BTW, I've been thinking about how the movie would handle the first meeting between Superman and Batman and it got me wondering, if Batman's a veteran at this point, then wouldn't it make sense for Clark to have sought Batman out while he was wandering around as an itinerant worker? Surely news of Batman's exploits in Gotham would have reached him somehow and wouldn't it occur to Clark, "Wait a minute, what if this Bat character is like me? What if there's a chance that I'm not alone in this secret superhero gig? What if he's an alien, too?" And if Clark did in fact reach out and they already have a history together or a prior encounter going into this movie, then it makes even less sense for them to fight now and put "versus" in the title. But, if none of that ever happened, then why the heck not? It would be understandable if Batman were a rookie, too, and he and Clark were unaware of the other's existence. But that's not the case. I wonder how the filmmakers are going to explain that.
Well that's where Man of Steel falls down. If you analyze it then everything all comes apart at the seams. From the idiotic decision to have Costner refuse to let Clark save him during the tornado scene to the discordance of the other Kryptonians gaining mastery of their powers that took Clark decades to master, there's just a thousand things that don't work if you put it under a microscope. But still, I liked the movie. Even though a lot of it doesn't work it was still a fun movie to just enjoy as a spectacle.
The biggest problem though, is that with that huge fight between the Kryptonians and Superman and the terraforming machine... if the Justice League characters already exist in that world then what can possibly be bigger than that? That was a League level event. Having them all show up after the fact in a second movie is going to be a tough pill to swallow. "Oh, so there is a Green Lantern in the MoS universe? Well where the hell was he when Kal was getting his ass kicked by Zod?". If Batman is powerful enough to take on Supes as the title would suggest, where was he to offer help when the entire planet was in danger of being squashed beneath the oppressive heel of the Kryptonian menace? Where was Arthur when his seas were under assault? Where was Diana, isn't Themyscira part of Earth in this universe?
Thing is, I think they should have started with Justice League first, then built individual films once the characters had been introduced. Marvel needed to tell mainstream moviegoers who Tony Stark was, they needed to introduce Asgard the way they did and have Steve's movie set up SHIELD. Avengers needed the lead up. But Justice League doesn't. That's DC's strength. All their characters are archetypes to begin with, painted with broad strokes that can be explained easily and quickly and then you can dive into the character after the fact. That is the strength they have over Marvel but I don't know if they are going to utilize it well enough to make it fly.
I really hope it surprises me though. Even if it's just fun as a spectacle, that's kind of enough for me at this point. I've already seen (what I consider to be) the best version of Batman, Superman, and the Justice League in the animated universe. I don't think they'll ever top that for me so if they can pull off a fun movie, even if it doesn't stand up to scrutiny, I'm alright with that. And seeing Diana's costume this week makes me more hopeful than I could have imagined. They really nailed the armor look and I'm thankful that's where they went with her character.