In a similar vein to my previous post ‘Paranormal Activity 5: What They Should Do Next’, I have decided to write about how I think the Batman franchise should be rebooted. A reboot is inevitable: The Dark Knight Rises became the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time, raking in over $1.08 billion. This plus the fact that Man of Steel is a Superman reboot means that we can be pretty sure that DC are going to something Batman-y in the next few years. Just recently, Warner Bros. announced that Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman in a Justice League movie, with principal photography beginning in 2014. But this post isn’t focussing on the Justice League, it’s focussing on Batman.

I think I can safely say that I have enjoyed every Batman film that Hollywood has produced (yes, even that one), and the different style that each film brings to the table. With Tim Burton’s films you get the emotional pain Bruce Wayne feels at the loss of his parents; with Joel Schumacher’s contributions you get crazy villains and nipples on the Batsuit; and, with Christopher Nolan’s version you get a more realistic tone to the story and, arguably, one of the worst deaths ever recorded on film.

But here’s the thing: I don’t want realism. 

Somehow I don’t think we’ll be seeing him in Justice League

Batman, for me, is all about the villains. I mean really, really fucked-up villains. Everyone’s familiar with the classic bad-guys like Joker, Riddler, Two-Face etc. but there are so many forgotten ones: Mad Hatter, Clayface, Calendar Man and even The Calculator (I think at this point they’d probably ran out of ideas). Now some of these bad guys are seriously messed up in the head – Riddler was abused as a child by his father, as was Two-Face (by his own father though, not Riddler’s…) , and poor ol’ Penguin got into a bar fight and someone shoved a bottle into his eye. 

So what I’m suggesting is that for the next big reboot of Batman they should make it all about the villains. I would absolutely love to see origin stories for all the major Batman villains – and how they interact with one another.

See, the thing is, I don’t care about Bruce Wayne. Now that sounds pretty heartless, but I don’t care. I’ve seen his origin story too many times now, and if Hollywood tries to milk anymore out of it then I’m going to scream. 

Kinda like this, but more awesome.

So why not make a new series of films focussing on each villain, whilst having Batman as a secondary character? That way you’d get to see what made them become the villain that we all know and love. Villains are so much more interesting that good guys, especially when it comes to some of the weird and crazy characters of Batman. And, seeing as Hollywood is going through an ‘Avengers/Justice League’ phase, if they really wanted to they could tie all the films together with one Arkham Asylum-esque film at the end of the franchise. 

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Anyway, there are my two cents on what I would love to see in the next Batman adaptation. It probably won’t ever happen but hey – we can dream, right?

If you’ve got any thoughts/ideas on what you’d like out of a new Batman reboot, then feel free to leave a comment.

Tom

 

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  1. Amen on the lack of realism. What I’d like to see is to first, do away with retelling the origin yet again. At this point, if you don’t know how Batman became Batman, the onus is on you (or a really nice and quick flashback montage).

    Mass jailbreak at Arkham Asylum — everyone is on the loose, all at once, and Batman quickly gets overwhelmed. Start with the really low end criminals that are too dumb or crazy to not take advantage of the situation — usually they wouldn’t make Bats even break a mild sweat, but dealing with them one after the other in rapid succession starts to take a toll. For every C-lister Batman has to stop and deal with, that’s giving the A-list more time to find a nice hidey-hole.

    Reveal: someone did that on purpose, threw Batman into a gauntlet, and that’s to get him out of the way for an ever grander plan to take over the city using panic and fear . . . and the remaining villains start to realize there was never a better time to team up and take out Batman . . . but the Joker himself starts to realize this is a set-up and he doesn’t like being anyone’s puppet. Plus, let’s face it — no one but Harley wants to team-up with the Joker. This sets up a second film where the villains are trying to work against Batman but end up starting to turn on one another — something Batman realizes, and that’s the only way he’s going to beat them in a group, turn them against one another while he tries to figure out who’s really behind this and what game they’re playing . . . and keeping one eye open for the Joker.

    And no stiff rubber black Bat-armor. Take a cue from the Arkham games — grey with some armor elements. Less gadgets and vehicles and lots of really cool and well-choreographed martial arts and street fights.

    • Tom Fisher says:

      I completely agree with you on the Arkham Asylum jailbreak storyline. To see villains interacting with each other would be brilliant (it was sort-of hinted at in the Arkham City game with each villain having a part of the city).

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