With rumors that lead us to believe that Batman vs Superman (No, I'm not going to call it Batman v Superman. It's versus dammit) got a standing ovation from Warner Bros. head honchos and are about to give Ben Affleck a so called 'Golden Deal' which involves him directing and starring in a trilogy of Batman films.
Now that's good news and bad news. I for one love the direction the DC Universe is taking, they're going for awe-inspiring rather than grounding their stories in reality. Now, the bad news. Well, it's not really bad news is Ben Affleck directing all three films, Affleck as fantastic as he is, doesn't really have a distinct style to his films. There's never an element of his films when I watch and go 'That's a total Affleck thing.' I believe the Batman films need some style and uniqueness, rather than just being simple old Batman films. But, that's another article I have yet to write. Affleck has directed three very good films and has an Oscar to boot, so time will truly tell how the Caped Crusader directs himself. Wow, he truly will have earned the right to walk around and tell everyone 'I'm Batman.' if all three films are fantastic.
Woah, I got off topic there. Anywho, let's get to the actual purpose of this article. Since we are supposedly getting three more Batman films in our new universe, it's only fitting to ponder what villains they'll be using in the films. Now some of the villains I mention down here have actually been portrayed in films, but they deserve another go ahead, not because they sucked or anything, but it'd be nice to see them on the big screen again.
So, here we go.
I know. I know. I also loved Christopher Nolan's Bane. But, let's be honest. How many of you were annoyed that they made him a henchman at the end, and was totally friendzoned by Talia - Al - Ghul?
The reason this character is popular is because he broke the bat, not only physically but mentally. The Dark Knight Rises did a good job of doing one of those, we never got to see the mental aspect of Bane toying with Batman.
My suggestion is to adapt the Knightfall arc, scale it down just a bit and boom, you have the definitive Bane story on screen.
In Knightfall, the story starts off with a bang. Bane frees up every locked criminal and super criminal, and waits for Batman to be exhausted mentally and physically. In the process, he also deduces Batman's secret identity, and finally breaks the Bat. This would be a fantastic story to adapt into the Battfleck universe.
5) Hugo Strange
Now Hugo Strange doesn't offer the physical threat many of Batman's other foes do. But he does match the mental power of Batman. He is one of the few people to deduce Batman's secret identity. That type of information in Strange's hands, is truly terrifying.
Just imagine the scenario that was explored in one of The Animated Series episodes, where he tries to sell Batman's identity to supervillains. Makes for a compelling storyline. Not only would Batman have to worry about Strange, but also his foes who are vying for a chance to figure out his identity.
Hell, let's think bigger. What if Strange publicly broadcasts Batman's secret identity? What happens then? This is a story waiting to be told on the big screen, be it live action or animation.
4) Professor Pyg
A relatively new villain, created by Grant Morrison, has gained a lot of popularity. Morrison created this character to genuinely disturb audiences, and boy did he succeed. His main purpose is to take people and make them 'perfect' according to him.
Now, according to Pyg, making people perfect is disfiguring them. Yeah, terrifying. He also specializes in some sort of mind control, which he uses on his dollotrons. Dollotrons are actually the failed experiments he's worked on.
In a way, he's Scarecrow on a smaller scale. This villain is a bit too new to have a whole film centered around him. He would work best if paired up with someone more popular.
3) Black Mask
Black Mask, Roman Sionis. Although he possesses a great origin story, similar to my #2 pick as you'll see later. He killed his parents, then out of regret went to the graveyard and just then, boom, lightning strikes him (Convenient, no?) He used that same lightning bolt as a sign of his new beginning. From the shattered pieces of his parents casket, he carved out a a mask, and thus the name Black Mask. Also, did I mention he hates Bruce Wayne?
He seems to be the most logical and simplest character to face The Dark Knight. A powerful mob boss. He owns Gotham city, and is dedicated to taking down Bruce Wayne. He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, able to hold his own against accomplished martial artists such as Batman and Catwoman. He has the power to to call other supervillains to his aid too, as he did in the videogame Batman: Arkham Origins.
Created in 2002. This character has gained a ton of popularity. Written by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Jim Lee. The arc he was a part of focuses on this character, a stalker hell bent on killing Bruce Wayne. He goes as far as to fake his death, fake the resurrection of second 'Robin' Jason Todd, and go head to head with Batman, and seemingly win.
The same arc had appearances from dozens of other supervillains, such as The Joker, Two - Face, Clayface and Catwoman. A truly explosive story, that showcases the power of friendship, explores romantic themes. It also features one of the best showdowns between Batman and The Joker, where Batman comes ever so close to ending him. The scene itself is blistering, and I won't spoil it by showing a picture of it, you must read it. A fantastic scene in a fantastic story.
1) The Court of Owls
Scott Snyder is the definitive Batman writer of today. This a story that needs to be used as a finale of the trilogy, it's the only way to give this arc justice. They need to tease this from the very first film, we need to see the effect this secret organization has in the world. They have kept themselves a secret from even Batman.
It's truly an awesome supergroup, they are basically the Illuminati of the Batman universe, and they're much more successful than the other secret society that attacked called 'The League of Assassins'.
The Court kidnaps young circus performers and other physical specimens only to brainwash them and transform them into assassins, known as Talons.
It's only logical to use this arc in a Batman film, but wisely. There is no use in wasting such an excellent story in one film. They must be introduced like 'Thanos' in the MCU. We need to see them as a shady presence, who have been pulling the strings from the very beginning. The Court of Owls are a perfect adversary for Batman, because of how long they have evaded Batman.
It's an explosive storyline, a must read for any Batfan.
So, beautiful people. What'd you think of the list? How would you improve it? Who would you want to take part in Battfleck's universe?
Feel free to leave your comments below.
Until then, thanks for reading and remember to please love yourselves.