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5 Filmmakers We’d Love To See Direct A Batman Movie

Written by  Published February 20, 2017 01:35
I’ve been wanting to do this column for weeks now, and in that amount of time some interesting developments have happened to the solo Batman movie in development starring Ben Affleck. Affleck first dropped out of being the director of the film allegedly because he didn’t think he could handle starring AND directing...which sounds pretty simple. Then Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was apparently being courted for the job, then some rumors of Affleck being (ALREADY?) tired of being The Bat sprouted around the internet....and now apparently the Reeves thing has fallen apart. The movie could very well be in limbo at this point.

What’s the deal? Could the DC Extended Universe be as much as a complete fustercluck as we think? Is WB in chaos mode after the reviews of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad (both loved by enough fanboys to not discourage the studio, by the way)?! Is the script really so bad that nobody wants to touch it? Well, in the new world of “alternative facts” and “fake news”, I don’t really take what I read on my social media newsfeeds too seriously (I never did, to be honest). So, I’m just gonna assume the The Batman will go as scheduled. Remember, this sort of thing happens to Marvel Studios regularly and their movies always go perfectly fine.

But the movie DOES need someone to direct it...and guess what? I definitely have some favorite directors who I would love to see put together the best non-animated Batman movie to date. I seriously think the Caped Crusader has barely hit his stride in live action.

Let’s see here...

Guillermo Del Toro

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I personally think Del Toro is a guy I could get along with if I ever met him. And it’s not just because we share the same birthday. He makes movies the way I would make movies.

His films are dark, twisted and fun. He approaches movies like a kid in a candy store. He loves creature effects and is hands on with all of his films’ concept design. He truly has passion. He’s also a comic book fan. And all of those things would make a great Batman director.

Mind you, I certainly don’t think Del Toro should make just ANY Batman movie. With his penchant for horror and monster movies, I think Del Toro would need to have a very rogue-loaded Batman film. Possibly involving characters like (but not limited to) Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Clayface, Two-Face and Scarecrow. Perhaps even something in the vein of the Arkham Asylum video games or the Hush story arc, where Batman is battling through a "night-from-hell" scenario and facing a plethora of his enemies.

He probably isn’t most peoples’ first choice, but remember what he did for Blade 2 and the Hellboy movies and tell me you don’t want to see this man make a Batman horror movie unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

 

 

Joe Johnston

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Johnston is known for doing “period” superhero movies like The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger. And I’m not saying that The Batman should be a period piece, but perhaps a little taste of film noir wouldn’t hurt. After all, the Tim Burton Batman films and the Gotham TV series both integrate that flair.

Take it even further and finally...FINALLY give us a detective-style Batman story. For gosh sakes, it’s about time the real Batman fans got that in a movie. It is the one thing we have never seen in a film and that is a HUGE part of what Batman is...he is THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE. THE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE. THE STAR OF DETECTIVE COMICS. Yet, he’s barely used any detective crime solving in ANY live-action movie. Get with the program, people! He’s not just a thug that uses gadgets and drives a fancy car. Batman HAS a super power, and it is his brain. It’s about time the general movie going populace sees him USE it.

I think Joe Johnston is the man to make a traditional who-done-it noir mystery film that happens to star Batman. Throw in some great characters from DC lore, great easter eggs and some amazing action and we should by all means get the best damn Batman movie of all time.

 

Kevin Smith

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I know he’s already said he won’t do it and it would never happen....but what if he did? Kev has already popped his superhero cherry by directing episodes of The Flash and Supergirl for TV. He can’t use that he wouldn’t be good at it as an excuse anymore. He’s indeed very capable of directing superhero projects.

And the most important thing about Kevin Smith is that we know he WANTS a good Batman movie. He wants to WATCH a good Batman movie. The only way to assure that is that he is in charge of MAKING a Batman movie. Nobody is a bigger fan of the Bat. He knows what would work in the world of Batman and what wouldn’t.

Give him the chance to also work over the script and he would make it work. True authenticity from the source material would come from this. It would feel like a Batman comic/cartoon (which is something the fans WANT, Warner Bros! Y’know....fans?). Kevin has been a big critic of all of the previous Batman movies, including BvS...he knows how to fix it. If ANYONE can fix it, it is him! Also, he’s worked with Ben Affleck a bunch of times, so they already have a working relationship of sorts.

In a perfect world, Kevin Smith, the host of a FREAKING PODCAST all about Batman, is the perfect filmmaker to make a Batman movie....the hardest part would be convincing him to do it.

 

James McTeigue

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You know his work, but you barely know him. James McTeigue may have only worked on one comic book project, but it is one of the best comic book movies of all time in my opinion, V For Vendetta. He also directed Ninja Assassin and assistant directed the Matrix trilogy. As well as episodes of Sense8 and Marco Polo.

Why would all that matter? Because a Batman movie with intense drama and amazing action is important. I think he would genuinely bring something special to a Batman movie that we’ve never seen before. Maybe something very similar to what Christopher Nolan did, but only more faithful to the comics.

If you need to, go watch V For Vendetta again. Watch the choices he made. Watch how this guy does his thing and tell me you don’t want to see a Batman film that feels like that movie felt.

 

Matthew Vaughn

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I don’t know if any director is out there making more enjoyable comic book films than this guy. Take Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service as fine examples as to how this guy can make a comic book come to life.

He utilizes amazing actors beautifully, has some of the best cinematographers around and doesn’t back down from source material all that much. I would absolutely cry like a baby if Vaughn made a Batman movie. I’m actually pretty upset he didn’t make another X-Men movie or Kick-Ass 2. The world would have literally been a better place if he did.

Can you imagine a scene with Batman fighting Deathstroke under Vaughn’s direction?! Can you just imagine that?! You’ve seen the Kingsman church scene and the fight scenes in the first Kick-Ass movie. I’m not kidding here when I say this is my top pick and dammit, make Taron Egerton Robin or Nightwing (either one, I don’t care) while we’re talking about it.

 

 

So, in the end, no matter what director they pick, I hope for the best with The Batman. I can say honestly, I don’t completely hate Ben Affleck in the cowl, and I can say that IN a great Batman movie he would make a pretty amazing Batman and cement himself as the best one ever. But it seems very difficult for DC to generally please both fans and critics the way “the other guys” do. But right now is the time for them to shock everyone and do something brilliant with this movie.

That’s it for this time. Bleed out!

Dave Michaels

With his unique brand of humour mixed with die-hard passion and knowledge for all things comic books, Dave Michaels puts his weekly spin on the pop culture like only he can. Each “episode” of Full Page Bleed provides fun, wacky commentary, interviews, recommendations of Dave’s favourite comics, and whatever else his “evil genius” can conjure up. What are you reading THIS for?! Read some FPB RIGHT NOW and PREPARE to BLEED COMICS! FPB is Here...

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