According to a recent rumors it appears that the next solo Batman film featuring Ben Affleck as the caped crusader could feature multiple villains, many believe the film will be a loose adaptation of the Batman Arkham video game series in which multiple villains play minor and major roles in a overarching plot. As far was what Batman baddies we will see there is not word yet.
Personally I think this concept could either make or break this new Batman film. We already know that Affleck makes a fantastic Batman and Bruce Wayne so no worries there, but how do you challenge or portray a character in a fresh way that we have seen adapted so many times? A multiple villain threat or team up like in the Arkham games could work, but what is to set that apart from films such as Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and the infamous Batman and Robin. If they follow the Arkham game model then these threats and plot threads would be woven together throughout the film for an epic finale with one of the bigger bad’s usually the Joker.
However I think there is another approach that has not been discussed. There is a famous episode of Batman the animated series written by Paul Dini entitled Almost Got ‘IM that features: the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and Poison Ivy coming together for a card game sharing stories of the times they almost got the Batman. As the each character shares their story we flashback to it resulting in the shows definitive anthology episode. When I heard this rumor that was the first thing that popped into my head, what if the new Batman film was an anthology story that flashes back to epic encounters with his most iconic villains. There has already been speculation that this Batman film takes place in the past, and we sort of know where this version of Batman ends up having already seen him in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so what better way to tackle past encounters than a unique approach like a set of anthology stories.
A Batman Anthology film would be something that fans had never seen on the big screen and would give us a chance to see the character pitted against different types of threats. How cool would it be to see Batman pitted against the brawn of Killer Croc in one story and match wits with the Riddler in the next? This would also give audiences a chance to see villains we have never seen adapted to the big screen, personally I would love to see a Mad Hatter story thrown in there. Even better WB could borrow stories from Batman the animated series to use within the anthology, these would be time tested beloved stories that would be really hard to screw up especially if the studio reached out to show runners Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for help.
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