With Ben Affleck taking on the role of the Dark Knight in both the new Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film premiering early this year, and the official Justice League film which will be premiering in 2017, it was almost inevitable that Affleck would stick around and make a few solo adventures for the big screen as well. This was recently confirmed when it was announced that Affleck was petitioning to not only star as the caped crusader, but to direct as well. In the last two and a half decades, we have seen just about every member of Batman’s rogues gallery brought to the big screen, with Ras Al Guhl, Scarecrow, The Joker, Two-Face, and Bane all being brought to life in recent years during Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. With that being said, any and all Batman films from here forth are going to need fresh ideas, so today we look at five of ideas that could spell blockbuster. Some of these ideas may not only shape another fantastic Batman film, but have been foreshadowed as well.
1. The Red Hood
DC Comics fans were quick to pick up a nod to a famed and very complicated adversary of Batman in the Dawn of Justice premiere trailer. The scene takes place while Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent discuss the differences between their respective heroes. During the conversation, there is a quick flash to the infamous Jason Todd costume on display in the Batcave. For those unfamiliar, Jason Todd was the second person to inherit the cowl of Robin. During an encounter with the Joker, Jason was not only tortured, but presumed dead after a bomb seemingly killed him. In the years to come though, it was revealed that Jason never died, and instead became the violent vigilante known as The Red Hood. Affleck has already said that the new Bruce Wayne will struggle with his demons, and Jason is by far his most haunting. Jason’s endgame was also to kill the Joker out of revenge, which would give a reason to re-cast Jared Leto as the Joker.
The DC Universe, and especially the Batman rogues gallery is littered with contact killers and assassins of all kinds, and one premise of a new Batman film could tear a page from the Arkham game series, specifically Arkham Origins. The Game follows Batman in his first year as he faces several assassins from Deathstroke to Deadshot in a single night, after a bounty is placed on his head. Deadshot has been teased to make a cameo in a solo Batman film, and Killer Croc is already set to premiere in the upcoming Suicide Squad, so why not let hell rain down on Gotham as Batman goes blow for blow with DC’s heavy hitters.
The super villain known as Hush is not as widely recognized as The Joker or Two-Face, but he is one of Batman’s fiercest enemies. Although a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, Tommy Eliot, or Hush becomes obsessed with killing Batman after he deduces that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the same. His scheme is not only elaborate, and uses several popular Batman villains, who have yet to get a modern big screen portrayal, including Killer Croc, The Riddler, and Clayface. The film would not only be an intense superhero flick, but could also act as a physiological and suspenseful thriller, with a core mystery for the world’s greatest detective.
4. The Joker And A Master Plan
Only one villain can be relied upon to bring together the full extent of Batman’s rogues gallery for a crazy master plan, and that is easily The Joker. The Joker has time and again brought together armies of villains to try and take down Batman, and this ideas could not only bring back the new Jared Leto Joker, but Margot’s Robbie’s Harley Quinn as well. United under the Clown Prince of Crime could be an army of minor villains for Batman to spar with. Not to mention all the possible help Batman would need, which could lead to support from Batgirl/Oracle, Robin, or Dick Grayson as Nightwing, who is being name dropped a lot lately.
5. Another Type of Origin Story
Everyone knows about the origin story of Batman, from his parent’s death to his quest to become the protector of his city, and one did not have to see Batman Begins to be familiar. With that being said, a new film could not only focus on a major villains plot that must be stopped, but also the origins of the Batman family. Barbra Gordon and Dick Grayson who would go on to become Batgirl and Robin/Nightwing. Amidst all that another focus could be to further examine Batman and his strained relationship with the law, and his partnership with Commissioner Gordon. A lot of people may be skeptic about the sidekick idea, but in truth, they have always given the Dark Knight more depth, giving him someone else to care about, even as a hero.