#5 Where will you draw your influence for Batman?
This is important. Each of the previous Batman films have had a clear vision of the character, whose influence could be traced back to a specific interpretation of the character. Burton’s Batman gathered influence from Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke,” Joel Schumacher’s the Adam West TV series, and Christopher Nolan’s came from a combination of Frank Miller’s “Year One” and Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale’s “The Long Halloween.” It’s important that the filmmakers pick a “type” of Batman for this movie.
My two cents? Gadgets out the wazoo. Batman is known for the gadgets and fans would love to see him use them against Superman. Another thing to keep in mind is the detective aspect of the character. This was really glossed over in The Dark Knight trilogy and could easily become the thing that defines this “new” Batman. You don’t want to have the influence of Nolan’s Batman be too present because it will confuse some viewers, but since those films were so popular (and Goyer was involved) I’m expecting plenty of similarities.
With Man of Steel, you’ve already created a world where our suspension of disbelief can really be pushed. Superman himself is from an alien world and when you introduce the idea of Zod and the other Kryptonians (and they work) you can push the limits on anything else we’ll believe. That in mind, push the limits with Batman. You no longer have to take the “realisitc” approach that Christopher Nolan brought to the table, you can make your own Batman. Don’t be hindered by the past, have fun with the character and let it roll because that works all the time in the comic books.
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