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May 11

What Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ 3 Should Be

What Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ 3 Should Be

We’ve got a release date, but no other concrete information on Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight. While rumors fly, I’d like to introduce the makings of my perfect Bat-sequel.

Before I start, I’d like to give a fair spoiler warning – if you’re the one person who hasn’t seen Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, I’d suggest not reading any further.

Seriously. I’m spilling beans.

We good? Good.

When we last left Nolan’s Guardian of Gotham, Batman had taken the rap for murders perpetrated by Harvey Dent’s crazed Two-Face persona and declared a public enemy by Lt. James Gordon, who actually knows the truth of what happened. Further, by the Joker turning Dent into a murderer, Wayne’s taken a bit of a blow to his morale in losing what was to be a shining beacon of hope for Gotham City. Oh. And the woman he loved, Rachel Dawes, not only chose Dent over him but got blown to smithereens. So a pretty crappy week overall.

Based on the arc these films have taken, the third entry should be where Gotham becomes the Gotham we’re most familiar with. That means Playboy Philanthropist Bruce Wayne, the return of the Bat-Signal, and Commissioner James Gordon.

So we’ll start with an embattled and weary Batman not only fighting the criminal element of the city but also constantly on the run from the police. This presents Bats with a great dual opportunity – by taking down the corrupt officers and politicians rotting the city from within, he’ll be able to prove he’s on the side of the law and Gordon gets his well earned promotion.

Gordon of course will be investigating dirty cops with his own hush-hush team, a recently transferred Detective Harvey Bullock and newly minted Officer Renee Montoya. As newbies to the force, they’re the perfect candidates as they haven’t been around long enough to be turned and new folks asking a bunch of questions is always less suspicious.

Now what does this mean for the villains? There can always be a cameo in the beginning and end of the film but instead of the more traditional Riddler, Penguin, or Mr. Freeze, the primary big bad should be Black Mask. The crime lord could easily be the guy pulling the strings behind the scenes. His insistence of both himself and his subordinates wearing featureless masks will be an obstacle to discovering the identities of the syndicate plus it’ll be hella creepy. The Black Mask will also be a thorn in Bruce Wayne side since he’s…traveled in the same circles. Mask’s presence should push Bruce, already working in Harvey Dent’s memory, to really understand how much good he can do in his civilian guise and remind him of everything he doesn’t want to be.

Another important element that must be addressed is the glaring lack of women in the films. It’s a straight sausage fest. Rachel was the only chick in either film but, as I never particularly cared for the character, frankly I was glad to see her die. Now this clears up some space for one of the real women in Bats’ life – Catwoman. Batman will already be aware of her presence thanks to crimes in other cities but they would have to join forces when she accidentally steals some important info from one of the Black Mask’s inner circle. Of course she’ll also flirt with Bruce in their civilian guises as she works some high society functions to cherry pick targets. She and Renee would definitely add some much needed girl power to the proceedings.

I’d considered Talia al Ghul but their relationship is very complicated and since her presence means the return of the League of Assassins and most likely her father Ra’s al Ghul, she’s probably best saved for the Batman 4 (where we might also introduce Poison Ivy, a fellow eco-terrorist possibly mutated by the Lazarus Pit).

P.S. Easy on the gravelly Bat-voice please.

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Tamara Brooks

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  • http://www.misfitsofscifi.com Tamara Brooks

    Black Mask is a fairly recent character – he first popped up in the late 80’s I believe. They did a few arcs with him as a central villain but yeah, you’re right, he’s mostly a mid-major villain in that he tends to be int he background a lot but is often responsible for some horrible things. More recently he played a major role in Catwoman’s storyline so it’s another great way to layer the NolanVerse if she ever gets a spinoff.

    One great thing about Nolan is that he really seems to get the essence of the Bat-characters and how to work them into the framework he’s built. I thought the secretary bit was weird but overall I loved Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman. She fit in Tim Burton’s world. Yes, the origin was off but she acted the hell out of the character. I firmly believe that Nolan will keep Selina Kyle’s comic spirit in tact if for no other reason than she fits in his “realistic” view of Gotham.

  • Cat Isidor

    If they don’t put Catwoman in I’ll definitely be disappointed. She would likely fit in very well to this version of Batman.

    As for Black Mask I feel like I somehow missed some issues of Batman because although I’ve come across story arcs with that character in it – I some how never really picked up the who he is back story or anything. He’s mostly seemed like a background character even though he’s been responsible for a lot of stuff – so maybe he would make a good villain for the movie.

    And a not well known villain may just be what the series needs to help avoid comparisons to The Dark Knight which will undoubtedly come.

    I really really really REALLY hope if they do use Catowman that she is the catwoman of the comics not some creation loosely inspired by the comic version. I want the thief and tough girl Selina Kyle that chooses to be Catwoman because she wants and enjoys it rather then the mess we got with Batman Returns and the cheesy Catwoman.

    Someone who is Bat’s equal. Physically and mentally.

    Sure she will have a screwed up past. I hope it’s just that – a past. Not a the film opens with her being mousey and then her boss tries to kill her and she needs to get revenge. Or if they DO do that – it’s as a joke nod to the previous films. ie she’s pretending to be a mousy secretary to get info for a Job.