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Alternatively 15 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets With Signature Shirt in order to differentiate from Pattinson’s early career Dark Knight, Gunn could take the Batfleck approach with a slightly older take. With the new DCU seemingly being a reboot of the old DCEU, Ben Affleck likely wouldn’t be the actor under the cowl, but perhaps a direction similar to his could be taken. Then again, while this may differentiate the DCU Batman from that of The Batman franchise, this could create an entirely separate problem. If the new Dark Knight were to come across as too similar to Affleck’s, some may perceive this as a recasting of the hero in the same world, as opposed to a whole new character. Of course, based on what James Gunn has said so far, bringing Robert Pattinson’s Batman into the rebooted DCU doesn’t seem to be on the table. After the DC Studios CEO dismissed reports that the idea was being mulled over as “entirely untrue,” all signs indicate that Matt Reeves’ Gotham will continue to be separate. However, just because that isn’t currently part of the vision for the new DCU, that doesn’t mean plans can’t change down the line. After all, the thought of having multiple, likely younger, iterations of Batman on-screen at once in separate franchises could prove confusing for general audiences. This would also help to deliver on a promise from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav to reduce the current live-action Batman count. With the goal behind hiring Gunn and Safran being to create a cohesive franchise under their leadership, this would just be one way to avoid creating yet another new world.
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Perhaps the least likely option, but one that would certainly differentiate the next Batman from any other would be to put a character other than Bruce Wayne under the suit. After all, other characters have donned the mantle at various points in DC history including Terry McGinnis, Dick Grayson 15 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets With Signature Shirt and generally most of the Robins. Before the regime change, a Michael Keaton Batman Beyond movie, that likely would have featured McGinnis as the primary Batman, was in the works. However, after Gunn and Safran took over, that project was swiftly canceled, indicating that isn’t the direction they are looking to take the Justice League hero. No matter what route James Gunn should choose to take the DCU’s Batman, separating him from Robert Pattinson’s franchise in the eyes of the audience will always be a tough task. But there are a few steps he could take to minimize the confusion and allow these characters to operate side-by-side. First and foremost, this Dark Knight should lean into the more comic-booky and fantastical elements of the mythos to separate from the realism of The Batman. Meanwhile, another significant step would be to cast an actor who looks drastically dissimilar to Pattinson, perhaps even going as far as to race-swap the character. Differentiating the format of storytelling could also help with this process, as having two separate sets of Batman movies would undoubtedly be confusing. Perhaps this new Dark Knight could have his story told either in an HBO Max series or simply through appearances in other projects. All of these areas for potential confusion ultimately make clear why having Pattinson simply serve as the DCU’s Batman would be the simplest solution. His early career Dark Knight would match up well with the younger Superman that Gunn has already described, placing the World’s Finest at similar points in life. James Gunn and Peter Safran will be revealing the first “few” projects in the new DCU reboot in January 2023. For now, there has been no indication of whether the plans for Batman will be part of this initial slate reveal.