The term "TV-verse" is term lots of us here on MP use while referring to the DC Comics Television Universe ( which I will shorten to DCCTVU, hereafter), since it is (thus far) separate from the DC movie-verse. Something that we do not need to worry about with Marvel, since they have embarked on the most ambitious film/TV/Netflix crossover project ever! The ONLY film/TV/Netflix crossover ever.
This series of posts will be all about which network, which actors, and what plot points I believe several DC heroes could appear on the small screen, even though realistically it will never happen. I will also explore how the featured character fits into said network. My first post will be about none other than my personal favorite of all superheroes, the Dark Knight himself, The Batman.
Now first, I am a really big fan of the Title of "The Batman," and yes I know it was already an animated series on the CW/WB (which is just, eh in my opinion), but I have always been a fan of the more authoritative The Batman as apposed to just Batman, or one of his other monikers. It invokes more power and allure. I would also settle for I am Vengeance, because it is part of one of my favorite Batman quotes from the 1990's animated series.
Now Zack Snyder and the rest of the WB/DC wheelhouse have already expressed that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will remain absent from the DCCTVU, but trying to cast and conceptualize a superhero TV show seemed like fun! Anyway let's get going!
There are four major networks that WILL be part of the DCCTVU starting next fall. I say "WILL" because it is up in the air as to whether or not Constantine will be returning on NBC in the fall, but most probably it will be announced along with the rest of the NBC announcements later this season. CW will return in the fall lineup with Arrow, The Flash, and a mystery project some fans are assuming will be some version of the Justice Society. Of course there's FOX with the second season of Gotham, and then newcomers CBS with Supergirl, and TNT with Titans.
Since the CW already has such a rich cast of DC heroes, villains, and supporting characters, I would most like to see a CW tie in. As it is, we have seen several of 'the Bats" rogues gallery members in Arrow; those being Harley Quinn (briefly), Deadshot, and of course Ra's Al Ghul. He is also know to go toe to toe with Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and many of the lesser know characters that appear in both Arrow and The Flash. Also, lets be completely honest, though the Arrow has done a great job leading this rag tag group of vigilantes, what they really need is a seasoned veteran to come in and really show them what's what.
It very likely we would get some sort of origins story, but I really don't think any of us needs an in depth look at how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman... again...
We get it! They were killed, let's move on!
So, in this universe I would like to see Bruce Wayne come and train Ollie not only in the art of crime fighting, but also in how to be a billionaire philanthropist. The one thing Oliver is consistently terrible at is juggling his dual identities. Bruce could come in and teach him his meditation methods to cut back on how much time he needs to rest, show him how to lead his team effectively and delegate tasks, as well as establish himself as a charitable company owner if he ever retains/re-envisions Queen Consolidated. This means an older Batman, but not as old as in the Batman V. Superman film coming next year. I'm thinking after Dick Grayson Robin, before Jason Todd.
We open with a shot of TV's in an electronics store window. Then you see various reports on screens that may be something to the tune of "Two years after STAR Labs incident" or "Restoring the Glades." Simultaneously you would see "Crime up in Gotham!" and "Batman Sightings on the rise. Where's the side kick?"" with a blurry image of batman leaping between two rooftops.
You next see a rough looking pair of guys run through the shot and down an alley. A bruised man steps out of a store nearby yelling at them "Come back here! Damn thugs!" The guys run down the alley and out into the next street only to be cut off by police. The first robber fires on the car, wounding an officer causing the second to stay behind and look after his downed partner. They then grab a elderly woman from her vehicle and steal the car looting her purse and dumping it out of the window. It appears they have made a clean get away until...
The car roof caves a little and the cracked wind shield is obstructed by a mystery black length of fabric (Batman's cape.) The passenger shoots through the roof and the cape disappears revealing a streetlight that the car careens into.
Groggy the driver gets out of the vehicle and bolts, while the passenger is stuck in his seat belt in the car. The passenger door flings ajar and he is torn from the seat and thrown to the side of the road bound and cuffed.
