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The Batman versus Superman debate rages on. This time, however, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and The Daily Show host John Stewart weigh in on the topic, with surprising results. Neil deGrasse has an interesting revelation that pretty much sums up why the two superheroes are going head to head, and why it all comes down to Batman's attachment to the city.
Recently, astrophysicist and StarTalk host Neil deGrasse Tyson stopped by The Daily Show with John Stewart to discuss his latest project. But, when The Daily Show host broached the subject of Superman versus Batman, the conversation, which already revolved around—you guessed it—science, turned super serious as Tyson intellectually laid out his reasoning for the existence of the duel between Batman and Superman, a dynamic that may just play directly into the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Basically it all comes down Superman not answering to anyone we know of:
Nobody we have any insight into. He just behaves in any way he wants. And so at the end of the day, what might matter is the public reception of the superhero's conduct. And if Batman executes our wishes in the city, and Superman does whatever the hell he wants: that's a conflict.
Stewart initially brought up the subject, mentioning that the audience was debating the topic previously before weighing in himself. He then confessed that he didn’t see how it was indeed a contest because "Batman is just a guy with a nice belt", while "Superman is invincible, he is faster than a speeding bullet and he can fly." The Daily Show host then posed the question to his guest. Tyson’s answer was classic. The StarTalk host broke down his answer like only an astrophysicist could, first starting with his own set of questions: "who does Batman report to," "who does Superman report to," pausing only briefly to allow Stewart to answer each question as he built up to his point. Then the StarTalk host deduced for Stewart and the audience that Superman doesn’t report to anybody we know, unlike Batman who ultimately reports to the Gotham City. For Tyson, therein lies the problem, a likely setup for the new Batman v Superman movie, perhaps?
Particularly noteworthy from that very enlightening exchange between John Stewart and Neil deGrasse Tyson is that could he may have just given us insight into the plot of new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. To paraphrase the StarTalk host, people aren’t necessarily happy with the idea of some alien from another planet not having to "report to anyone that we know." Tyson is probably dead on with this clue as we’ve already seen in footage of the first official trailer that dropped last week. Remember the news coverage about Superman and the lines about "human beings looking for a savior" and "having a horrible track record of following people with great power?" Obviously, this could be problematic for Superman, that is until he is able to perhaps prove his allegiance, if that is even possible. Batman, however, may not have always had the people on his side, but he does have the cooperation of the city he serves, which is a big difference. Tyson just took the conversation to a whole new level. Wouldn’t you agree?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t hit theaters until March 25, 2016, but until then stayed tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest updates.