Who will be next to face Batman?

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

On Saturday night, I went to see the new Batman movie and it was absolutely sensational – in fact, I am already planning a repeat visit to the cinema to see it again.  I can’t remember the last time I went back to the cinema to see a movie a second time, so that goes to show you how good the Dark Knight really was.   It was so good in fact that I spilt my Ben and Jerrys right down my nice T-shirt when the Joker did his disappearing pencil trick.

But as we were leaving at the end of the movie, everyone was already discussing (what with Heath Ledger’s untimely demise), who the next bad guy (or girl) will be in the inevitable sequel.  There was also a fierce debate as to whether Robin should be introduced into the movie.

This page here has a nice roundup of possible villains who could face the caped crusader next time around.   I have to say though I am not too keen on the Penguin or Catwoman (Danny DeVito and Halle Berry have kind of spoilt it don’t you think?).   I like the idea of Hugo Strange or Black Mask.   What about you?   Who do you want to see going up against Batman next time?

As for Robin, I think that would be the worst possible move to put him in the movie.    I think keeping him out of the last two movies has been an extremely good move by Christopher Nolan and the box office takings prove that.   Once you start putting in Robin, it’s my opinion that the movies will start going downhill to the point where they will be no better than the Michael Keaton and George Clooney versions of Batman.

Do you agree – or not?





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18 Responses to Who will be next to face Batman?

  1. oh my god..its finally happend!! a batman movie thats actually good..ive seen it 4 times already and every time i cant help but go back to the yesteryears where George Clooneys nepples were his greatest weapons as batman..check out this hilarious stand up clip i found the other day..batman gets a black boy wonder!!..funniest stuff ive seen in months
    http://effinfunny.com/wyatt-cenac/foster-cave

  2. Michael KEATON was, in my opinion, the greatest Batman. Yes, the second movie with the Penguin was horrible. But separating the movie from the Batman role, Keaton still rules.

    I do think (unless they revised Robin's story to match the dramatic and dark way they're telling the stories in the newer movies) that Robin would quickly kill this franchise.

    As for the bad guy selection: I don't know the villains of the series well enough to cast an intelligent vote. I knew in a couple Batman story lines, the Joker was a recurring and consistently terrifying rival of arch-enemy status. It is a shame, after this stellar delivery, that they'll likely tank the character of the Joker because of Heath Ledger's death.

  3. Michael KEATON was, in my opinion, the greatest Batman. Yes, the second movie with the Penguin was horrible. But separating the movie from the Batman role, Keaton still rules.
    I do think (unless they revised Robin’s story to match the dramatic and dark way they’re telling the stories in the newer movies) that Robin would quickly kill this franchise.
    As for the bad guy selection: I don’t know the villains of the series well enough to cast an intelligent vote. I knew in a couple Batman story lines, the Joker was a recurring and consistently terrifying rival of arch-enemy status. It is a shame, after this stellar delivery, that they’ll likely tank the character of the Joker because of Heath Ledger’s death.

  4. No. Robin. Ever.

    I heard a rumor that Bale said he would not reprise the role if they were to introduce a Robin. Plus, I think DC will be smart enough to avoid any more vigilantes than what is necessary.

  5. No. Robin. Ever.

    I heard a rumor that Bale said he would not reprise the role if they were to introduce a Robin. Plus, I think DC will be smart enough to avoid any more vigilantes than what is necessary.

  6. oh my god..its finally happend!! a batman movie thats actually good..ive seen it 4 times already and every time i cant help but go back to the yesteryears where George Clooneys nepples were his greatest weapons as batman..check out this hilarious stand up clip i found the other day..batman gets a black boy wonder!!..funniest stuff ive seen in months
    http://effinfunny.com/wyatt-cenac/foster-cave

  7. I think Riddler is a dead cert. He's alright, but is he really THAT different to The Joker? One of the main problems with Batman is, IMO, that the vast majority of his villains are incredibly lame. They're always really low-powered and ultimately while they're a challenge for him – as he's low-powered – it becomes more about a psychological game of wits and is slightly repetitive.

    I haven't seen The Dark Knight yet, but I'm personally more interested in a JLA movie. I'd like to see Batman being more involved in the 'super-' side of the hero game, and going toe-to-toe against higher-powered foes (either with or against the rest of the team).

    And of course they should leave Robin out of these far more serious films. Some things that once worked in comics in the 60s and 70s look incredibly lame now. Like deciding not to put Wolverine in yellow spandex in the X-Men movies (and upcoming Wolverine, which looks great from the trailer). Modern audiences just won't accept it.

    Unless they offer some twist, like making Robin female. Or actually a robin, which could fly around and land on Batman's shoulder, chirping friendly words of advice.

  8. I think Riddler is a dead cert. He’s alright, but is he really THAT different to The Joker? One of the main problems with Batman is, IMO, that the vast majority of his villains are incredibly lame. They’re always really low-powered and ultimately while they’re a challenge for him – as he‘s low-powered – it becomes more about a psychological game of wits and is slightly repetitive.

    I haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet, but I’m personally more interested in a JLA movie. I’d like to see Batman being more involved in the ‘super-‘ side of the hero game, and going toe-to-toe against higher-powered foes (either with or against the rest of the team).

    And of course they should leave Robin out of these far more serious films. Some things that once worked in comics in the 60s and 70s look incredibly lame now. Like deciding not to put Wolverine in yellow spandex in the X-Men movies (and upcoming Wolverine, which looks great from the trailer). Modern audiences just won’t accept it.

    Unless they offer some twist, like making Robin female. Or actually a robin, which could fly around and land on Batman’s shoulder, chirping friendly words of advice.

  9. I think it could easily go a couple of ways. It could go for Catwoman, which with the death of his love interest in Dark Knight would pick up more or less where that left off. Or, it could get dark and psychological and have Huge Strange as a main character and Zsasz in a lesser role.

  10. I think it could easily go a couple of ways. It could go for Catwoman, which with the death of his love interest in Dark Knight would pick up more or less where that left off. Or, it could get dark and psychological and have Huge Strange as a main character and Zsasz in a lesser role.

  11. Robin and Penguin shouldn't be used in the future – they are too campy. We're finally moving toward a dark, "realistic" Batman, and I'd like to see it kept that way.

    I think they will pump out another movie or maybe two along this line, but they probably won't be as successful as this flick. Then Warner Bros/DC Comics will pull their ace: Batman/Superman movie. It was already a comic, and will definitely become a movie.

  12. Robin and Penguin shouldn’t be used in the future – they are too campy. We’re finally moving toward a dark, “realistic” Batman, and I’d like to see it kept that way.

    I think they will pump out another movie or maybe two along this line, but they probably won’t be as successful as this flick. Then Warner Bros/DC Comics will pull their ace: Batman/Superman movie. It was already a comic, and will definitely become a movie.

  13. I am offended that someone would put Michael Keatons effort in the same category as George Clooney. Without Keaton & Jack Nicholson there would probably be no comic book movie franchises. So I suppose Val Kilmer was awesome??

  14. I am offended that someone would put Michael Keatons effort in the same category as George Clooney. Without Keaton & Jack Nicholson there would probably be no comic book movie franchises. So I suppose Val Kilmer was awesome??

  15. I really think that the Fango clan will be the greatest foes for this Batman in company of Dr. Strange.

    I`m also think that an adaptation for Arkham Assylum could be a great movie too.

  16. I really think that the Fango clan will be the greatest foes for this Batman in company of Dr. Strange.

    I`m also think that an adaptation for Arkham Assylum could be a great movie too.