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Old 07-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Do you think WB is looking to take Batman in a different direction?

Since The Avengers was such a major success at the box office, even more so than TDKR, does anyone else think that WB might want to make Batman less dark in the next series? Personally, I want them to keep it dark, but I can definitely see them bringing Batman Forever's style back as a possibility.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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I personally hope they make it a lighter, but not to light. Make it light enough where we can have more comic booky stuff but not so light that we are back in the Burton-Schumacher era. In other words, make it like the Comics or the DCAU.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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I think the real question is whether the WB's future movies should have a "house style". Should a Flash movie look like MOS or should they just allow any movie to feature it's own look. GL could look like Prometheus and MOS be it's own Malicky self.


Batman can still have gothic visuals but be lighter in terms of theme.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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I think they do mostly for toys and junk like that.

Batman did well with three movies though. We'll see if The Avengers can keep up. IMO the only thing that movie had going for it was the team up. The action was good but other than that its a bunch of characters that failed on their own and had that goofy Marvel humor.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Do you think WB is looking to take Batman in a lighter direction?

Considering that Bats two most successful films featured the Joker, I can see them not placing as many expectations on how the franchise will do. It will probably sink back down to normal WW numbers for a superhero flick.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: Do you think WB is looking to take Batman in a lighter direction?

i want the next set of Batman films to take cues from the Arkham games. Batman has for the most part been a pretty gritty character set in a dark world, and it should stay that way.

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i want the next set of Batman films to take cues from the Arkham games. Batman has for the most part been a pretty gritty character set in a dark world, and it should stay that way.
There's nothing gritty about a guy fighting with umbrellas or guy speaking in riddles if he doesn't kill people like Se7en. It can be dark but again, that slight change is what will seperate it from Nolan's more crime drama take.

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There's nothing gritty about a guy fighting with umbrellas or guy speaking in riddles if he doesn't kill people like Se7en. It can be dark but again, that slight change is what will seperate it from Nolan's more crime drama take.
Maybe you should actually play the Arkham games, just so it appears that you have even a remote idea of what you are talking about.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:47 PM   #9
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i want the next set of Batman films to take cues from the Arkham games. Batman has for the most part been a pretty gritty character set in a dark world, and it should stay that way.
According to the only report we've had regarding the reboot, that is exactly what WB execs want.

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According to the only report we've had regarding the reboot, that is exactly what WB execs want.
That would be AMAZING. Arkham City portrayed Batman perfectly. Extremely intelligent, a master detective, the peak of human physical ability and a master of martial arts and shadows. And of course...grim and tough with an opposing appearance and shadow.

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #11
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It just needs to be original and respectful to the Batman universe. I am kind of tired of the realism that Nolan established (While EXCELLENT for his trilogy). I don't mind some of the more unrealistic villains as long as it does not become campy and the series is as badass as Nolan's trilogy


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Old 07-24-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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It should be more heavily in gothic visuals...BUT also more comic booky (so I guess "lighter") in terms of the villains.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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Any word of who they are considering to direct it?

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #14
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Any word of who they are considering to direct it?
I think it was Aronofsky mentioned by our source. Seems likely considering he was briefly considered for a Batman reboot before Nolan as well as Man of Steel.

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #15
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I think it was Aronofsky mentioned by our source. Seems likely considering he was briefly considered for a Batman reboot before Nolan as well as Man of Steel.
I really hope that doesn't happen. Aronofsky's Batman movie sounded absolutely horrendous. He clearly had zero respect for the character.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:13 PM   #16
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I really hope that doesn't happen. Aronofsky's Batman movie sounded absolutely horrendous. He clearly had zero respect for the character.
That broken, flawed abortion of a project was never in actual danger of being made. WB just wanted to see how far they could go to the extreme opposite of Batman & Robin.

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Old 07-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #17
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I think it highly unlikely WB will actually make the reboot "lighter." Not when the Nolan movies made as much money as they did. The reboot will still be dark. It might have more fantastic elements, it might have a change of aesthetic, but its still going to be dark. The only reason that WB will change is if the reboot does poorly. *Then* they might change the tone.

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Old 07-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #18
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I think it highly unlikely WB will actually make the reboot "lighter." Not when the Nolan movies made as much money as they did. The reboot will still be dark. It might have more fantastic elements, it might have a change of aesthetic, but its still going to be dark. The only reason that WB will change is if the reboot does poorly. *Then* they might change the tone.
Exactly. I do not believe they are looking to lighten the Batman movie franchise up with the reboot. After the flop of the light Batman & Robin and the successes of the dark Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, I think they've learned that dark Batman movies make money. I hope the reboot version will be closer to the iconic Batman comics rather than trying to change everything in an attempt at "realism," but I'm certain it will retain the successful dark look and tone.

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You've convinced me. Well played, sir. It's great to debate with someone who has the hard facts to back up what they say
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Exactly. I do not believe they are looking to lighten the Batman movie franchise up with the reboot. After the flop of the light Batman & Robin and the successes of the dark Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, I think they've learned that dark Batman movies make money. I hope the reboot version will be closer to the iconic Batman comics rather than trying to change everything in an attempt at "realism," but I'm certain it will retain the successful dark look and tone.
Exactly. We as fans want a lighter more stylized tone, but from WB's perspective, that leads to bad things, like skate-shoes and "have an ice day."

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Exactly. I do not believe they are looking to lighten the Batman movie franchise up with the reboot. After the flop of the light Batman & Robin and the successes of the dark Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, I think they've learned that dark Batman movies make money. I hope the reboot version will be closer to the iconic Batman comics rather than trying to change everything in an attempt at "realism," but I'm certain it will retain the successful dark look and tone.

Not to defend that film, but Batman & Robin did gross $107 million domestically and a tad more overseas.

Also, the Jim Holmes incident may prod them to moving toward the tone of Kilmer's film or the recent live-action Iron Man films.

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I wanna see Paul Dini to write the reboot, with Guillermo Del Torro directing.

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this! but Del Toro has so much on his plate right now i really doubt he'd have the time to direct a Batman movie. besides, i'd rather have At The Mountains of Madness & Hellboy 3 first.

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this! but Del Toro has so much on his plate right now i really doubt he'd have the time to direct a Batman movie. besides, i'd rather have At The Mountains of Madness & Hellboy 3 first.
I don't want another Batman film for at least 8 years.

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I don't want another Batman film for at least 8 years.
It's already been said by others, but I think the best way to deal with Batman is put him in a JL film after MOS, and then start a solo franchise with that new Batman after JLA. That'd put us right around that 6-7 year mark.

One thing Marvel Studios has done a great job with is keeping an even tone across their films. If DC is serious about a shared universe, I think the next Batman series should have a relatively similar tone to the rest of the DC film universe; Maybe a couple of shades darker, but not to the point where you can't imagine him knowing Superman, or fighting Darkseid.


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