In the wake of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), fans are eagerly awaiting the now-confirmed solo Batman movie, directed and co-written by Ben Affleck himself. But what will the movie be about?
Details about the film are thin on the ground, although considering that this version of Batman has been fighting crime for more than two decades, the plot possibilities are very exciting. Not only will Batman already have worked with many of his beloved sidekicks and allies, it's highly likely he's already faced most of his Big Bad villains.
So what does this mean for the solo movie? Far from the fight being over, this could point towards a huge multi-villain showdown, as the Joker tries to liberate Batman's greatest foes to turn Gotham into chaos. Or so the latest rumors would have us believe.
Rise Of The Rogues Gallery
We're not the only ones excited by the idea of a Batman many years after his origin story; according to Birth.Movies.Death. this is exactly what Affleck and co-writer Geoff Johns are planning to use to make the new Batman movie the best yet:
Affleck and Geoff Johns, who has been working with him on the film, want to make the definitive Batman film. They want to tell the ultimate Batman story, and to do so they're going to bring in all the big guns. They're going to have a big, sprawling Bat universe already in place.
Boy oh boy, would this be cool. We'd be able to skip the usual Bruce Wayne learning how to be the Batman and leap straight into the best bits of the story. Considering we've seen so many adaptations of Batman in the last few decades, this is a wise move on the part of the filmmakers.
The Batman villains are known to be some of the best in comic history. Often representing various mental health conditions, or parts of Bruce's own personality, these rogues are some of the wackiest and most terrifying DC has to offer. And they're all obsessed with Batman, whether that means they want to be the one to finally kill the Dark Knight, or they just want him to condemn their actions.
So what could this mean for the movie?
Breaking Out The Villains
Many people are already speculating that the solo Batman movie could be a partial adaptation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, one of DC's most popular video games (which, incidentally, played a huge role in Harley Quinn's popularity).
The game featured the Joker breaking Batman's most dangerous foes out of Arkham and entrapping the Dark Knight in the prison. Batman is then forced to fight his way out, in doing so facing off against all his greatest enemies. It would be great to see this dark and disturbing plot on the big screen and to do it properly it'd probably need an R rating.
Having years of experience facing these villains, we'd get some excellent dialogue between Batman and his adversaries, featuring plenty of allusions to Batman's past. But this is just one of many possibilities for the film. If the solo Batman movie really will feature as many villains as the rumors suggest, it could be that we'll be seeing a series of snapshot flashbacks of Bruce's crime fighting career, which would help develop his story.
But there's another possibility that we're very intrigued by: An epic villain vs heroes showdown. The Batman comics aren't only known for their villains, but Batman's vast extended family of heroic allies.
Bringing Back The Bat Family
If Dawn of Justice proved nothing else, it's that Batman without his Robin is a dark, vicious and morally dubious figure.
Decades of crime fighting in Gotham have taken their toll and losing both Jason Todd and Barbara Gordon (whose Killing Joke flashback scenes were cut from Batman v Superman) have pushed Bruce Wayne close to the edge of morality.
But Dawn of Justice left us wondering how many good men really are left in Gotham; what of Nightwing, Huntress and Batwoman? Do they exist in this version of the story and are they still fighting the good fight? And then there's the dead-for-now Jason Todd, who might have secretly taken up the mantle of the brooding, morally dubious vigilante Red Hood.
If Affleck and Johns really do intend to utilize the full scope of the sprawling Bat universe, including Batman's allies is just as important as including his villains.
Bringing these two adversarial groups crashing together would make for a thrilling and vicious showdown, wherein the jaded Bruce Wayne learns to trust his allies once more. This would pick up some of the narrative threads from Batman v Superman nicely, as well as giving us the Bat Family vs Bat villains battle we've always wanted to see on the big screen. Here's hoping!
Which Bat heroes and villains would you like to see in the solo Batman movie?