Now that the incredible Avengers Age of Ultron has been out for some time, superhero movie fans everywhere will be turning their gaze to 2016 for the arrival of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). Arguably one of the most highly anticipated superhero movies ever, the film will pit two of the biggest superheroes in comic book history against one another. So, no pressure to get it right Zack Synder...
So after 2016 we'll probably all be left wondering, how on earth will DC top that Batman vs Superman movie?!? It's been hard for DC of late because people have always compared them to the success of the MCU and it has shown as they are only really beginning their expanded on-screen universe now. Hopefully, with great writers and directors DC can accomplish what Marvel has in the film industry and they could coexist to give us the two of the biggest ass-kicking franchises EVER! If I was the head honcho over at DC (which unfortunately I am not) I would want to differentiate from the MCU and that's what they seem to be trying to do by taking a darker tone with their movies. However, I see a way that the DC movie universe (DCCU if you will) could take their movies to the next level...
It's simple. We kill the Batman...
Yes it is true, in my opinion for DC to raise their game and become the massive movie empire we all are desperate to have, they'll need to sacrifice their favorite billionaire/Dark Knight. And it's looking like DC will do just this...
Why? Four words...
No Batman movie planned!
The official line up for DC's films up until 2020 is as follows:
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
- “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- “Shazam” (2019)
- “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- “Green Lantern” (2020)
Now, don't get me wrong, that line up just screams awesome, but there's one big name missing and that's Batman! Looking at this schedule it's pretty obvious people must be thinking, "surely with all those risky movies in there like Shazam and Cyborg, DC would want to play the safe card with a Batman movie?!" Well I don't think that's a mistake on DC's behalf. What if DC are planning ahead to give us one of the biggest superhero shocks of all time by killing off Batman??
Of course not right away though! We all want to see Batfleck dawn the cowl and put on his 'Bat voice' for a while before Batman bites the dust. If they're going to kill him off, it'll probably happen in one of Justice League films, preferably part 2, so by then we have had 2 years and possibly 4 movies of Batfleck glory!
If you're still not convinced by the idea of Batman being killed on screen, here's some reasons why I think DC would be doing the right thing killing off Batsy.
1. The 'No Powers' Problem
I'm not saying that having no powers is a bad thing, there's loads of amazing superheroes that are powerless; Punisher, Black Widow and Green Arrow just to name a few. Although imagine you are Batman surrounded by these God-like powered beings in the Justice League, you're going to feel a bit useless. That being said, Batman is an integral role to the Justice League in terms of leadership and that's why we love him so much. He's a powerless guy commanding the respect and cooperation of these super-people, how cool is that?!
But in the Justice League movies, what will happen when he comes up against a villain like Darkseid or Doomsday? People say that given prep time Batman could take down anyone, but there's only so much prep you can do for a super punch to the face. (hopefully that'll not be the way he goes though!)
Batman is always the one to try and make the sacrifice for the greater good. Maybe he has to stall to save the rest of the team by fighting the big bad or drive a spaceship with the villain and him in it into the sun etc. So what if in one of these movies he's given the ultimatum of sacrificing himself for his other members? Being Batman of course he'd do it knowing with no powers he'd not return. That way we'd get the closure of knowing Batman died a hero doing his job without a super power to his name!
2. He's getting on a bit...
Back when everyone was still fuming over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, Batman V Superman producer Michael Uslan, did an interview with Asbury Park Press to address the matter. Although in the interview he touched on the subject of Batfleck's age:
“So, this [controversial superhero casting] has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck. To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think he’s going to be extraordinary.”
So this means we are seeing an older Batman!!
This is good in a way as we've never really seen an old seasoned Dark Knight on the cinematic screen, therefore it'll probably focus more on his intellect and detective skills which is awesome! However, how long can old Batman stick around? His body will have been worn down over the years so will he be able to keep fighting with the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman in the League? The short answer is no, but no one has told Batman that!
Batsy will find it difficult to fight on coming to the end of his cinematic career but he will most likely go out swinging, in true Dark Knight spirit!
3. More Screen Time for Others!
We've had countless Batman films over the years, we all know his origin and what he stands for so is there much more to be done with the character on screen? Killing Batman would be an amazing opportunity for DC to really let some of their lesser known characters shine. We could see Aquaman stand up to the plate and take control of the League like he has done in the comics.Or we could see B-listers like Plastic Man and Wildcat come into the fold.
What about Batman's accomplices? As we are getting an older Batman it is more than likely that we are also getting Nightwing and possibly younger Robins like Tim Drake or even Jason Todd (Red Hood anyone??). Maybe we could see one of them take up the mantle of the Bat or we could see them break free from Batman's shadow to form their own superhero identity.
There's so many interesting story lines that could be focused on after Batman's death and this is probably one of the best reasons for DC to kill off Bruce Wayne.
4. What Would Be Next?!?
If DC were to do this, they would be killing off one of their most-beloved characters, which is a pretty ballsy. Imagine if they did pull it off though, who would be safe in future DC movies? Answer: NO ONE!
Who would be next? Flash? Wonder Woman? Maybe even Superman?! DC have the opportunity to ramp up the intensity of their movies by killing off Batman; having us on the edge of our seats through future movies because we know, if Batman isn't safe, no one is...
And on that dramatic note, I'll wrap up this article. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know below!