Like it or not, Man of Steel 2: Clark’s Gotham Adventure (or whatever it will be called) is coming our way, and soon. For a film that was only announced a short while ago, we already have a writer, a director, and brand new co-lead in the form of Ben Affleck. Heck, we even know that Frank Miller’s acclaimed mini-series The Dark Knight Returns will be an influence on the film, though to what degree remains to be seen.
Still, there is plenty we have yet to find out about the film. As such, I offer five predications as to what we’ll be in for when Man of Steel 2: Best Buds Forever is released in 2015.
1. Expect Carrie Kelley in the Film
If Zack Snyder really wants to make Batman his own and break from Christopher Nolan’s series of films — which, despite the heavy Nolan influence on the tone of Man of Steel, I do believe Snyder will wish to do – the surest way to do so will be by featuring Robin in the film. Since it is unlikely we are going to see a lighter Dark Knight this time around, giving Bruce a younger, light-hearted partner will offer viewers a new slant on Batman that hasn’t really been explored in any serious way on screen yet. Plus, since odds are Batman and Superman are going to at least be slightly antagonistic towards each other, who better to smooth relations between the pair then a voice of youthful enthusiasm?
You might be asking why I believe that the Carrie Kelley version of Robin will feature in the film, however. Beyond the fact that the character originates in The Dark Knight Returns — which, as I noted, Snyder has stated is an influence on the film — using Kelley in the film would be in keeping with one of the elements I did like about Man of Steel: the diversification of the cast. Factor in that DC Comics is currently working Kelley into the mainstream DC continuity following the death of the last Robin, and odds are we will be seeing Kelley as Robin in 2015.
2. Q Division will have nothing on Batman
While Ben Affleck’s Batman will likely be fairly close personality-wise to Christian Bale’s Batman, Affleck’s Dark Knight will likely get the cool toys to play with. In order to co-exist in a world with Superman, Batman is likely to get a major upgrade in the technology department, including a high-tech Bat-suit for at least a portion of the film. Again, taking this approach would allow Snyder to break from Nolan’s version of Batman, while also helping to continue establishing the grander science fiction world of which Batman is now a part.
3. Lex Luthor will be the villain, but don’t expect Batman’s Rogues to sit this film out entirely
Yeah, Lex will certainly be the master villain in this film, but I’d be shocked to see Snyder and Goyer pass up the opportunity to feature at least some of the Dark Knight’s foes in supporting roles. Indeed, after a three film stretch of “realistic” villains, now is the perfect time to pull out some of the more outlandish villains from the Batman comics. Mr. Freeze, Clayface, and Poison Ivy among others are likely on the table in a way they couldn’t have been during the Nolan series, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one or two show up in Lex’s employ.
One villain who will NOT be making an appearance, though, is the Joker. As tempting as it might be to feature the two most iconic villains in the DC Universe together in the same film, given how beloved Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker is, I just can’t see it happening without risking comparisons to The Dark Knight.
4. Expect nods to the rest of the DC Universe in the film
From cryptic news reports coming in at the Daily Planet, to mysterious files Bruce doesn’t want Clark getting a look at on the Bat-computer, expect plenty of references to a wider universe going on in the background of this film. Whether any of these little “cookies” for fans will give any real indication as to what the future plans for DC Universe onscreen are is anyone’s guess, but there will likely be no quicker and easier way to get fans talking than if a reference to Wonder Woman, Aquaman or any other characters from the comics is tossed in amidst the action.
5. Expect most of the action to be in Metropolis
I am going to call it now: don’t expect to see much of Gotham in the film. With the massive damage done to Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel, odds are Bruce and crew are going to come to town rather than Clark and Lois booking it to DC Comics’ favourite hellhole. As such, don’t count on seeing much, if any, of Commissioner Gordon, Wayne Manor or the Batcave.
So, think I am right? Think I am mad? Have your own predictions for what we will see in 2015? Leave a comment below! Let’s get talking!