What Could Have Been – Batman vs. Godzilla

Batman vs. Godzilla?

Last week, Twitter user Sean @colonydrop made an interesting discovery. In 1966, Batman barely missed a confrontation with an iconic villain. However, this villain is not based in Gotham. Check out @colonydrop’s tweet below.

Batman vs. Godzilla text image from tweetMovie studios were planning to have Batman visit Godzilla’s hometown, where the two would come to blows. Two treatments were written for the film, one unattributed and one by Shinichi Sekizawa.

If you want to read more about and bask in this melodramatic spectacle that was never to be, the article is here.

Batman and the Cultural Shift

If you read the linked article and have a passing familiarity with the DCEU, you may be totally confused. This out of the box outlandishness seems entirely foreign to the Batman we see on the silver screen today. Both Ben Affleck and his caped predecessor, Christian Bale, seem to thrive in the gritty realities of grimdark. How could one combine their perspectives?

In The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, author Glen Weldon notes that the Caped Crusader is written in cycles. He’s gone from grimdark to comical and back again. Considering that this was a collaboration with Greenway Productions, the production company behind the Batman television show, this movie would have likely been created with the late Adam West’s iteration of Batman. Since his iteration was much lighter than the two most recent, the tone issues are alleviated. Maybe there’s a chance Bruce Wayne will recover his sense of humor soon, so this concept can finally see the light of day. Fans certainly seem enthusiastic about the concept, even if it is only in comic book form.

Would you have watched a Batman vs. Godzilla movie? Do you think that a Batman vs. Godzilla film could ever be made? Talk about it in the comments!

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