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Pros: Weirdly, the Batman films seem to have accidentally paralleled the comic-book evolution of the character.
First, the ‘40s-influenced Gotham noir of Burton’s Batman, to which he introduced ‘50s Golden Age elements in follow-up Batman Returns (most notably, Catwoman).
Next came the ‘60s Silver Age mania of Schumacher’s Batman Forever / Batman & Robin (characters introduced in the far sillier Silver Age include Bat-Girl and Poison Ivy, with The Riddler making a return to the comics after a long absence).
Which takes us up to Nolan’s ‘70s and ‘80s influenced double of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (the comic went darker and more crime-focused, Lucius Fox, Ras Al Ghul, Henri Ducard and Batman: Year One all appeared during these decades).
From what we’ve seen, The Dark Knight Rises contains several key elements of the ‘90s incarnation of the series – with Bane, Knightfall and possibly even the No Man’s Land story-arc all look set to be referenced.
Which means that, in the next instalment of the movie version of the mythos, we’re due a ‘00s take.
So forget returning to the lunacy of Schumacher’s era, the post-Rises reboot will be staying focused on the real-world crime elements already established by Nolan’s universe, and building on them – bringing them closer to home.
Arcs up for grabs include Bruce Wayne: Murderer – which would work as a courtroom drama on the big screen, with Bruce framed for murder, and Batman having to prove his innocence – and the iconic Hush series (though possibly that would be best saved for later down the line in the reboot franchise, considering the fact it involves so many of Batman’s rogues gallery).
Cons: By sticking so closely to Nolan’s methodology, future directors would have to suffer from being constantly compared to the auteur’s near-perfect vision. It would take a strong character to maintain their own voice in the din of fan-whinging.