Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Batman Noir

The producers of Batman films thus far have blown it, as far as I'm concerned.

Here's what my Batman film would be like:

  • It would be shot in black and white. Much of the action would take place in shadow.
  • It would take place in 1947.
  • No Robin or Batgirl. There is no continuity between this film and any of the others.
  • It would be a detective story rather than rely upon CGI, special effects and improbable action sequences.
  • The Gotham City police would be armed thugs, with many of them not above accepting bribes.
  • The villain would be the Scarecrow, or maybe Scarface.
  • At some point in the movie Batman would suspect Commissioner Gordon of taking bribes, and at some point the Gotham City police would be hunting Batman.
  • The love interest could be a not-quite reformed Selina Kyle.
  • No swearing. The dialog between the characters would be written in such a way that the shock value in the movie would come from what they're saying, not in how they say it.
  • Gotham City would have almost as much of a part as some of the actors. Many of the outdoor action would take place on moonlit building tops. It would look like a city of the era, not like the Goth one created by Tim Burton. There would be overhead advertising signs as in the comics.
  • A major character would get killed at the end.
  • The details of Batman's costume wouldn't be obvious - most of the time he would be shown in the shadows. No nipples on the batsuit. Eyes wouldn't be visible, as in the comics.
  • The Batmobile would look like a restrained version of the late forties models depicted in the comics.
  • All the men and women wear hats.
  • The last scene would take place in the sewers underneath the city, or in the subway. The end of the film results in a loss of some kind for Batman.
  • There would be a dream sequence in the film somewhere - the dream would help Batman solve the case. (In other words, he's telling himself something.)
  • At some point in the story the female lead betrays Batman.
  • The acting from Batman and the female lead would be restrained emotionally. The acting from the bad guys would be borderline psychotic.

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