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5 Reasons Batman Should Get the Animated Spider-Verse Treatment

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By Jitin Gambhir

Batman has become an iconic character in the history of comic book-inspired movies. From gritty noir dramas to campy circus performances, DC’s caped crusader has entertained audiences with his adventures for decades. But, Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man is another popular hero who has been portrayed on-screen multiple times, with various incarnations of the web-slinger swinging their way into the hearts and minds of audiences across different media. Both these superheroes share many similarities and have multiple versions across different continuities.

The success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its sequel has changed the cinematic game for both animation and superhero storytelling. It has elevated the popularity of multiple versions of Marvel’s friendly neighborhood Spider-People to new heights. With the popularity of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its brand-new sequel, it’s time for DC’s caped crusader to get the same treatment. Here are five arguments for, and five arguments against a bat-tastic multiverse adventure.

5 Reasons Batman Should Get the Animated Spider-Verse Treatment

Over the years, there have been numerous incarnations of Batman, from the grim alternate universe version of Thomas Wayne to the cyberpunk Batman Beyond. Each of these caped crusaders brings their own perspective to what it means to don the cowl and each has their own methods in the fight against crime. A potential crossover between the various Batpeople would bring quite a lot of diverse action and spectacle between the different versions of the character. This would not be unlike the dynamic featured in Into the Spider-Verse as the variety of alternate versions for both characters is quite similar.

Shouldn’t: Batman’s Attitude

One thing that almost every incarnation of Batman has in common is a broody, aloof attitude. Batman does not trust easily, keeps as much information to himself as possible, and does not work well with others. This attitude has led to serious friction with his fellow superheroes, and his need to have a contingency for every possible scenario, no matter how improbable, has even driven the plot of multiple comic books and films. A multi-Bat team-up would result in major issues. While having multiple Spider-People working together is incredibly entertaining, this comes from most versions of the character’s friendly and cooperative attitude, and that is something that Batman simply does not have to work with.

Should: A Multiversal Detective Story

Batman may spend a lot of time fighting against supervillains and coming up with flashy new gadgets, but the character is also notable for his brilliant detective skills. Some of the greatest Batman stories throughout the years have featured complex mysteries for The Dark Knight to solve. A hypothetical film about multiple versions of Batman crossing over would benefit from making the cause of the scenario into a mystery that it would take the combined detective skills of multiple Batmen to solve. This would be a great opportunity for different versions of the character to showcase their varying methods and technology, further distinguishing each individual Batman from one another and adding depth to each character within the narrative.

Shouldn’t: Inevitably Derivative

Multiverse-related stories are all the rage in comics and superhero films right now. Not only is the MCU in the middle of The Multiverse Saga, but DC is adapting a version of the Flashpoint story for the big screen, and Into the Spider-Verse is one of the most popular and well-received superhero movies of all time. The unfortunate result of so many multiverse stories being told at the same time is that any Batman film that follows a formula that is in any way similar to Into the Spider-Verse or any other popular film with similar subject matter would come across as derivative, alienating some audiences that may be craving a more original story.

Should: The Rogue

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As a superhero, Batman is well known for his incredible rogues’ gallery. It only makes sense, then, that the villain of a multiversal Batman crossover would be a crowd-pleasing nemesis with enough power, planning, and presence to challenge multiple incarnations of Batman at once. Whether this would be yet another version of The Joker, another of Batman’s frequent antagonists, or a completely new creation, the villain of a potential multi-bat crossover would inevitably be a force to be reckoned with.

Shouldn’t: Oversaturation

Out of all of DC’s characters, Batman is easily the most successful on the big screen. Many actors have played the character, and there are currently three versions of The Dark Knight featured in modern cinema. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that DC has become reliant on Batman to carry their cinematic ambitions, and that has led to an overabundance of films featuring the cape and cowl. Adding a multiverse movie about Batman would just be too much of a good thing, too much multiverse, and too much Batman. Audience are looking for something new and different, and a possible Bat-Verse wouldn’t be either of those things.

Should: Thematic Examination

Presenting multiple versions of Batman across different continuities all interacting with one another is not just an opportunity to examine how Batman has changed, but also to examine what makes the character such a critical part of the DC universe on both sides of the screen. Seeing all of these Batmen at once could shine a thematic spotlight on the lasting impact of the character, and the most basic components that make Batman, well, Batman. While most Batman stories are grounded in the character’s determination in the face of overwhelming odds, or the will to retain his morality despite the draw of darkness, a story with multiple versions would be able to explore these themes in a new way.

In conclusion, a multiverse adventure for Batman would be an exciting prospect for fans of the character. It would allow for a diverse range of action, showcase the various skills and technology of different Batmen and examine what makes the character so special. However, it is important to avoid being too derivative, oversaturated and to consider Batman’s attitude when working with others. Ultimately, the success of a potential Bat-Verse would depend on how well the filmmakers balance these factors and deliver a fresh and unique story.

Throughout the history of comic book-inspired movies, few characters are as iconic as Batman. DC’s caped crusader has appeared on the silver screen in everything from gritty noir dramas to campy circus performances and everything in between. Over the years, Batman has remained popular with audiences everywhere, with no sign of slowing down.

However, DC isn’t the only comic company with a popular hero. Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man is another character that has been portrayed on-screen time and time again, with multiple incarnations of the web-slinger swinging their way into the hearts and minds of audiences across every type of media.

These two incredibly popular superheroes share many similarities, and both have many different versions across multiple continuities, as well as a history of sometimes interacting with their multiversal doppelgangers. This has most recently been explored with Sony’s animated masterpiece, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its sequel. The massive success of these films has changed the cinematic game for both animation and superhero storytelling, and elevated the popularity of multiple versions of Marvel’s friendly neighborhood Spider-People to new heights.

With the popularity of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its brand-new sequel, why shouldn’t DC’s caped crusader get the same treatment? Here are five arguments for, and five arguments against a bat-tastic multiverse adventure.

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Should: The Different Batmen

Michael Keaton returns as Batman in The Flash.
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Over the years, there have been numerous incarnations of Batman. From the grim, alternate universe version of Thomas Wayne to the cyberpunk Batman Beyond, the lineup of Batmen brings a little of everything to the table. Each of these caped crusaders brings their own perspective to what it means to don the cowl, and each have their own methods in the fight against crime.

A potential crossover between the various Batpeople would bring quite a lot of diverse action and spectacle between the different versions of the character. This would not be unlike the dynamic featured in Into the Spider-Verseas the variety alternate versions for both characters is quite similar.

Related: Michael Keaton on the Psychology Behind ‘The Batman Voice’

Shouldn’t: Batman’s Attitude

batman v superman dawn of justice
Warner Bros.

 

One thing that almost every incarnation of Batman has in common is a broody, aloof attitude. Batman does not trust easily, keeps as much information to himself as possible, and does not work well with others. This attitude has led to serious friction with his fellow superheroes, and his need to have a contingency for every possible scenario, no matter how improbable, has even driven the plot of multiple comic books and films.

A multi-Bat team-up would result in major issues. While having multiple Spider-People working together is incredibly entertaining, this comes from most versions of the character’s friendly and cooperative attitude, and that is something that Batman simply does not have to work with.

Should: A Multiversal Detective Story

Robert Pattinson as Batman in The Batman
DC Films
Warner Bros

 

Batman may spend a lot of time fighting against supervillains and coming up with flashy new gadgets, but the character is also notable for his brilliant detective skills. Some of the greatest Batman stories throughout the years have featured complex mysteries for The Dark Knight to solve. A hypothetical film about multiple versions of Batman crossing over would therefore benefit from making the cause of the scenario into a mystery that it would take the combined detective skills of multiple Batmen to solve.

This would be a great opportunity for different versions of the character to showcase their varying methods and technology, further distinguishing each individual Batman from one another, and adding depth to each character within the narrative.

Shouldn’t: Inevitably Derivative

Spider-Man Noir in battle
Marvel Comics

 

Multiverse-related stories are all the rage in comics and superhero films right now. Not only is the MCU in the middle of The Multiverse Saga, but DC is adapting a version of the Flashpoint story for the big screen, and Into the Spider-Verse is one of the most popular and well received superhero movies of all time.

