"The Caped Crusader" Fanfic (Character Bios + Fancast)
"The Caped Crusader" is a totally new Batman story arc concept not affiliated with any other story arcs.
For example, this even includes original characters that I hope you'll find interesting. Trying to shake things up a bit without deviating from what makes Batman Batman. Many of the characters would be recurring parts of the story (this is designed to be a CG-rendered TV/Internet show), and thus will simply have bios and backgrounds here (which may be different from the bios and backgrounds you are used to). Others, though, such as Bane and Patrick Bird (one of my originals) kind of have full stories of their own within the overall story, and those I've determined already and will relate here in this article. Welp... 'nuff chat, let's get started.
Oh, and even though this is intended to be a CG-rendered series, I couldn't resist the urge to do a Fancast. You'll have that to look forward to at the end of the article.
The Caped Crusader
Young Bruce Wayne lost his parents when a desperate street thug shot and killed them both. When he grows up, he decides to train himself in order to eventually get revenge on the man who killed his parents. He travels to the League of Shadows, where he is trained but does not decide to join them. After finding out that the man who killed his parents has already passed and listening to the story of a young boy on the street’s struggles, Bruce decides to use his abilities to help Gotham City as whole, becoming a vigilante instead of an avenger. Ever since he was young, Bruce had Chiroptophobia; the fear of bats. So in order to discipline himself like the League taught him, he embraced his greatest fear and became Batman. As Batman, he takes the law into his own hands, and helps to make Gotham a better place. He never kills anyone and he never uses guns, preferring to use his own custom arsenal developed by Lucius Fox and himself. His armor is mostly black, with gray and white trim designs.
Alfred, in this story, is mainly how as he's always been. He's known Bruce his entire life, is well mannered, and has a witty humor. Basically, think of this rendition as acting like the Michael Caine version and looking more like the Michael Gough version.
Daughter of police commissioner Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon is a close friend of Bruce Wayne, and is one of the few who know he is the Bat. In this series, they do have feelings for each other, but decide not to act on it. This rendition of Batgirl is less sexually appealing than the original, though not unattractive. She wears a suit made of actual bat skin, laced with the familiar WayneTech devices. She would be voiced by Willa Holland, I just love her voice. She plays a more important role in this series than probably any other, being both Batman’s primary asset (there is no Robin in this series) and Bruce Wayne’s second most trusted person, under Alfred, of course.
Ra's Al Ghul:
In this series, the character of Ra’s Al Ghul is significantly different than previous renditions of him. Ra’s Al Ghul in this series is more of a concept than actual person. Complicated sounding? Well, just think about Dr. Who. It’s kind of like that… but not exactly. Akin to Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts or Pain from Naruto, Ra’s Al Ghul is a being whose life and purpose are projected onto multiple people. If he dies as one of them, he is still not dead. They are all still him, same life, and same purpose. They are all him at the same time; both literally and as a concept. Batman is challenged by the League of Shadows on multiple occasions and he must deal with Ra’s Al Ghul multiple times.
Talia Al Ghul:
Talia Al Ghul is the only daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul. She is much more “real” than Ra’s, though. She was conceived by the form of Ra’s that Batman kills at the end of his training. Talia has been against Batman ever since. Unlike in other Batman story arcs, there is no romantic relationship between the two of them. Batman does not have anything against her, though, and feels bad for what he has done to her, and may have a slight crush on her, but nothing more. Talia doesn’t seem to fully understand what her father is, so she joins the League of Shadows hoping to learn about him. She also doesn't have the extreme amount of sex appeal she had in other arcs. She's not unattractive either, though.
Selina Kyle is a street girl who grew up thieving for survival in the slums of Gotham. One day, she noticed how much she was like the alley cats she would see scrounging around the streets. When Batman arrived on the scene and shook up Gotham’s mafias and criminals, Selina saw an opportunity for some personal gain if she got in on the action. Thus, she becomes Catwoman. Known for her superior aerobic abilities and sharp claws, she tends to play on the “bad” side and the “good” side. Her meetings with Batman tend to be flirtatious and sometimes romantic, whether they are on the same side or not.
