So you may by now have heard the exciting news that the Batman solo feature which many fans were left wanting following Ben Affleck's performance in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) might actually happen. Affleck's own draft of a potential script has been written, and supposedly it's "a really cool [Batman] idea" being touted as an option for Batfleck's own solo outing.
We don't know much else beyond that, including whether or not it will actually happen, but the Batman canon is absolutely brimming with excellent narratives for adaptation.
With many different stories created by loads of talented writers and artists over the Dark Knight's nearly 80 year existence we're spoilt for choice, so here's just a few of the brilliant Batman story arcs we'd love to see adapted for the big screen
'Batman: A Death in the Family' (Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo & Mike DeCarlo, 1988-89)
Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way first. Even the first set of trailers for Batman v Superman pretty clearly laid out in our minds the events of A Death in the Family, in which the largely disliked second Robin (Jason Todd) is brutally murdered by a crowbar wielding Joker (and then caught in an explosive blast, just for good measure).
A Death in the Family perhaps hasn't aged as well as some of the other stories but it's still a hugely important moment in Batman's life, one which still resonates with fans nearly 30 years later.
But perhaps A Death in the Family is already so well known in the fanbase that it's become part of legend, so rather than explicitly adapting this one the Batfleck film could instead pick up with Under the Hood instead...
'Under the Hood' (Judd Winick, Doug Mahnke, Eric Battle & Shane Davis, 2005-2006)
Under the Hood is another big one in the Batman canon, and it's already been adapted into an animated movie - Under the Red Hood. It's a non direct continuation of A Death in The Family as it charts the return of Jason Todd to the DC universe, written nearly twenty years after his death.
Returning from the dead via a reality altering plot device (ah, comic books) Jason Todd takes on the anti-hero alias originally used by Joker - Red Hood. He embarks on a violent killing spree against Gotham's villains on his way to taking revenge on the Joker, actions which bring him into conflict with his former, non-lethal method using mentor Batman.
This could be a nice one to adapt as it would tie in with the events of A Death in The Family which we already know have occured in some form in the DCEU, though it would scupper that popular "Jason Todd is Joker" theory (although Zack Synder's already done that).
'Batman and the Monster Men' (Matt Wagner, 2006)
In Batman v Superman Batman seemed relatively unfazed by all the mythical weirdness going on around him, from the almost indestructible alien Superman and the 5,000 year old demigod Wonder Woman to the Kryptonian monster Doomsday. Likely this isn't his first run in with the supernatural, which hopefully means we'll be seeing the League of Assassins somewhere down the line.
Batman and the Monster Men takes place a year after Bruce Wayne has taken up the Batman mantle, and at this point he's only really come up against the ordinary side of the villainous: gangsters and street thugs mostly. Not only is Batman and the Monster Men one of the best Hugo Strange stories (an underused villain in our opinion), it's also the first time the Caped Crusader comes up against proper monsters.
Arguably it's the tipping point which chances him from a street vigilante to a fully fledged superhero, a path which leads eventually to the Justice League (and Batman kicking their collective asses on a regular basis).
'Batman: Earth One' (Geoff Johns & Gary Frank, 2012 - 2015)
Batman: Year One is widely held as one of the best Batman graphic novels ever, but sister story Batman: Earth One is probably better suited for the DCEU. It's part of DC's Earth One line, which features a new and separate continuity from the DC universe and is mainly involved with retelling the early stories and origins of the mainstream characters modernised for current audiences.
Why do we want an Earth One adaptation? Well, mainly because we loved Jeremy Irons "more hands on" DCEU Alfred, who was pretty damn close to the way he's portrayed in Batman: Earth One. If they're going down the origin route for the solo Batfleck film, they could do a lot worse than adapting the Earth One continuity.
Even years before Batman v Superman was released there were rumors circulating that Alfred was going to be portrayed as the Wayne family bodyguard rather than a butler, a theory which his role in Batman v Superman seemed to support.
Earth One's Alfred is much closer to Irons' portrayal than say the likes of Michael Caine's in The Dark Knight trilogy; he is in fact an ex intelligence agent and close friend of Thomas Wayne who takes a more active role in Batman's exploits, teaching Bruce how to fight and not hesitating to beat the crap out of him if need be (see above).
Alfred aside, the grittier more modern take on Bruce Wayne's early life and Batman origins certainly chimes closer to the tone of the DCEU than some of the other continuities. It also features the Riddler, whom Synder previously teased as part of the DCEU, and a hella badass James Gordon.
Which Batman storylines do YOU want to see in the Batfleck solo film? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter