DCEU Should Have Taken These Hints From The Dark Knight Trilogy To Save Its Franchise
The DCEU should have been one of the most iconic movie franchises in the world. Let’s face it, there was a ton of potential as DC Comics has some of the most amazing characters in pop culture. Sadly, after the release of ‘Man of Steel’, fans were no longer excited for the film adaptations, and through each new installment, they got more and more disappointed.
The characters were already beloved, and the special effects were mostly great, so it’s hard to understand why such productions failed to attract fans in this era of trendy comic book heroes. This is probably because they did not give a proper introduction to each member of the Justice League, aside from Superman. They should have taken a different approach. Let’s explore this in-depth.
The DCEU should have started with ‘The Dark Knight’
Some fans online seem to think that ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy was the ruin of the DCEU, alleging that the story introduced too many DC characters before the official beginning of the cinematic universe and also, that those movies set the bar too high for anything further. However, it is easy to disagree with those people.
‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy could have actually been the savior of the DCEU if they had followed the continuity. Instead, the DCEU was revealed just after the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, but DC stated that they would not be in the same universe as they decided to reboot Batman. This was a huge mistake because people today think of Christian Bale as the best Batman.
However, why did they decide to start from scratch when they had already created something amazing that could have continued in the DCEU? It was the perfect foundation, and its popularity would have transcended into the cinematic universe seamlessly. The trilogy could have been Phase One of DC and still be completely different from the MCU.
Therefore, it was a huge mistake not to continue building on an already establish Batman story. Of course, Christian Bale might not have agreed to commit to an extended universe, but they could have done it somehow. There are many ways they could have added it without taking away from the stories they wanted to incorporate in the DCEU. Here’s how:
Nightwing, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, should have been the first movie in the universe
In this new DCEU world we are imagining, ‘Nightwing’ would have been the first film released, explaining the idea of “metahuman aspect” with Gotham’s young guardian. While helping restore a destroyed city, he could have encountered Poison Ivy after she comes to oversee the destruction. Furthermore, it could have been revealed that she knows Harley Quinn who is on The Joker’s team.
Ivy would have been angry because of the nuclear explosion in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, and Harley would have taken advantage of that hatred to make her cause chaos while she finds The Joker. Nightwing comes to the rescues, arresting both of them before Harley can get to The Joker and proceeds to erase every single document revealing the location of the clown villain.
In this imagined movie, the post-credits scene could have set up for Michael Caine or Morgan Freeman in their known roles, while searching for other metahumans. Nightwing would decide to look for these particular people, setting up ways for each of them to be presented in their own movies. Each solo film would have an appearance of Nightwing, who found each of them.
Then they would show that hero’s origins, and the post-credits could keep on introducing the next hero for the following film. This phase would have culminated with ‘Justice League’, but would have shown the story as depicted in ‘Man of Steel’ with other superheroes included. Each new phase would get more complicated with new metahumans, but still showing characters from ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Nightwing’.
Cameos and Spin-offs deriving from ‘The Dark Knight’ would have worked too
Most of the characters in the Batman trilogy were alive and well after the events of the third film, so it makes no sense to have them disappear. While most of the actors would have preferred to work on new projects, if the DCEU had work the franchise this way, the studio could have hired them back for a couple of further appearances.
Harley Quinn could have used Scarecrow’s fear serum to make Poison Ivy go crazy in the previously mentioned, imaginary ‘Nightwing’ movie. It could have even worked on Superman during his fight with Batman in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Meanwhile, Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, and Batman with Christian Bale would have been back to create the Justice League for our would-be ‘Justice League’ film.
On the other hand, The Joker, initially played by the late Heath Ledger, would have stayed away because new actors have not been able to play the role as he did. Therefore, in this pretend DCEU, a new Joker, who was a follower or a fan of the original one, would arise taking on the mantle just like some of his crazy fanatics did after ‘The Dark Knight’.
Lucious Fox, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon, played by Morgan, Caine and Gary Oldman respectively, would be back during the fight between Superman and General Zod. When they get to Gotham, Lucius calls Nightwing, while Gordon helps to evacuate that location where they are battling. The other superheroes would join up later.
Alfred would decide to call Batman and Catwoman to help Nightwing out. That way, all the characters could have been together to support Superman send Zod and his minions back to where they came from. It would have been the perfect end for the second phase of the DCEU, but still leaving room for more stories with the introduction of a new villain or hero.
Do you think DC should have included ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy into the DCEU? DC comics has many plans for future years, so they might correct some serious mistakes, but it would have been interesting to see Bale’s Batman with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. See you next time!
Source: Geeks Media