Mark Hughes

This summer sees the release of the conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s gritty, “realistic” take on Batman with The Dark Knight Rises. I put realistic in quotes because, well, when your main character is a billionaire who dresses as a bat to fight crime as a night time vigilante you’re already being pretty loose with the word, realistic. But his films have been a big departure from previous films of the franchise helmed by Burton and Schumacher. Less campy, less fantastical with a focus on trying to adapt these characters to exist in a world more like our own. For example, his Joker didn’t have his skin bleached by falling a in vat of acid but he was no less insane and terrifying. So whether you’ve been a fan of Nolan’s direction or not, everything’s ending this summer. No more sequels, no more Christian Bale Batman. This has led Mark Hughes over at Forbes to wonder, what’s next for the Caped Crusader?

Maybe he’s jumping the gun a little bit, I mean, The Dark Knight Rises won’t release for another thirteen weeks! But make no mistake, Warner Bros. is likely already thinking about who they want in charge of the next phase of Batman movies, and maybe we should, too. Here are the directors he thinks are likely on WB’s list: Ben Affleck, Duncan Jones, Nicolas Winding Refn, Guy Ritchie, David Yates, Neil Blomkamp, Mathew Vaughn, Rupert Wyatt, Zack Snyder and Darren Aronofsky.

Okay, I’ll let the mixed responses of outrage, glee, and dumbfounded-ness subside first.

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I couldn’t become Green Lantern unless I was chosen by the Guardians of Oa, but given enough startup capital and an adequate research facility, I could be Batman. – Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)

It’s a debate which has plagued nerd-kind since, well, since the caped crusader’s first appearance in 1939 with the very first issue of Detective Comics. Could someone, with proper training, advanced technology and the necessary funding, become Batman? We all like to believe that yes, it is possible; Batman or rather Bruce Wayne after all is human. He cannot fly like Superman nor does he have super-strength like Wonder Woman. No alien race granted him special powers, Batman is the epitome of human achievement. But is it an achievement any real human could live up to?

This discussion has recently begun anew over at Quora, the popular question and answer website, and a very well thought out and pragmatic answer is making the case for why, no, you cannot become the next Dark Knight. Mark Hughes states why Batman is unachievable and could only ever be achieved if we stripped away all the great nuances that make Batman, Batman. Mark explains,

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