Did Christian Bale have to leave as Batman?

The Intro

Batman is such a popular character and the viewers are very opinionated on who should play batman. When the Dark Knight Trilogy ended there were all sorts of rumours about Christian Bale returning to his iconic role for Batman v Superman. And for the large part the fans would have been very happy however in this post I will be talking about how it was good and beneficial that Christian Bale didn’t return and that Ben Affleck is our new batman is a necessary change.

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The worlds

The first reason is the worlds they live in. The world that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale created was a world grounded in reality, not in a world that aliens came and almost destroyed out planet. In Nolan’s Bat-verse aliens with super powers simply do not exist and will never be able to. And now we have what I will call the Snyder-Verse which has a small sense of realism but isn’t grounded in it it has room for Khryptonians, Amazons, Atlantans, and Meta-Humans. I believe that the world Zach Snyder is creating is a world that Christian Bale would not fit in or work in the world Snyder has made.

 Superman

The boy scout. He is the main reason I believe it was beneficial for a new Batman to come into this new world.In the next instalment of the DC cinematic universe we know that Batman and superman will be at odds with each other.When we look at Christian Bale’s Batman who didn’t even have the skill set to properly beat Bane then how could he have the skill set or even prepare himself to beat Superman. Superman in Man Of Steel presented enormous amount of power between his strength, super speed and flight he is a force to reckon with. and for these exact reason we needed a new Batman. We needed a Batman who is a prestige fighter(who could destroy Christian Bales Batman), expert strategist, and worlds Best Detective these are things that Ben Affleck’s Batman need to bring to the table to be believable as a threat to superman in this world.

Conclusion

These are my thoughts to why Bale had to leave and why Ben Affleck had to come in as the character. what did you think of my thought? do you agree? let me know in the comments.

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Batman: Character Foil Series Part 1

This series is specifically about character foils to Bruce Wayne, starting with the Robins we will be talking about how each character represents sides of Bruce that may not be obvious to the occasional observer. Before I get nerd rage, please remember that these are my opinions and do not represent canon or DC comics in any way.

Part 1: DICK GRAYSON

By: Gotham Observer

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During the Character Foil series, I will be discussing how each Robin represents a different side of Bruce Wayne, and how their personalities are the reason why Bruce took them on as Robin.

 

  • Background Information:
  • Created by: Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson
  • First Appearance: Detective Comics #38 (April 1940)
  • Back story: Youngest of the “Flying Graysons” group of acrobats, and watches as a mafia boss kills his family during a performance as a way to extort money from the circus.
  • Relationship with Batman: First of the Bruce Wayne’s adopted sons, and seen as the prodigal son. First of the Robins, and takes up the mantle of Batman on two occasions, and mentors Damien Wayne while Bruce was presumed dead.

 

Dick Grayson was the first Robin introduced into the Batman story arc. He assumes the role of Robin after Bruce Wayne adopts him as a ward (later as a son) after the tragedy of his family’s death. Dick has a similar backstory as Bruce as he watches his entire family murdered in front of his eyes. These similarities is what attracted Bruce to him in the first place and began his tutelage of the young Grayson. Over the past 75 years Dick’s character has grown in breadth and scope, culminating in his own comic Nightwing (1994-2014) and his assuming the mantle of Batman when Bruce was presumed dead after the events of Final Crisis.

 

Dick Grayson represents the optimistic side of Bruce Wayne. Despite the death of his family, Dick believes that there is good in everyone and fights for justice. The ideals of Batman are personified in Robin, which being the first Robin makes sense. He represents the ideal that Batman and his mission will eventually serve its purpose as a symbol of hope in Gotham City and that there will eventually be no need for a physical Batman. Dick has had disagreements with Bruce before, but because of his close relationship and ideals he has had many disagreements with the extended Bat Family and Robins because of his perception of being the prodigal son who the father favours. His perfect foil is Jason Todd, a character that we will delve into in further posts.

 

There is some debate on which Robin is the heir apparent to Batman. Personally I don’t ever think there will be Batman without Bruce Wayne, but there is potential for each Robin to have their own alternative future as Batman. Dick Grayson is currently the only Robin to have assumed the role on a “permanent” basis, which leads many to think that he is the heir apparent. Dick is the softer side of Bruce, represented in his mentorship of young Damien when he was Batman. He worked to motivate through positive reinforcement and incremental improvements with Damien, whereas when Bruce returned from his sojourn through time he took a much more rigid and strict training of young Damien. If you have not read Batman and Son, I suggest that you read it as soon as you can. The Return of Bruce Wayne, and the Batman and Son/Robin Son of Batman to me are the apex of Grant Morrison’s run with the series. However, returning to the topic at hand, Dick Grayson can be viewed as the logical heir to the title of Batman because he represents in his entirety the ideals that Bruce believes Batman to be.

 

Why is he a character foil? Because for the most part, Batman is a brooding detective who can be somewhat rigid in demeanour and candor. Without Dick Grayson, the optimistic side of Bruce would easily be lost in the story. Dick brings that ray of light into the story that Bruce is fighting so diligently for. Bruce trusts Dick with his family, and that is something that is given to few people from Batman. While Batman has used torture in the past, the Dick does not agree with it and decided to break away from him permanently. He is much more rigid in the “no killing, no guns” mantra that Bruce adheres to in this way. Having a character such as Dick Grayson strengthens and increases the depth of the Batman story and Bruce Wayne. Bruce can grow and change over time, but Grayson represents everything that he started out to do, he is his moral compass that constantly is there to remind the readers what Batman’s mission is to be.

 

These characteristics of Dick contrast so well with the next character in our series, Jason Todd, who represents something much darker in the Batman story.

 

NEXT: CHARACTER FOIL SERIES: PART 2 – JASON TODD

Jared Leto’s Joker: The Good, The bad, And the Psychopathic

Mr. J   Jared Leto’s Joker  is a Joker most fans are not happy about. This Picture went online Friday through David Ayer’s Twitter for the Joker’s 75th birthday. Now I’m going to talk about how I believe this picture Resembles some of the comic book incarnations of the Joker(as the comics allow different interpretations of the joker) and what my initial reaction to this photo is. weather or not i enjoy this interpretation of the character or not

Comic Book Resemblance 

joker 2 This photo comes from Grant Morrison’s run on batman specifically from Batman RIP( which I recommend) it’s a great story where Joker plays a great part in. When I saw Jared’s Leto’s Joker, Grant’s incarnation of the Joker is one the first ones the popped into my head. This Joker may not have the tattoos that Leto has but they defiantly share some similarities. mostly with the hair and body frame.

Joker 3This photo which comes from Alan Moore’s book The Killing Joke(WHICH YOU NEED TO READ THIS!) which seems to be a direct inspiration for this photo. mainly with the possession of his hands in his hair and the craziness of his eyes. This incarnation of the Joker is probably the must popular incarnation, so we can only hope that this picture isn’t the only inspiration Leto and Ayer take from this comic.

Joker 4 Finally the Joker from Scott Snyder’s Batman run (which is my favourite incarnation of the Joker and Batman). this is again a similarity with Joker’s hairstyle’s and unnerving eyes. This run is probably the scariest and must unsettling version of the Joker which bring him to whole new level of crazy. Hopefully they bring that to screen and maybe Leto will be able to pull off that killer smile.

There is one thing that all three of these different incarnations of the Joker bring to the pages of comics. They are some of the most terrifying psychopathic jokers to hit Comics. And I believe that David Ayer has done his fair share of homework with this project( which you can see if you check out his twitter here) so if they are pulling from these comics then hopefully we will see a Joker we have never seen on-screen the psychopathic serial killer Joker(don’t get me wrong Heaths interpretation of the joker was magic but it wasn’t full on crazy which is something I will love to see) and if we get this we get a new different Joker because Joker is a Character that we don’t want to see the same thing again.

Initial Reaction

My first initial reaction to Jared’s Leto’s Joker is in the minority but I loved it and still do. I actually dig the Tattoos it made me think that yeah this guy is insane just by the haha’s and the smile tattoo it just screams Joker to me might not be what were use to but that doesn’t mean it wont be a Joker that we can love. remember its just a picture.

one the things that made me really happy about this picture is no face paint. YES bleached skin just like the comics I want a joker that fell into a vat of acid that made his skin white not face paint.

well those are my thoughts. Did you agree or disagree with me? are there other comics that you think they will pull from for Jared leto’s Joker? And what were you initial reaction to his Joker excited or worried? let me know in the comments.

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