I’m Batman

Okay, I’m not. Apart from when I play the Arkham games then I am. But generally I’m not. But it would be cool if I was.

The Dark Knight Rises was unleashed on the world to increasingly mixed reviews, mine can be read here, bringing an end to the Nolan trilogy. This begs the question, will Christian Bale reprise the role of the caped crusader in the inevitable next film?

If I’m honest I don’t think he should. Having re-watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in the last few days I’ve come to realise that although the films were very good, they gradually watered down Batman to the point that he was the alter ego rather than Bruce Wayne by the time The Dark Knight Rises comes along.

I actually had a long discussion over this with a guy at work who is a proper comic book nerd and he made some valid points about The Dark Knight Rises that I hadn’t considered but it still comes back to the same problem for me – it just wasn’t Batman enough. Apparently there’s a lot ‘The Return of the Dark Knight’ comic book arc in the film which follows a very similar plot but the big difference is that in the comic Batman wrestles with being Bruce Wayne full-time whereas in The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne struggles with not being Batman any more. A very important distinction.

My feelings have been further compounded having just played the DLC for Batman: Arkham City, Harley’s Revenge. Whereas the horror, violence and general gritty unpleasantness is all around you in B:AC, it really only seemed to be about when Bane was on-screen and Batman was off blubbing into his cape. It’s amazing how different Rocksteady and Nolan saw the material they were working with.

So it boils down to this; who should be Batman if not Christian Bale? I’ve actually been thinking about this ever since I left the cinema two weeks ago. I’ve surprised myself at how much it’s bothered me but I think that’s because Batman has always been one of my greatest heroes and I was left disappointed.

Having racked my poor battered brain I think I’ve hit on a winner. It is none other than the Terminator Salvation co-star, Sam Worthington.

He’s certainly got the look and the resume for physical roles. Whether or not he’s got the chops for playing such a complex character remains to be seen but I think, hand on heart, we may have the new Batman.