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Now that Christopher Nolan has wrapped up his time with the Batman story, Warner Bros. is quickly planning to reboot the character in a new series of films.
But the question on everybody's mind is, where do you go from here? What's the next logical step to take with the Batman character now that the Nolanverse is wrapped up?
That's what this posting is about, trying to give a good idea on what they could do for a reboot.
To start things off, don't do the origin story all over again. Everybody, EVERYBODY, knows the origin of Batman, his parentes were killed in an alley as they were leaving a theater, he grows up plotting to take revenge on the corrupt criminals of Gotham and becomes Batman while trying to live life as Bruce Wayne.
There is no need to tell the same story all over again because everybody knows it. That was the problem with The Amazing Spider-Man, we've already known the origins of Spider-Man because of the comics and the Sam Raimi movie, so we don't need to know how it happened in the new film when we already have an idea on what causes Peter Parker to turn into Spider-Man.
Now, there is an exception to the rule. They could do the origin story of Batman again, but only if you change it up like they did in Batman Begins. They could do something where Bruce's parents weren't killed but Bruce sees the screwed up city that he's living in as a kid and would then want to take revenge on the city by becoming Batman. It sounds completely crazy, I know, but if you get somebody who can find a way to handle that story and make it make sense, than you could have a different origin story that makes sense.
Other than that, don't do the origin. Start it up somewhere near the middle of Batman's story, past all the parts about him acquiring the skills to become Batman and go from there. Look at what they did with Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, they jump forward to where Bruce hasn't fully acquired the Batman cowl and goes out with a ski mask to fight crime. That could be done in a live-action movie very well if it was written right.
Bottom line, stay away from doing the origin story all over again.
Now comes the question on who should tackle a Batman movie, what director should come in and take over the franchise and who could do a great job of it?
The top person that comes to my mind when it comes to rebooting a character, Martin Campbell, the man who successfully resurrected James Bond not once, but twice by directing the first Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig James Bond movies, rebooted Zorro for a new generation, brought Mel Gibson back to awesomeness with Edge Of Darkness, and directed the far superior mountain action film, Vertical Limit.
Okay, he stumbled a bit by directing Green Lantern, but that wasn't all his fault. The fault in that came from the terrible screenplay. I think Campbell has proven that he could do the same thing he did with James Bond and Zorro and successfully do it again with Batman.
Now if we're talking about bringing in a newer director to the frame, my pick there would be Duncan Jones, the director of Source Code and Moon, two of the best movies released in the last five years.
I think that Jones would be more than perfect to tackle the Batman storyline and give it a fresh approach to it.
Some of the other directors that I think could make Batman work in a reboot include J.J. Abrams (which you can pretty much say for any superhero movie), David Fincher, Rian Johnson, Alfonso Cuaron, & Paul Greengrass.
Lastly, who should be the new Batman because Christian Bale made it clear that after Dark Knight Rises, this would be his last Batman film.
Like with Batman Begins, you want to get a relative newcomer into the role of Batman, much like Christian Bale was when he was cast.
You also want to have a guy who can handle both action hero and billionaire playboy. That makes the casting of this more tougher. You can't get a pretty boy like Channing Tatum or especially Taylor Kitsch to play the role because they wouldn't fit the role of Batman.
The best name that comes to my mind is Armie Hammer from The Social Network and J. Edgar. He's proven that he can handle dual roles and make it convincing enough to take on both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
I can't think of any other person that could easily handle that role other than Armie Hammer.
While it's very unlikely that any of the suggestions I mentioned will catch the attention of the execs at Warner Bros., I honestly hope that they don't take the shit way out and just reboot the character just to reboot him, *cough* Spider-Man *cough*, and they actually take their time to do a reboot that would actually work and not feel like something we've seen done way too many times before.