Isn't it time for Batman to be a REAL Dark Knight?

People keep debating back and forth, who played Batman the best onscreen, and which movie version seemed to be better. But, in reality, none has gone the full depth and darkness of Miller's Dark Knight.

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By Johnny Williams - 2/9/2012




Picture, if you will, Batman, older. Bruce Wayne, still handsome, but definitely an older man, but still having the fire in his belly to reach out and do what HAS to be done, when it has to be done!!

Miller's comic book sets a perfect dark map. As a fan of comics to movies, and seeing for the first time in my life, real films being made from the books with passion, and respect to the heroes in them, I just stopped and thought: Keaton is old enough now to play Bruce Wayne as an older man correctly!! Michelle even looks still good for Selena.

One of my biggest gripes has always been the James Bond movies. I mean, I wish Sean Connery would have played Bond in ALL of them, and we would have seen him grow old as Bond. They don't even attempt to explain all the different actors (except in the spoof with Peter Sellers and David Niven, where once a Bond gets to a certain age, he retires and a younger guy takes the 007 number and the Bond name).

At least that's a link.

There's certain books I re-read, almost religiously, just for the mind thrill once again. The art and words assaulting my brain, and the pull on my geeky thrill nerves. From the original Crow series, to Miller's Dark Knight, to Sandman and the reorg of Avengers after their destruction and fall... some books just stick with me.

To see Miller's Dark Knight up on screen.... with a female Robin.. and him fighting Superman, with Keaton playing him once more, well...

I just think it would be just about as cool as one could get in a offering for fans of hard hitting comics. And Keaton has shown he can really do edgy, serious roles.

Does anyone else think this is a good idea? I was just wondering.

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batmanrises - 2/9/2012, 4:42 PM
If Nolan doesn't kill off Bruce Wayne in TDKR, I would like to see them re-team in 10 years and do something like that. But it seems like TDKR is going to cover some of the ground laid by the original TDKR*.





*The Dark Knight Returns
nowtheresaBATman - 2/9/2012, 5:27 PM
batmanrises has a good idea.
ULTIMOSPIDER - 2/9/2012, 8:14 PM
no
yankeemanf - 2/9/2012, 9:00 PM
i love keaton as batman but i like bale better....But, keaton still looks too young and he didnt play the right Bruce Wayne to be the bruce wayne of the dark knight returns....Bruce willis? possible, but, also may not be the best choice its hard to cast. i say in the early '90s, eastwood wouldve been perfect, but too old now.
typicalfanboy - 2/9/2012, 10:12 PM
if clint eastwood wasn't 80, he'd be perfect. he has the voice. most definitely.
AUSSYACE - 2/10/2012, 2:30 AM
Keaton is just too Wimpy to be the Bulky Frank Miller Dark Knight...
Shredder - 2/10/2012, 6:32 AM
I could lose a bulky Batman in order to get Keaton back as Batman one last time. Would be great for "Dark Knight Returns".
STOOPUDR - 2/10/2012, 6:59 AM
I never really liked Keaton as Batman. He was too small. But his performance was great enough for me to get past that. I like the idea of this concept, but I would wait a few years for these movies to grow cob webs and I would bring Keaton back as Wayne in a Batman Beyond movie.

Start looking for kids around 10-11 that could play the lead at 16-17 in about 6 years. Keaton could be made to look a little older if necessary, and retell the story the right way in a flashback - distancing yourself from all of the other movies that didn't have Keaton.
patriautism - 2/10/2012, 7:12 AM
There is only one choice for an old Bruce Wayne...

James Freaking Brolin..

SpiderFan35 - 2/10/2012, 10:52 AM
I agree that an older Batman film would be cool, whether it is the Miller story or a Beyond story, but I don't know if Keaton would be right.

He looks ok in the photo above but there are some other shots of him looking all of his 61 years. (Note that Bruce Wayne was 56 in Miller's story, and that is a 56 year old who spent his adulthood in peak physical condition, I don't think we can say that of Keaton).

He may not be as believable now due to the films, animated films and even video games that have been made since Tim Burton's Batman, which have been more faithful to Bruce Wayme's appearance and size.

Maybe it could work in a Beyond story if they went with the angle that Bruce Wayne let himself go with age (and got shorter?).

And no I don't really have any ideas who would be good to play an older Batman. Maybe James Brolin but I don't remember Bruce Wayne hitting the tanning booths that much lol.
Zuriel - 2/10/2012, 3:22 PM
I would love to see Keaton come back in a Bruce Wayne/Batman role, be it The Dark Knight Returns or Batman Beyond. Just please don't let Burton do it. His movies suck now. Picture this... a Batman Beyond movie in the style of Batman Beyond Return of the Joker. Then we could get old Jack back? I wouldn't even mind seeing Chris O'Donnell come back as a washed up Dick Grayson and Arnold come back as the disembodied head of Victor Fries. Just kidding.
overlordfombax - 2/12/2012, 1:08 AM
I really never saw Keaton as a fascist, y'know? Bale's Batman is closer to Miller's in virtually every way.

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