This summer both the DC Comics cinematic universe and the Marvel universe are going to war. Batman will fight Superman (with others), while team Tony Stark and team Captain America fight over America’s coveted macho superhero leadership. It should be awesome, but just how much collateral damage can we expect?
Both of these comic book movie franchises have a history of destroying ridiculous amounts of cars, towns, and entire fucking cities with almost no consequences. The newest Superman movie Man of Steel saw alien battles on the streets of Smallville and ended by leveling an entire city. The trailer for Batman V Superman promises even more metropolis-sized destruction.
Meanwhile, over in the Marvel Universe, Iron Man laid waste to some cars in his first movie, New York took a beating in The Avengers, the streets of Washington D.C. were ravaged with Bucky Barnes branded terrorism in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and an entire fucking province was lifted into the atmosphere in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
With the final trailers for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman released, it appears the previous devastating actions of our favorite destructive superheroes is catching up to them, but have they learned their lesson?
Well, from what we’ve seen so far, no. No they have not. While both films portray armies of superheros teaming up to fight each other, a battle between the two films themselves rages on: who will destroy more shit?
For whatever reason, comic book movies and movies in general love to destroy cars. Something falls from the sky? It lands on a car. Superhero needs a shield? That car over there is good. Where should we have a battle featuring giant alien robots, armies of superheros, tons of explosions, and falling buildings all in the name of saving humanity? Why not above a busy street full of people and cars?
First, the latest trailer for Batman V Superman:
When we last saw Batman in the now defunct Christopher Nolan trilogy, he was being a total dick to Gotham’s motorists, taking off mirrors on his bat-motorcycle thing and causing general chaos in the streets with the police chasing his Batmobile. When we last saw Superman, he was literally throwing cars, plowing through buildings, and destroying an entire city almost single-handed. He was also a dick to the government’s drones.
It’s those city-destroying actions that has Supes in hot water with Ben Affleck’s new Batman, so of course they’re going to play this differently and go somewhere far from the public streets to fight it out, right?
Hell no. The media campaign for Batman V Superman shows highlights of just how bad the ending of Man of Steel was on street level, with Batman running around in a Jeep Renegade(?) as Superman tears the city down.