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I wouldn’t call it madness. I would call it Elseworlds (if DC still ran something like that).

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Gentleman Mummy said on July 23rd, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Third possibility: Club Robin. Just as Blake easily used his Orphan Senses to detect that Bruce was Batman, every single kid in the orphanage just as easily detects that their patron/teacher John ‘Robin’ Blake is secretly the Dark Knight. They decide that they want to help out on the streets, using an alias affectionately named after their hero – but instead of one of them being selected, it’s all of them, a different ‘Robin’ every night! How many sidekicks can one Batman handle?

(This option would allow for both humour and the possibility of introducing “Dick Grayson”, “Jason Todd”, “Stephanie Brown”, etc.)

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Third possibility: Club Robin

Joker’s final addition to his thesis “Possible Uses of an Iron Pipe,” below “fix sink” and “prop up couch.”

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So your idea is to combine Harry Potter with Batman, only without either character or any other element that made the original franchises popular or successful.

I imagine the theater that shows this movie selling popcorn and soda mixed together into a lukewarm mush.

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Travesty said on July 23rd, 2012 at 8:15 pm

@Mike I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that this was sarcasm to begin with, based on what he said previously.

But as for me, I’m glad it’s done. The geek community as a whole has problems with this idea but I think it’s important to understand that stories that don’t end are fundamentally incomplete, and you need to end them somewhere.

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Nolan is also doing Superman, isn’t he?

I’m less sanguine he’ll do as well with it as he did with Batman, but the Howard Hughes biopic is something I’m hella looking forward to.

Also, these ideas, while excellent, would never get green-lit. MAYBE the first one, the family-friendly one. Not the awesome one, though.

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The first rule of Robin Club is don’t go after the Joker alone.

“His name was Richard Grayson! His name was Richard Grayson!”

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@PaulW: I thought the first rule of Robin Club was that you didn’t talk about Robin Club. And the second rule of Robin Club was that you didn’t talk about Robin Club.

@Mike Smith: Travesty was correct. This is sarcasm. :) Although actually, a “Robin Academy” comic book series based on taking Batman’s penchant for training teen sidekicks would be kind of cool. But no, mostly it was just that I immediately leaped to the concept of “Batman factory” on watching the end of “TDKR” and thought it was funny enough to sustain a post.

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Of couse, Batman training a bunch of kids leads to Batman And The Outsiders and… well…

(Individually some of those are fine… and a small group of them as seen in The Brave And The Bold… kinda…)

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on July 23rd, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Could they all become newsboys? Form a kind of Newsboy Legion, if you will?

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bmaryott said on July 24th, 2012 at 1:29 am

He hasn’t trained with the League of Shadows, he’s no kung-fu master, and frankly, it’s not like Bruce really wound up in good shape after a decade or so as a crimefighter. One thing Nolan got right: This stuff takes a toll.

That’s true – he HASN’T. What he HAS done is to become a detective – something this Bruce Wayne didn’t impress me with. Yea, he’s a scrapper and will train up to master level, but THIS Batman will be about tracking the clues. And yes, he does have an orphanage of little helpers that would piss off Gordon. But instead of “Baker Street Irregulars” call them “The Batman’s Nightwings” prowling the hidden corners of Gotham.

This does sound more like an episodic television show, though…

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My approach to doing a 4th Batman movie would be to have the final scene be Blake return to the cave to find Kal-El waiting for him to ask him to join this group he’s putting together.

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@Craig Oxbrow

As someone who liked the original BATO, I have one question for you…

Why do you hate America?

(Seriously, BATO was cracktastic/craptastic fun for a young boy with plenty of time to waste.)

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Why do you think Bruce Wayne was a crimefighter for a decade? He spent his years training, but the ending of Batman Begins shows Joker is already starting to be active, and Bruce retires after The Dark Knight. I think he was probably the Batman for less than a year, unless I missed something.

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@Murc: Nolan isn’t doing Superman, Zack Snyder is.

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malakim2099 said on July 24th, 2012 at 7:05 am

@UnSubject Nolan is one of the listed producers from the trailer.

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Batman Academy

The thing is, you’d have several Batmen; getting to put on the suit and go out to fight crime is a rotating duty with the non-suited kids doing the necessary support work viz tracking down leads, R&D, maintenance, etc.

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Did anyone else think, when Blake entered the cave, “so what?” Without that fat Wayne bank backing him, could he become a Batman or Robin or whatever?

I really liked Nolan’s movies, but I am looking forward to a reboot, or someone else’s spin on Bats. I’d like to see a Batman that can move, that’s agile, that’s not armored up and can’t turn his head. Think less Frank Miller, more Marshall Rogers or Jim Aparo…

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MonkeyWithTypewriter said on July 24th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

He’ll be Ragman and the Crime Alley Irregulars?

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Magic Xylophone said on July 24th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

It makes Batman sound like kind of a horrible person. Especially considering he just quit being Batman because, even with all his training, the job almost killed him. Isn’t the whole point of the third movie that you don’t have to sacrifice everything, it’s okay to live your own life? And now he’s using orphans as a stable of self-sacrificing warriors? That’s some Sudanese Warlord shit, man.

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SilverHammerMan said on July 24th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Personally I would use the idea of new Batman as an opportunity to move closer to the Marvel-style movies with a lighter setting and more comic book-y plots.

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I like the last ideal. Might make a great comic but more then likely the next movie will just be a reboot with a new director and new actors playing Batman and company (or should I say Inc)

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Something something Terry McGinnis

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ScottyDubsSD said on July 25th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The thing I love about the ending is that Nolan left it open for another director to step-in and do a Batman movie without Bruce Wayne without the world going ‘huh?’. Most of the people who would go see a Batman movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt have seen DKR and would recognize him as the “heir” to Batman. I don’t think there’d be an issue with moviegoers demanding Bruce Wayne be Batman when JGL is somewhat established.

Also, Nolan’s Batman was more ninja than tradition detective as opposed to “Robin” whose detective skills were on full display in DKR. The next trilogy could be about a test of a man’s mind rather than his body or soul.

Batman Reborn or whatever you want to call it could open with “Robin” during his first night out, and quickly realizing he isn’t as skilled a fighter as Bruce. Using the gadgets and database left to him by Bruce, Batman resolves to hide in the shadows less and assist the GPD more (despite his dislike of the PD, he is a former cop) in solving extraordinary crimes.

And, really, who else is there to figure out who the “Riddler Killer” is?

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Zifnab25 said on July 26th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I’d like to see a detective-style Batman. The cartoon series, especially in the early years, wasn’t afraid to dress Bruce Wayne up as a hobo and send him into a slave-labor compound to get enough dirt on the owner that he can shut them all down.

Assuming you wanted to keep Batman gritty and “real”, like Nolan did, it would be nice to see Gordon-Levitt playing “The World’s Greatest Detective” rather than “The Dark Knight”. Levitt, operating as a private eye, uses the Batman persona to get into places that a regular shmoe couldn’t or to intimidate witnesses. I’d watch that.

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Am I allowed to be extremely amused that both io9 and Newsarama posted serious versions of this article? They didn’t postulate the army of killer orphans overrunning Gotham or anything, but they did talk about what a sequel would be like with JGL.

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