Probably the most frequent enemy of Batman, the Joker is very important to this series, just as he is to most other Batman stories ever written. This Joker’s design deviates from the norm, pulling inspiration from the fabulous Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI. Not to say he looks like Kefka... just has a certain air to his design that reminds one of the other most famous clown in the nerdiverse. Joker is crazy as always here, and in this series, works with the Riddler, Scarecrow, and of course, Harley Quinn as a sort of team that he is the leader of. Joker and Ra’s are probably equal in terms of being the main villain in this series. Christopher Corey Smith would voice the Joker in this series because I absolutely adore him doing the voice of Joker in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
I've always loved Harley Quinn's back story, so I'm keeping it the same here. Harley Quinn is the Joker’s obsessive lover. She is very obnoxious and child-like. She was originally a psycho-therapist assigned to treat the Joker at Arkham Asylum. She would eventually believe she is in love with him. Batman has some sympathy for her because she in a way is another of Joker’s victims. She truly loves the Joker and he treats her more like an item. This series design for Harley Quinn would look like the classic animated series Harley with a face similar to the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman. Kind of like this...
Dr. Jonathon Crane/Scarecrow:
Dr. Jonathon Crane was once a well known psychiatrist. He was assigned to run Arkham Asylum, where he would go insane just like the inmates. After his fight with Batman, many believed him to be dead. However, it would appear he had just escaped to a rural area to recover. He found a small crop farm and stood still, literally acting as a scarecrow, and sent a photo of this to the GCPD, captioning it, simply: “Scared?”, along with directions to where he is at. Batman and Batgirl go and find themselves hopelessly ambushed by Scarecrow working with Joker, Harley Quinn, and the Riddler. They all escape, but Riddler, unable to resist, leaves clues.
Kane is the first of my original characters. He is known for his red-pink long hair, pink suit with white tie, clean, stylish specs, and his cane. He tracked down both the Penguin and Falcone, broke their canes in half, putting them together to form his, and painted it white. All about style, he always seems to have a rose on him. Despite being a hugely successful criminal, many people, especially women, see him as an inspiration. In essence, he is a statement about how people believe what they see socially and tend to put appearance before character when judging a person. The great aspect of this character is that he hates this philosophy, and tends to target those who adore him. So in a way, he almost is an inspiration, ironically. Batman agrees with Kane’s viewpoint, but also feels he must bring him down, primarily because his crime is so widespread. Batgirl has personal vengeance against Kane, because he killed one of her close friends, because she admired him.
Edward Nigma/The Riddler:
The Riddler is a criminal mastermind with an IQ of 150. He has an obsessive compulsion to leave very complex clues and riddles for solving his crimes. Depending on the situation, Batman finds him either very annoying because of how much he slows his crime-solving process or very enjoyable because of the challenge Riddler poses. If Batman as any free time, he looks forward to going out and figuring out Riddler’s puzzles. Riddler sees Batman as a competitive rival and gets very angry with himself when Batman figures out one of his more complex puzzles. Riddler has been working with Joker recently to help in his quest to finally outdo the Bat.
Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy:
Of course since the sex appeal of Batgirl and Talia Al Ghul were reduced in this series, it had to be made up for somewhere, right? Introducing: the sexiest Poison Ivy ever. And when you think about it, it only makes sense that Poison Ivy is the most attractive character, she is the plant goddess of seduction, after all. She expels pheromones in a similar way that flowers do to attract bees. When she does this, it is almost impossible for any male to resist her. Her pheromone powers are so potent in this series; it’s almost like mind-control. Her back story is a little different this time around. As a small girl, she was obsessed with flowers, much more than the average little girl. One day, she got an unknown disease that would likely kill the 7 year old Pamela. It did. Because her parents knew she was so obsessed with flowers, they decided they would bury her in a grave without a coffin and just lay her body in the soil, covered in flowers. These flowers were planted right above her and the flower’s roots reached down into her grave. So, instead of the cliché laboratory accident being the cause of her altered state, she becomes half-plant because her body had been laying in the grave’s soil with the flowers for a while, and eventually, the roots dug into her skin. In essence, she was a seed as a child, was buried, and then sprouted as Poison Ivy. She never was the same after that. When she got out of her grave, she went into the forest to be with Mother Nature, whom she now believed to be her real mother. She hates Gotham City and wants to see nature overrun the metropolis.
