By now, if you are a die-hard Batman fan, you have heard about the inevitable reboot of the World’s Greatest Detective in either 2016 or 2017. I’m sure that you all had the same reaction as me, “Uhhhhhhh, what? Why? Who? Why, Hollywood, why? Are you stupid? Hollywood, just stop.” For me, even the talk of a reboot is utterly absurd seeing as how the last three movies in the genre were blockbusters, and by far, the greatest of all time (sorry Adam West). Also, Christian Bale has said he has no interest in playing the role of Batman again and Christopher Nolan is done directing any further Batman movies so why disrespect the greatest Batman trilogy of all time by rebooting the franchise a mere five years later? Hell, even Joel Schumacher’s horrendously awful vision of Batman (Why, for the love of God, did his Batman costume have nipples?) got to be the last, sour, bitter taste left in our mouths for eight years before the heroic return of Nolan’s Caped Crusader in 2005.
However, there is a way Hollywood could get yet another cash cow out of the Batman franchise without taking anything away from Nolan’s Batman trilogy; Make Batman Beyond. For those of you that don’t know what Batman Beyond is, it has its own comic book branch of Batman, and also was a TV show that ran from 1999-2001 that has gained quite a large cult following. The show was set in the future with Bruce Wayne retired from being the Bat and mentoring a high schooler named Terry McGinnis to fight futuristic crime. Yeah, okay, sounds like any other futuristic flick that could come around about Batman. However, hear me out. A lot of people liked the last Batman trilogy because they found it to be more realistic and the gadgets and gizmos (for the most part) seemed like things that could actually come from the military, albeit, maybe Area 51. So, if people expected Nolan’s Batman to be something more realistic from the start, why not pitch them something that isn’t realistic from the start. This movie could be set 30-40 years in the future and technology in that time could have advanced greatly, you could actually have everything that you wanted from the Batbelt! You could have your diabolical supervillians like Mr. Freeze and they could actually be believable!
If Hollywood were smart, which some of them are, they would examine this possibility before even thinking about rebooting the Batman franchise entirely. Plus, it would be a breath of fresh air to any Batman lover, like myself, and introduce a whole new element of Batman which could lead into yet another cash grabbing trilogy