Keys to Rebooted Batman

Keys to Rebooted Batman

WB has announced that the new Bruce Wayne will premiere in a Justice League movie. He are my keys for both that, and his solo spinoffs surely to come.

Christopher Nolan's masterful Dark Knight Trilogy is now complete. With three of the greatest superhero films of all time, this big screen incarnation will be hard to top. But, with a Justice League movie looming, Warner Bros. has announced that the new Caped Crusader will first appear in that film. A few solo films are sure to follow. Here are my five keys to making this Batman a worthy entry into Batman lore.


The past three movies have been dark, gritty, and as realistic as a guy dressed as a bat, an evil clown, and a balance-creating cult can be. This next Batman needs to be far less believable. Everything about Gotham must be far less realistic. Why, you ask. Because it would negate, to a certain extent, the inevitable comparison between The Dark Knight Trilogy and this new Batman. Let's face it, we already have a realistic Batman, and any attempt to duplicate that would probably fall flat on its face. Maybe me previously stating it shouldn't be believable wasn't the best word choice, but it should definitely be a less authentic reality.


The Boy Wonder has yet to have a decent big screen interpretation.(No, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin don't count, they had batnipples for God's sake!) Although Robin shouldn't be a member of the Justice League, he should help Batman in Gotham. It could be a neat story arc if Robin became Nightwing throughout the movies. It would also help create a definitive difference between Nolan's Batman(John Blake never became the superhero Robin) and the new Batman. I'm not sure which version of Robin should be used, but maybe it could match the comics. Dick Grayson is the first one, he becomes Nightwing, then Jason Todd becomes Robin. Todd is killed, not necessarily by Joker, then Tim Drake becomes Robin. Drake either become Red Robin or his dad finds out he's Robin and, unlike the comics, he's never alowed to be Robin again. Finally Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne's son with Talia al Ghoul for those of you who don't know, becomes Robin. Damian wouldn't necessarily have to be Talia's son, but I do think he has to be a Wayne. Also Jason Todd shouldn't come back to life, that's just rediculous. Anyway, those series of events would clearly have take place over like eight movies. Plus, I don't think all those events are necesssary. Heck, there could be one Robin throughout and I wouldn't mind. I would mind, however, if there isn't a Robin at all.


Batman has arguably the greatest cast of villans of any superhero out there. Yet, I think, for the time being, there should be a few that are off limits to the new Batman movies. Ra's al Ghul, Scarecrow, Two Face, Catwoman(yes, technically, she's a vigilante), Bane, and maybe Talia al Ghul and Joker should not be used. I said maybe to Talia because she was used so little. Joker however, I believe, shouldn't be used. I still said maybe because it's hard to imagine a Batman without a Joker. He definitely should be more traditional in appearance then Ledger's Joker, but that Joker will have the near impossible task of being compared to Ledger. The newer Joker definitely shouldn't be introduced until late in this new Batman's cinematic life. And when he is, he should have Harley Quinn with him. Other criminals like Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc, who wouldn't work in Nolan's realistic universe, would also be great choices. As would The Riddler, Penguin(the mob version please, no nasty Batman Returns freak), and Hugo Strange.


As you can probably tell, pretty much all my points have been trying to seperate this Batman from Christan Bales. This section is no different. Although the all black look is probably the bast to this point, I think this Batman should have a little more color. I think some yellow could be added to costume. Maybe a more modern version of Michael Keaton's is in the cards. The royal blue might remove the "cool factor," but I think some gray could add a cool dynamic. And although Batman should have a cape, I don't think he should be able to use it to fly. I don't like the classic circle around the bat logo, but I think it could be incorperated nicely into the outfit. The last, and probably least important point is the size of the bat ears. Too long and they just look silly, too short and they don't have the same look. That's one thing I think should stay consistant with The Dark Knight Trilogy. They dog the ear length perfect.

....oh yeah, no batnipples


Lastly is Bruce Wayne's origin. Of course he's going to be a millionaire orphan, but I don't think he should be the public figure he was in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Also, I don't think he should get trained by ninjas, AKA The League of Shadows. I'm not sure how he should be trained if at all, but clearly if he's being introduced in the Justice League movie, there isn't going to be an origin movie so it isn't too significant.

In conclusion I hope this Batman is obviously different from The Dark Knight Trilogy Batman. Comparisons are inevitable and I doubt these films will be better. I do believe they can be different, and that's almost as important.
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SuperBatAquaman - 10/6/2012, 12:11 PM
@SaintSpidey67Re Thanks, that was changed. And in that case, this can apply to either new Batman. Thanks for the read.
DarkGrifter - 10/6/2012, 12:17 PM
That was an old rumour started by Cosmic Book News and then discarded by Cosmic Book News :P
zachman2013 - 10/6/2012, 12:17 PM
I dont think WB announced that the new batman in the JL movie will be the new batman of the solo movies.
DarkGrifter - 10/6/2012, 12:46 PM
The only thing Warner Bros. has announced is that a script has been written by Will Beall. Other than that the Justice League movie will most likely be followed by a series of spin off movies because Warner Bros. are looking to create a new franchise seeing as how Harry Potter has just finished and Green Lantern was considered a failure by many.

