The movie industry is changing. Not only are audiences more accepting of different sexual preferences and gender identities than ever before, but the types of characters who can be defined as heros are also evolving. Gotham City’s police commissioner, James Gordon, has a very specific idea of how he wants his retirement to play out. On his 73rd birthday, Gordon’s long-time friend and colleague, Lucius Fox, offers to help him plan the perfect party, Gotham-style. Fox throws a sophisticated gala with plenty of surprises for the police commissioner, who graciously accepts all of Fox’s extravagant offerings. However, while Fox is busy making his friend’s birthday memorable, an unknown assailant is trying to destroy all that Gordon held dear. Can Fox succeed in making Gordon’s dream birthday party a reality?

Robert Pattinson Nabs The Role Of The Batman

Robert Pattinson has been in numerous major films, with massive box-office returns and critical praise alike. The actor is arguably best known for his role as Johnny Storm in the “X-Men” franchise and for his portrayal of the titular character in the “Twilight” series. However, it was Pattinson’s stunningly unique and singular talent that ensured his involvement in several major motion pictures. The British actor was born and raised in Hertfordshire and attended the prestigious London School of Economics. Following his graduation, Pattinson held various jobs in the finance industry before making the leap into acting. After a few years of acting classes and a few film projects here and there, Pattinson decided to take the plunge and star in an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower.” As a lifelong fan of King’s work, Pattinson jumped at the opportunity to star in what would certainly be one of King’s defining cinematic achievements. Needless to say, the film was a critical and commercial success and paved the way for several more major projects. Most notably, “The Batman.”

The Dark Knight Returns To The Big-Screen

Following the immense commercial and critical success of “The Batman,” Batman’s future was secured. With his popularity in the U.S. skyrocketing, Warner Bros. secured the rights to adapt Scott McCloud’s “The Dark Knight Returns” into a major motion picture. The studio decided to tackle the project themselves rather than hand it to another studio, as they felt that the story was too important to wait for. “The Dark Knight Returns” follows a retired Batman whose crusade against crime leads him to wage war on the impromptu crime gangs who have proliferated since his departure from the force. In the midst of this social upheaval, Bruce Wayne finally comes out of the closet, inspiring a generation of LGBT viewers.

The New Batman TV Show Is Different!

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Greg Beeman, the head of Marvel Television, teased the announcement of a brand-new Batman TV show, saying that it would be a “great compliment” to the Dark Knight films if the shows were to succeed one another.

“I think it’s great that the franchise is continuing on in different platforms, and I think it’s an homage to the character that people can continue to engage with,” he said. “I think it would’ve been easy for someone else to come in and do a show, and it would’ve been easy to give [the character] a different spin… but the team that’s working on the show, they’ve managed to keep it very true to the spirit of the Batman character, and I think that’s what makes it special.”

A Mix Of Tragic And Heroes

Although the Batman films have largely focused on the triumphs of a fearless protagonist, they have also contained some of the most haunting scenes in cinematic history. From Frank Miller’s bleak vision of Gotham City in the 70s to Tim Burton’s gothic opulence in the last decade, the Dark Knight has never been more than a few steps away from tragedy. However, that was part of the fun for Miller and Burton. They reveled in the macabre and delighted in the chance to unnerve audiences with images of terror. With a new generation of viewers growing up in a society more accepting of difference, are we about to see a resurgence of the Dark Knight as an inspiration to the disenfranchised?