Okay been a while since I’ve said anything on here, to any of my followers(yes all 30 or so of you! Woot!) but I guess I’ll start with a few thoughts regarding Batman movies, post “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It’s now common knowledge in the internet/comic book world that after Nolan hangs up the metaphorical cape and cowl when he wraps on TDKR, somebody new will be coming in to take over the directorial reigns, meaning new cast, new writer(s), etc etc etc.
Listen now, I love BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT and I have all the faith in the world (with no doubts) that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be the trilogy capper the current series needs. So don’t take anything I say about how the next series should be more comic book-y to set itself apart from Nolan’s trilogy, as a slam on Nolan’s genius, real-world, plausible, take on the Dark Knight.
Ahem. So the following will be my thoughts on what I want from the quot unquote next trilogy from WB/DC.
I want an established Batman. No more origin, everybody knows how Bruce becomes Batman. It is (arguably) the most famous origin in a comic book story next to Superman and Spider-Man. We don’t need to see it again. I want Batman already Batman, feared by criminals, hated by the mob, and working on the side with Gordon and the GCPD (Renee Montoya, Detective Bullock, Sarah Essen etc).
Also: Arkham Asylum to be filled with supervillains. Not every villain needs an origin, which Nolan has shown us (scarecrow, Ras Al Ghul, Joker hardly had origins). From the Riddler to the Cavalier, to Clayface or Mr Freeeze or even Firefly, bring out the more fantasy based villains (without going into Schumacher-ian/60s-ness camp or Burton-ian, gothic, Hot Topic selling ridiculous level).
Don’t be afraid to give us another Joker, and introduce Harley as well. Keep the mob controlling the city but go more outlandish. Black Mask, Maxie Zeus, the Penguin.
You can introduce the second Batgirl (Cassandra Cain — a favorite), and have Nightwing as an established hero in Bludhaven. Tim Drake, a late teens Robin, badass with his bo-staff, by Batman’s side. Maybe Oracle… (that’s a big maybe though).
The best way to go with the franchise next is to go in a different direction. Keep it dark, keep it accurate but don’t step on Nolan’s toes of gold. Fin.