I once read that everybody is either a farmer or a sailor at heart. That’s perhaps a little old fashioned. I prefer to say that everyone is either Superman or Batman, deep down. One is the ultimate fantasy, the other the ultimate in human achievement. Which would you choose?
Sandy Collora is an amateur director who took the internet by storm last year with the release of his short film Batman: Dead End. I was very impressed by it – the essence of Batman was very well captured in my opinion, which isn’t an easy thing to do. The trailer for his next project has just been released, and it looks seriously cool.
World’s Finest is the title – it refers to the long running comic series which teamed up Batman and Superman. From the trailer it seems a fair bit more ambitious than B:DE. There are a large number of characters and effects, indeed the trailer has a Warner Bros. logo at the start which I’m guessing has funded the project. I’ll be intrigued to see the final result. Superman’s far more difficult to pull off on screen than Batman, I think. Batman can work as a character if you don’t quite capture the spirit, but Superman won’t. It’s easy to make him too perfect and aloof, but if he’s too fallible then he’s not Superman. That’s what a lot of people don’t get about Superman, simply because the image they’ve been exposed to is one of perfection. In the world we live in it’s far more difficult to do the right thing than to be an anti-hero, and the best Superman stories are about what happens when the best thing to do isn’t necessarily the right thing to do. Guess which hero advocates the former position. The conflict between the attitudes of DC’s greatest heros has produced, in my opinion, some of the best comics I’ve ever read (although the Justice League forms party of that), so this film could be great if well made. I’m not sure when it’s out, but I’m looking forward to it.