The Batman: Here’s why Reeves’ film sounds like The Long Halloween

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The Long Halloween makes more sense

Reeves was adamant about The Batman being a noir film set during the early exploits of Batman. He promises a Batman film that’ll dig deep into the hero’s psyche, an arc that sees Bruce Wayne transforms as he tracks down criminals:

"“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”"

The Batman feels like a thriller/crime drama. Gotham City is all about corruption and demands someone with elite detective skills to save it. What better story than The Long Halloween? There’s no Batman story that hits every nail on the head like The Long Halloween. It explores the early years of Batman and draws inspiration from noir films:

"“The Long Halloween follows the crusade of Batman, Captain James Gordon and Harvey Dent to topple mobster Carmine Falcone’s crime family. At the same time, however, a mysterious assailant begins killing mafiosi members: hitmen, crime lords, and other important figures.”"

The arc forces Batman into the role of detective in the early years of his heroics. There’s the female lead is Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.

Additionally, there are multiple villains from Batman’s rogue gallery with Solomon Grundy, Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Calendar Man, Carmine Falcone, and Sal Maroni.

While characters like Joker, Riddler, Grundy and Calendar Man play their roles, the story focuses on other rouges.

It’s all about the organized crime and the serial killer, who makes Batman put on his detective cap. Let’s explore which rogues should appear and who should play them.