'Brave and Bold': Plot, Characters, and Everything We Know So Far About the Batman & Robin Movie
Holy cow, Batman! Boy Wonder is back on the big screen!
DC Studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran have finally revealed their new DC Universe roadmap. While we still have important releases on file, such as Shazam: Wrath of Gods, The Flash, Blue Scarab, and Aquaman: Lost Kingdom, we know what the first chapter of the new DC timeline will be.
Simply titled "Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters", this new era of DC movies will focus on rebuilding the DC Universe with new interpretations of its iconic characters. We'll be focusing on a new movie, The Brave and the Bold, the Batman movie set in the new DC continuity. The new Batman franchise will see Bruce Wayne don the cape and cowl again, but this time he's not alone. He will fight crime alongside his son Damian Wayne. Here's everything you need to know about the new movie starring Batman and Robin.
What Is The Brave and the Bold in DC Comics?
The Brave and The Bold is a concept created in 1955. The comic started out as an anthology series, which evolved into the Batman Team Book. Batman will be the central character and often team up with other heroes. the dark knight often teams up with his companions DC hero; notably, he and Superman have a series called World's Finest, and they often work together. Then there's the Justice League and The Outsiders, a broader cast of characters with far more potent threats.
As of now, there is no word on whether The Brave and the Bold will adapt any particular storyline, or even the team-up concept. The name may have nothing to do with its comic book origins, just as Avengers: Age of Ultron has nothing in common with its comic book counterpart.
Will Robert Pattinson or Ben Affleck Be Playing Batman in The Brave and the Bold?
The short answer is no. As James Gunn said when announcing the DCU roster, Matt Reeves' Batman universe, led by Robert Pattinson, will remain separate as a DC Elseworlds title, and Pattinson will be working independently of The Brave and the Dauntless. Ben Affleck, who played an old version of the caped crusader in the DCEU, won't be returning to don the hood either, and while he's talked to Gunn and Safran about directing a potential DC project, he won't. Will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne. Instead, another yet-to-be-announced actor will star Role. With the story unfolding around Damian Wayne, it's safe to assume that Affleck is a better age-appropriate actor than Pattinson.
Will Brave and The Bold Be Adapting Any Comic Book Stories?
Gunn goes on to record: ^ Comic book legend Grant Morrison is arguably the most influential Batman franchise in the character's 80-year history. Gunn will focus on the Batman and Son storyline, where Bruce first learns of his son with Talia al Ghul.
“[The film will be] based on the Grant Morrison comic book run, which is one of my favorite Batman runs, and we are putting that all together right now.”
This is a Batman who's been around for a while - working with the Justice League and his various sidekicks for years. He's in the prime of his career, something we haven't seen on screen in nearly 30 years. As Pattinson's Batman begins his journey and Ben Affleck nears his finish, it gives us a completely different perspective. Audiences will finally see Batman in his prime. The introduction of Damian Wayne marked a new beginning for Batman's story.
Damian Wayne is the grandson of the demon Ra's al Ghul and heir to the League of Assassins. He's a 10-year-old ninja who inherited the best (and often worst) traits of his mother, Talia al Ghul, and father, Bruce Wayne. Damian first appeared in Batman: Son of a Devil in 1987, played Robin in Batman #657 in 2006. He's the fifth character to take on the Robin mantle, initially when Dick Grayson (the first Robin) took over as Batman.
Who Is Damian Wayne?
James Gunn describes him as:
Damian has conflicts not only with his father, but with other members of the Bat-family as well.
The concept of the Bat-family has been a central part of Batman's history since 1940 (with Robin). To the public, Batman works alone. He's a silent hero who terrorizes criminals at night, but that wasn't always the case. Batman often works with others. Especially Superman and Wonder Woman, with his apprentices and children.
“Batman's actual son, who we didn't know existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life. He was raised as a little murderer and assassin. He's a little son of a bitch. He's my favorite Robin…”
Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Stephanie Brown all took the Robin title before Damian Wayne. Batman takes in every teenage hero for a variety of reasons, but the one thing most of them have in common with the Caped Crusader is that they're orphans. Bruce has a soft spot for troubled youth and often takes Wanderers in need of guidance.
What Is the Bat Family?
This softer side of Batman has never been fully explored in film before, so seeing not only Robbins, but also Barbara Gordon and Cassandra Kane on screen as Batgirl will is a much needed change. Peter Safran confirms the existence of the Great House in The Brave and the Bold, saying: Reintroduced into al Ghuls. In the comics, Thalia and her assassins come to Gotham to introduce Bruce to his 10-year-old son. Thalia's conflict with Batman is still great, so the League of Assassins may still be the film's villain.
We've seen Ra's and Talia before in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson) is the main villain at the beginning of Batman, and Talia (Marion Cotillard) is the antagonist/lover of The Dark Knight Rises. al Ghuls are often more fantastical than they are in Nolan's down-to-earth portrayal. If they are the main actors in this movie, look forward to seeing the magical properties of Lazarus Pit, The Immortal, the Master Assassin.
“It's going to feature other members of the extended bat family. Just because we feel like they've been left out of the Batman stories in theater for far too long.”