FILM: The League of Bats (Ranking the Caped Crusader) - #5

I enjoyed Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.  There were several problematic moments with Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) surrounding "keeping his secret" and even Kent Sr's death but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's made peace with the man he wants to be... or at least, wants to try to be.  There's a lovely back and forth between the Last Son of Krypton and America (the Political Monster) in which they're all set to put sanctions on him because he operates outside of their authority; and though it's never mentioned you get the impression if he was willing to become the U.S.'s special weapon (ala The Dark Knight Returns) his problems would go away.
"Actually Chris Brown, she's gonna kick your ass... we're just here to watch."
The problem DC have been having with Superman is a simple one.  The best way to highlight it is to put he alongside Marvel's very own "Mr. USA" Captain America.  Where Steve Rogers can always remain a product of the 1920-1940s, a man out of time; in order for Superman to become cinematically relevant he needs to be updated to reflect the world in which he belongs.  The current incarnation of the Man of Steel is a little more cynical, and (dare I say) whiny than what most readers of Supe would be happy with.  Hopefully with the furthering of the DC cinematic universe and the increasing acceptance that these "individuals" are here to help, might free Clarke to become the beckon on hope his chest says he is.

5. Batman (1989)
Michael Keaton || Batman

Some people might be surprised that Tim Burton's 1989 re-imagining of the Caped Crusader only just squeezes into the Top 5 but they shouldn't be.  For the most art I've been struggling over Batman (1989) and Batman: The Movie (1966). The truth of the matter is that 1989 edges out the Era of West because it opened the door to a "darker" interpretation of comic book cinema.  Without Batman we might not have had X-Men, Spider-Man (and 2), and even the Nolan Universe... but the truth of the matter is this is no more a Batman movie than I am.
You wanna get nuts?!
Tim Burton made it abundantly clear that he had little-to-no interest in Batman and it shows.  Our first encounter with Batman has him wait until the criminals had committed their crime before jumping down, knocking them about a bit, then introducing himself.  He doesn't stop the criminals, he doesn't even restrain the criminals until the cops arrive... he just pops in to say hello.  Nicholson is good but he's just Jack Nicholson in make-up.  I've more issues but who has the time...?

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Stu Hogan is idolized by every child walking Hollywood Boulevard apart from his own.  Working the star-studded street as a Batman impersonator alongside good pal Brian (Superman) and steroid shooting Ricky (The Incredible Hulk), Stu's love of alcohol, gambling and strippers have left him behind with his alimony, down on his luck and looking for a quick fix for both.

Seeing an opportunity to change his circumstances, Stu enlists his fellow superheroes for a daring heist that has the impersonators fall short of their counterparts' lofty standards causing friendships to fracture and divisions to become deadly.

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