You might have thought that the prospect of the first live-action meeting between Superman and Batman would be enough to propel Batman vs. Superman -- apparently the working title of the follow-up to this summer's Man of Steel -- to box-office success. Just in case that alone isn't enough, however, Stan Lee has an idea to guarantee the movie's success: Give him a cameo.
"I'll show you why DC isn't so smart," he told fans at the recent Wizard World Nashville Comic Con in a moment of tongue-in-cheek ego gone wild. "If I were the head of DC, I would contact me and say, 'How about doing a cameo in the next Superman movie?' Can you imagine? Nobody would believe it. Everybody would go see it."
In his defense, no one yet has proven that his cameos in Thor, The Avengers and the Iron Man trilogy (among many other movies based on Marvel Comics characters he co-created) aren't actually the reason that those movies have turned out to be massively successful, so it's not as if he's definitively incorrect about his power as a star.
The officially untitled Man of Steel sequel will be released in summer 2015, competing against Avengers: Age of Ultron which is likely to have a Stan cameo. Perhaps we'll finally get to measure just how important a Lee-ppearance in a superhero movie is to its success after all.
- Stan Lee