I have often come under attack and sometimes provoked others about the cinematic changes that are made towards our beloved superheroes. Chief among them is the Batman. Some say I should accept change and be surprised by new developments while others concur that altering the story line or character does not benefit the film adaption at all. Therefore, I propose a challenge or debate however, you choose to look at it. I will dictate some crucial points or certain characters in Batman lore and they will be followed by hypothetical questions.
Your task...should u choose to accept it, will be to answer the question with a compelling argument which if possible, is backed up by precedence (whether it be from a comic book or a creditable form of documentation/ literature). If u like these thought provoking questions, more will follow. I know your answers may be extensive so feel free to send them through a message on my portal. Let's begin...
1) Joseph Chilton is the man responsible for the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne. However, few people know that Joseph's mother Maria Chilton was actually the caretaker at Wayne Manor when Thomas was a boy. Maria's employment with the Waynes ended when she was accused of stealing Mrs. Wayne's necklace.
What really happened was Thomas stole his mother's necklace in order to present it to his childhood sweetheart (it is unknown if he meant to give it to Martha Kane or somebody else). Mrs. Wayne however, was looking for any excuse to terminate Ms. Chilton because she suspected her husband was having an affair with the hired help. This age old scandal would explain why Joe Chill felt angry as well as drawn to the pearl necklace around Martha Wayne's neck on that tragic night.
However, in most story lines, Joe Chill has been written off as a product of Gotham City's environment, a city that breeds desperation and violence thus making Bruce simply a tragic victim of death and chance which inevitably caused his transformation into the Batman. My question is which scenario sounds more compelling to portray on the silver screen. Is it plausible that Joe Chill, a product of his own environment, just happened to be in the right place at the right time or does it sound more intriguing that the Chiltons had a torrid history with the Waynes.
2) In New 52, Joker has been revitalized as the Red Hood, purely a mad man since birth rather than a tortured soul of bad luck who is then transformed into Clown Prince of Crime. I'm referring to Joker's past as a man named Jack who had a pregnant wife and was struggling to make ends meat. When Jack tried to back out of a heist that he arranged with the mafia, they strong armed him into doing it and they murdered his wife since she was aware of the plan. Afterwards, Batman tries to save Jack from falling into the vat of chemicals but fails to hold his grip. This is Bruce's first and most epic failure to save a life that will haunt him forever.
In New 52, Joker chooses to fall into the vat even though Batman tries to save him. This act in a way absolves Batman/ Bruce of any guilt or remorse he has toward the Joker's creation because Bruce can just as well say "Hey, at least I tried". This event was one of the many defining moments for Batman. My question is which Joker is more appealing? A Joker who is humanized to a certain extent so that someone like Batman, the reader or the movie goer feels pity for the Joker despite the pain he has brought on others or should he be just pure evil with a death wish like he was in Nolan's Dark Knight.
3) In New 52, Joker asks the Dollmaker to surgically remove his face in order to shed any sense of humanity that he has left. In a way, this hints at the possibility that Joker is aware of his former life as a man named Jack and he wants to forget it. The only other person who can verify his actual life before he became the Joker is the Riddler. The Riddler saw a crooked cop murder Joker's wife and agreed to tell the Joker the truth about his former life in exchange for protection from Hush.
I actually have three questions for this scenario. Should the Joker go as far as removing his face in order to detach himself from his humanity or could it be a sick gift for his predecessor. Could this act of madness be better served as the stepping stone for Joker's Daughter who later asks the Dollmaker to sow the Joker's face to her own. Lastly, should it have been the Riddler who saw Joker's life unfold into the madman he has become or do you think someone more significant in Joker's life like Harley Quinn should have witnessed the murder of Joker's wife.
4) Should Killer Moth's transformation into a giant insectoid be achieved by supernatural means (making a pact with the devil Neron) or should he be a science experiment gone wrong. As a side note: Killer Moth's origin may derive from the Moth Man from Point Pleasant, West Virginia whose own origin shares similarities with Agaes, a companion of the Greek god Janus. Janus told Agaes all of his secrets about the beginning and ending of many things. When the other gods chased down Agaes for his knowledge, Janus transformed Agaes into a moth and Agaes chose to take Janus secrets to his grave by plunging himself into the sacred fire of Vesta. The quote "Like a moth to the flame" comes from this story while at the same time, Moth Man was considered an omen of terrible things that would happen. He was the beginning of the end.
5) Hugo Strange has been reintroduced in the New 52 arc but his involvement with Batman has been minimal at best. Hugo Strange already figured out who the Batman was and he has apparently died on two separate occasions (getting shot by Gotham PD and being impaled by a weather vain because the Scarecrow pushed him). My question is should characters like Strange who figure out Batman's identity continue to spring up when they have already outlived their usefulness as a creditable threat to Batman or should the character be killed off?
As a side note, the only reason why the Riddler hasn't been killed off is because his arrogance causes him to fail in figuring out who the Batman is and Batman uses Nygma's weakness to his advantage. Other villains like Ra's al Ghul or Bane have a sense of honor so they choose not to provoke Bruce until they need to while individuals like Hush, Thomas Wayne Jr and Simon Hurt only wish to steal Bruce's identity in order to demoralize the Wayne legacy.
6) The character Grace Balin aka Orca regained her ability to walk by harvesting the spinal tissue from a killer whale. Should this character be reintroduced as a villain or anti-hero of Aquaman or should Dr. Balin be the doctor who developed Venom in order to regain her ability to walk since in certain cases, steroids are used to help paralytics during their rehabilitation.
7) During the Crisis sagas, there were many deaths flying around like Killer Moth being ripped apart by Superboy Prime, Luhtor Jr. being tortured and killed by the Joker or Joker's Daughter being gunned down by a Monitor. These particular deaths lack significance and were unnecessary at best or maybe I'm wrong. Do you think these characters' untimely demises were necessary or could they have been better served elsewhere and under different circumstances?