Now that The Avengers has successfully achieved the super-team movie that compiles heroes from solo series, the next step is for a Justice League movie to follow suit, right? Well, the Marvel Studios Avengers megafranchise is already inspiring enough copycat attempts in Hollywood, most of which will probably never happen let alone be any good.
So, the next step for the genre, and blockbuster movies in general, is a franchise-crossover movie. Either something necessitating the partnership of studios, like Marvel and Fox coming to some agreement on the fight over Quicksilver, or maybe even something in-house, like Fox merging its X-Men and Fantastic Four properties.
Or, also within the same studio, instead of continuing to struggle with attempts at Justice League, Warner Bros. should just give the fans a Superman vs. Batman movie. That's an idea that has been teased for many years, even nearly got made a decade ago with director Wolfgang Petersen (titled World's End), and the concept was later employed for a gag in I Am Legend (see above). In a new interview with SFX (via Slashfilm), Man of Steel star Henry Cavill says he'd like that to finally happen while he's in the Superman role:
"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict because they are two different sides of the same coin," he told the site, "and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story."
Perhaps that could even be the step that leads to Warner Bros./DC figuring out its Justice League plan while also giving them a little extra time. They do need to make a Justice League movie, though, if only for the next level: Justice League vs. The Avengers. How complicated but cool that would be if, say, by 2020 the main Marvel heroes go up against the main DC heroes?
Or better yet, straight up DC vs. Marvel, as was seen in a 1996 comic book miniseries. For a faithful adaptation to that, though, the Marvel side would have to unite characters from different studios since the main battles involved members of both the Avengers and X-Men. Of course, years later there was JLA/Avengers, which would be easier but would unfortunately lack the Lobo/Wolverine battle we all want to see.
While most comic book geeks will prefer some of the long-anticipated team-ups and crossovers they've seen on the page brought to life on the big screen, I'm a sucker for really silly combinations and would love to see such adaptations as The Transformers Guest-Starring Spider-Man, Star Trek/X-Men and Archie Meets the Punisher. But I like a lot of stupid comic book movies, including Howard the Duck and Supergirl, so I'm not the best person to ask.
Speaking of silliness, let's watch the clip of Spider-Man jokingly crashing the first X-Men movie:
What superhero movie crossover would you most like to see happen?
Here are some responses received so far via Twitter: