Superhero Smackdown: Different backgrounds, different values frame the ultimate battle

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." / Tribune Media Service.

Commentary by Bret Pierce
Times-News correspondent

That is the question that a lot of people have about the new film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which is being released in theaters nationwide on Friday.
To find this out, you must first look at the background of the two combatants. Batman is a billionaire industrialist (Bruce Wayne) who, when he was just 8 years old, saw his parents murdered in cold blood by a street thug named Joe Chill. From that moment on, young Bruce swore to protect his city from the evil that cost his parents their lives.
From a doomed planet sent to Earth by his scientist parents, Superman gained extraordinary powers from Earth’s yellow sun and when he turned 18, he decided to put on the classic red, yellow and blue and use his special powers to protect innocents.
So besides the obvious differences (one has powers and the other doesn’t) they also have completely different reasons for fighting crime — one to exact revenge on those who seek to harm innocents and the other to unselfishly lend aid to all those in need.
As you would expect, these things cause constant altercations whether in the Justice League or just during their many meetings. But ultimately these two are not good friends, if friends at all. There is a looming sense of distrust between the two. Superman questions Batman and his rather extreme methods and Batman is skeptical about what Superman’s true intentions are.
This is the ultimate factor that pushes their relationship over the brink and causes the battle of two of the greatest superheroes of all time.

 Bret Pierce is an eighth-grader at Brown Summit Middle School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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