The below stories exclude various comic books that were already used as the source material for Chistopher Nolan’s movies starring Christian Bale.
5. Under The Red Hood
The death of Jasons Todd’s Robin has already been hinted in The Superman V Batman trailers. It would make sense that these stand-alone movies would give the backstory to what happened to the Dark Knight’s sidekick and eventually sent him down a darker and grisly path. An older Batman, dealing with the aftermath of enlisting young children into his crusade of justice, would be a realistic and logical step for these movies to take. The dynamic of Affleck dealing with a ruthless reflection of himself would be epic onscreen.
4. The Killing Joke
Considered as the definitive Joker origin story, and written by legendary writer Alan Moore, this story arc would be a great choice in setting up the next three films. The story gives Affleck a way to show how Jared Leto’s Joker and the hardened older Batman are alike in a lot of uncomfortable ways. As one of the storylines that brought Batman over to a more serious tone in the comic book world, this one is a great foundation. The torment of Commissioner Gordon and family could be the area where these films can illuminate the relationship between these well known characters.
3. Arkham Asylum : Serious House Of Serious Earth
With clear influences from the Batman Arkham Asylum video game series, this is a great place to mine a trilogy from. Thanks to the Suicide Squad movie already in the can, we know these characters are part of the DC movie universe. With the Joker already built into the storyline, this could be a great way to introduce a large number of Batman’s foes all at once. The need of Batman to show up at Arkham to confront the villains he imprisoned provides a ton of possibilities that could easily last three movies. Based on the success of the games alone,Warner Bros could just play it safe and give us what they already repackaged with a older pissed off Batman.
2. Death Of The Family
5 Comic Book Storylines Perfect For The Upcoming Batman Movie Trilogy
This iconic story arc would give Jared Leto’s Joker a major seat at the table in making Affleck’s Dark Knight’s life a living hell. The Joker appears with a plan to murder or maim everyone associated with Batman in everyway. This would give a perfect platform to introduce us to an expanded Batman world where we would be introduced to his extended vigilante family as Joker attempts to take ’em out. We would get a taste of Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and everyone else Batman fans know and love. To keep fans on their toes, Robin, who dies in this arc, could survive or just be one of many that fall to the Joker’s master plan of revenge.
1. Court of Owls
Using Gotham as a character as well as a backdrop to a sprawling dynamic story arc, Batman finds himself going against a secret society that controls everything in Gotham. This new story is already beloved in Batman lore. The expanse of people involved and their presence in Gotham give Affleck a great backdrop that could effortlessly last three movies. The Court Of Owls could be responsible for sending and creating any Batman foes imaginable as well as dispatching their dangerously formidable assassins “The Talons”. With eyes and people everywhere, I think this would be fertile ground for a cinematic comic book masterpiece.
Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong reminds me that I was an idiot as a child. I allowed the 4:30 Movie too significant a piece of my brain pie. I existed in a headspace where The Planet of the Apes and Gamera were more science than fiction. I was certain skyscraper-sized monsters lived in the woods a few blocks away, and that ghosts were under my bed. Somewhere in possibility-land, a black and white Lon Chaney slowly becomes a werewolf in a handful of dissolving frames.
Cut to my final form, and I can’t help but think these movies are just a total waste of time and resources. Sure, the effects can be impressive but often they have as much weight as a video game. Buildings smash into dust, an actor says a line against a green screen, then Kong sits on a throne like a stereotypical king. Ah doi!
Sure, the hollow Earth with upside-down mountains in the sky is cool – but where’s that sun coming from? The MechaGodzilla fight has some great effects, but you can watch those on Youtube without having to sit through a bunch of lines like “Kong bows to no one.”
Maybe I just can’t enjoy normal human things anymore.
Now that Captain America is Black…
Now that Captain America is Black
- Bucky Barnes will change his name to Summer Soldier Buckquan because “Nah son! we ain’t doing sh*t in the winter!”
- Fearing for their lives, Police officers will fire 751 shots at Cap in the 4th of many incidents to come.
- In a new altered timeline, Thanos will win due to Cap being detained by a routine traffic stop. “How can you afford Vibraniun on a government salary? Please step out of the vehicle sir.”
- Captain America will form a Rap group with Black Panther called “Black-America.” The group will not be received well but will eventually have all their intellectual property stolen for decades to come without any due repar… I mean royalties. #MESSAGE
- Racists will be utterly confused when they tell Captain America to “Go back to where you came from.” Equally confused, Cap will pack up all his belongings and stay put.
- Cap will be accused of stealing Thor’s hammer the next time he picks it up.
- Cap’s shield will be replaced with a Vibraniun PlayStation Controller since black men are more comfortable throwing that.
- The battle decree will officially be changed from “Avengers Assemble” to “Yerrrrr! It’s on sight!”
- After 40 years of service, Cap will travel back in time to 1998 to finally get that last dance with his true love, Laura Winslow. They will Cha Cha Slide to “Before I let Go” as the credits role.
- Upon retirement, those jaded with having an Af-Am do such an amazing job will appoint a failed real estate charlatan to take up the mantle. The New Cap will immediately try and grab Scarlet by her “Johansson” and declare himself the best Captain America that ever did it during his inauguration.
Chadwick Boseman Forever!!
It is clear that Chadwick Boseman chose iconic roles like Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Black Panther with deliberate intent and for a specific purpose. In an age where positive roles for Black actors is often sparse, Chadwick managed to land and portray historical figures that made most respect his talents if not revel in his ability to transition effortlessly for one character to another. Even I had to give his African accent a solid B+ (It’s the highest grade the Nigerian Standards Bureau can give for an African accent to a non African FYI.)
Holding out and preparing for these dynamic roles came with both great frustration and incredible resolve I’m certain. Not to mention the taxing ordeal of battling Colon Cancer as the grueling scheduling of filming and increasing responsibility for positive representation loomed. Even under extreme duress, Chadwick’s commitment to others appeared to outweigh his own tribulations, unbeknownst to us all.
Black Panther may have been just a movie to some and that may be because some can easily rattle off 10 movies with a king of non Af-Am origin. It represented a lot more to others. Albeit imagined, imagery on cinema often accomplishes more to augment the social narrative and society itself than actual reality. If negative stereotypes influence perception then positive ones absolutely have the same converse effect.
Even in jest, the cultural misappropriation of raisins in potato salad on SNL skits directly spoke to the tampering of black culture to which T’challa championed, represented and aptly responded “Oh hell Nah Karen!”
If you don’t understand the relevance of representation, it’s probably because you are thoroughly represented. After all, no one is ever grateful for every breath they take until they are gasping for air.
R.I.P Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for breathing life into the possibility of Black excellence.