What's next for The Dark Knight?

What's next for The Dark Knight?

With Christopher Nolan's brilliant vision of Batman coming to a close in 2012, the question debated heavily last night between my friends and I was 'What's next for The Dark Knight?'

Batman is, undoubtedly, the comic book character with the biggest revenue. With the release of The Dark Knight Rises next year, it will be the eighth Batman film, spanning nearly 50 years.

Admittedly not all of these movies have been as successful as other (one in particular comes to mind) there is still no doubt Batman is the biggest and the best. And with DC failing to launch their heroes into movies as well as Marvel (don't hate the player, hate the game) it is highly likely DC will look at making another Batman film within the next five to ten years.

This, of course, would require a new direction. We've had a camp Batman who, some days, just can't get rid of a bomb.

We've had the gothic, brooding Dark Knight in the shape of the brilliant Michael Keaton for Batman and Batman Returns.

Val Kilmer dabbled as The Caped Crusader in Batman Forever, which wasn't a bad movie (Kilmer probably saved it from becoming a steaming pile of Schumacher) and then George Clooney slapped on the cowl to show us George Clooney wearing a Batman mask.

And, of course, finally we have the real world take on Batman in Chris Nolan's amazing Dark Knight Saga.

It does pose the question, where do you go from here? And after several beers and a five minute cooling off period by a slot machine (in case my mate is reading this, no, you ARE wrong, Keaton was and still is better than Bale) here are some of the conclusions we drew up.

Naturally, these are just our thoughts, I am more interested in what you guys would like to see or think will happen.

1) The Dark Knight Returns - OK, brilliant graphic novel, no doubt. But will Nolan explore an aged Batman in his new film? We already know it is set 8 years after The Dark Knight and we've all seen the white temples on Bale's Bruce Wayne, so depending on the outcome, this would be a nice direction to go. Also it would leave room for a sequel in the form of The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

2) Enter the Bird - now I know not everyone is a Robin fan, and let's be honest, who can blame them. So far Robin has made it into three Batman movies (1966's Batman: The Movie, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin) and has never really caught the imagination of the general public. This is my personal favorite idea - a Robin trilogy. Having young Grayson's story told on the big screen as he is mentored by an adult Bruce Wayne would be interesting. No need to introduce characters - there can't be many people left in the World who don't know who Harvey Two-Face is, or The Joker.

3) Some kind of one off? I'd love to see a direct comic book adaptation, and I can't think of any finer than The Killing Joke or Arkham Asylum. It was pointed out to me that Arkham Asylum might be 'too arty' for a Batman movie. I disagree, I think Batman has enough of a following to be able to say 'OK, let's really try something here'. However, financial backing probably wouldn't be too forthcoming as Hollywood really doesn't like taking a risk these days. But with the sales of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, the temptation must be there even if the stories aren't linked.The Killing Joke though? Yeah, that would work and even if we all know how this story ends, I bet each and every one of us would ditch out Cheetos and head to the cinema for that one.

But what I am REALLY interested in is what you guys would like to see? What direction should Batman move in? Leave the comments in the usual place!
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6of13 - 12/31/2011, 3:47 AM
I doubt a Robin trilogy would make it to the big screen.
It seems likely Batman will be reinvisioned or rebooted for JLA.
hush - 12/31/2011, 3:57 AM
Yeah, we discussed the potential for a JLA movie and whether Batman would have a solo movie prior - it's not like he needs a introduction
6of13 - 12/31/2011, 4:27 AM
I think a Wonder Woman movie, a Green Lantern sequel and then JLA.
If there is a solo movie for Bats before a JLA movie I think it would be interesting for it to depict Bats as the World's Greatest Detective. It is probably likely that WB will just go with a JLA that is independent from any solo DC movies (Superman, Wonder Woman) and just reintroduce Batman there. I am strongly in favour though of DC movies/characters occupying a shared universe.
MovieMaster - 12/31/2011, 4:50 AM
I'd prefer if World's Finest came first. Introduce the new Batman, it would probably be more successful than a JLA movie. After that, I like the suggestion of doing singular stories. After WF, The Killing Joke, adaptations of Arkham Asylum/City, The Dark Knight Returns etc you get my point.
PaulRom - 12/31/2011, 5:46 AM
Yeah I'd go with a World's Finest film first, to introduce the new Batman. Then bring him into Justice League, and a solo film shortly afterwards.

