Re: How to avoid rehashing elements from the Nolan Trilogy
I think it's pretty simple too. If I was WB and nervous that I may give the greenlight to something that feels like a watered down Nolan style. Or a complete return to Burton's. I would try to kick things off with a bang.
I wouldn't leave anything for a sequel. I'd go all out with Arkham Asylum. If a sequel happens then there's villains to choose from, there's Graysons story modernized and taken seriously...there's ways to follow up the massive AA. But don't think about it until it happens. Go ALL the way with the first movie because you have to win over general audiences all over again, you have to try to win over the Nolan purists, the fans who want something extremely different and more fantasy. Arkham is the best way to do that. Plus it's really popular with the video game crowd.
Don't try to build up to an Arkham movie because a half-assed first movie could bomb. Don't do some Batman meets 1 or 2 new villains for the first time and tries to stop them. It's been done, it's boring.
"Guys, what would be your reaction if Alfred was Batgirl in this movie? You go watch the movie, everything cool, halfway through, Alfred becomes Batgirl."