Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Batman & Dracula: Red Rain’ Movie?
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With Halloween drawing ever-closer, I really wanted to cast a movie about Dracula. And since I covered Marvel's Dracula last year, I thought it would be fun to do a DC Comics Dracula this time around. That led me to 1991's Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, a well-remembered Elseworlds graphic novel by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones, in which the Caped Crusader fights the Lord of the Vampires, and becomes a vampire himself along the way.
Like so many vampire stories, Red Rain begins with a rash of mysterious deaths. Upon investigating, Batman discovers that Dracula himself has come to Gotham. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne has been visited in the night by a mysterious woman with her own agenda, and soon everything comes together into one big bloody battle between the Dark Knight and the forces of the night. And this is a Batman who will find himself forever changed by the experience.
I'm not interested in seeing this as a Zack Snyder-style superhero film. In fact, it shouldn't really be a superhero movie at all. Red Rain should be a horror movie that happens to have a superhero as its protagonist.