Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EDITORIAL: Who Should Be The (Muscle) Villain(s) in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs.Superman"?

Must be hell to be the producers of this movie as of now. With one weird casting choice after another, causing havoc among fans, receiving criticism every hour, every minute. There's also that pushed back date release, which we (us fans) hope it's for the best, but let's be honest, from that official statement, it's not going well for Zack Snyder's Untitled Man of Steel Sequel

Just some days ago, actor Jesse Eisenberg was announced to play Lex Luthor for the film. Say whatever you want to say about that casting, whether be good or bad, we know it's weird. But atleast we now have a villain for the movie. But knowing Lex and what seems to be reports about how he will be portrayed, we all know he's going to be that type of villain who acts behind the scenes. He may have the resources to put on an armor that could withstand anything Superman and Batman (and probably Wonder Woman as well) can throw at him, but he's not dumb enough to throw the first punch.

Imagine Lex Luthor as Darth Sidious. Darth Sidious has Darth Vader doing all his $#@% for him. So who will be Lex Luthor's Darth Vader? who will be that guy (or girl) who will throw the first punch? Here's my TOP 5 Pick of who I think should be the muscle villain for the Untitled Man of Steel Sequel

5. Intergang

Picking off at number 5 is probably the biggest crime organization in Metropolis, Intergang. Intergang was run by various crime lord and is armed with intergalactic weaponry and technology that has been proven to be very dangerous and sometimes lethal to the Man of Steel himself, supplied by a group of intergalactic bad guy (or guy) with an intermediary. If the rumors are true that this film will be tied in to the upcoming Justice League film if there ever will be one, then it only makes sense to have the Intergang as villains for the film. Because if true, we all know who's going to be the villain in Justice League, honestly, we all know who. 

4. Poison Ivy

Portrayed as DC's most prominent eco-terrorist, her seductive name and appearance is the very meaning of "toxic" for the Dark Knight. But there's also a reason she's the only Bat-villain on my list. Back in the Batman storyline Hush, Poison Ivy was responsible for the hypnotizing Superman, causing him to run some errands against Batman. It comes complete with this popular panel taken from the graphic novel, that is the weapon of every Batman fans against Superman fans, until Superman fans points out Batman's thoughts on the very same panel of why he can't win against Superman, but Batman fans are too blinded to even notice them. 

Also, Poison Ivy was forced to worked with Lex Luthor way back during the first episode of the fifth season of The Batman, which features the first meeting of both Superman and Batman from that universe. On that story arc, Luthor uses Ivy's mind-controlling spoers, lacing them with Kryptonite and uses it on Superman. so he could use Superman for his dirty schemes (that is for world domination and killing Batman and Robin specifically).

If Snyder wanted, he can use those tropes for the film, or he can come up with something original. Besides isn't it about time someone make up for this atrocity?

3. Bizarro

Whether he be Lex Luthor's failed experiment or Emperor Joker's pet, Bizarro has always been the imperfect clone of Superman. Throughout many storylines he was featured, Bizarro has always been portrayed as a misunderstood creature. He envy's Superman status as a hero, wanting to be the hero himself, doing his best to help others, only to do the opposite of his intentions. He's still a being with feelings, he only wants to be the hero, but the only place he will ever have in this world is a villain's, and that is just sad.

My only problem about this choice is that we already had an already aggressive character who went against Superman with the same set of powers; General Zod. The only real difference they have is that Zod isn't dumb and disfigured like Bizarro.

If they still want to go down this path, I personally suggest going with H'El. He's generally supposed to be Bizarro's counterpart in the New 52, only eding up to be an original character. Not only he has the same set of powers as Superman, he also has additional firepowers of his own that he acquired during his exploration on space. But this seems like an easy, obvious choice. And this movie, so far, has stayed away from those easy and obvious choices, don't they.

2. Metallo 

This seems like a no-brainer. Why? what's more evil than a robot with a chunk of Kryptonite, that one space rock that could kill Superman, as a heart? 

Whether be an ex-con, ex-military, or a journalist, John Corben always have this obsession for attention, especially to his crush Lois Lane. This maybe an easy pic but he is a formidable foe for Superman and even Batman himself. Check out the video below and you'll see what I'm talking about.

But like I said, Metallo is an obvious choice, which is why I have another character in mind to take the number 1 spot.

1. Parasite

Parasite is an enemy of Superman who feeds on energy by hungrily adsorbing it into his body, draining all living creatures into husks at his touch because of the massive danger he represents to anyone he comes into contact with, he spends most of his time imprisoned in Stryker's Island Penitentiary. 

The name was assumed by many individuals. The most well known among them is Rudy Jones. At the famous TV series Superman: The Animated Series, he was portrayed as a janitor at S.T.A.R. Labs who was trying to steal chemicals along with some crooks. After an accident, the very same chemicals transforms him into the Parasite. He then blames his fellow criminals for the accident and uses his new found powers against them, only his plans to be thwarted by Superman. All of this because he couldn't accept his fate. 

Individually, the men who assumed the name doesn't have much character development on them, but combined as one character can be very fundamental and unique for the film. He doesn't really want to be the villain, he only wanted justice and revenge for his fate, but in the end, he didn't really had any choice at all.

This is an opportunity for Zack Snyder and the crew. take a Superman villain that has very little substance on him and enhance them on the big screen. Not only this will give the character some major exposure, but also to other lesser-known Superman villains as well. If done right, he could be a really cool villain for both Superman and Batman. I recommend reading Superman: Earth One Volume 2 for inspiration. 

Interesting enough, Rudy Jones' transformation was plotted by Darkseid himself. So if they really, really, REALLY want Darkseid to be the villain for Justice League, then Parasite can be a great tool for a tie-in. Have him a "weapon" from Luthor to the Intergang, or whatever, don't waste this opportunity Snyder.


Everybody seems to be worried about the fact pretty-but-skinny model/actress Gal Gadot has been casted as Wonder Woman. With her track record everybody has rights to be worried, but let's give her the benefit of the doubt. Besides, it's not her casting we should be worried, it's about Wonder Woman's role in the film itself we should be worried.

She could be a villain for many reasons. One, Wonder Woman will be Lex Luthor(and possibly Bruce Wayne)'s corporate-sponsored-superhero and a political envoy. In which, instead of having a failed experiment like Bizarro, or a superhero made from scratch like Hope from Lex Luthor: Man of Steel (which also happens to have Bruce Wayne/Batman in it, and it has a mini Batman vs. Superman scene in it), instead we'll have an Amazon princess who was brought to the Man's world and Lex Luthor will promote her as the "ideal" superhero. She will eventually get tricked to believe that Superman (and Batman) is the enemy. Or she could be mind-controlled as well via Poison Ivy's mind-control spores, instead of using it to Superman, Luthor uses it to Wonder Woman.

Take note that whatever I have mentioned above is just a personal opinion and a hunch of mine. None of this is official. 

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