Last Thursday, director Zach Snyder announced plans to embark on a
sequel to the recently released Batman vs. Superman. Snyder held a press
conference at Warner Brothers’ Burbank headquarters to a cheering crowd of
reporters and superhero fanatics eager to hear news about the upcoming
“Because of the success of both Batman vs. Superman and the
legacy of these two superheroes over the last fifty years,” remarked Snyder
with a glean in his eye, “We’re following up with a sequel, Batman Marries
Since the announcement last week, the upcoming feature has been
hotly debated on social media, in bars and high school quads across the
Sixteen year-old Colton Powers of Fairfield High School in Suburban
Illinois lamented to friend and jock Bryan Ritter during a break between
Algebra II and English Composition recently. “Hey man, I’m cool with marriage
between two dudes, especially ever since Brian and Sam were both named
Homecoming Kings last year. But can they, like, really marry two superheroes
who are saving the World all the time?”
Powers is not alone in his skepticism of the upcoming sequel, but
that’s not stopping Snyder from proceeding with production. He elaborated on
the decision to put forth Batman Marries
Superman on his blog, Complex Superheroes Uncut, in a post published
this week. Apparently this idea began to germinate during the filming of Batman
vs. Superman in the summer of 2015-a summer that also included a landmark
Supreme Court decision requiring all states to grant marriage licenses to
The timing couldn’t have been worse. I was so excited about the
supreme court decision and what that would mean for these characters I had
fallen in love with throughout the course of making this movie, but I got the
notification on my phone while we were shooting that scene where Ben has his
shirt off and is lifting all those heavy pieces of industrial material to get
ready for his big fight with Superman. I had to finish the first film and
couldn’t really give myself to the idea just yet.
Snyder has always been a creator of hyper-masculine, half-naked male
characters who form bonds with one another in the midst of trials and
darkness-whether it’s outnumbered Spartans fighting an entire Persian army or
superheroes entering their twilight years against the backdrop of nuclear war.
They’re comfortable spilling the insides of their enemies in violent
engagements, but they keep what’s inside their heart hidden from one another.
This is what Snyder has been creating over the duration of his filmmaking
Batman Marries Superman aims to be a different kind of movie.
“I just feel that we’ve reached a place in our society where we can
accept and even celebrate the loving union of a billionaire orphan and
ultra-powerful alien who’s saved the Earth more times than his franchise has
been remade,” Snyder recalled at the March 24th press conference.
While Snyder isn’t giving away too many details, he does admit that
he’s interested in how the couple manages to continue wrestling with the darker
demons revealed in Man of Steel, The Dark Knight, and Batman
vs. Superman, once they’re married. Potential storylines may include
relocating from Bruce Wayne’s hermit-like manor for a penthouse overlooking
uptown Metropolis (a convenient takeoff point for flying), researching in vitro
fertilization that would combine the genes from both Clark and Bruce, and
brunch dates with Lex Luther.
Batman Marries Superman is scheduled to hit
theaters in summer of 2017.
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