t been done before in films: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, that movie with the Facebook guy, heck, even Marvel’s Thor has a heavy basis in magic (yes, I know they explained it away as crazy future science, but it’s close enough to count). And if you want to talk about taking chances in comic films, Marvel has a movie coming out soon starring a TALKING SPACE RACCOON and most folks haven’t even blinked.
It’s short-sighted decisions like this that will ultimately cause DC’s film franchises to fail. At this point, I’m seriously considering not even checking out this or any other DC film output, which is a bold statement coming from such an unabashed DC fanboy like myself. If these kind of hefty character changes continue, I may as well throw up my hands and say, “Make mine Marvel!”