I'd love to see something inspired by Arkham City/Asylum, IMO those games are probably the best representations of Batman and other characters.
darknlight - 12/31/2011, 6:19 AM
arkham asylum: a serious house on serious earth adaption,its really captures the gothic envionment of arkham and have a supernatural and horror feel to it,it also depicts batman at his best from character perspective,an insane cold batman,i'd like fincher or aronofsky to direct it. Also there was a fanmade trailer of the movie,it was awesome. Wonder if he completed it
darknlight - 12/31/2011, 6:56 AM
also red rain is also is material that can be made into a awesome batman movie even though its an alternate storyline. I don't think wb'll make a live action about either AA,DKR or RR or any different and dark story cept KJ,i have even doubt about that will happen, off topic i'd also like to whatever happened to the MOT but it probably won't happen in 100 years
MoonDoggyX - 12/31/2011, 7:36 AM
I agree, World's Finest should definitely come first And work up the the relationship between Bats and Supes. Then have the Justice League built around that dynamic. THEN have the spin-offs and solo films based in the same universe.
MercMatt - 12/31/2011, 8:10 AM
I'm still hoping for a Batman Beyond movie. An actual good one, without the camp. *crosses fingers*
hush - 12/31/2011, 9:04 AM
Yeah, a Worlds Finest movie would be a better option. Plus WB can play it safe by having two well established characters in the same movie.

Red Rain would be amazing, but you're right, there is no way a company will take such a massive risk.
RunDTC - 12/31/2011, 9:52 AM
I think I'm the only user here that hates The Dark Knight Returns.
DCnerd46 - 12/31/2011, 10:53 AM
In my opinion Burton's films were by far the best. Schumacher's got way too campy, & Nolan's films totally ignore the source material. I can't wait for a reboot to make its way. What a Batman reboot needs is to end Nolan's "realism" bullshit so they can use villains that haven't been seen yet on the screen. It should be realistic by means of human nature, not science vs. science fiction.
hush - 12/31/2011, 11:33 AM
I don't think it's fair to say realism is bulls**t, it's just another take on Batman. As I said, since there have been so many takes on Batman it's natural that a real life take on Batman should happen. I'm not saying it's the best version - my fave of all the Batman films is Batman Returns and I can't stand Bale as Batman.

Schumachers films don't even exist in my mind.
alucard365 - 12/31/2011, 1:36 PM
[frick] a Reboot, Bring on Batman Beyond !
hush - 12/31/2011, 3:39 PM
I'd LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to see Batman Beyond as a movie, it would never be made as it wouldn't be 'financially viable' - but yeah, that would be awesome
Smugtroll - 12/31/2011, 3:57 PM
I like a Legends of the Dark Knight movie series. A new feature every year or two by a different cast & director. Variety is the spiceof life they say
chasenrises17 - 12/31/2011, 6:15 PM
Honestly i would first do Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth then JLA and after JLA i would do JLA: Tower of Babel and last but not least Batman: The Killing Joke.
SageMode - 12/31/2011, 10:53 PM

"Michael Keaton was the best Batman."

Agreed. Batman was the best Batman movie IMO
SomCin - 1/1/2012, 1:13 AM
Batman Beyond would be a great direction for the francise. It could be epic.
ArrowToTheKnee - 1/1/2012, 4:46 AM
Bale is the best Batman AND Bruce Wayne, Keaton just never had any sort of presence.
nathan02 - 1/3/2012, 11:25 PM
Those people who says burton's batman was the best, are those with no imaginations. Burton's batman was good but not as good as nolan. Batman 1989 doesnt give you the chills and gave us a stupid interpretation of joker. Sorry but its a mess!
An keaton was not the best batman, maybe they are tied with bale. Keaton never really shows any emotions on his batman, and he looks weak perse,.

The next batman movie should focus more on batman's struggles to fight criminals. For example, at first he was always beaten evert time he takes on criminals. And it would be better if we can see a young bruce in training.
Darkhaven - 1/5/2012, 9:44 AM
For the love of gawd, I hope they go back to the gothic Batman feel; the most recent run of Bat flicks are CBMs mostly in name only. The "realistic" Batman take is stretched far too thin, and takes itself way too seriously. Heath's Joker was a beast though.

@ArrowtotheKnee: The only reason you're watching Batman movies to this day is due to the awesomeness (and mental illness) Michael Keaton brought to the table.

@N2th2n: Burton's Batman flicks established the tortured existence he and his rogue's gallery possess. Burton shot for iconic and achieved it. He got to the heart of the Batman mythos, and transcended beyond Caped Crusader and Dark Knight, and made him The Night. Nolan's Batman has character depth, but little character imagination and innovation (his Scarecrow was DAMN innovative though). Nolan's Batman may as well be the real life MMA superhero guy that got arrested a few months ago, but with tons more money and a far stupider police force in his town.
chunkykeith - 1/5/2012, 2:55 PM
i know this gets mentioned alot but i would love keaton to return as an aged bruce wayne in a batman beyond movie....

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