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February 10, 2012

After ‘Dark Knight’: What if Tim Burton took back Gotham?

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BAT FILMS OF THE FUTURE?

The end is near — when the credits roll on “The Dark Knight Rises” this July, it will mark the close of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the final adventure for Christian Bale as the caped crusader of Gotham City. Warner Bros. executives have made it clear they won’t leave the iconic property sitting on a shelf, however, and a new director and star tandem could be inhabiting Wayne Manor by 2014. But how on Earth will any filmmaker follow the work of Nolan and company? Working together, Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher and graphic artist Sean Hartter came up with 15 imaginary Batman reboots — and, yes, they did it with tongue in cheek.

Tim Burton: "The Dark Knight Returns" (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)

Tim Burton’s “The Dark Knight Returns” Long before Christopher Nolan set foot in the Batcave, iconic director Tim Burton made Hollywood history with two Gotham City films. Now he returns with a film that adapts the landmark Frank Miller mini-series “The Dark Knight Returns” that finds Batman (Michael Keaton) returning from retirement for the final battle with his arch-enemy, the Joker (Jack Nicholson). Also starring Chloe Moretz as Carrie Kelly, Michael Douglas as Superman, Helena Bonham Carter as Selina Kyle and Jeff Bridges as Oliver Queen.

Zack Snyder: "World's Finest" (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)

Zack Snyder’s World’s Finest“: Producer Chris Nolan and director Zack Snyder are bringing Superman back to the screen in 2013 and that sets the stage for this 2014 film — the ultimate superhero pairing and a way to ease Batman into a DC on-screen universe where other heroes exist. Gerard Butler (Snyder’s “300″) stars as Batman, Henry Cavill returns as Superman and the two better find a way to work together with Lex Luthor (Bryan Cranston) and the Joker (Jackie Earle Haley) on the loose.

Ridley Scott: "Batman Beyond" (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)

Ridley Scott’s “Batman Beyond”: After three decades, Ridley Scott has returned to sci-fi with “Prometheus” and now keeps it going with “Batman Beyond,” an adaptation of the well-regarded animated series. Scott’s favorite leading man, Russell Crowe, portrays the aging Bruce Wayne while rising star Josh Hutcherson is Terry McGinnis, a brash young street kid who finds himself wearing a high-tech battle suit as the protege of the still-fierce hero of Gotham City. Sigourney Weaver reunites with her “Alien” director to play Commissioner Barbara Gordon and her “Avatar” co-star Stephen Lang is Derek Powers, the tycoon who takes control of Wayne Enterprises but is destined to become the radioactive menace called Blight.

— Geoff Boucher and Sean Hartter

READ THE REST OF THE SERIES

Monday: Matthew Vaughn’s “Batman: Mad City”; Todd Phillips’ “Dude, Where’s My Batmobile?”; Wes Anderson’s “Alfred Pennyworth: The Life Nocturnal”

Tuesday: Rob Marshall’s “Gotham!”; Brad Bird’s “Mr. Freeze’s Icy Revenge”; Guillermo del Toro’s “Batman”

Wednesday: Ang Lee’s “Wayne Manor”; Catherine Hardwicke’s “Batman: Moonlight”; Guy Ritchie’s “Gotham by Gaslight”

Thursday: Martin Scorsese’s “Batman: Caped Fear”; Hayao Miyazaki’s “Batmite”; Neill Blomkamp’s “Batman: Arkham City”

Monday, Feb. 13: Vote for your favorite — and submit your own Batfilm ideas.

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