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This is RedHood13 with another "(Insert number here) Things" article for you. To check out my first one where I show you the 5 things I want to see in MOS 2 click here. A Batman reboot is inevitable. He is one of DC's most popular characters and brings in a lot of money. TDKR might have beaten out Avengers last year if it wasn't for the shooting. If DC is truly trying to set up a cinematic universe Batman is an absolute MUST. Batman does need to be done right though. Here are the top 10 things I want to see in the upcoming Batman reboot.
1) Show All of Batman's Skills: I very much liked the Nolan Batman trilogy. One thing i didn't like about it though was that Batman wasn't the world's greatest detective. Batman debuted in DETECTIVE Comics (in case you didn't get it I was emphasizing the detective). In recent media that involved Batman, I've seen Batman become less of a detective and leave all that work to his computer. Instead of going out and interrogating people hanging them off of building, he sits at his computer typing in words. The computer is a great starting point and way to check the info you got, but not something he should rely on. There's a story called Batman: Lovers and Mad Men It's a story that tells the origins of the Joker. VERY well written, and great art. Anyway at the beginning of the story Batman has a narration which is very good and he talks about his training. It shows him reading books while doing push ups in various rooms. Out of the windows you see famous monuments which indicate what places he is at. There is also a sword next to him of different styles based on locations around the world. In one outside the window is the Eiffel tower and next to him is a fencing sword. Another has a katana and outside I think is a mountain. The point i'm trying to make with this is that Batman has learned fighting styles from all around the world, which was touched on in Batman Begins, but he never used it. I want to see a Batman that's agile and fast and fights like a trained assassin that doesn't kill, not a stiff guy in a suit that can't withstand dogs (*cough*TDK*cough*).
2) Gadgets: One thing I'd love to see Batman have is gadgets. Batarangs, exploding batarangs, electric batarangs, smoke bombs, flare bombs, grappling gun. Maybe in his helmet there's a sonar feature that serves as a radar like real bats. Maybe in the eye lenses there is thermal vision, night vision and normal vision. I just want to see cool stuff that's not over the top. Bruce Wayne can afford it so why wouldn't he have it. His suit should also be very durable and should withstand bullets and dogs (*cough*TDK*cough*).
3) Tone and Realism Levels: I think the tone should be very dark. At least as dark as TDK. Now don't get confused tone and realism are to VERY different things. One misconception about Man of Steel before it came out was that it was going ot be realistic. What Nolan and Snyder and Goyer were saying was that the world itself is realistic, not Superman himself. They were placing a fantastical character into a very real world. It was just away of saying that they wanted to show the true reactions to someone like Superman. That's what I want them to do with the Batman reboot. It should take a unrealistic character and place him in a real world.
4) New/Redeemed Villains: I don't want to see Bane, Two Face, Joker, Scarecrow, or R'as al Ghul for at least 2 movies. There's some many villains that need redemption or screen time. Mister Freeze, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Man-Bat, Clayface, Riddler, Zsasz, Hush, Black Mask, Hugo Strange, Deadshot, Deathstroke. One thing I want to see with more fantastical villains (Mister Freeze, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Man-Bat) is a justified reason on why they are like they are. I'd also like to see people like Riddler and Joker as serial killers. I also think there should always be a villain that makes Batman think, and a villain that makes him fight. For example a movie with Black Mask and Deadshot, not just Deadshot or just Black Mask. Maybe they could use Red Hood (the original who ended up being the Joker).
5) Robin: Yes I want Robin to be in the first movie. Robin is an essential character in the Batman mythos. He's never been done well in film. He is basically a younger version of Bruce, yet with a different attitude toward his situation. I would choose Dick Grayson for Robin. Bruce would've adopted Dick a year before the events of this film. He would be around 15 or 16, not too old or young for Robin. I see Bruce training Dick in preparation for the day Bruce can't be Batman anymore. This is unknown to Dick. When Dick finds out Bruce is Batman he begs Bruce to let him go along with him. Bruce wouldn't do it. Towards the end of the film would be "Robin's" debut serving as backup for Batman. I think his suit should be similar to the one to the left. Just a darker shade of red and the inside of the cape should be black.
6) MOS Style Origin: What I mean by this is flash backs, at points where they're needed. For example in MOS (Man of Steel) Clark has flashbacks to pivotal moments in his life when they would come up. So in this movie since Robin is in it, but is adopted before the events of the film maybe Dick and Bruce are talking about the night Dick's parents died and Dick has a flashback then Bruce thinks about how all he could think about is when his parents died, and Bruce has a flashback to that. They should be at times where the character having the flashback would actually be thinking of that or in times when the character would need it. If Batman is in a bad situation and needs to get out he might have a flashback to a point in his training. So by the end of the film we could take the flashbacks and piece them together into a story. I think Batman would've been operating for about 3 years at the time of this movie so he could have flashback ot his first days as Batman and the mistakes he made (earth one style).
7) GOTHAM: I like the interpretation of Gotham in the Nolan Films. I think Batman Begins had the best portrayal. I think that Gotham should have 2 parts. The new modern metropolis and the dark gritty old part of Gotham. The dark gritty old part is where Batman usually operates. Maybe new Gotham sits on the shore of the Atlantic and old Gotham is connected by a bridge so old Gotham is an island. Places like Arkham would be located in old Gotham. Batman is kind of the protector of the innocent people that live in old Gotham and makes sure that the villains don't take over old Gotham entirely (hint ,hint).
8) Director: This movie would need an amazing director. Someone who could capture Batman and Gotham as if it was a person. This person needs to be able to handle action in the Batman way. They also need to have a clear vision of what they want Gotham to be like. My top choices for a Batman film are Ben Affleck (Argo), Guy Ritchie (RDJ Sherlock Holmes Films) or Darren Aronofsky.
Ben Affleck: I think Ben Affleck would be good because of his style of directing. He is great and you know why I've chose him if you've seen The Town or Argo. Watch this scene from The Town
Guy Ritchie: I chose him because of his work on Sherlock Holmes. I feel that the city played a big part in this movie. He knows how to handle mysteries and action well also. I would love to see a scene like the one in the video below in the movie.
Darren Aronofsky: He could get the tone of the movie down perfectly and I think could bring in the psychological aspects of the film. He would do an AMAZING version of the Court of the Owls storyline. Just keep him away from the story (look up his ideas for a Batman: Year One movie)
9) Writer(s): I think the writers should be Scott Snyder, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Scott Snyder as you know writes Batman for DC now, and I think is one of the best if not THE best Batman writer ever. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote True Grit. Scott Snyder knows Batman and the Coen brother's know how to write a great script from source material. They were praised for how well they adapted the True Grit book into a screenplay and were nominated for an Oscar because of it.
10) Batcave: The batcave is the head of operations for Batman. I have yet to see a great adaption of the cave on film. The bat computer should be one of the most advanced computers in the world. Maybe a Tony Stark esque holographic system. It should be home to labs, workout rooms, a "garage" of sorts that hold all of Batman's vehicles and more things. There should be various ways of accessing it through the tunnels of Gotham.
Alright so those are my ideas! Share your thoughts and ideas below in the comments. If you agree or disagree let me know! Also, tell me "(inset number here) Things" article you want me to do next! DEUCES!!