Very similar to Christopher Nolan’s rendition of Dent, he is only Two-Face for a short while. Harvey Dent was often called the “White Knight” of Gotham, contrasting Batman; the “Dark Knight”. He always thought that was funny. He had trick “double-heads” coin that he would use on many occasions. After attack orchestrated by Ra’s Al Ghul, Harvey is hideously deformed and one half of his coin is scorched. Harvey tells Batman how “funny” it is that the two of them were “like yin and yang” and now he himself is split in half. He seeks revenge on Ra’s and those working for him to help “restore the balance”. He also seeks out Batman and other of his old friends/allies who he believes betrayed him. He doesn't get far before he ends up in conflict with the Bat. In the middle of this, a young, 14 year old boy named Patrick yells at them to stop, and then yells at Harvey, with tears in his eyes, telling him how good he was and that what he was doing now wasn't going to help him at all. Both Batman and Harvey are affected by the passion this boy had, but Harvey denies it, flipping the coin. The coin lands on the scorched side, and Harvey goes to shoot him, but Batman defends the boy. Later that night, the same boy finds Harvey, but instead introduces himself as Damien, not Patrick, and kills Harvey. Batman investigates this, and what follows is explained in the next bio.
Patrick Bird/Damien Crow/Gemini:
Another original character, Patrick Bird was a kind-hearted young boy growing up in Gotham City. He went to school, and his classmates always said he was very sweet. On the night that Harvey Dent became Two-Face, Patrick was possessed by a spirit known as Gemini. Patrick felt the need to go find Dent and try and get him back to being the hero he was. Harvey is moved by this, but denies it. After Harvey attempts to kill him, Patrick runs away and unknowingly becomes Damien Crow, a newly achieved alter ego. As Damien, he his cruel, heartless, and able to insult people with the same passion he normally would inspire people as Patrick. As Damien, he finds Dent and kills him, saying his “concept of duality is beyond flawed” and he should have just stayed the “pretty-boy” he was. Patrick eventually becomes aware of Damien, and Damien aware of Patrick. Many of his friends, when they first see Damien, think Patrick has been psychologically damaged because of his meeting with Dent and has acquired a split-personality disorder. However, Patrick/Damien knows this is not the case. Batman investigates this and, while doing so, he finds a notebook of Patrick’s at his school, with a drawing of a person with one black wing and one white wing flying over the city, like an angel and a demon combined. Batman finds him crying, and when Patrick turns and looks at Batman, Batman could vaguely see the outline of a blonde angel with blue eyes dressed in all white with a white wing covering half of Patrick’s body and a black-haired demon with red eyes dressed in all black with a black wing covering the other half; the drawing he saw in Patrick’s notebook. This is Gemini embodied, and Patrick becomes the human form of Gemini. Gemini reasons that sense Dent has died, his other half must die as well; the Dark Knight. They have an epic aerial fight, ending in a stalemate in which Gemini fades, and Patrick falls out of the sky. Batman catches him and puts him in the hospital. Damien Crow becomes a criminal and Patrick tries to fix what he has done as Damien. This is a constant cycle for him, a “perfect balance”, according to Gemini. Whenever Patrick or Damien feel that they are in danger for their life, Gemini comes out. Conflicts with Batman and Damien usually end up with Gemini coming out in one way or another, and generally involve themes such as light & dark, water & fire, and tranquility & insanity. Batman is still unsure whether or not to treat Gemini as an enemy or not.
