Matt Reeves's Batman Trilogy: What I Would Like to See: An Editorial
The Master Detective Versus The Master Illusionist
A director called Matt Reeves may or may not be putting out an upcoming trilogy of Batman movies.
Now, I am not familiar with Mr. Reeves, but I hope that he or somebody is putting out an upcoming trilogy of Batman movies. I'd like to say a few words about what I, as a casual fan of superhero comics, cartoons, and live-action films, would like to see.
In this trilogy of films, we, the moviegoers, should learn something about The Batman that we do not know already. What moviegoers basically know about The Dark Knight, since Michael Keaton first donned the cape and cowl, sometime in the late 1980s is this: Batman can fight! He can really throw down! He is a one-man, barehanded wrecking crew!
He is an expert ninja. He is expert in a variety of martial arts and fighting systems.
We get it. He is a bad a--!
We know that The Batman has tremendously well-developed aerial-acrobatic skills. He is like Spiderman with his personal grappling hook, or whatever. He can fall from the sky, to dispense justice, to hapless thugs with the graceful force of a human bat, as he opens his bat cape majestically in the wind.
We know that he can drive really fast and really furious in his "Bat Mobile." We know that his car is remarkable: it can drive up walls and underwater, and so forth... blah, blah, blah...
We know he has his sanctum: the "Bat Cave." We know that he has his utility belt and gadgets... Yawn!
But what casual superhero movie fans may not know is this: The Batman, among other things, is supposed to be the world's greatest detective.
That's THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE! He is supposed to be the best at figuring things out, solving complex intellectual problems and mysteries. In other words, what I am saying is that we need to see Thinking Batman put on display in these films.
By the way, we also need to see Batman's nemesis, The Joker, in a slightly different light as well, but I will come back to that.
You know, the 1960s television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, is the object of some ridicule these days. However that series did make an attempt to feature Thinking Batman, who tried to teach his sidekick, Robin, how to think more critically.
The punch-em-up scene at the end, with its visual-audio sound effects like, "Bam!" and "Whomp!" and "Splat!" and "Zonk!" and "Thronk!" and the like, were not the focal point of each episode.
Therefore, what I would like to see in this upcoming trilogy of Batman films is: Thinking Batman engaged in the intricate, sophisticated, sublime, and intellectual work of crime detection. I want to see him unravel a series of broad, highly complex, yet somehow interconnected mysteries, in which The Detective thwarts the will of a variety of colorful criminals.
Behind it all, behind all the chaos and destruction is the figure of the maniacal, laughing clown prince of crime, the evil genius, the master of illusion, known only as The Joker!
This brings me to the dynamic I would like to see manifested in the struggle between The Batman and The Joker (each deserves 'The' before his name!). I would like to see a Sherlock Holmes-Dr. Moriarty aspect played out between The Batman and The Joker.
Two Budding Young Geniuses on Either Side of the Law
Who should play The Batman and The Joker?
Well, in keeping with the theme of the above subtitle, I would want to cast actors, perhaps, in their late-twenties to early-thirties. If I had my druthers, for young-ish Batman I would consider the young man who portrayed Dorian Gray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, an actor called Reeve Carney.
I would love to see Jesse Eisenberg play the budding genius of crime, The Joker.
Now, I know what some of you may be thinking: Jesse Eisenberg?!?!?! But he stank up the joint in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice!
But that is not his fault. He was miscast, in a project that was, itself, so ill-conceived that, to this day, its very existence is hard to justify.
If you recall his roles in the Now You See Me and The Social Network films, you will know that Mr. Eisenberg can do this. He played a magician in the Now You See Me films.
Why not bring that magic/illusionist aspect to the Joker?
Imagine, the master of revealing the truth against the master of obfuscating it!
That's enough, I think.
Thank you for reading!