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5 Batman Stories That Need Live-Action Adaptations

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5 Batman Stories That Need Live-Action Adaptations

5 Batman Stories That Need Live-Action Adaptations
In the nearly eighty years since his inception, Batman has remained one of DCís most popular and enduring characters. Throughout that time, many wonderful stories about the Dark Knight have been told. Batman has also been approached from a variety of different angles. Yet when it comes to the live-action interpretations, Hollywood has only scratched the surface of the Batman lore.

There are many great comic books that filmmakers could turn into terrific Batman movies. Although, if weíre being honest, we suspect that most of the Batman directors only read a handful of comics. Thereís so much more to Bruce Wayneís alter ego than just the Dark Knight. But if Matt Reeves or any future director is looking for a primer, weíve got a few suggestions.

A Death In The Family


Among Batman fans, A Death in the Family is probably best known for the untimely death of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker. But the events of the book are far more important for their impact on Batmanís psyche. Admittedly, A Death in the Family is very dated, and itís entire conception was just a marketing gimmick. It also has one of the weirdest and most convoluted plot twists weíve ever seen. And that particular twist has nothing to do with Robinís death!

Truth be told, itís nearly impossible to do a straightforward adaptation of this story. It would need a very through update, to bring the story into a contemporary setting. But the real reason it needs a live-action adaptation is that Batman is haunted by Jasonís death for years. Itís a crucial part of Batman lore that challenges him and forces him to face some uncomfortable questions. After Jasonís murder, Batman no longer wanted a partner. But his ongoing despair ultimately gave Batman one of his best Robins: Tim Drake. Thatís more than enough reason to revisit this era again.

Batman: Under The Red Hood


Speaking of Jason Todd, Under the Red Hood is the perfect follow up to A Death in the Family. Even though Jason was ďdeadĒ for nearly two decades, this comic book story brought him back to life. He was re-imagined as the uber-violent anti-hero known as the Red Hood. The story was adapted as an animated film in 2010, but that filmís success proves that itís an essential Batman story.

Under the Red Hood forces Batman to wrestle with the demons of his past. It also demonstrates the effect that Jasonís death had on his morality. Jasonís anger at both Batman and the Joker was another fantastic element worth exploring again. Just because Jason ďlivedĒ again, it didnít mean that he and Bruce would ever be on the same page again.

Batman: Hush


Batman: Hush is quite simply one of the best Batman books of the modern era. Created by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, Hush introduces a mysterious villain with ties to Bruce Wayne and Batman. Hush also features a number of other notable villains form the rogues gallery. But the story is far more memorable for the way that it eventually changes Batmanís relationship with Catwoman.

Although Hush is getting an animated adaptation later this year, thereís something about it that feels so perfect for a live-action limited series. The story is so dense and far-reaching that a miniseries is the only real way to do it justice. Like all great Batman stories, Hush also features a superb mystery for Bruce to solve, and it also further informs his backstory.

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

As a huge fan of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, itís kind of blasphemous to even suggest a live action remake of the 1993 animated classic.  Mask of the Phantasm is also an original story from the Batman: The Animated Series creative team. Itís legitimately one of Batmanís greatest tales, regardless of the medium. Additionally, it introduces Andrea Beaumont, a woman who changed Bruce Wayneís life forever.

The film is a love story at heart, which is pretty unique for a Batman tale. A few of the live-action films have tapped into Bruceís love life to varying degrees. But a live-action Mask of the Phantasm could prove to be the definitive Batman love story. Moreover, the filmís design aesthetic could offer visuals that no other Batman movie can match.

The Court of Owls/Night of Owls

As the first major arc from The New 52 version of Batman, The Court of Owls Ė along with itís Talons Ė gave the Dark Knight all he could handle and more.  Created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the story explores the history of Gotham. It completely changed everything Batman thought he knew about his city. The Owls and their Talons proved to be nearly insurmountable for the Dark Knight. The Owls are more of a mental threat than a physical one. However, their attack on Batmanís psyche is so effective that heís literally and figuratively upended. The Court of Owls are a threat that Batman canít simply just into Arkham.

While the Owls have been depicted in both Gotham and the animated Batman vs. Robin, both of those incarnations have been less than faithful to the original two-arc storyline. A live-action film would need to focus solely on Batmanís initial quarrel with the Owls. That includes the amazing climax in Wayne Manor and the Batcave.

Which Batman stories would you like to see adapted in live-action? Let us know in the comment section below!

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