Ah, the "Good 'ol Days."
Back in the day, I banged the drum rather loudly (but respectfully) that the BATMAN movie franchise wasn’t dead.
All that was needed, I argued (quite politely), was for Warner Bros. to hire someone with a vision (one respectful to the character) and let them do their thing.
"People LOVE Batman! All they want is GOOD Bat-Films, you know?" Well, at least that's what I thought.
And Warner Bros. did just that, They went out and hired the great Christopher Nolan who in turn gave us BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT.
Consequently, all I can do is send out kudos, props, accolades, praise, etc. to the fine folks in charge at WB. BUT…
Why in the hell is BATMAN 3 news being treated so secretive? It’s not like there isn’t going to be a BATMAN 3! Really, I haven’t heard this sort of silence coming from this franchise since back in the late 90s. We’re coming off THE DARK KNIGHT, the most financially and critically successful comic book film ever – not dadgum BATMAN AND ROBIN!
Anyway, I figured it was time to go “Old School BOF” and start (hopefully) lighting some fires under some rears (including mine).
Come on WB, make some sort of BATMAN 3 announcement! You don’t have to set a date or anything, OK? Just toss the fans a bone and let them know that B3 is coming and coming “soon.”
Apparantly Marvel has about 9,000 films coming out based on their characters and we’ve (yes, I’m a fan dropping the “we” card) got like 4 from the DC Universe.
OK, I’m being over dramatic here. I love ALL comic book movies and root for ‘em all to do well -- Marvel included.
But as a “DC Guy,” it sorta sucks to admit that Marvel on film is still kicking DC’s ass -- THE DARK KNIGHT included.
And they ARE.
Come on WB/DC, this is Batman we’re talking about here! Anything anyone puts out – comic book movie-wise – is firecrackers compared to dynamite when it comes to Batman.
Keep that in mind.
GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW
Look, if Christopher Nolan really is that torn over whether or not he wants to do another BATMAN (and I don’t think at all that he is), move the hell on. Tell the man “Thanks for everything” and go out and find a quality and creative filmmaker who wants to do it.
Trust me, I love Chris Nolan and I desperately want him to come back. But frankly, Batman is bigger than Chris and his fabulous team that brought us the two greatest Bat-films to date.
So on that brutally honest note, I sure as hell hope y’all have a short list of potential replacements ready to go. And if there isn’t one, then that’s just being plain stupid.
(Since I don’t believe for a minute that either case is true, this entire rant is probably a moot point, right? RIGHT?)
Yes, I know I'm being petty here and probably advocating a personal preference.
But I don't care.
Catwoman – or at least Selina Kyle – needs to be in BATMAN 3.
Let’s say that Chris is coming back (which I think he is), OK? And let’s assume that BATMAN 3 is part 3 of Nolan’s Batman story, alright? Then it would be ridiculous for that creative team not to use the character; downright arrogant, in my opinion. Such a “trilogy” (and I HATE that term) simply wouldn’t be complete without Selina Kyle.
She’s that important.
My apologies for going all “BOF 1998-2003” on you all, but I just figured that it was time for something to be said. I know how the fans feel -- they just want to know everything is OK with Batman on film with or without Nolan.
If I offended the wrong folks, I’m certainly sorry as that was not my intent. If I offended the right people, GOOD!
With all due respect, of course.