The driver rounds the corner on foot and ducks into an abandoned building. He waits and after a few moments and catching his breath he figures he has gotten away for now. He turns around only to see a dark figure swooping down on him from the rafters. You see him lying unconscious on the floor. the next shot is of the cape again, and it sweeps away and reveals both criminals tied up on the side of the road as police arrive to make the arrest. One of the officers looks up in time to see the silhouette of Batman standing on a Gotham gargoyle. Startled, he shines a light up, only for there to be nothing there. "I knew he was still out there..."
Season One Arc
Now, this Batman has been fighting crime in Gotham for a few years, but the "Batman" officially doesn't exist. City officials and police exclaiming "This Batman is nothing more than a myth, and The GCPD would in no way cooperate with a criminal."
Since his split with Robin, now going by the name of Nightwing, Batman has been more secluded than ever, barely making outings as Bruce Wayne, and only leaving the cave to sleep, and sometimes not even for that. Running his company remotely, Bruce has been keeping tabs on the events in both Central City and Starling City.
After years of crime fighting and the break up of his partnership with the first Robin, and with the new heroes and villians on the rise, Bruce decides to get back into the real world. He knows that as Bruce Wayne he can reach out to the remnant operators of STAR Labs as well as the former Queen Consolidated and the respected cities, as a cover to get closer to the new heroes operations. Being the incredible detective that he is, Bruce is well aware of the true identities of Arrow and The Flash.
After investigating team Arrow, Batman first approaches team Arrow and immediately Oliver is both impressed, and a little wary of Batman since though he doesn't officially exist, the rumors of Batman's skill and brutality have Oliver on edge. As Batman and Arrow team up to stop a common enemy, Batman begins to see the value in a protege once more by watching Oliver, Diggle, Felicity and Roy work together. Bruce returns to Gotham and by the end of season one he meets Jason Todd while an old foe of Batman's is back at his old tricks. The Joker.
BATMAN: This is the touchiest subject for a lot of fans of live action representations of characters. This emotional attachment to all things comics often results in a split in the comic book movie and TV community.
There are a few great actors I would love to see don the cape and cowl but as I was doing a little research as to actors other people would like to see play Batman I came across a choice that I immediately thought was a great choice.
Some of you just blew a gasket I know, but here's why I think he's perfect.
First, Boreanaz is no stranger to stunts and fight scenes. His stint as the Vampire private eye Angel is a great example of his broodiness, and Boreanaz had begun doing many of his own stunts by the end of the series.
Second, his current run in FOX's Bones is evidence that his acting chops are more finely polished. With the cop procedural in it's tenth season, we may see the end of the series soon, freeing up his schedule, but the show could easily run another 2 or 3 seasons. Though Bruce is traditionally portrayed with dark hair and blue eyes, this isn't the first time we'd see a brown haired brown eyed version of him.
Thirdly, his stature is pretty spot on. Coming in at 6'1", Boreanaz has the height and imposing presence thing down. As well as being in great shape, he is a seasoned TV actor that can still stick it out with the young guys.
GORDON: So as the Christopher Nolan movies and the current show Gotham are a testament to the how gritty Batman on screen can be, they also show us the importance of some of Batman's most loyal allies. Most importantly, his ally within the GCPD, Commissioner Jim Gordon. When fans heard of the recasting of the Batman lineup, many fans looked to everyone's favorite RV chemist, Bryan Cranston.
If you haven't watched even one episode of Breaking Bad this casting will make ZERO sense to you, since you have probably only seen him as the father in Malcolm in the Middle.
Bryan Cranston is synonymous with a different TV father these days...
The meth cooking type of dad. Cranston's portrayal of Walter White will most likely go down in history as one of the great (TV) characters of our time, and I would love to see the Jim Gordon that would come from such a great actor. Cranston just may be too good for TV, andI don't think DC has a Gordon cast in BvS, but I digress.
DICK GRAYSON/NIGHTWING: Now I mentioned Dick Grayson, and though he will be appearing in the TNT Titans series, I am not sure that the uncorroborated claims that we will see any sort of network crossover is unlikely. In this case, I decided that my pick for Grayson is...
Ok, so this is where we need to think conservatively. Is he the best actor? No, but he has great potential. McQueen is best known for his role as Jeremy Gilbert in the CW's Vampire Diaries. Though the writing is kind of terrible and it is the epitome of all the things wrong with vampire shows/movies, McQueen brings a bit of earthiness to his work. Dick Grayson, for all his worth, isn't very complex, and for the purposes of this series, would not be a weekly presence especially once the show progressed to include Jason.
