The Batman: 4 ways Matt Reeves can make his trilogy feel fresh

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2. Exploring the depths of Batman’s Rogues

The addition of Robin and/or the Bat-family, while great, is only the tip of the Batarang. Who the dynamic duo faces is more important. We’ve had our fair share of Batman Rogues on the big screen. From Riddler and Mr. Freeze to Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul. Some of them twice or three times over. We’re looking at you, Joker.

Reeves should strive for freshness, and there’s no better way to do that than introducing villains who haven’t been overly exploited. Again, we’re looking at you, Joker. Apparently, Reeves’ initial script features some rouges we’ve seen before in Penguin and Catwoman.

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One can argue that the aforementioned duo had their fair share of live-action screen time. The Fox series Gotham did an excellent job telling their origin stories, thanks to Robin Taylor (Penguin) and Carmen Bicondova (Selina Kyle). Likewise, Danny DeVito (Penguin) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman) brought the characters to life in arguably the greatest Batman film, Batman Returns.

There are plenty of interesting villains ideally suited for the big screen. Hugo Strange is a complex villain scientist who could work well in a film with Solomon Grundy.

Riddler, while explored on Gotham and played by Jim Carey in Batman Forever deserves his own movie; which suites Reeves noir-film style. Hush would take Batman to another level and truly explores the depths of the hero. Meanwhile, Red Hood has the potential to do what the Winter Solider did for the MCU.

The list goes on. There are some reports that suggest Reeves will introduce a Rouges’ Gallery of Batman villains. So it’ll be interesting to see how he tells that story. And hopefully, it’s an arc we haven’t seen play out on the big screen.