"Man of Steel" has been a box office bonanza for Warner Bros. After taking in US$620 million worldwide, a sequel was always on the cards so when "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder announced that the sequel will have Superman teaming up with Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel, fanboys around the world shouted in delight.
I’m not one of them.
I know the duo was stated to appear together in the "Justice League" film in 2017 and they appear regularly in a long running comic series “World’s Finest”, but I don't see the need to put the two of them together in a Superman film. The main thing is that both characters have their own successful franchises. The two characters have between them over 10 films, and never once had there been a guest star.
If you ask me, that’s the way it should be! Batman and Superman films should be standalone films that focus strictly on the character headlining the film. Having both of them in a Justice League film makes sense because Justice League is a team but having Batman in a Superman film will do nothing but diminish Batman, and vice versa.
Of course my views don’t mean much when fanboys around the world are jumping up and down. With Batman on board, the "Man of Steel" sequel will be box-office dynamite (which is probably why he’s in the sequel) but that doesn't change my argument. In simple basic terms, Batman should not be in a Superman, and vice versa, because they are not needed!
Both characters have proven that they can carry movies on their own, so why the need for a team-up in a Superman film? Have them together in a Justice League film is one thing but having Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel will do only one of two things; either Batman will overshadow Superman, or Batman will be overshadowed by Superman. I am looking forward to neither scenario.