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Dreamcasting: The Batman Universe.

Updated on January 2, 2016

My biggest problem with Batman vs. Superman and The Suicide Squad.

My biggest problem with all of the newer Batman movies is this.
They've gotten away from the source material.
When Christopher Nolan took on the dark knight, he made it very clear that he wanted to get away from the campy, cartoonish Batman, and create a much darker, much more realistic Batman.
And it was great.
I loved The Dark Knight trilogy, I watch it at least once a year, and they're easily the best superhero movies of all time.
Suck it, Disney.

Here's my problem.
Moving forward, it really feels like the new Batman movies are based on Nolan's characters.
Leto's Joker, a character that has almost nothing to do with the Suicide Squad, looks like a Saturday Night Live version of Ledger's Joker.
Ledger's Joker was a creative,original take on a beloved and established character. It was risky, it was different, and it worked.
Nicholson's Joker was the closest portrayal to the comics or even the animated series of any live action movie. Ledger's Joker was completely different, and all the signs point to Leto's Joker being even further removed from the source material.
And now there are rumors that he's actually Jason Todd?
That makes no sense.
And it makes me sad.
As for Batman vs. Superman, it just feels like DC is desperately trying to compete with Marvel and Disney's Avengers.
Batman sells tickets.
Superman movies have struggled, but they do still sell tickets.
Creating a sequel to Man of Steel, while debuting a new Batman, and Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor, and Doomsday, and Aquaman?
Throwing all of these characters into one movie?
Jesse Eisenberg as an awkward, Edward Nigma-esque Lex Luthor?
Batfleck?

As someone who has fought for DC over Marvel for a long time, it makes me sad to see the product in such a sad state. I still believe that Marvel is running out of time because they won't be able to effectively re-cast characters.
How do you have Wolverine without Hugh Jackman?
Iron Man was a B- comic book character until Robert Downey Jr. took a turn with him.
And Spiderman?
Please.

So, I decided to play a fun game, and re-cast all of my favorite Batman characters.
Note that I say Batman, not DC.
Mr. Superman no here.
As always, these are just my opinions! You are entitled to your own, and I'd love to hear them in the comment section below!

Bruce Wayne- Michael Fassbender.

This was a tough, tough pick, because... You have to be an amazing actor to pull this off.
You've gotta balance carefree playboy with tortured warrior with supernatural hero.
It's all in the eyes.
Silly voice aside, Christian Bale absolutely destroyed this role. I mean, he absolutely killed it, and I really wanted to just put him back here.
Buuuuut that felt like cheating.
So I went with Fassbender.
First of all, he just looks the part.
He's a strong guy, he can pull off all three of the things I mentioned.
And secondly, and most importantly, he's awesome.
I mean, he's the best part about the new X-Men movies.
If anyone could step into a roll occupied by Ian freakin McKellen, and still impress people, they deserve the role.

Fun Fact- I actually really struggled to find anyone else because I originally thought he'd be a perfect Two-Face.

The Joker- Sam Rockwell.

Last August, I actually wrote an article about which Joker I thought was the best, and when it came down to picking the big photo, I decided to choose a guy who never played the most infamous villain in comic book history.

Why Rockwell?
Why not Rockwell?
The guy is incredible.
Look at any of his performances. They haven't always gotten the respect they deserved, but I've never seen him act poorly.
Sure, he's been in some bad movies, like the Poltergeist remake or the adaptation of Hitchhikers Guide, but he's still been phenomenal.
In a return to the purple suit and green hair, Rockwell would give a loopy, terrifying performance that legitimate fans would love.

Aldred- John Cleese

Remember Batman: The Animated Series' Alfred?
Far removed from the father figure that Michael Caine and Michael Gough that we've seen in recent film adaptations, TAS' Alfred was more of a sarcastic, witty sidekick than a father figure. Sure, he needs to love Bruce unconditionally and be stern occasionally, but he also needs to be able to loosely drop some hilarious one liners.
Who does hilarious one liners quite like the king of slapstick?

