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5 Batman Stories That Should Be Adapted

Batman - Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader

 

Batman Stories that should be adapted

 

Batman has been an icon for many since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in March 1939. As such, he has had countless stories that have inspired us, entertained us, or even scared us. That’s why, in honor of Batman Day, we are looking at five different Batman stories that should be adapted into another medium.

Batman Stories Already Adapted

While a variety of Batman stories have been adapted, there are still many more that fans might not be aware of. These stories don’t necessarily have to be adapted into live-action movies. Animated movies or video games would work as well. The conditions for these stories are that they have not been adapted before, and are not currently in the works or planned.

#5. Batman: Knightfall (1993-94)

Batman Knightfall
Batman Knightfall

While Batman: Knightfall is not the most popular Batman story, it is one that is referenced in many mediums. Batman: Knightfall is the story in which Bane breaks Batman’s back, causing Azrael to take up the mantle. Azrael’s version of justice is more extreme than Batman’s, due to his character starting out as a villain before becoming a full-fledged hero. Soon enough though, Bruce Wayne recovers from his injuries to stop Azrael. Justice League: Doom made reference to this event; Bane mentions how he broke the bat, and will now break the man. 

The Dark Knight Rises did show Bane breaking Batman’s back but did not show Azrael taking up the mantle afterwards, as Azrael wasn’t featured as a character in the film. Therefore, it shouldn’t count as an adaptation of the storyline. While many comic fans are aware of Azrael, fans of the animated movies don’t know him as well. The Michael Lane version of the character appeared in Arkham City and Arkham Knight, though that is not the same Azrael that took over for Batman in Knightfall. An animated Knightfall could introduce Azrael to more fans and show how Batman really affects other vigilantes, especially in Gotham City. 

#4. Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? (2009)

Written by Neil Gaiman, Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? was created as the last Batman story. While it obviously wasn’t the last, it did tell multiple stories of how Batman died. Batman himself is the narrator trying to piece it all together. The story has multiple members of Batman’s cast telling different variations on how Batman died. One story is Catwoman saying she tied him up to her couch and let him bleed after he asked for help. Another story shows Alfred hiring other actors to pretend to be super-villains which Batman would fight. Alfred would dress up as the Joker to give Batman an equal to fight.

The story uses twists and turns to showcase the psychological drama. While most Batman stories feature him solving crimes and punching bad guys, not many delve into his psyche. In this story, Batman deals with what seems to be his ending. Batman has to deal with the fact that his story can’t go on forever, that he eventually has to stop being Batman. That is a story more fans should read.

#3. Batman: The Long Halloween (1996-97)

Batman - The Long Halloween
Batman – The Long Halloween

We all know Batman as the world’s greatest detective. The problem is, most audiences don’t get to see that side of him very often. They mostly see a man beating up criminals in the night. In Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman must catch a mysterious killer named Holliday, who has been killing people once a month on holidays. Batman must work with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon to stop the next murder.

This story takes place in Batman’s early days and provides an interesting mystery for Batman to solve. It shows how Batman’s Rogues Gallery evolved from simple goons to the super-villains we know today. It also gives us Harvey Dent’s Two-Face origin story, something not really seen in most media. 

#2. Batman: Death of The Family (2012-13)

Batman: Death of the Family is the ultimate Batman vs. Joker story. The Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum once again and this time has an elaborate plan which leads to the Joker capturing everyone in Batman’s supporting cast. Joker is able to capture everyone ranging from Nightwing to Commissioner Gordon. He believes that Batman’s allies are making Batman weaker and because of that they should die.

What’s interesting about this story is that it shows how far the Joker is willing to go. Sure we’ve seen many different versions of the Joker challenge Batman in some way over the years, but this Joker may have actually figured out Batman’s identity and is willing to use that information to his advantage. It calls back to previous Joker stories, including The Man Who Laughs, The Killing Joke, and Death in the Family (the Death of the Family title is a direct reference to this 1988 story). Fans could get excited over and actually get scared of an adaptation of this Joker story, an emotional combination that best describes the Joker himself.

#1. A Lonely Place of Dying (1989)

We have seen many interpretations of how Dick Grayson became Robin. Parts of how Jason Todd became Robin were shown in Batman: Under the Red Hood. We have even seen Damian Wayne become Robin in Son of Batman. One Robin who we haven’t seen the origin of is Tim Drake, one of the most popular Robins. Tim Drake as Robin was featured in The New Batman Adventuresbut he was given Jason Todd’s origin story. Fans love Tim Drake from the DC Animated Universe, but the problem is, they won’t know his true origin if they don’t read the comics.

Tim Drake had the most unique origin of all the Robins; using his own detective skills, he was able to figure out that Bruce Wayne was Batman and Dick Grayson was Robin. After Jason Todd’s death, Tim Drake noticed how much darker Batman had become. Tim Drake approached Dick Grayson and told him to be Robin again, but Dick refused. Having no other option, Tim Drake suited up as Robin and eventually restored the balance Batman needed for his war on crime. Fans already love Tim Drake, and fans outside of the comics should know his true origin. After all, the other Robins have had animated retellings of their origins; now it’s Tim Drake’s turn in the spotlight.

 


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Renji Kuriakose

Renji Kuriakose is a big comic book fan. His favorite character has been Batman since he could remember.

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