Set Matt Reeves’ Batman Movie in 1939?

Why the hell not, right?


I’m a HUGE fan of the original, 1939, DETECTIVE COMICS aesthetic of Batman.

I’ve also said in the past that it would be cool if a Batman film was actually set in the year 1939. (For all you Batman newbies, that’s the year that Batman first appeared after being created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.)

Yes, I KNOW that there was a bit of that “look,” if you will, in Tim Burton’s BATMAN back in 1989.  But I’m talking about setting it in a full-blown, pre-WWII, “realistic” Gotham City.

In doing so, the film(s) would be something new, fresh, and bold — don’t you think?

So, what’s got me on this Batman on film in 1939 kick?  Well, HEROIC HOLLYWOOD has posted some fan art of Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman in a 1939/Bob Kane-style cowl.  Check it out…

Yes, his dome is too high and it looks a bit like Megamind, but other than that, it’s cool.

And yep, I’m totally down with Jake Gyllenhaal as the next Batman on film – regardless of the era/year of the film’s setting.  The dude is an ACTOR first and foremost, so I know he’ll immerse himself in the role completely – kinda like the guy whose initials are “CB” and beat him out for leading role in BATMAN BEGINS back in the early 2000’s.

For the full report, hit the link provided above. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), the Sun Records/1950s Elvis Presley, HARD rock-and-roll, cold beer, dive bars, Austin (Texas, not Minnesota), his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns... And BATMAN. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife, his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.