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JGL As Batman In The Justice League Movie? I Didn't Know Satan's Vagina Was in the Rumormongering Business

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | November 27, 2012 | Comments ()


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Listen, I'm a big Batman fan. A HUGE Batman fan. I tried to get my husband to agree that my new framed animation cel of Bane from Batman the Animated Series should replace our wedding photo in the living room. I have framed comics by the door. Maybe I have Batman underwear. I loved the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and enjoyed the little twist at the end where *SPOILER EVEN THOUGH REALLY, HOW COULD YOU STILL BE UNAWARE OF THIS DEVELOPMENT AND BE ON THE INTERNET* it was revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake was actually named Robin. Bruce Wayne was even nice enough to leave him the Batcave and all the fancy toys within.

Does that mean I want JGL to be Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie? Um, no. Of course, that's the new rumor popping up. JGL will be Batman and the Justice League movie will follow the continuity of Nolan's trilogy.

First of all, JGL isn't Batman. HE'S ROBIN. That's the whole thing with that ending. (I would also accept Nightwing, even though that's technically Dick Grayson and John Blake is no acrobatic orphan.) But not Batman.

Reason B that this won't work? Nolan's trilogy doesn't really play well with all of the other characters. As much as you have to stretch the term "rooted in reality" when it applies to a city full of criminals that play dress up and a savior dressed as a bat, this kind of thing is difficult to translate to other heroes. For instance, let's say, EVERYONE ELSE IN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE since they have super powers and Batman is just a gottdamned badass.
Until DC properties that aren't Batman prove that they can rock your ass like Marvel, I am not excited about this Justice League movie. I hope this JGL rumor is either a way to rouse interest in the project or it means there is a solid script and capable director.

I vote the former.

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  • seanfast

    "I tried to get my husband to agree that my new framed animation cel of Bane from Batman the Animated Series should replace our wedding photo in the living room. "

    Um, can you divorce him and marry me instead?

  • If you think that Blake is Robin I think you missed the point of the ending. He's clearly Batman.

  • Idle Primate

    Some might wonder if JGL is maybe too small to pull off Batman. My only question is, can JGL talk in that silly growl that Batman uses?

  • DeistBrawler

    Hehehe

  • Bert_McGurt

    I still think the worse mistake is that they found someone who would make a great Flash and then cast him as Green Lantern.

    I'm willing to accept JGL as a Dick Grayson/Tim Drake amalgam that takes over for Bruce a la the post-Battle for the Cowl books (as long as they call him John and not Robin). Character-wise, it makes much more sense for either of those two ex-Robins to work as part of a team as well, since that's one of their defining differences from Bruce.

    But one of the things I find problematic is that universe-wise, we'd already be on our second Batman before the JLA is formed. Which isn't really a huge deal until you get to his relationship with Superman. They've always been essentially equal in terms of the DC universe, but it's tough to keep them equals when one's a mysterious legend and the other is some fresh-faced Kryptonian from Smallville. It'll obviously depend a lot on how Man of Steel plays out, but having an experienced Batman (whether it's Bruce or Blake) mentor a newbie Superman sets up a Justice League that's pretty far from recognizable for most fans. Next thing you know they'll have J'onn J'onzz eating Fudgee-O's!

  • BobbFrapples

    That GIF makes me all kinds of happy.

  • Blake

    If it's a choice between JGL or WB picking someone else then I want it to be him. They could and probably will pick someone far less appealing.

    Side note: For a guy who is 5'9" JGL looks tiny.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    He's 5'9''? How the hell? He looks like he could believably play a hobbit. A total badass hobbit but still, hobbit.

  • I will reserve all judgement until this rumour is no longer a rumour and I have seen the final film, if the rumour is true, of course. That seems like the sane way to take this, right?

  • Dick Grayson, the first Robin, is Batman in the New 52. It's still plausible.

  • NateMan

    He is? Did I miss something in the last issues? Cuz up thru #13 or so he's still Wayne. I admittedly dropped most of the Bat books by now.

  • My bad. It was Battle for the Cowl, which is pre-52. He's Nightwing during 52.

  • Three_nineteen

    "For instance, let’s say, EVERYONE ELSE IN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE since they
    have super powers and Batman is just a gottdamned badass."

    Sorry, that just makes him Iron Man.

  • Batman was here first.

  • Three_nineteen

    Fine, then Iron Man is the Batman of The Avengers. They both don't have superpowers and rely on technology to kick the shit out of the bad guys.

  • According to DC's Encyclopedia, Bruce Wayne was trained in every form of martial arts.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Iron Man needs the whole suit, though. Batman only needs, like, a belt. The rest is just crazy window dressing.

  • Wembley

    So the rest of the Justice League is SO afraid of The Batman that they left Gotham City stay under threat of nuclear annihilation for months, because that's TDK's turf? Or was that a gesture of respect?

  • Snath

    That's a damned good point. Supes would just be like "UM NOES" and fly the damn nuke into space. The end.

  • Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit was pretty clear that despite the fact that his given name was Robin, Blake was going to assume the role of Batman as the movie ended. So really, he's not Robin.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Am I the only one who HATED the Robin reveal with the white-hot fire of a thousand suns?

  • It was clumsy as fuck. So, no.

  • TK

    I didn't hate it so much as I found it kind of pointless. I mean, I enjoyed the entire sequence on film, but it was such a weird canonical break that it just didn't really resonate with me. There's no point to naming him Robin because he's never going to actually be Robin. So it just never really worked for me. Like I said, it was a well-shot, interesting sequence taken as a part of the film, but the reveal itself was sort of... silly.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Agreed; I was totally on board with setting up Blake to be "new Batman" - I mean, that's kind of the point of the character, that he's meant to be a symbol, and that once Bruce retires, someone else can slip into the cowl. But it just felt like such a blatant pandering to fans to get the Robin name in there for no real reason.

  • TK

    Exactly. Actually, much more well-put than my comment.

    Asshole.

  • Snath

    It reminds me of the completely pointless and almost awkward line in the end of the new Bond, where *SPOOOOOIIIIILLLERS* Bond address Mallory as "M," but after a too-long pause. The kind of thing that usually highlights bad exposition or something.

  • TheAggroCraig

    I wouldn't say I hated it but I rolled my eyes pretty hard.

  • AudioSuede

    Probably.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    John Blake may not be acrobatic, but JGL sure is. I waaaaaaant him as Nightwing. Waaaaaaant.

    (in my pants)

    (What? I didn't say anything)

  • dewdney

    i'll be in my bunk.

  • Natallica

    Bruce Wayne/Batman in Nolan's eyes is a tortured, lonely soul that can't trust easily in others. In fact, I think one of the major themes in TDKR was Bruce finally trying to trust other people and working with them (Selina Kyle being the main focus). Maybe, if they follow this path, Batman can fit into the Justice League pretty much as a reluctant piece. But, on the other hand, I can't see the character in a universe that overall seems to be more akin to the Avengers one. I mean, Nolan's Batman and funny quips really don't go together.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Bruce finally trying to trust other people and working with them (Selina Kyle being the main focus).

    In boobies wethey trust.

  • Natallica

    I would have said it was more about dat booty than dem boobies, but thinking deeper, I would like to invite you all to stop concentrating in a single part and instead embrace Selina's whole yumminess. Life is short for buttpick... I mean, nitpicking

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Boobs are inherently trustworthy. Good motto.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Well, I trust in boobs, but I'm shallow.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Pinky SMASH!

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