Zack Snyder’s upcoming project Batman vs. Superman may be taking its inspiration from the popular 1996 DC Comics mini-series Kingdom Come.
Ever since Batman vs. Superman was first announced, we’ve all suspected that director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer would be basing their story on one of the numerous Superman and Batman co-starring comic tales. Many fans figured it would most likely be Frank Miller’s iconic Dark Knight Returns finale. The new rumor that the Man of Steel sequel will be using the well-regarded comic book mini-series Kingdom Come as the movie’s general inspiration comes from Screen Rant, based on a tweet from WB producer Daniel Alter.
The idea that Kingdom Come might be the basis for the film seems to fit the rumors and information we have so far. We know that this version of Batman is older and weary, as well as being estranged from Dick Grayson, who has moved on to his own crime-fighting career. We also know that Lex Luthor is in the movie. Rumors also indicate that Wonder Woman many possibly make an appearance, as well. And now we know there will be Bat drones.
The mini-series Kingdom Come takes place in the not-too-distant future of the DC universe, where there is a rift between superheroes (Led by Superman and Wonder Woman) and normal humans. The division is spurred on by Lex Luthor’s Mankind Liberation Front. Batman’s group, the Outsiders, are caught in between. An aging Batman keeps order in Gotham City by using an army of robotic Bat-Cops which he controls from his Batcave. When a superhuman battle causes mass destruction, Batman forms a reluctant pact with Lex Luthor to build a coalition of non-powered beings to keep “Superman and his ilk” in check. Grayson, who had broken up his partnership with Bruce, sides with the heroes led by Superman and Wonder Woman. And while Batman doesn’t actually fight it out with Superman one-on-one, (he does fight Wonder Woman) they are in opposition.
If this is indeed the real basis for the storyline, it could certainly explain the working title Batman vs. Superman. The idea of Team Superman vs. Team Batman could mean that there will be cameos by other heroes in the film, including Wonder Woman, which could set up the previously announced Justice League film. Of course, none of this is confirmed yet. It should also be added that although Alter is a WB producer, he is not working on the Man of Steel sequel. Still, he is a solid source and his information does fit the facts we’ve been given so far. Time will tell. What we do know for sure is that Henry Cavill will be playing Superman and Ben Affleck will be the next big-screen Batman.
When we know more, you’ll know more.