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15 Imaginary Batman Movie Posters from Alternate Directors


With Christopher Nolan finishing up his third and final Batman movie, some folks are already wondering which director will be next to turn his or her camera on the Caped Crusader. Each director brings their own flavor to Gotham’s defender, from Tim Burton’s cartoony, gothic take to Nolan’s crime movie sensibilities. The LA Times’ Hero Complex imagines how other directors might reinvent Batman once Nolan is through.Geoff Boucher, the Hero Complex head writer, teamed up with artist Sean Hartter to create these imaginary movie poster collages. Hartter is known for his stellar alternate universe movie posters, which mashes up familiar media with unlikely actors — Marilyn Monroe in Kill Bill, Watchmen starring Lenny Bruce as the Comedian and Paul Newman as Dr. Manhattan, Akira Kurosawa’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. So Hartter was just the person to translate Boucher’s silly and sublime movie ideas into posters.

Each day this week, Boucher and Hartter will post three new movie posters, with 15 posters in all. Although their ideas are mostly tongue-in-cheek — I doubt anyone wants to see a Batman/Ashton vehicle — some of them sound perfectly watchable. Brad Bird’s Mr. Freeze’s Icy Revenge? Neil Blomkamp’s Batman: Arkham City? Hayao Miyazaki’s Batmite? They may be onto something here.

I’m definitely going to spend the next season of Mad Men imagining Christina Hendricks as Catwoman.

Check out the Hero Complex for Boucher’s descriptions of each film, and keep your eyes peeled for more Batman movie posters.

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