5 Classic Batman Stories Perfect for a Ben Affleck Solo Batman Movie
One of the greatest things that has come out of the rumor mill recently is most definitely the notion that Ben Affleck is set to direct the next solo Batman film. Though there are still many fans who are skeptical of Affleck taking on the precious role of the caped crusader, the glimpses of him suited up in the Batman v Superman trailer and his track record as a director (Argo, Gone Girl, The Town), are enough to get even the most skeptical of us excited about the idea of him spearheading the next Bat film. Under the Red Hood
It's still yet to be confirmed whether or not this rumor has any truth to it, and even if it is, we're still years away from a finished product. But that's not going to stop us from speculating and theorizing about what's next for our beloved Dark Knight. Despite the numerous Batman films we've already had, there are still a lot of great Batman stories that would be amazing to see on screen, though of course any storyline taken from the comics would have to be adapted quite loosely to make it work with a live action film. Should DC and Warner Bros. choose to go that route, however, here's five different stories that would be absolutely awesome to see brought to life.
This is the story that virtually all fans are hoping to see. With the rumor of the second Robin, Jason Todd, having already been killed by the Joker by the time Batman v Superman takes place, this could be the storyline from the comics that's most likely to pop up in the new DC Cinematic Universe. Under the Red Hood is the story about how Jason Todd was brought back to life and came back to Gotham with his own new brand of vigilantism - killing anyone who stands in his way of a crime free city. Sporting a Red Hood to hide his identity, he takes on the Black Mask and his mob while simultaneously going toe to toe with his old mentor. The story reaches its climax with Jason outraged at Batman's decision to let the Joker live after everything he's done, and giving his former teacher an ultimatum: either kill the Joker or watch while he does it himself.
Under the Red Hood
If Under the Red Hood is brought to the big screen, it would have the benefit of using new antagonists such as Black Mask, and, of course, the Red Hood. It also presents the opportunity for cameos by other Batman villains like Calyface and Mr. Freeze.
The Killing Joke
The Killing Joke could be the most popular Batman story of them all. It follows the Joker's scheme to show Gotham how one bad day can make even the greatest of men insane. The Clown Prince of Crime cripples Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and spends the rest of his day trying to push her father, Commissioner Gordon, over the line between sanity and insanity. Of course both of his victims were picked strategically in order to get to his real rival and to test the limits of how far he can go without the Bat breaking his one rule.
With everything we've heard about how absolutely insane Leto's Joker will be, this could very well be the perfect story to see him play in. The Killing Joke also explores one of the possible backstories of the Joker as a failed comedian (he admits that his past is "multiple choice" in the same comic), and this could also be an interesting aspect of the story to see on screen. However, the Joker's mysterious past is really an integral part of the character, and how DC and Warner Bros. decide to portray this part of him in DCCU can really make or break the strength of not only the character himself, but the films he appears in as well. If handled correctly, however, the Killing Joke could really be a treat to see brought to the big screen.
The Killing Joke
Zero Year - Dark City
Zero Year - Dark City is a story about the Riddler's takeover during Batman's first year fighting crime in Gotham, and since it is probably unlikely that we'll be seeing stories taking place in the the Bat's younger days due to Affleck's age, there is certainly much of this story arc that would be unadaptable. However, a serious story about the Riddler having the entire city in his clutches would certainly make for a great Batman film, and would allow us to see more of "The World's Greatest Detective" side of the Dark Knight that hasn't had much of a chance to shine on screen as of yet. Besides, the Riddler deserves a fair chance to show the world how formidable a foe he can be, especially after the cringeworthy Batman Forever failed to deliver.
Court of Owls
The Court of Owls story arc deals with a society of wealthy and powerful Gothamites so secretive that even Batman was unaware of their existence. Using chosen assassins called Talons (the majority of which were undead) the Court of Owls sought to show Batman who's really in control of Gotham. If this story was adapted to film, it would have the benefit of using a new foe that is completely different and unrelated to any other enemy that Batman has faced over the years. It would also offer the opportunity to introduce the entire Bat Family in a live action film and thus further expand DC's cinematic universe. Unfortunately, this storyline is already confirmed to be appearing in Fox's Gotham
Hush, though not as recent as the Court of Owls, is a relatively new Batman villain, making his first appearance in 2002. His titular Batman story arc sets him apart from all other villains in Batman's rogue gallery in several different ways, and would make for an epic adaption to film. It features mystery, a foe that has history with Bruce Wayne, cameos from Superman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, and of course romance, as Catwoman plays a central role in the story as well. Like with any comic adaption, certain changes would have to be made. For instance, Hush features a fight between Superman and Batman, and having these two clash on screen (even if it's just momentarily) might be overdoing it after Batman v Superman. Still, there's a lot of great material that could be adapted from Hush that could make the next solo Bat film spectacular. And with the possible appearance of characters like Superman, Killer Croc, and Harley Quinn (all of whom will have already appeared in other DCCU films by this time) it could serve in further tying the DCCU together.
It may be just a rumor, but the idea of Ben Affleck directing a solo Bat film is certainly something to be excited about. The possibility of one or more of these five Batman stories serving as source material for it? That's just icing on the cake. Let's hope the rumors turn out to be true, but even if they don't, there's still a lot of upcoming DC films to be hyped up about. We're truly about to enter the Golden Age of Comic Book Movies. You can catch Batman in his next film, Batman v Superman, on March 25th, 2016.