So, when I told my friend that I was coming up with a Batman Fanfic thing, she bet me that I couldn't take a classic character and make them do a complete 180 and do something the complete opposite of what they would traditionally do. So, being me, I took that bet and set to work. I thought about it for a while and eventually came up with this plot for Bane:
Bane is the one foe of Batman that the Bat is truly terrified of. In this series, not only does Bane break Bruce’s back, he also breaks almost every other bone in his body, forcing him to stop being Batman for about 3 months. Bane sort of has his own story within the overall story, so here it is. When Batman fought Bane, Bane was acting as the messenger of the return of Ra’s Al Ghul. Bruce was only able to heal because of Poison Ivy’s natural healing capabilities. Believing Bruce to be under her influence, she tells him to stop fighting Bane, because she agreed that Gotham must be destroyed. However, Bruce was not influenced by her, and goes back to challenge Bane again. When Batman goes back to fight Bane, Bane is weakened from a fight with Ra’s Al Ghul. Batman is stunned by this turn of events and unites with Bane their common enemy. Bane comes to see himself as a victim of the League of Shadows, which is very plausible, though contradictory to other story arcs. It only makes sense here because of my version of Talia Al Ghul. Bane loves Talia as a little sister, and doesn’t want the League of Shadows to do to her what they did to him. As they did with Bruce, they made Bane embrace his greatest fear: becoming the type of person who can kill and not feel anything. But, in the end, it turns out he never really did become his fear like Batman did. Bane sees how Talia has changed, and, knowing what the League does to a person, tries to convince her to leave. When it becomes clear to him that he cannot convince her t leave, Bane – being Bane – decides he’ll just take out the remove the League entirely. Batman does not join him in this fight, believing it was suicide. Bane almost succeeds, killing most of the members of the League and strongly injuring Ra’s all by himself, but he eventually is taken down by the few remaining members of the League, simply due to fatigue. Ra’s and the damaged League leave, forcing Talia away from Bane’s body.
Robina Hikari/Robina Hood:
This is yet another original... well sort of. Original to the Batman universe, at least. This is kind of my rendition of the character Robina Hood from the light-hearted online RPG "Adventure Quest". Robina Hikari is a young woman who grew up fascinated with the tale of Robin Hood. Seeing that character as a role model, she decides to become the modern day equivalent, re-naming herself Robina Hood. Her philosophy is the same as Robin Hood’s; still from the rich, give to the poor. Unfortunately for her, Bruce Wayne is the rich. Batman goes out to find her and fights her, forcing her to stop stealing money. She refuses, so Batman finally decides to appeal to her ideals, telling her to steal from the mob instead of respectable companies such as WayneCorp. Kind of like Catwoman, she sometimes helps, and some times hurts the Bat. She is of mixed decent, half Japanese and half Swedish. Her weapons of choice are a bow and a spear, and she, of course, always wears a hood.
Vicki Vale is a well-received, up-and-coming photo journalist and news reporter. Known for her trademark orange camera and short, strawberry blonde hair, she is more committed than most others in her field and isn’t afraid of getting in the middle of the action. Vicki and Bruce have romantic feelings for each other, and they do act on them. Alfred encourages this relationship, but Batman believes he endangers Vicki too much. She would have short, strawberry blonde hair, kind of looking the woman in this picture I found:
Others that will be for sure involved, but I haven't decided how I would use their character in the series:
Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
Man-Bat (I'm pretty sure I'll end up making a new Man-Bat)
And now, here is my Fancast. I prefer to see my potential series as a CG-rendered work... but I couldn't resist envisioning which actors would play the characters. Here's what I came up with:
Bruce Wayne/Batman: Guy Pearce
Just look at Guy Pearce's lower face! It couldn't be more perfect to be the Caped Crusader. Plus, he's amazing in Memento, and he has to do Dectective-style acting in that movie, too.
Alfred Pennyworth: F. Murray Abraham
Surprised I haven't seen F. Murray Abraham cast in any others so far... have none of you seen Amadeus?! He's an absolutely brilliant actor and nails the style of Alfred. When he was younger, F. Murray Abraham would nail the younger version of Alfred. At his current age, he nails the older version of Alfred, which is the one I would use here.
