The Dark Knight Rises lands in theaters this month, and it features characters we've seen on film before -- namely Catwoman and Bane. While many are anxious to see what Team Nolan do with these characters, it begs the question, "What might have been?"
In modern Bat-films, there have been three directors, each with a unique take on Batman and his world: Tim Burton gave us a Gothic wonderland, Joel Schumacher gave us neon and an over-the-top flair, and Christopher Nolan has given us a Batman grounded in a world similar to ours.
Each director can also lay claim to uniquely using certain characters in their films. Where the Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Bane have been shared among directors, the following three have not.
While still considered the same continuity as Batman and Batman Returns, the world of Joel Schumacher's Bat-films is very different, illuminated by neon and loaded with camp.
We all know what happened after Batman Forever. The worst parts of that film were placed under a magnifying glass and run on screen for two hours in Batman & Robin, and Batman movies were all but dead for nearly a decade.
Enter Christopher Nolan, and his more grounded take on Batman as a man who very well could die doing what he does every night. To kick it off, Nolan gave us two villains who had never been on-screen before: Ra's al Ghul and the Scarecrow.
Knowing how each director used these characters, our challenge this month is to redesign the Penguin, Riddler or Scarecrow for a director that didn't use them in their films. What might have been? How would Nolan interpret the Penguin or Riddler? How would Schumacher work the Penguin or Scarecrow into his narrative? What dark, fantastical path would Burton take the Riddler or Scarecrow down?
For this contest, we'll allow up to three submissions, one for each director. In your submission email, please indicate which director(s) you've intended your redesign(s) for, and how your take would fit into their narrative. This contest will also be guest-judged by Andrew Asberry, comic reviewer for Batman-News.com, who did a write-up of the contest here.
Submissions are due Tuesday, July 24 by 6:00 PM MST. Be sure to adhere to the applicable submission guidelines. If you have any questions, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the jump, click for a special announcement!
New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, a lot of people have been wondering what happened to Stephanie Brown, a.k.a. Spoiler, Robin IV, and Batgirl III.
Recently in Batman & Robin #10, all of the Robins -- past and present -- were called together, but one glaring omission was Stephanie, seemingly cementing her absence in the New 52. No one knows if she ever was Robin or Batgirl in the new continuity, much less if she ever existed, and the recent omission doesn't bear well for the character at this point. It's quite a shame, really. Stephanie grew as a character and had a devoted fan base. She'd earned the respect of those in her universe and ours.
To commemorate Stephanie's place in Bat-history, we'll be posting fan art of Stephanie as Spoiler, Robin or Batgirl on July 28, between contest judging and the announcement of the contest winner. Your pieces must be submitted by Friday, July 27, by 6:00 pm Mountain Time.
Please do not send redesigns! We may just be saving Stephanie for her own contest in the future... ;) All other standard guidelines apply.