Ben Affleck is Batman. Whether a fan or not, he is here to stay. With recent confirmation that he is, in fact, directing the new standalone movie, as well as starring and having written it, DC is not backing down with Ben Affleck as Batman.
Looking at the idea of a standalone Batman movie, it is a no brainer for DC. Fans love Batman, and Affleck has been met with very positive reviews. The new concern for the standalone movie is what it will be formatted as. Will it be set in the past, showing the death of Robin, the destruction of Wayne Manor? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set up an older Batman with a history, and now fans want to see that history played out on the screen.
So, is a standalone Batman movie a good idea?
Of course it is! Ben Affleck has the potential to do stories comic fans have only dreamed of appearing on the big screen. But, in my personal opinion, a trilogy is the right way to go for Ben Affleck's Batman. There are so many Batman stories that already exist, and there is so much potential in this new Batman. Zack Snyder has confirmed that Batman is going to be the leader of the Justice League, and a trilogy of Batman movies that tie into the Justice League can take even more Batman stories and have them become reality on the big screen.
My personal opinion as to what the new Batman trilogy should be.
As stated in bold, this is what I, personally believe should be the basis for a new trilogy for Batman movies. Warning: Spoilers for Batman comics ahead.
1. Batman: Hush
This comic made me look at Batman in a new light. Written by Jeph Loeb, and penciled by Jim Lee, the story focuses on Batman trying to catch a man, named Hush, who is trying to sabotage him. This comic shows the detective side to Batman, something sometimes overlooked with Batman. It, also, brings in many of Batman villains that are well known in not a lot of time, something DC could utilize to their advantage (considering The Dark Knight Trilogy focused on a total of two main villains per movie). The comic even features Batman fighting Superman!
Now, people may be thinking we already had a Batman vs Superman movie!, and that is true, but this fight is because Superman is being controlled by Poison Ivy. Batman: Hush is a perfect post Justice League movie because it has Superman and can lead into another movie. How so?
In Batman: Hush, Tim Drake is Robin. Dick Grayson has already become Nightwing, and Jason Todd is, presumed, dead from the Joker's attack. When Batman is confronted with this image, Jason Todd holding Tim Drake hostage, he is stunned. He fights with Jason, and soon Jason is revealed to be Clayface, simply mimicking Jason Todd.
2. Batman: Under the Hood.
This is probably what the current standalone Batman movie will be based about. In the story, Jason Todd is revealed to be the Red Hood, an antihero who is violent. In the comic, Jason gives Batman the ultimate choice: Either let Jason kill the Joker (whom he kidnapped), or kill Jason. For what goes down there, read the comic.
The reason this comic is probably going to be the standalone movie is because it was touched upon in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Robin suit in the Batcave is confirmation that an event took place roughly ten years before that caused Batman to put up his mantle.
3. Batman: Death of the Family/ Endgame
What is Batman without the Joker? Of course I would say that the final Batman movie in my ideal trilogy would deal with Batman and Joker, and their dynamic relationship that has had fans wanting more for over 75 years.
Both stories, written by Scott Snyder, made me love the Joker, whom before hand I thought was an overrated villain (sorry Heath Ledger). These stories take place in The New 52 DC universe, which was a relaunch of titles starting in 2011. With Scott Snyder at the helm, Batman #13-17 dealt with the Joker returning to Gotham after a 1 year hiatus and reclaiming his face, which he cut off in Detective Comic #1 (2011). Joker proceeds to tell Batman that he knows everyone's identity, sending the Batfamily into panic. After playing Joker's game, Batman chases down Joker and states that he knows the identity of the Joker. Joker, visually upset, pushed himself away from Batman, falling off a ledge and out of sight.
2 years after Death of the Family, Snyder decided to bring back the Joker for Batman: Endgame. The story opens with Batman at a new headquarters, when suddenly he is attacked by the Justice League, with no preparation. After subduing the League, including Superman with kryptonite gum, Batman realizes that the League has been laced with Joker toxin. The Joker is back, and worse than ever. His plan means to destroy Gotham with his new toxin. The final issue ends with Batman making the ultimate sacrifice to save his city.
The reason a mix of Death of the Family and Endgame would work really well as the final movie in the trilogy is that is can end Batman's story if they want to. Also, with Jared Leto playing a more psychotic Joker, The New 52 Joker is nothing short of being the craziest Joker ever seen. With Suicide Squad only months away, we have yet to see any real dialog between The Clown Prince of Gotham and the Dark Knight. I guess we will have to wait until August 5th to see how much Batman/Joker relationship we will see on screen.
That is my opinion as to what the perfect Batman trilogy would be. Now a standalone movie is great, but a trilogy could open up to so much more, and could lead to much more money in Warner Bros. pockets. Plus, I don't think Batman fans would mind seeing more of the Caped Crusader in the near future.
Sound off in the comments what your ideal trilogy would be, or if DC should just do one standalone Batman movie. Until next time this is Sam signing off and saying tune in next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.