Warning: There will be spoilers for the New 52 Batman storyline within this article, read at your own risk!
Batman is without a doubt the second-most popular superhero on the planet in terms of sales of merchandise and every other statistical category. Spider-Man is the only superhero that matches up to Batman, and it would be hard to imagine Spidey losing a fight between them due to his spider-sense! I digress, but over the years there have been so many talented writers that managed to put their own spin on The Dark Knight.
Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns might be the quintessential tale detailing the strategic mastermind behind the cowl and Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween showcased the world's greatest detective. Geoff Johns' Batman - Earth One gave us the most compelling origin story and Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum displayed Batman's psychological damages like nothing before or since.
Scott Snyder just finished his 52-issues run of the Caped Crusader and it was the most consistent, horrific, and beautifully written tale of Batman's history; plus, with Greg Capullo intricately drawn art and we just taken part in something beyond ourselves (too much?)!
I know: When Jim Gordon took over the mantle after Batman - Endgame was not the most popular fan choice, but I always root for people who try to be different! Oftentimes, I don't fret when comic writers inherits years-after-years of continuity that they must adhered to. I usually just let it go if they choose to ignore certain matters and it makes the experience much more enjoyable!
I've always wondered why did it take so long to move away from the underoos? I mean, back when the comic was created; they were considered what strong men worn, but they looked rather silly after the initial period.
Without any further ado, here are 7 reasons The New 52's Batman comic is awesomely ripe to adapt on the big screen!
1. BATMAN CONVINCING HIMSELF THAT THE JOKER IS JUST A MAN IN ENDGAME
When The Joker popped up in Jim Gordon's apartment and Jim subsequently killed him -- only to to be revealed that Joker was still alive. Batman went full-detective and tried to find out how that could have happened. Bruce ended up talking quite a bit to himself, reassuring that he's only a man, like you and I.
The mystery was intense and it was an amazing read. Now, Leto looks just like this and there are rumors that Death of the Family and Endgame are being utilized in Batman's standalone movie. This might be the creepiest version of The Joker... like, ever!
2. BATMAN AND THE COURT OF OWLS
I did an animated list a couple days ago and I don't think I made it clear that it was a list about relevant movies to the upcoming DCEU. I'm not saying this version of Batman was the best, but it'll most likely be used for inspiration by Affleck and Johns. Honestly, Scott Snyder's (Not Zack) run was epic and should go down as some of the all-time greats in Batman's history.
This would be insane to to see an adaptation of this story-line from the comic on the big screen. Just imagined, something as old and powerful as Gotham -- and they have zombie ninjas! This started off Snyder's run and twas' awesome!
3 IT SHOWS HOW INSPIRATIONAL BATMAN CAN BE!
In, Batman #12 , a young lady named, Harper Row, went to a Wayne's Gala! She made a joke to Alfred about Wayne about never setting foot where she lives and how he doesn't care about The Narrows.
She had a brother who was thoroughly abused by some bullies for being gay and she's a wiz at fixing electrical problems; and she left her father at a very young age. Batman stopped the bullies from attacking them at knife-point and this inspired her to help him out, while getting a new fashionable hairdo in the process. Yeah, Batman locked up her father as well!
Batman was attacked by a tiger down in sewers and she came to Batman's rescue. Batman gave this young girl hope by showing someone cared enough to help her and that's the appeal of Batman that I think it might be lost on some people. I loved how this story took the time to show why the citizens of Gotham loves Batman. It's something that needs to be carried over into the DCEU! Is there more about Harper?
4. THE JOKER KNEW BRUCE WAYNE WAS BATMAN... ALMOST THE WHOLE TIME
Did I mentioned how creepy The Joker truly became in Snyder's run. I'm not even talking about wearing his own face as a mask, with flies around its decaying flesh. The Joker has always been one of the creepiest villain ever and I think he became next-level (somehow?) during this run. There's a part in Death of the Family that really stuck out to me as well.
When Bruce is talking about how psychopathic The Joker is; he talks about how his pupils never move, so Bruce can't gauge is reaction. He admits, when he stares at them long enough -- they move, not because of hate, but love.
We saw hints of that in Nolan's Dark Knight, but I want the DCEU to drive this home how The Joker only loves Batman. I think it'd be a compelling origin to have The Joker kill Jason Todd because Batman, maybe dropped a Bat Cave on him or let him fall after finding out the Joker's real name? And then he comes back a tad different?
Some people argue that DC Comics focuses too much of Batman's against The Joker -- while others would argue the opposite. He probably appeared in about 10-to-12-issues during Snyder's run (the scientist). So, it's whatever you want to think.
5. SPEAKING OF... HARPER ROW... SHE WAS A NICE ADDITION
I'm a sucker for Batman's relationships with others! Affleck's Batman has been a loner for quite some time and you might think this a pipe dream, but you do know how far one little mention goes with fans like myself. And there are a ton of Batman comics out there for me to read.
When Damian died, she comforted Batman in a very sweet way. She gave a touching message that said, 'Resolve'! I honestly, don't see why she couldn't be mentioned in the upcoming Batman movie as someone who helped Bruce out a tough time with the of either Damian (unpopular & too many clones) or Jason Todd's death. Oh yeah, she becomes the vigilante, Bluebird, and she kicks-ass!
6. BATMAN FIGHTS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE IN ENDGAME
A lot of people will say that this is an an Iron Man ripoff and they're right. The internet thinks that if you like something, you're a fanboy -- and if you don't, you're a hater (not everyone of course, but...if.... never mind).
Any who, Joker infects the League with his toxin and they attacked Batman. It's just cool how Batman always has a contingency plan to fight everyone. I want Batman to fight glove-knuckle most of the time, but it's nice to know that he has something to fight anyone!
7. EXPLAIN WHY IT MEANS SOMETHING TO SAY 'BECAUSE HE'S BATMAN!'
I'm a super-fan of The Dark Knight trilogy, but he's not my favorite version of Batman. Bale was awesome, but my version interacts with The Justice League and he's kind of a dick to everyone (he's Batman)!
Deadpool came out and it displayed how white-eyes under the cowl could work (visually). Let the white in his eyes serve as a super-computer that allows him to be one-step ahead of everyone.
Yes, I know, but he and Stark are both billionaires playboys and it's common sense that you'd overlap some of their tech with one another. He's an aged Batty and it makes sense that he wouldn't lose a fight as much as a younger one. But that also means, that his fighting prowess might be diminished -- therefore he needs to rely on being tech-savvy, even more than in BvS! Basically, just let him be Batman (kind of obvs, right)!
With the aesthetic to the DCEU, it looks its going to be heavily influenced by the New 52. Their are a lot of people who dislike The New 52 and it's understandable, but Snyder's Batman was pretty darn impressive! I'm going to check out Rebirth, because it's something new and that's why they're doing it.
Let's hope Suicide Squad delivers and we can move on from talking about BvS! I hope you'd enjoyed my article and have fun seeing Captain America: Civil War when it comes out!