Some people doubt how there “could” be a sequel to THE DARK KNIGHT. It’s a hard act to follow, no doubt… but let’s put it this way. The thing’s the second-highest grossing movie of all time (or was, until AVATAR pumped it back down to #3). Even if the WB doesn’t get Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, or anybody else back, make no mistake, there is going to be another Batman movie.
Now, it’s just a question of the steps to that end. Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer are on board - - for now, at least. While making a statement about departing from his creation, the ABC show FLASHFORWARD, Goyer confirmed that he and Nolan currently are working on a script for a third movie. In a statement issued to Deadline Hollywood, he said…
As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions. I'm proud of [FLASHFORWARD] and excited about the relaunch. It's in great hands.
So maybe this isn’t the biggest news, and probably not the super-secret announcement DC Entertainment’s teased about, but it shows that the tracks are, indeed, being laid down for this bullet train.
I’ll put my fantasy producer’s hat on now…
After such a singularly-memorable performance from Heath Ledger, I think the only rabbit left to pull out of the hat is something that no other super-hero movie’s done. And that’s blow out the entire rest of the rogue’s gallery in one go. It’s the logical conclusion of the whole “escalation” theme so far running throughout the movies.
The mob begets Batman. Batman begets the Joker. The Joker begets a city full of super-criminals, et cetera.
“But you can’t have more than one villain per sequel!” you exclaim.
The trick would be to use only lesser-known villains - - Firefly, the Ventriloquist, Killer Kroc, the KGBeast, the Mad Hatter. Keep them down to earth and don’t get into their origins (you don’t need to know where Deadshot grew up to get what his deal is). Have Gotham consumed by their gang’s turf war (cribbing a bit from NO MAN’S LAND), have just one main villain you get into detail with and BLAM! You got a card trick worthy as a follow-up.
Alright, producer’s hat off now… why don't you all take turns putting it on, now?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.