The Batman is arguably the most anticipated movie in the DCEU slate. Coming off the high note of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, there have been great expectations from #BenAffleck to deliver on the latest iteration of the Caped Crusader.
However, the movie has been surrounded by controversy since its inception, with Affleck recently stepping down as director. Although Warner Bros. seemed to have found a replacement for Affleck in Matt Reeves — the man behind Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes — sources last week confirmed that Reeves had exited the negotiations and was no longer in talks to direct the film. But with Reeves now officially back in the director's chair following what must have been a very contentious back-and-forth with Warner Bros., it seems like the troubles for the impending film are finally over. Or are they?
Some rumors have persisted, suggesting that Affleck may be quitting the role entirely. Whatever the case, it is undeniable that the #DCEU has an ongoing serious Bat problem. So how can Warner Bros. fix its issues with the character?
1. Give Us Flashpoint
What better way to fix the broken timeline than to mess with it and break it even more? Jokes aside, the #Flashpoint storyline is essentially a reset button for the DCEU, allowing for the universe to be complete redefined on its own terms.
Aside from the fact that it will give WB/DC time to cast a new actor to replace Affleck should he decide to step down as Batman, Flashpoint will also delight millions of fans by bringing Thomas Wayne's version of the #CapedCrusader to the big screen. Seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this new take on the character would be a refreshing change as it would allow filmmakers to really explore a darker side of Batman.
Not only that, it would also make room for the introduction of Martha Wayne as the Joker, which could offer a welcome reprieve from Jared Leto's version of the Clown Prince of Crime. A female #Joker would add a new perspective to the character and could lead to the development of a fresh, dynamic relationship between the new Batman and Joker.
So while the timeline will be reset by the movie's end, Flashpoint would serve as the rebirth of the DCEU.
2. Put Dick Grayson On The Big Screen
The most logical and sensible choice would be for Warner Bros. to introduce Dick Grayson into the DCEU as soon as possible. In the comics, #DickGrayson is the successor to Bruce Wayne as he takes over the mantle of Batman in Bruce's absence. Since we have been introduced to an older, more experienced Batman, it would make sense that he has had association with other vigilantes in the past and may even have taken on a sidekick to mentor.
Furthermore, the introduction of Grayson could lighten the tone of the DCEU, which has been criticized for being overly grim at times. Traditionally a more buoyant character, Grayson could add much-needed levity to the movies without making it seem forced.
The character is yet to be portrayed on the big screen in live action — although he did play a big role in The Lego Batman Movie.
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3. Minimize Bruce Wayne's Role
If #WarnerBros wanted to really take a gamble with Batman, the studio could minimize his appearances in the DCEU movies, or remove him altogether. While initially this may not seem like a particularly good idea, considering Batman is arguably the biggest DC icon of all time, this decision could potentially be beneficial to the DCEU.
Instead of focusing entirely on Bruce Wayne, WB/DC has the option to delve into the stories of the Bat family, including characters such as Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin and Batgirl. This DCEU narrative would be given a jolt with the introduction of younger heroes and the exploration of new stories that have never before been told on the silver screen.
The DCEU could also go the route of the Batman Incorporated story arc and send Bruce off on a quest to establish a worldwide network of Batmen (Bat people?) under his guidance. It is not necessary to remove Bruce from the narrative of the DCEU entirely — merely alluding to his presence and/or featuring him in minor roles/cameos could make for some serious world building and expansion of the DC Universe.
Truth be told, there are several ways in which the DCEU can fix its issues with Batman. While none of these scenarios are likely to occur, Warner Bros. will probably end up postponing The Batman until it can iron out all the kinks with casting and plot. As for his future regarding the role, we can only hope Affleck decides to stay on as the Caped Crusader. No doubt many fans already consider him to be the truest, most accurate version of the character we've seen.
The Batman is due for release in 2018. What are you hoping to see in the new movie? Sound off in the comments below.