Lucius Fox: Billy Dee Williams
Was tempted to put Morgan Freeman, but I told myself I'd only steal one from the Nolan Trilogy, which ended up being Cillian Murphy. Anywho, Billy Dee Williams is an amazing actor easily fits Lucius Fox's character.
Joker: Tom Hollander
I thought about this for a while until and thought "You know what? Tom Hollander would actually work!" It's weird seeing it that way becasue when I think Tom Hollander, I think Cutler Beckett, which is a very differnet character. But I kept looking at the above picture of Hollander and thought it matched really well.
Ra's Al Ghul: Edward Norton, Hugo Weaving, Chow Yun Fat
Just 3 people that I envision being able to do different embodiments of Ra's Al Ghul.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl: Emily Blunt
I just love Emily Blunt and she has the face for Barbara. She's beautiful without having to be too provocative and her work in The Adjustment Bureau was top-notch.
Talia Al Ghul: Morena Baccarin
Need I even explain? She looks just like a Talia and she was in Firefly.
Selina Kyle/Catwoman: Scarlett Johansson
If Scarlett weren't so busy being Marvel's famous heroine in The Avengers, she would have been my vote for Catwoman in TDKR. Take these two characters that she portrays perfectly: Black Widow and Olivia Wenscombe (from The Prestige). Combine these 2 characters persona's (Black Widow's flexible physical abilities and Olivia's double-agent role) and you have Catwoman. I wouldn't choose anyone else, except maybe Mila Kunis, because Mila Kunis.
Kane Valentin: Johnny Depp
I was considering Johnny Depp for this role, because I knew I wanted Depp in it one way or another, he's my favorite actor. I figured, knowing his personality, he'd really agree with Kane's philosophy. When I saw this picture of Depp, the choice was clear.
Edward Nigma/The Riddler: Neil Patrick Harris
Just look at Neil Patrick Harris. Explanation finished.
Scarecrow/Dr. Jonathon Crane: Cillian Murphy
I knew from the start that I couldn't replace Cillian as Scarecrow. His performance was literally perfection in Batman Begins. There is no other Scarecrow for me.
Harley Quinn: Zooey Deschanel
I saw this on someone else's Fancast and just smiled so hard. It's just perfect. Zooey and Harley have the exact same appeal.
Harvey Dent/Two-Face: Nathan Fillion
For some reason, Two-Face was the hardest one for me to cast. Not gonna lie, I eventually just said "Screw it, I'm putting Nathan Fillion because he's Nathan Fillion and he vaguely looks like a Harvey." Yeah...
Patrick Bird/Damien Crow/Gemini: Asa Butterfield
First of all, I had to find a talented actor approx. age 14, which is kind of hard sometimes. Then, I had to think if I could picture the boy looking sweet and innocent while also being able to look and act twisted and cruel. Asa Butterfield was the kid for the job.
Bane: Tom Hardy
I know I said I'd only steal Cillian from the Nolan Trilogy, but technically this doesn't count because I really only want Hardy for the voice. My Bane has to be the fully masked one, so it doesn't really matter to me who physically plays him.
Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze: Ben Kingston
I tried to think of an alternative, but I just couldn't. I mean, look at the resemblance! It's uncanny!
Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy: Candice Swanepoel or Christina Hendricks
Literally the exact image in my head of Poison Ivy in this series is Candice Swanepoel. One problem: she's not an actor. She's a Victoria's Secret model, so she already knows how to act sexy, which is 90% of Poison Ivy's content in this series. Just teach her to act decently enough and dye her hair red, and she's perfect. Since Candice isn't really a realistic choice, though (much to my disappointment), I put the cliche choice as an alternative: Christina Hendricks. So much Firefly!
Robina Hikari/Robina Hood: Katie Leung
She's awesome as Cho Chang and she really does look the way I pictured Robina.
Vicki Vale: Keira Knightley
Okay, maybe people on this cite have something against Keira Knightley, I don't know. But I haven't seen her cast once on this cite. Oh well, I love her, personally. She is an actress who can pull off short hair REALLY well, and that fits my image of Vicki Vale. Hell, I think she fits the image of Vicki pretty well no matter what.
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