December 24, 2016: Will Superman or Batman Lead the Justice League?

A feature in the latest edition of TOTAL FILM magazine looks at the upcoming “Justice League” movie with a small quote from Henry Cavill on the playful relationship between Superman and Batman…

“There’s pretty much an argument between him and Batman as to who is the leader,” Henry Cavill told Total Film.

The movie will be released November 17, 2017.

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December 24, 2016 3:47 pm

I’ve always thought it should depend on the mission at hand? ..but like so many other times even given those parameters writers would probably default to taking Superman out of the game as usual and have it go to Batman to ensure the non-powered human looked better next to all the super-powered guys. I for one would really, really like to see Superman in a leadership capacity but I also couldn’t blame them for letting Wonder Woman do it as well. Honestly, I think Batman has become the character people always accused Superman of being in the Super Friends days,… Read more »

Super El
December 24, 2016 5:18 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Zack claimed that it was partially why he killed off Superman in the first place. He said it made it too easy for them to just unite if Superman was involved. That with Batman it would be more “interesting”.

So yeah, I think there is a lot of overcompensating too

December 24, 2016 7:10 pm
Reply to  Super El

I remember that. I took it to mean that if it was Superman bringing them together, then chances are, they’d all follow him without question, which would takeaway the story aspect. With Batman, he’d have to try harder because unlike the Guardian Angel Superman is, Batman’s a notoriously brutal vigilante. But it could still happen that way. Batman’s methods and way of doing things don’t really sit well with the others and Superman shows up to add more compassionate leadership to the table. That’d be interesting…

Super El
December 24, 2016 11:24 pm
Reply to  DE-EL

Well, that’s exactly what he said. Besides the whole Guardian Angel thing, the whole “Batman being more interesting due to his more violent nature” was essentially stated.

My problem was how that point of veiw was really shortsighted.

December 25, 2016 2:17 am
Reply to  Super El

Especially considering that Flash joins no problem because he “needs friends.” When we see cyborg he says he heard about Batman and didn’t think he was real. So they are meeting for the first time. So, either he’s responding to an ad in the personals or Wonder Woman recruited him. So that leaves Aquaman. That’s the only one left to make it more interesting. Zack Snyder killed off Superman to create tension between Batman and Aquaman? That’s what it seems like to me anyways. Now this news, Superman is arguing with Batman? Yeah, that’s a good leadership trait, starting arguments.… Read more »

December 25, 2016 2:19 pm

Technically there are three leaders. All for different reasons. Superman is like the President he gives hope to the team. Keeps controversy from happening and makes sure everyone works efficiently. Batman is like the leader of an espionage group. He creates tactical plans for missions, collects intel on not just enemies but allies as well, creating contingency plans in case any allies went rogue. Wonder Woman is like a General she inspires allies and leads them into battle. And creates battle plans. Although…I have always thought the Trinity are the self-appointed chosen ones. But wouldn’t it be cool if Aquaman… Read more »

December 26, 2016 9:47 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

I agree and a lot of times the roles The Trinity play tend to overlap a bit. Superman and Wonder Woman are the diplomats, the faces of the team. Superman because he is considered a beacon of hope and Wonder Woman because she is an ambassador from her land. Batman and Wonder Woman are the strategists. Batman through his training and operation in Gotham, Wonder Woman through being trained as an Amazon warrior by her people. Batman and Superman are considered the humanists, charged with looking towards what is best for the ground level person. Superman is considered this because,… Read more »

December 27, 2016 4:34 am
Reply to  dragon22a

What I liked for instance about Brad Meltzer’s run in almost every issue, depending on the stories, every hero gets to save the day. Vixen. Red Tornado. Red Arrow. And Black Canary was the chairman/woman of the league showcasing also her leading ability

December 26, 2016 9:51 am

My guess is that for the first movie it will either be Batman taking the lead or him sharing the leadership role with Wonder Woman. However, once Superman returns Batman will likely have him take the lead. It is kind of like how it was in the animated Justice League where Batman is there when needed but would rather not lead unless needed to. Once the League becomes known to the world Batman would likely have Superman or Wonder Woman be the face of the group given how he operates.

December 26, 2016 5:53 pm

Batman is already going to assemble the Justice League, so I’m predicting that he’ll be the leader. Personally, I’d love to see Superman or Wonder Woman be the leader of The Justice League. However, we are living in the era of Batman-worship. So I will not be surprised if Batman ends up being the leader.

December 27, 2016 6:27 am

I doubt his leadership will last. I get the feeling he will start to realize that he is not meant for battles like what’s coming and will prefer to stay in Gotham like he has done in various comics. Remember, this guy couldn’t do anything about Zod or Doomsday and in an alternate universe, it took a single punch from a parademon to knock him out. And to be honest, Wonder Woman should probably pull rank since she has way more experience than both Batman and Superman. I remember Snyder even calling Superman the chairman of the board when it… Read more »

December 27, 2016 9:14 pm
Reply to  DE-EL

DE-EL, you make very good, valid points. I agree with you that Batman couldn’t do anything about General Zod or Doomsday. And yes, Zack Snyder said that Superman is like the Chairman of The Board for The Justice League. Logically, your points add up and it makes sense that Batman would eventually realize that he’s not meant for these battles with high-powered gods and aliens, which would cause him to want to go back and handle things in Gotham. Logically, it makes sense, and overall I agree with you wholeheartedly. However, I think that, due to the extreme overexposure Batman… Read more »

December 28, 2016 1:14 pm

Well being part of a fight and directing the battle are two different things. They can still have Batman leading and directing the fight using his gadgets, vehicles, armor and the other members abilities to do so. I think it’s going to be Batman, cuz he’s cool to the kids and popular. And having Superman as the “chairman of the board” makes little sense as he hasn’t shown he can be such a thing yet. So far he had been a very type B personality, I just can’t see Superman comeback from be dead as a type A because reasons… Read more »

December 26, 2016 8:56 pm

With Wonder Woman in the center of the full photo, I say let Wonder Woman be the leader. Unless Aquaman is older and has more experience than Wonder Woman, I hope she leads based on her knowledge and experience.

December 29, 2016 10:30 am
Reply to  SuperFunTime

Kind of hard to believe that Aquaman is as immortal as Diana. 😉