With Christopher Nolan bowing out of the Batman franchise after his trilogy concludes with The Dark Knight Rises, a lot of speculation surrounds whether or not Warner Bros. intend to continue what has been an extremely lucrative iteration of the character - not to mention one met with near unanimous praise from fans and critics. Will the studio take the character in a different - perhaps more light-hearted - Justice League friendly direction? Or will they simply replace Nolan as director - perhaps retaining him as a key creative influence behind the scenes (a role he is performing on the upcoming Man of Steel reboot of Superman) - and re-cast many of the actors, but continue with the current continuity? Here are ten reasons why resisting the urge to pound the reset button is the desirable option - for the fans and for everybody involved with the character.
1. We Know the Origin Already
You would have to have been living in a cave not to know the origin of Batman by now, having seen it done over and over in films, cartoons and - of course - comic books. Bruce Wayne loses his parents and decides to become a vigilante, fighting crime to protect the innocent. That's it. It's been done in different shades and with emphasis on different details, but it's still the same story we all know. The origin is the boring bit. That's why Batman Begins isn't quite as good as The Dark Knight: with the set-up out of the way we get to have much more fun as an audience, watching Batman be Batman - battling Joker and Two-Face. It's also fair to say that Begins did the origin story better than anybody else has before on the screen, so why try to compete with that? What could somebody new do with it that would beat what Nolan has done - and very recently.
A regular film and video games contributor for What Culture, Robert also writes reviews and features for The Daily Telegraph, GamesIndustry.biz and The Big Picture Magazine as well as his own Beames on Film blog. He also has essays and reviews in a number of upcoming books by Intellect.