Catwoman- Eva Green.

Does anyone just ooze sexuality quite like Eva Green?
She's just got this presence. Sure, it doesn't help that she's stunning, and maybe has had a role or two where she decided that wearing anything was optional, but she's also just phenomenal. She was able to carry that really dreadful 300 sequel, and as the dark knight's frenemy with benefits, Eva is just purrfect.

Ra's Al Ghul- Benedict Cumberbatch.

Menacing, soft spoken, sinister, c'mon, you've gotta believe that with an unlimited budget, Benedict Cumberbatch gets this role.
Sure, Liam Neeson absolutely owned this role in TDK trilogy, but I'm re-casting remember?
Plus, an intense conversation between Fassbender's Wayne and Cumberbatch's Ghul?
Talk about intense.

The Riddler- Michael C. Hall.

One word.
Gamer.
Have you seen that movie?
The one about Gerard Butler and video games?
Okay, okay, it wasn't very good.
And the idea of making Terry Crews an intimidating killing machine?
Sorry, there's a scene where he's beating a guy to death while singing "I've Got No Strings", and I'm still laughing.
I'll always associate him with that scene from White Chicks.
You know which one.

However, the highlight of the movie is easily the scene where Hall, the villain of the movie, sings Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" while his hypnotized minions attack Butler.
Sure, you see Hall and immediately think of Dexter, and that's fine, because it shows you that he can be creepy and demented. But Hall giggling as two newscasters trash him on the air just screams Edward Nigma.
He could take the campy Jim Carrey Riddler and pump it full of legitimate emotion and power.

I really considered Neil Patrick Harris for this role, and I know he's been dying to play it, but if Carrey was too campy, I can't imagine Dr. Horrible bringing legitimacy to the character.
Still love me some Barney Stinson

Two-Face- Idris Elba.

Before you flip out about race, first off, shame on you yo.
Secondly, this wouldn't even be the first time that a black man has played Harvey Dent.
Remember Billy Dee Williams?
I'll never forget you, Lando.

Let's just let the damn cat out of the bag here, there's never been a good cinematic performance of this character.
Two-Face is supposed to be a charming, handsome politician with multiple personalities who is terribly disfigured.
So we got Tommy Lee Jones, a fantastic actor who didn't look the part at all, and also, hey, didn't get any character development.
We saw what happened to the Joker in Batman, we saw what happened to the Penguin in Batman Returns, we saw the Riddler's entire life in Batman Forever, and ALL THREE VILLAINS got a story in Batman and Robin.
But somehow, between Returns and Forever, not only did Harvey have some pigment problems, he had some pigment problems.
Not to mention, such a dark character should never have been forced to be a cartoon... which is ironic.

And then there was Aaron Eckhart's disaster from The Dark Knight. While his Harvey Dent was fine, his Two-Face was forced, annoying, and frankly, not very intimidating. I understand that Nolan wanted to keep things real, so we didn't get to have him play two different characters, but...
He went from narcissistic politician to murderous sociopath because the Joker put on a nurses outfit.
Just silly.

Elba is handsome, charismatic, and has proven that he can play a darker, edgier character.
Luther and Beasts of No Nation, anyone?

Poison Ivy- Emma Stone.

Poison Ivy is such a tough role to cast because as Pamela Isley, she's a very shy, quirky yet passionate person. From a tortured house of abuse and mistreatment, she struggles to really fit in for most of her life, until she's exposed to dangerous chemicals, transforming her into...
Well... You've seen her.
Stone is perfect because she can be both. It would be a real challenge to see if she could step away from the adorably awkward girl we've crushed on for the last few years, and play a very mature, very intoxicating femme fatale.

Commissioner Gordon- Bryan Cranston.

Talk about range.
I confess, Cranston actually came to mind because he's already played the character.
Yup, he voiced the commish in Batman: Year One.
He's an incredible actor who could play the exhausted, overwhelmed, and incorrigible face of justice on the cruel streets of Gotham.

Well? What did you think?

Do you agree?

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