McQueen has been a favorite for the part among fans as well, inspiring some creative photoshop work...
It is worth mentioning that rumors are circulating that there may be a Nightwing appearance in season 3 of Arrow... but we know how those pesky rumors are.
JASON TODD/ROBIN: Now it would be middle of the season, but we would be introduced to Jason. Jason should be 16 or 17. Old enough to train and learn complex fighting and detective skills, yet too young to be on his own or know what is really good for him. There is a complexity to this character. He is a good kid, but deep down within himself there is anger. More so than even Bruce, and he is vicious when backed into a corner. For this role we would want someone that can be both a kind kid, but also a fighter.
Now I'd like to take this opportunity to say, all of these casting choices are barring a major infusion of cash into the DCTVU on the CW.
I say that because like Bryan Cranston, Asa Butterfield is also on a career high right now. Star of the films Ender's Game and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Asa is very talented and just turned 18 this year. He reads younger, which is key, and definitely has what it takes to be Batman's second Robin. It would just be really tough to see him inevitably die come late season two or third season.
THE JOKER: The Clown Prince of Darkness, the man with the dastardly plan, the agent of chaos. Yes this character is beloved and casting him is ALWAYS a great debate among hard core fans. After much deliberation and careful consideration I choose YOU...
Okay, so if you have a Netflix account this is what you have to do. Go to the search bar. Search for The Killing. Add The Killing to your list. WATCH THE KILLING!!! It is amazing, and Kinnaman is fantastic. He reminds me of the type of actor that becomes the character they portray. He's tall, but lean. His work in The Killing (seriously watch it!) is layered and complex. His character being a cop with a history of addiction problems, and a deep seeded guilt that is only masked by his jovial outward appearance. Flip that character description 180, and you get the Joker.
Just look at that grin...
CATWOMAN: No telling of the Batman is complete without many women of his life. The one I'd like this series to explore is Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. For the part I really like...
Jennifer has been all over our TV's for the better part of a decade First in FOX's series House, and more recently Once Upon a Time. The latter, not such a great show, due in no part to Morrison's ability, and more so with Disney beating a dead horse. She is attractive, smart, and she has a great look about her. This is an older picture, but we needed the darker hair for Selina, and she is rocking the blonde now.
Catwoman will be an alternate plot point. This could very well be an existing relationship that Bruce has with Selina and is a cause for conflict within Bruce. The righteous and just Batman, in love with a criminal; a thief.
BARBARA GORDON/BATGIRL: One thing that we haven't gotten much of is talk about Batgirl. Now Barbara is my all time favorite Batgirl. The others are nice, but she's the original. I would love to see a pre-Killing Joke Barbara. Give her some Live action time she deserves. So far the best depiction on any screen is the 1990's animated series. She's a badass. Casting for Barara Gordon...
Smart, beautiful, AND she can throw a punch. This casting sort of explains itself. Emily has been starring in the series Revenge which is in it's third season and has a massive following. She has was also in Captain America: Winter Soldier as Agent 13 ad was really great. I look forward to seeing her in the coming Avengers or Captain films
Now again, we aren't looking at the most realistic casting, however she would be amazing. I'd love to see her as a redhead...
The design for the Batsuit and the other bat family suits should follow the example of the video game, Arkham Origins. Arguably the least memorable of the series, the one thing I think they did beautifully did was the design of Bruce's gear.
The comdination of the classic colors, and the new age armor was perfect, especially for an early stage batman. The suits for this show should be a grade above the Arrow team, or Flashes "friction proof" fire suit. Batman doesn't re-purpose gear, he invents it. It is designed to do exactly what he does and the rest of his team gets nothing but the best.
I like a lot of things about the fan film company Bat in the Sun design. It is similar to this armored look and may be more practical for the show.
Well, that brings us to the end of "DCC TV-verse Vol.1" Stay tuned and I will create one for Superman as well as Wonder Woman and who knows, Maybe I'll get crazy and get into the super obscure.
The demon Etrigan? Lobo? Elastic-Man?! STATIC SHOCK?! I know, I know, I'll stop teasing.
Which hero should I do next?!