Back to the topic, I agree that they should avoid some villains, Joker particularly. They have a golden opportunity to explore some of the more fantastical villains in Batman's rogue gallery in order to set it apart from Nolan's Batman trilogy.
kong - 10/6/2012, 12:47 PM
I like some of your points but not all. I ink that Joker should appear. Without Joker Batman isn't Batman. My idea is to have a whole film with him as Red Hood I. Yes if you didn't know Joker was the first Red Hood. After he falls into the vat of chemicals and becomes joker I wouldn't have him show up for at least 2 movies. Then he returns as Joker. I also think Bruce Wayne should be even more a public figure then he was in the dark knight trilogy. He is a millionaire play boy. They didn't show the playboy part in the TDK Trilogy. The other points I agree with.
Tainted87 - 10/6/2012, 1:32 PM
Eh, Batman can be Batman without the Joker. Mister J's role in the Long Halloween is inconsequential and only there because of how longstanding his rivalry with Batman has lasted.

I think we need Arkham to actually be established. Surely actors can come in and film a scene for 10 minutes (10 seconds or less of actual screen time) inside a cell.

He did arrive late to his party via helicopter, with three escort girls at his sides, didn't he? Who was it that took the ballet for a cruise aboard his yacht?
Darklypse - 10/6/2012, 4:31 PM
Well, the origin doesn't need to be explored as closely. Perhaps stick to him going across the whole world training all over the place in flashbacks. Also, I think to have Nightwing in this film and go back to his days as Robin with Batman and his training. Again, focus on that more than the origin.

Personally, I [frick]ed hated the Nolan Batsuit, and I think this would be perfect:

For once, give Batman the white eyes!
SuperBatAquaman - 10/6/2012, 5:06 PM
@Darklypse I've heard the reason they don't give Batman white eyes is because he is already so limited on emotion. I'm not sure how an eyeball can show emotion but that's what I've heard is the thought process behind it.
Darklypse - 10/6/2012, 5:25 PM
That's retarded. Besides, considering Nolan wanted to be "realistic" (even if that meant making the Batsuit looks retarded in the process), wouldn't giving him the white lenses seem more sensible. That way, the only feature they could go off by is the chin and mouth. Besides, the white eyes/lenses look WAAAY more badass.
Darklypse - 10/7/2012, 1:32 PM
You're an idiot, but whatever.
KingEmperor - 10/7/2012, 4:26 PM
That's some huge shoes to fill for whomever is helming the next bat-reboot. One thing is for sure, though. It doesn't matter how much the new crew will stray away from the Burton & Nolanverses, there will always be comparisons.
rondz123 - 10/7/2012, 5:54 PM

Fans say batman too campy ...ok....DK trilogy

Fans say batman too dark real...Hollywood.....FU fans
DeathstrokeRulez469 - 10/9/2012, 7:32 AM
I agree with most of the things said here,but The Joker thing I'm partly against. Joker's battle with Batman's is one of the most iconic fights in history,not having it simply because of how great Heath Ledger was as Joker is wrong,that's basically saying to every actor "Oh you can be a villain in the Batman series,except The Joker,because your nothing compared to Heath Ledger". Am I saying Ledger portrayed Joker bad,no....Do other people deserve a shot at performing as Joker,HELL YES!!!! If this is going to be a separate Batman movie,people must accept the fact that The Joker WILL be replaced by a different actor(hopefully one who can portray Joker well),and that NO ONE should compare him to Ledger's Joker. The "New" Joker will have to make his role greatly unique and work for his Batman series,and for Batman fans as a whole;THE OBJECTIVE ISN'T TO CLONE HEATH'S WORK!! The Ledger Joker should only be looked up to as an inspiration for new actors,not for something to be replaced,or copied. Like how you can't necessarily compare Hamill's Joker to Heath's Joker. Bottom line, WE NEED JOKER IN A BATMAN MOVIE SERIES!!!!!

P.S. I like Hamill's portrayal more than Ledger. Though I still love Heath. :)
fattieacid - 10/9/2012, 8:32 AM
They should make Batman be trained like he was in Year One.. from that lady
fattieacid - 10/9/2012, 8:37 AM
the should also start to consider voice overs because could you imagine how awwesome it would be to get Hamill to do a voice over for joker haha im just saying
dezdigi - 10/9/2012, 9:15 AM
It would be good to see Dick Grayson's complete story told on the big screen. Something similar to Year 3 or Dark Victory would be nice.
cld247 - 11/2/2012, 11:36 PM
We need Scott Adkins for Batman trust me

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