The unfortunate result of so many multiverse stories being told at the same time is that any Batman film that follows a formula that is in any way similar to Into the Spider-Verseor any other popular film with similar subject matter, would come across as derivative, alienating some audiences that may be craving a more original story. At best such a project would appear to lack creativity, and at worst it would look like a transparent cash grab.

Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Warner Bros.

 

As pointed out by Buzzfeedno superhero has appeared on the big screen more frequently than Batman. Over the years, the character and the stories that he appears in have changed and evolved to fit the audiences of the time. This would provide a great opportunity for a potential crossover between different Batmen to provide commentary on the development of the character and his narrative.

This could even address many of the more controversial choices that have been made around the character within different stories. While some versions of Batman still retain a level of optimism, some are nearly consumed by their crusade, and the interaction between these two extremes could be both entertaining, and insightful when it comes to how audiences have come to see the character.

Shouldn’t: Flashpoint

the-flash-movie
Warner Bros. Pictures

 

While the multiverse angle is the whole theme of Marvel’s current line of films, DC is releasing their own take on the idea of alternate realities in the form of The Flash. This new film will explore alternate versions of several characters, and already features two iterations of Batman, played by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton.

Not only does the Flashpoint story already feature multiple Batmen, but it also approaches the idea of alternate realities differently from what Marvel does. The version of the multiverse presented by DC is less friendly to the idea of characters traveling between dimensions, and this would result in a more convoluted setup that audiences might have difficulty following.

Should: The Rogue

Batman Who Laughs (1)
DC Comics

 

As a superhero, Batman is well known for his incredible rogues’ gallery. These colorful criminals challenge the caped crusader with clever and inventive tricks and gimmicks that have endeared them to audiences since the very beginning, with some even transcending their feud with Batman to endanger the entire DC universe. It only makes sense, then, that the villain of a multiversal Batman crossover would be a crowd-pleasing nemesis with enough power, planning, and presence to challenge multiple incarnations of Batman at once.

Whether this would be yet another version of The Joker, another of Batman’s frequent antagonists, or a completely new creation, the villain of a potential multi-bat crossover would inevitably be a force to be reckoned with.

Related: The Evolution of Batman’s Villains on the Big Screen

Shouldn’t: Oversaturation

The Dark Knight
Warner Bros.

 

Out of all of DC’s characters, Batman is easily the most successful on the big screen. Many, many actors have played the character, and there are currently three versions of The Dark Knight featured in modern cinema. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that DC has become reliant on Batman to carry their cinematic ambitions, and that has led to an overabundance of films featuring the cape and cowl.

Adding a multiverse movie about Batman would just be too much of a good thing, too much multiverse, and too much Batman. Audience are looking for something new and different, and a possible Bat-Verse wouldn’t be either of those things.

Should: Thematic Examination

Batman and the Joker sitting across from one another
Warner Bros. Pictures

 

Presenting multiple versions of Batman across different continuities all interacting with one another is not just an opportunity to examine how Batman has changed, but also to examine what makes the character such a critical part of the DC universe on both sides of the screen. Seeing all of these Batmen at once could shine a thematic spotlight on the lasting impact of the character, and the most basic components that make Batman, well, Batman.

While most Batman stories are grounded in the character’s determination in the face of overwhelming odds, or the will to retain his morality despite the draw of darkness, a story with multiple versions would be able to explore these themes in a way that most Batman fans have never considered, and might even bring out a new facet of the popular character.

Shouldn’t: Focus Character

Michael Keaton as Batman in The Flash
Warner Bros. Pictures

 

One of the things that worked extremely well with Into the Spider-Verse was the focus on Miles Morales’ journey to become the next Spider-Man. Audiences were presented with a new character to follow, and that journey made for a refreshing and relatable story. Batman, on the other hand, is and will always be Bruce Wayne, and audiences already know this character so well that there is barely any ground left to cover.

Without the ability to develop the character further, writing a multiverse story for Batman that would connect with audiences would be a tall order, and between the many other multiverse projects, large number of Batman stories already in circulation, and the unenviable task of following on the tail end of the Spider-Verse films, perhaps its best that the closest to a multiversal Batman story we are likely to see any time soon is Michael Keaton’s return in a supporting role in The Flash.

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