T H E D A R K K N I G H T B E Y O N D Influences would include the Nightwing story arc and Batman Beyond. Blake gets ****ed up during his first patrol out in the city as Batman. A gang inspired by the Joker are running around ****ing **** up similar to the Citizens for Batman copycats. A mobster known only as Black Mask has taken control of the criminal underworld and uses remnants of Bane's former mercenaries and Blackgate inmates who have gone "underground" as muscle, the group is led by a hulking brute based on the Mutant Leader from Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Blake seeks out Alfred Pennyworth to get in touch with Wayne. Wayne decides to train Blake out in the mountains, tells him to become his own "beast". Blake returns to Gotham and Fox develops a suit for him. Blake debuts as Nightwing and in his first act, he manages to lock up most of the members from the Joker copycat gang. Blake returns and ****s up the head of Black Mask's muscle. Black Mask manages to kill Blake's mentor, Gordon, sending Blake to beating down Black Mask to the point of death. The whole theme of the film would be "Inspiration", delving into the consequences of Batman as a symbol and Blake trying to live up to the legend Bruce left behind for him. Sort of want. More. Casting call Idris Elba, Cliff Curtis or Javier Bardem confirmed for leader of Black Mask's muscle. Origins are unknown but they would have alot of pull amongst the left over League of Shadows and Blackgate inmates who have escape persecution. Paul Dano as the head of the Joker gang that the media has dubbed, "the Jokers". They would refer themselves though as "agents of chaos". Haven't decided on who should be Black Mask though. DUH-DUH-DUH! I was actually thinking Alberto Falcone would be Black Mask. Yeah, it's a rewrite but I'm basing this in the 'Nolan-verse' plus it would tie it back to Begins. At first, Blake with detective work that Roman Sionis is Black Mask. Until it's revealed that he was killed six months prior by Alberto Falcone leading to Alberto being the one really behind the mask. That would be the twist.