THE BATMAN: 6 Heroes And Villains Who Absolutely Should NOT Appear (If And When It Happens)

THE BATMAN: 6 Heroes And Villains Who Absolutely Should NOT Appear (If And When It Happens)

Regardless of whether it's a standalone adventure or set in the DC Extended Universe with Ben Affleck wearing the cape and cowl, when The Batman does happen, these characters should not be included...

As of right now, we still don't know what form The Batman is going to take. War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is going to take the helm but we have no idea if it's going to be a standalone movie or if it will be set in the DC Extended Universe. Oh, and don't even get us started on whether or not Ben Affleck will suit up as the Dark Knight because we're still getting conflicting reports on that!

However, The Batman is going to happen at some point and regardless of whether or not it features Deathstroke, there are a variety of characters who we most definitely DON'T want to see in the movie.

With that in mind, what you'll find below is an in-depth look at the six heroes and villains from the DC Universe who are closely tied to the Caped Crusader but should not factor into this long delayed released in any fashion. That may seem harsh but there are some characters who have no place here no matter how beloved or integral they are to Batman's world. There may be some controversy...  


6. Catwoman

Somewhere along the line, it apparently became an unwritten rule that all superhero movies need to feature a love interest. Chances are that will also apply to The Batman, but with any luck, it won’t be Selina Kyle who catches Bruce’s eye. The character has appeared in two movies now, and honestly, it’s hard to imagine what else she could bring to the table either as a love interest or someone who fights alongside the Caped Crusader in battle. It’s all been covered in her previous big screen appearances, and it would be much better for Reeves to go down a different route. 

Yes, it would be nice to see a more comic book accurate Catwoman in this movie, but one of the things that made Deathstroke as the choice of villain so exciting (if that's still going to be the case) is that it’s something no one expected and completely different to what we’ve seen in the past. A strong female character in The Batman is essential, but why not delve deeper into the likes of Renee Montoya, Kate Kane or Stephanie Brown? There’s definitely room for Catwoman in this potentially standalone feature and the DC Extended Universe, but before going down that route, there are plenty of other exciting options available.


5. Justice League

One of the most exciting things about the upcoming Justice League movie is seeing how Bruce Wayne’s relationships with characters like Aquaman, the Flash, and Wonder Woman develop. As the apparent leader of the superhero team, he’ll no doubt be able to call on them all for help down the line, but do we really want to see Cyborg or Superman swooping into Gotham City to help the Dark Knight take down Deathstroke or whichever villain Reeves replaces him with? It’s essential this solo movie for the Caped Crusader keeps the focus on Batman, especially as the best parts of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice all took place in his hometown. 

While I wouldn’t necessarily be against one member of the team showing up in an after-credits scene to set up the Justice League sequel or Flashpoint, it would be a massive mistake for The Batman to feature the sort of dream sequences and time travelling shenanigans that the Zack Snyder-helmed release mentioned above did. Instead, the focus needs to remain squarely on the Caped Crusader and his supporting cast as Reeves delves deep into his world and tells a standalone story which can sit alongside the likes of The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.

4. Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was perhaps Suicide Squad‘s most popular character, hence why a number of spinoffs featuring the Harlequin of Hate are now in the works. Those are all well and good, but it’s more than a little concerning to think that Warner Bros. will take her popularity as a sign that she should now be shoved down the throats of moviegoers over the next few years.

It’s something which has been happening in the comic books for a while, and a cameo here would no doubt end up feeling forced, ultimately distracting from the main story. Reshoots made it so that Harley Quinn and the Joker are still an item, and while it would be fun to see the Clown Prince of Crime show up in The Batman, bringing that baggage along in an attempt to tie into one of her many upcoming appearances would be not only a mistake, but the exact sort of forced world-building which plagued movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Iron Man 2.


3. Two-Face

District Attorney Harvey Dent is an interesting character, but his origin story is not one which needs to be tackled again here. There’s no denying that Two-Face is one of the Caped Crusader’s best and most iconic villains, but it would be much better for Harvey to show up in his villainous persona for a cameo rather than retreading old ground. Delving into the relationship between Batman, Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent is something which probably appeals to Matt Reeves as it's such a fascinating dynamic, but it’s hard to imagine it adding an awful lot to the upcoming release. 

After all, if Batman: The Telltale Series has proved anything, it’s that even the freshest take on Harvey’s origin is really just the same old thing we’ve seen a million times before. Throw in the fact that Christopher Nolan did such an amazing job with the character in The Dark Knight, and he’s better off left on the shelf here. There are actually others who could take his place if Reeves really wants to delve into the connection between a vigilante, the police commissioner and the DA, but Two-Face’s time will definitely be better spent behind bars in Arkham Asylum than in an office.


2. Oracale

For those of you unfamiliar with the comic books, Oracle is the moniker taken on by Barbara Gordon after she was gunned down by the Joker. Left wheelchair bound by his attack, she became the Caped Crusader’s eyes and ears in Gotham City, providing him with intel and assistance from her Watchtower. She’s a cool character, but this isn’t someone who’s remotely necessary to The Batman, and it would be a much smarter move by Reeves to keep the focus on the relationship the hero has with Alfred while he’s out in the field, as that was a lot of fun in Batman v Superman

Picking up with Barbara as Oracle here would also be something of a waste, especially as there are better uses for the character. Whether she just shows up as the daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon who has an unusually keen interest in Batman’s vigilantism or as Batgirl (which would be very cool to see), there are a lot of stories which could be told with the hero before going down the Oracle route. Of course, with Joss Whedon working on a Batgirl movie - which could be standalone or set in the DC Extended Universe - it's hard to say which - or how many - versions we'll see on the big screen now!


1. Robin

While I would love The Batman to revolve around the return of Jason Todd as the Red Hood, it doesn’t appear as if that’s the plan as of right now. After all, Deathstroke never played a role in the comic book version of that story and there’s been absolutely no mention of Jared Leto’s Joker showing up here (which would be a necessity). If the storyline is somehow adapted, I could live with a flashback featuring Robin, but one thing this movie shouldn’t do is introduce us to a new version of Batman’s sidekick. 

Whether it’s Carrie Kelley or Tim Drake, Robin doesn’t need to show up. Sure, it would be nice to get some insight into the Robin costume Batman has on display in the Batcave but that would be best achieved by having someone like Nightwing appear. A former Robin, Dick Grayson could now be estranged from the Dark Knight due to what happened to Jason, and even just a simple conversation between these two could help set the stage for the Red Hood to appear down the line. Ultimately, though, it may be best for Batman to have no help as there’s something quite a bit more exciting about him heading into battle with no backup.

Do you agree that these characters shouldn't appear in The Batman? Are there any other heroes and villains you think should be left on the shelf? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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