I actually posed this question on Facebook before Batman v Superman was released. It didn’t get as long of a discussion as I’d hoped, but it did get some fascinating comments. I thought I’d bring it here, too, if people are interested in talking about it.
For the record, I saw Batman v Superman again on April 19th. Dad wanted to see it, and I went along with him. I liked it a bit better the second time around. I still have most of my complaints, but in general I’m not as bitter about it as I was after my first viewing, and I did see a few more things I enjoyed, plus the ending hit me a hell of a lot harder the second time around, too.
But that’s not what this is about, really…
One thing we got bashed over the head with from Man of Steal to Batman v Superman by Zack Snyder was that he wanted to answer the question of how these characters would exist in our real world. I don’t think he’s succeeded in dealing with that question so far, quite frankly, but it’s a fascinating question to ponder, I think.
So let’s ponder it.
The only caveat I’ll put to this question is that you have to pretend the comics don’t exist. Other than that, we’re talking about the reality we currently live in.
If Superman, Batman (and the Bat Family), Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, the Green Lantern Corps, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Zatanna, Black Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Powergirl, etc, and all of their villains and “supporting characters” and worlds, all existed, how would you react to that? How do you think the world would react to it? What implications would it have for politics, for science… for social justice, even? What would it mean to us as atheists, now knowing that “gods” (of a kind) actually exist… including, of all people, Lucifer. Would you want to live in this reality?
As for me, I honestly have no idea. It would absolutely change the landscape of what our reality looks like. It’s something I first started pondering back when Nolan was releasing his Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan was tackling the question of Batman’s existence in “the real world”, and I think he did a great job with it, at least in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. So it’s a question I’ve had in my head for years, trying to come up with some kind of answer.
But it’s not an easy question to answer, I think. Or maybe it is for you?
let me know your thoughts in the comments.