After ‘Dark Knight’: Are you ready for Batman, the musical?

Feb. 07, 2012 | 3:12 p.m.


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.

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Rob Marshall: "Gotham!" (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)

Rob Marshall’s “Gotham!”: Oscar-nominated “Chicago” director Rob Marshall  takes the caped crusader into truly new territory: a musical. Yes, that’s right, after Spider-Man’s huge Broadway success, why not give the world another singing superhero. Hugh Jackman, star of stage and screen, will win you over as he saves the day in this stylized, high-energy adventure that also stars “Sweeney Todd’s” Johnny Depp as the Joker, pop diva Beyonce as Catwoman, “Hair Spray” costar Zac Efron as Dick Grayson and “Dick Tracy” costar Mandy Patinkin as Commissioner Gordon. The soundtrack features catchy tunes like  “Crime Alley,” “Batarang, Batarang” and “The Joke’s on Me.”

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Brad Bird: "Mister Freeze's Icy Revenge" (Sean Hartter /For Hero Complex)

Brad Bird’s “Mister Freeze’s Icy Revenge”: Christopher Nolan mapped the darkest corners of Bruce Wayne’s psyche and Gotham itself — now Brad Bird bravely goes in a bold, brighter direction with a James Bond-influenced and Pixar-informed adventure, “Mister Freeze’s Icy Revenge.”  Bird directed one of the smartest superhero films ever with “The Incredibles” and his first live-action feature film, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” delivered high-altitude thrills and explosive box office. Bird famously loves old James Bond films so he’s the perfect choice to bring gadgets and a sly wink to the Batcave, especially with star Timothy Olyphant, who on “Justified” has shown that vendetta justice can be done with verve.

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Guillermo del Toro: "Batman" (Sean Hartter / For Hero Complex)

Guillermo del Toro’s “Batman”: Bruce Wayne created his fearsome Batman persona to scare criminals (a “superstitious and cowardly lot”) and through the years in the comics he has run into true creatures of the night. That legacy now reaches the screen as Guillermo del Toro ( “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”) veers away from Christopher Nolan’s grounded Gotham to present a spooky city where the occult and dark science mix in the shadows. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, with his haunted eyes and dark charisma, is the title character and he’s got all he can handle with Hugo Strange (Ben Kingsley)  and Man-Bat (Doug Jones) — not to mention Jim Corrigan (Michael C. Hall), a murdered cop who won’t stay dead.


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

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”

Friday: Tim Burton’s “The Dark Knight Returns”; Zack Snyder’s “World’s Finest”; Ridley Scott’s “Batman Beyond”

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

— Geoff Boucher and Sean Hartter


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14 Responses to After ‘Dark Knight’: Are you ready for Batman, the musical?

  1. lyndwynd says:

    So do I Loop .A beautiful man & a wonderful choice.

  2. Loop1e says:

    I want to see Guillermo del Toro’s Batman with Jonathan Rhys Meyers singing! perfect, please make this happen.

  3. Daniel says:

    Here's a crazy idea. Make a Batman Beyond movie, and have Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Batman. I think that would be so awesome!

  4. Matt says:

    I absolutely want to see the del Toro Batman. Reminds me of Kelly Jones and LotDK Batman stories.

  5. sdb says:

    It would be great to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers as BATMAN. He's so talented! he can play any role and do a fantastic job.

  6. Johnny1 says:

    Would not mind to see Johnny Depp as the Joker, and well, I think Guillermo del Toro would make justice to the Batman franchise (after all, look what he accomplished with Hellboy…). As for Batman, I'll be honest with you, I can only see one actor portraying him after Bale, an that is perhaps Orlando Bloom.

    • Chris says:

      Orlando Bloom? You've got to be smoking crack right?

    • HempKnigth757 says:

      Ahaahahahahahahaahahhhaahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Orlando Bloom are you serious? ahahahahahahahahaahahahaahhaahahahahahahaa Dude only does movies set in the past & all other suck including the ones set in the past. Stop trying to turn Batman into Pirates cause this an't that crap.

  7. reddog says:

    they'd better just swallow the bad medicine and try to make a better Green Lantern film….this move just makes them look desparate and like Sony.

  8. BATMANIAC says:

    Make one in the visual style of Arkham city, games.

    Also, would love to see an adult pre-batman tv series about Gotham police dept. Have Jim Gordon as main character played by Bryan Cranston. Make it violent, gritty and hard boiled, and about police corruption, gang wars, mob bosses and the rise of some of Arkham crazies in their younger years. ie Joker as red hood, and have Penguin as main mob boss like Tony Soprano. And a mysterious vigilante on the prowl (Bruce wayne)

  9. John says:

    Idris Elba as Bruce Wayne/Batman! Watch Luther and then tell me he isn't perfect for it.

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