Next summer will be bitter sweet, for me at least. As an avid Batman fan since childhood I have always looked forward to new movies starring the Caped Crusader. So far, it can be said that every movie has been enjoyable to a certain extent (aside from Batman and Robin) but none of them have nailed the character the way Christopher Nolan’s Bat-films have. Nolan’s films have captured the tone of the comics and the characters precisely. When watching the movies you become invested in the characters and truly care about them. Not to mention, they have included very memorable portrayals of some of Batman’s classic villains. Hence, Nolan’s Batman was MY Batman. Countless people (myself included) had hoped that he would direct many more cinematic adventures of The Dark Knight. Sadly, this would not be the case.
It was announced several months ago that The Dark Knight Rises would be the final chapter of Nolan’s Batman saga. Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment stated that the franchise would be “rebooted” sometime after the release of Rises with Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas staying on as producers of the future films. This could be good if handled correctly. Nolan’s films have spoiled us fans and set the bar very high for future Bat-films. Warner and DC must be extremely careful on how the proceed with the franchise and I have a few suggestions. Firstly, there needs to be a break between Rises and the next Bat adventure of at least 5 years. This is necessary because you want to build the anticipation for the new film and not flood the market with subpar Bat-movies; this leads me to the next point. Warner and DC must take the time and find a director and screenwriter who truly have a passion for the Batman universe and let them take their time in churning out the script and film. If the filmmakers do not have a passion for the material, we will get something like Batman and Robin which would not only be a disaster for the fans, but for the studio as well. If an ill produced Batman film hits the cinemas it would be a terrible for the studio because it would kill the credibility of the character. Audiences no longer would pay to see future movies and the franchise will die. This happened before and it took a great filmmaker to revive the character and restore credibility. Lastly, the film should be different from the Nolan series. It should not try to take on the same tone. Meaning, instead of being completely realistic, use some more fantastical elements and villains. Include villains like Mr. Freeze and The Penguin. Or, the next movie should be CGI motion capture (like the upcoming TINTIN). The point is to make it different without losing the quality of the previous films. A brilliant reboot can be made if the correct people with a passion for the characters and fresh ideas are hired.
Yes, it is sad that Rises marks the end of an excellent series but I know that the next series will be great as well. I am looking forward to what is in store for the Caped Crusader once he triumphs over Bane next summer. It is going to be a wild ride.
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