I’d love to give credit where credit’s due, but the truth is, I canNOT remember where I first heard this idea (who knows? Maybe I dreamt it!): The Christopher Nolan-supervised The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: The Man of Steel movies aren’t going to be connected (ala World’s Finest) with a big spandex meet-n-greet, but will be a cross continuity team-up instead. Got that? Clark doesn’t take the commuter shuttle to Gotham and Bruce doesn’t fly his G6 to Metropolis. Instead, they jump across the multiverse.
Christopher Nolan has gone out of his way to create a world where Batman (and all attending baddies) are reality based and there are NO meta-humans in sight. We’ve accepted this since the first time we learned Ra’s Al Ghul wasn’t a 700 year-old Arab, but instead would be craggily handsome Liam Neeson. And I’ve liked these reality-based movies. A lot. But like a lot of super-nerds, the lack of crossover possibilities has bummed me out. It seemed Batman would never get that chance to peer down from the Watchtower, and as much as I love the Nolanverse, there’d be no way to get the Bale Batman out and a…..oh, say, Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern in.
Unless! Unless it wasn’t a standard team-up, where heroes from 6 or 7 different cities show up and decide to FB friend each other. What if each hero was from his own universe? The Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Superman: the Man of Steel can start off as the only big gun in his world, but if Nolan wants his left hand to shake with the right hand, what better way than saying “Hey, Star Labs has found the universe next door? And there’s a guy in black tights running around scaring criminals? And the universe on the other side of that? It’s got a bunch of space cops with magic wishing rings!” And so on, and so on. I grew up on the yearly JLA/JSA team-ups, with alternate universes sharing heroes and adventures. If Nolan wants to pare this idea to its bare bones – one hero per universe – I think we’ve got the formula for that long-awaited Justice League movie to finally happen!