The DC Extended Universe, otherwise known as the shared-universe cinematic experiences of the company’s comic-book-to-film adaptations, has been in a state of flux recently. Starting with DC’s decision to fast-track the action on the big-screen by coming out of the gate strong with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman all in the same film (along with some tiny cameos from the rest of the Justice League roster), it was clear that the company wanted to make waves and was trying to set things up for even bigger star-studded crossover films.
DC ended up, to borrow a colloquial phrase, putting the cart before the horse a little bit, and mow it feels like the train is going to fast and is in danger of running off the tracks. The company recently made the very wise decision to put long-time writer and all-around smart fellow Geoff Johns in as the head of DC Entertainment’s Creative division, essentially giving him the oversight powers for the entire Shared Universe moving forward. After the hits and misses of ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ Ben Affleck stated a concentrated interest in taking more creative control of the Batman character and has begun working with Johns to co-write the next standalone Bat-flick.
Rumors coming out of a few unconfirmed-but-relatively-reliable sources are now starting to provide some details about the possible plot of the movie-in-progress, which Affleck has previously gone on record as saying will be an original tale that won’t directly rehash any comic book story arcs. He did allow for the borrowing of some elements, though, and if these rumors are to be believed, then he is tapping some very intriguing source material.
Take this information with a grain of salt, of course, but the rumor is thus: Batman’s next cinematic adventure will place him locked inside Gotham City’s infamous criminal sanatorium, Arkham Asylum, battling his greatest foes. A well-received video game, ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum,’ was released in 2009 that may potentially serve as the foundation for the plot of a film like this. Below is the description of the game, via Wikipedia; no set release date for the next ‘Batman’ film has specifically been given by DC.
In the game’s main storyline, Batman’s archenemy, the Joker, instigates an elaborate plot to seize control of Arkham Asylum and trap Batman inside with many of his incarcerated foes. With Joker threatening to detonate hidden bombs around fictional Gotham City, Batman is forced to fight his way through the asylum’s inmates and put an end to the Joker’s plans
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