You really never know what we’re going to talk about in Spanish class. One day we’re actually studying Spanish, the next, like today, you’re coming up with ideas for the next installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman series. Yesterday my pals and I were talking about Batman, as we do every day in Spanish, and DS and I came up with an idea for the next Batman film to be directed by Christopher Nolan.
In the third film, we have Batman as a fugitive. Everyone hates him. Everyone blames him for the whole Joker fiasco, nearly destroying the city, and they blame him for all of their troubles. The only person that knows the truth about Batman is Gordon and his family. So, we have to give the city of Gotham a reason to want Batman back. We introduce Bane into the mix without having to delve into the backstory any, we just introduce him as this incredibly strong (doesn’t even have to be super-strong) guy who is terrorizing a few people, or he’s part of some drug deal. Introduce him like they did with Scarecrow in TDK. Then, Batman swoops in, fights, Batman is spotted perhaps, and Bane gets away. We then go on with some secret meetings between Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, and the rest, and how Bruce hates to see the city like it is. The mob is also rising back up to power. Bring in some new people to play mob members, and have a new head, The Penguin. That’s basically what he is in the comics. We don’t accentuate the Penguin-ness, we just show him as a regular, yet extremely wealthy and powerful guy, who has that nickname. Maybe even tie him into Bruce’s family so that Bruce can have some relations with him. The mob and crime are so poor that the police bring in Edward Nigma, a.k.a. The Riddler to help find Batman to take care of him, to get him off the streets. The Riddler is secretly working with the mob to bring in bad guys so he can appear as a hero to the cops when he outsmarts the very people that he hires. He becomes part of the inner circle of the cops, and they begin to trust him. Nigma himself becomes obsessed with Batman, and sees him as a good challenge to try to outsmart him. The only person that doesn’t trust Nigma is Gordon, who, after one of his family members is killed, knows Batman is the one they need. Maybe even bring in Mr. Freeze, focusing on his human element, where he is not related to the mob. The end just really needs to focus on people finally accepting Batman as the hero Gotham needs, sort of a happy ending.
As far as who to cast goes, I am still wanting to see Hoffman (or maybe even Vigo Mortensen or Ed Harris) as the Penguin, and either David Anders or Hugh Laurie possibly as the Riddler. For Bane, you’ve gotta get someone strong, but can act well, and for Mr. Freeze… I don’t know.