10 Lessons The DCU Batman Needs To Learn From The First Ever Live-Action Dark Knight

  • The Brave and the Bold shouldn't be afraid to lean into the mystical side of the Batman mythos.
  • A modern Batman movie should steer clear of being a propaganda piece and avoid replicating the overt pro-American and anti-Axis sentiments of the original film.
  • Instead of focusing on grand-scale plans and high-stakes villains, a new Batman movie could benefit from revisiting street-level and petty crimes to offer a refreshing premise with lower stakes.
With so many live-action movies under his Utility Belt, there is no doubt that DCU's The Brave and the Bold Batman reboot will draw from movies past, and assuming his first live-action outing will be one of them, there are myriad lessons to be learned first. Batman's first live-action movie was a serial, a format in the old days that would see the story play out over multiple screenings in theaters. Being that this serial was released at the height of World War 2 in 1943 there are certain instances of it being a product of its time that could stand to be avoided.
With that being said, there are still plenty of moments from the original Batman movie that could inspire certain parts of a modern rendition. The simply named Batman was released just four years after the Dark Knight made his comic book debut. With it being so early in Batman's career, there were actually some common Batman tropes that Batman was the first to establish. As the bona fide Grandfather of the Batman movie franchise family, here are the lessons it can impart on the DCU.
Your browser does not support the video tag. 10 White Actors Should Not Play People Of Color One of the more regrettable habits of old Hollywood was the casting of white actors in roles depicting other nationalities. In Batman this was one sin committed by the casting of J. Carrol Naish in the role of Dr. Tito Daka, who is supposed to be a Japanese character. The show was unfortunately a product of its time, at the height of the war when anti-Japanese sentiment and overt racism was pretty rife. Needless to say, a modern re-imagining of Batman needs to keep well clear of this particular facet of the original - not that there's really any doubt.


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