We've seen a lot of Batman over the years. Not counting the multiple appearances he makes per week in the comics, he has had two hit video games (with a sequel releasing later this year), seven movies and five animated shows. And yet there's still so much that the character and his universe has to offer. So while there are some valid arguments to say that Batman is over-exposed, there's a reboot on the way, and here's why you should still be happy about that.
1) The Bat-Family
While some of the animated shows have given us great portrayals of Robin, Batgirl et al, it's an element of the mythos that has, as of yet, not made it into any cinematic take on the character. We've had a pretty terrible Robin from Joel Schumacher's films and Joseph Gordon Levitt played a sort-of-but-not-quite-Robin in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Rises. The bat-family has a reputation outwith comics as being camp and undermining the seriousness of Batman, which is a shame, because characters like Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne to just name a few. People who have seen these characters done well in animation and comics know the potential these people have to bring something fresh and engaging to this world while still being serious characters. There are so many great stories to be told here, and this is possibly the best chance we'll ever get to see them come to life.
2) An older Batman
In the Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller used the idea of an older, more flawed Bruce Wayne to create an incredibly gripping story dynamic. So with this new Batman seeming to have been lifted straight from said miniseries, we have all of that to look forward to. Whether or not Warner Bros. decides to adapt the Dark Knight Returns in any capacity, just the idea of whether or not Bruce can move past the cowl is something that Frank Miller and Batman Beyond got a lot of mileage out of. Batman works because he is, at his core, fundamentally broken. He has never gotten over his parents' death and the question of what he does when he starts reaching the stage of physically needing to retire is one that inks a page by itself. We know the character well enough by this stage that we can jump right into a forty year-old Batman's story, we don't need a prequel, although that can work with the right story.
3) A more comic-accurate world
The Dark Knight trilogy is fantastic. But it exists in its own universe, with radically different takes on characters than we'd ever seen before. The tone that Christopher Nolan nailed isn't one that works in a world where Batman has to co-exist with aliens, gods and robots. So taking more inspiration from the comics is a no brainer. And from what we've seen so far from the Bat-suit and the Comic-Con teaser, that's exactly what Zach Snyder is going for. Which means we can get the more crazy elements of Batman's villains. We can have a Bane jacked on venom, Jason Todd can become the Red Hood, Killer Croc and Clayface can appear. There are so many opportunities to be found in the fantastical realm of this mythos that it would be a disappointment if we didn't see them incorporated into this series.
4) Ben Affleck directing
While it's not official that Affleck will be in the director's chair for the Batman reboot, it makes sense that he would. After all, his two biggest hits since his career revival have been the the well received 'Argo' and 'The Town'. Both of which were distributed by Warner Bros. and met with reasonable success. Ben Affleck also directed and starred in both of them so getting him to do the same thing again for Batman isn't really much of a leap at all. He definitely has enough skill behind the camera to pull it off, with the aforementioned 'films being excellent in their own right, especially 'Argo'. What he always manages to bring to his films are an intensity and relatable characters. This could bring us a seriously great, and unique telling of Batman, with a more human Bruce Wayne than we've seen before in terms of being relatable. Because, as awesome as it is to see Bats take down Gods with his intellect. He's at his most engaging when we see the humanity in him, his flaws and his real world struggles. So let's see what Affleck's Batman film looks like WB.
5) New story opportunities
Batman on his own is awesome. Tim Burton proved that decades ago, and it's been re-affirmed on multiple occasions since. But a Batman movie that's part of a larger DC universe? That's an entirely different kettle of fish. If Cyborg can show up in Gotham, then that just makes everything more cool. There are so many stories that Warner Bros. can adapt that aren't from Frank Miller. So while 'Year One' and 'The Dark Knight Returns' are fantastic stories, let's see some other arcs adapted for this batch of Batman films. There are so many great stories still out there, Hush, Under the Red Hood, Killing Joke, Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Batman R.I.P. and so many more. Batman has had 75 years of comic book history. 75 years full of ups and downs that have resulted in so many iconic arcs yet to be captured outwith comics. So take the internet's hints DC, and start making some of these movies a reality.
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