Clark Bartram, Michael O’Hearn, Kurt Carley, Michael Antonik, Nina Kaczorowski, Andrew Decker, Joseph Collora
Written and directed by: Sandy Collora
Lois – “Where’s Bruce?”
Isn’t it frustrating waiting for something to happen?Oh sure it can be good to wait around sometimes (apparently there’s even a saying about it), but hanging about can often bring boredom, frustration and a distinct lack of interest.So if you want a job done, you need to do it yourself; and that’s what writer/director Sandy Collora did with World’s Finest.Comic fans love a good team-up.In fact sticking a couple of heroes together to fight the good fight had been a staple of comics for years, but one such pairing had been on fans wish-lists for what seemed like an eternity... the pairing of Batman and Superman!The characters had appeared together before across a number of different mediums, but the one that was crying out to be covered was the live-action one.In the 50s Superman had been played on TV by George Reeves and in the 60s Adam West had been Batman, but not once did they appear together, apart from in the fevered dreams of imaginative fans.Thing was, the desire for the big team-up was common knowledge and big movie producers knew about it, even going so far as considering making a Batman Vs Superman movie.However just because people wanted it, it didn’t mean it was going to happen...or if a Batman and Superman movie would have been any good, as anyone who has seen Aliens Vs Predator, AVP 2: Requiem (dear God!!!), or Freddie Vs Jason (oh come on, you know you’ve seen at least one of them) will know that granting fans their wish is not always wise.But that didn’t stop Collora from using the idea of putting DC’s twin titans into one short fan film so he could see what would happen.
World’s Finest was a four minute trailer that saw the Dark Knight and The Man Of Steel together...on screen...in live-action glory... and it was impressive stuff.Although it was short in length and technically just a ‘teaser’ trailer, the film had a narrative that saw Batman and Superman squaring up to Lex Luthor and Two-Face and also featured appearances from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.The effects were pretty good, considering it wasn’t an officially released (or DC sanctioned) project and it did the job of whipping fans into a frenzy.As characters Batman and Superman were perfectly suited for a team-up as they were (and still are) opposite sides of the same super heroic coin.Supes always strived to do the right thing, but remained within the guidelines set out by his adopted world.He respected the values and rules and always set an example to others.Bats on the other hand had no problem with bending the rules to succeed at his job, because he understood that criminals didn’t play by the rules.The truth was they needed each other to balance the scales and that’s why fans were so eager to see them together.Whether the combination could have sustained a longer running time would be a question for a different project altogether, but for World’s Finest the important thing was demonstrating that patience paid off in the end.So maybe you should just hang on in there, just a little bit longer.
WHAT A LOVELY PAIR: *Actor Clark Bartram played Batman in Sandy Collora’s Batman: Dead End (2003).The movie saw the Dark Knight up against the Joker, some Predators and some Aliens.
*World’s Finest featured music from John Williams Superman score and Danny Elfman’s Batman score.
*In the 2008 movie Hancock, a poster could be seen advertising a Batman and Superman movie.
*Batman and Superman often paired up in the DC Comics series World’s Finest (originally called World’s Best Comics(1941)), but they have also teamed-up on radio and in cartoons.During the late 1990s there were a few references made to Batman in the TV series Lois & Clark and Superman was referenced in the film Batman & Robin (1997), because at the time there were plans to put the characters together on screen.