Re: DC Movie Universe by Informant
I mean if the US government was cool paying out $1 trillion because it owned up to Superman's actions, then great. And if Superman was willing to work to rebuild (saving billions of dollars), then I'll stand corrected.
Changing gears a little bit.
The Ultimate Edition has really got my mind going regarding Bruce Wayne. Because we get almost no context of what his character was pre-Superman, I have to wonder about what he was like before.
There are so many things about the character that are contradictory or confusing. Was the Bat-branding something new, or is it only new that people are getting killed for it in prison? The movie implies that it's new (with the newspaper coverage of it), but neither Bruce nor Alfred ever mentions it. If it's new, it's something you'd think Alfred would be upset about. But, again, he seems almost more upset about Bruce not having a girlfriend or a social life than any new parts of Bruce's behavior as Batman (he mutters something about Bruce's love/social life 2-3 times).
If the Bat-branding is new, why is Bruce so nonchalant about people getting killed? Or does he not care? Superman spends a lot of time investigating the branding, but the World's Greatest Detective doesn't even seem to notice it.
Speaking of newspaper coverage, Clark treats Batman like he's a brand-new thing. "This Bat vigilante" is what he keeps calling him. Batman is stated to have been active for 20 years - has Clark never heard of him in 20 years? Or is Clark just being dismissive of him, thinking that if he calls him "Batman", he's legitimizing him?
Or is it something else? Has Batman worked way under the radar for the entire time, and is the emergence of the Bat-branding a thing that has forced the media to finally acknowledge him as real? Alfred mentions "exploding penguins" at one point so I'm assuming there was a time when the Penguin attacked Gotham with exploding penguins and Batman saved the day. Did this all happen outside of the media's coverage?
But there's a Bat-signal? And Gordon seems pretty chummy with Batman. So he can't have been *that* underground. Plus, Suicide Squad shows that Batman has no problem jumping on cars in the middle of active streets and driving his Batmobile all over town. He's not exactly being overly stealthy.
Then there's the killing. Is that new? Has this version of Batman always been okay with casualties in his war on crime? Even after the "Martha" scene, Bruce kills a handful of people without thinking. He's in a hurry and against a clock, but he definitely uses lethal force a lot. Alfred doesn't mention the killing either (at the docks or at the warehouse, where he leaves multiple bodies each) so I have to assume it's not new either. Did he start killing after the death of Robin? That's the kind of thing that would make Bruce go dark, I'd assume. If the killing and branding has been around since the death of Robin, Alfred would probably be used to it by now and might not mention it.
Which brings me to my idea. The DCEU seems to be content on doing smaller, less connected movies. Aquaman is standalone. Patty Jenkins says that Wonder Woman 2 isn't dependent on Justice League. There's no indication that Shazam will involve anyone else in the DCEU. The Harley/Joker stuff might involve Batman but doesn't need to. And there's no Justice League 2 in development. Whenever Matt Reeves talks about The Batman, he says it stands alone. With Ben Affleck wavering on playing Batman again.....what if they decided to take the opportunity to answer some of my questions, while also getting a chance to re-cast.
What if The Batman is a prequel?
Cast a younger actor that looks enough like Ben Affleck to make it work. Or, if Ben Affleck wants to do it, de-age him a bit (either with makeup and hair dye or slight CGI). Show me what Batman was like before. Either tell the Bat-Family story or the death of Robin story. If there's a Nightwing or a Batgirl out there, explain what happened to them and why they don't talk to Bruce anymore. If he didn't kill before, explain why he's okay with it now. If the branding isn't new, explain what happened there. Bring back JK Simmons and show his relationship with Gordon. Show his relationship with the media.
If you cast a new actor and it works, then you can bring the new actor into the world with Flashpoint. If you cast a new actor and it doesn't work, Affleck can take back over as the older Batman.
Batman is crucial to this universe, but we have such a little understanding to how his character works. Fill in the gaps for us, DC.