5 Ways to Reboot The Batman Movie Franchise in the Post-Nolan Era

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Game

Arkham Asylum/City

Batman has had a questionable time in video games, until Rocksteady blew us away with Arkham Asylum. The Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum and he and other criminals are running rampant, with Commissioner Gordon having been taken hostage as well. Things look bleak for Batman, but with help from Oracle over the Batcomputer, and an array of gadgets he is able to overcome his adversaries and stop Joker’s master plan. Not confident to sit on their laurels, Rocksteady knocked another one out the park with the sequel Arkham City. A bigger, bolder game kept fans happy and gave us some new thrills. Both stories together would make 2-3 amazing films with most of Batman’s rogues gallery making an appearance. Some story changes would have to be made to omit some characters maybe but for the most part the games themselves presented a very cinematic version of Batman’s world.

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  • Tighttushy

    i think we had enough batman stories for awhile. just put him in a justice league movie

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I’d like that too! However I’d still like to see something along the lines of the tone of the Arkham games. It takes the world seriously, but it still stays in line with the comic in terms of the look of the characters and such.

  • clarkspark

    I’d like to see a Batman:Beyond. If only cause I’m tired of the same old origin story from reboots of the same characters. It would also enable different interpretations of classic villains but in this futuristic world without having to compare with recent villains already used.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’s my major push out of these for the exact same reasons you’ve stated. The movie itself wouldn’t even be able to be compared to the Nolan films.

  • Juggernaut

    While I doubt that DC/WB will pick up the franchise where Nolan left off with TDKR it could work. JGL is a strong actor and capable of picking up the reigns of the Batman mythos. If they incorporated aspects of Nightwing, Batman Begins and Arkham Asylum/City it would be amazing. Having a new supporting cast would spruce it up too. Oracle would be a cool addition. Maybe have Bruce return in the final installment! Hush would make a great first villain to face.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      It definitely could work. But I don’t think it should be done. I definitely like your ideas though.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree, the end of TDKR should be the definitive ending for Nolan’s trilogy.

  • TheScowl

    Dark Knight Rises did do something that can be used to keep the franchise going and that was pairing heroes together. This made me think off Batman the Brave and the Bold.

    1.Keep our new Batman masked the whole time, no face time, keep it a mystery.
    2.Have him meet another hero out in the world to fight crime or explore new alleys.
    3.Use heroes that may not get their own movie but will be in the Future Justice League movie like Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing-Man_(DC_Comics)

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Well see that’s the thing, if you’re going to have a Batman in the Justice League it almost has to be Bruce under the mask. I mean there really can’t be anyone else. Also if they’re continuing off The Dark knight Rises we know who it is so there’s no real mystery.
      Also I think DC should work on bringing in memebers of the Batman family before bringing other heroes. Robin, Nightwing and others need some love. I really think rebooting is the way to go, I’d love for them to do a comic or something that continues Nolan’s world but more films I think would hurt the overall saga.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree completely.

  • Chris

    I was thinking start the new reboot kinda like they did Superman Returns: assume that we all know the story by now. If anything, give a 3-minute “in case you missed it, here’s what happened last time” sort of recap. Then go into the Robin stories. Part of the “previously on…” section can even give a basic intro of Dick Grayson, then in the movie, fast forward to when he’s older and show how he rebels and becomes Nightwing.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’s pretty much what I was thinking if we went with something along the lines of a non adapted story. If we’re just introducing new chracters, I definitely think we should start with an established Batman that has been doing it for a while. This kind of intro would be great for like Hush or Arkham Asylum/City. It’d be like the Spiderman 3 intro showcasing all the major moments and then we jump into an adventure already in progress, like Joker’s captrue before the events of Arkham Asylum, or the intitial heist in Hush, or Batman and Nightwing chasing a Talon.

    • clarkspark

      Also like Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton) where the beginning intro gave you a quick origin plus made some connections to Iron Man and Captain America in just a few minutes.

      • Chris

        Oh yeah…I knew I had seen that recently. In Incredible Hulk. Thanks!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        That too!!!

    • Curtis

      Thats how it was played in the 89′ Keaton/Burton Batman. We see in flashbacks the murder but we never see him train, find the cave etc. And it worked.

  • Lazz82

    Awesome…Any of those would be AWESOME! Batman Beyond and the Arkham series would be a great addition to the film universe. I am not a fan of the “New 52″ DC universe though even though “Night of Owls” is one of the better stories out of that line..