We still don't know too much about "The Batman," Ben Affleck's upcoming standalone flick in the burgeoning DC film universe. But one former Caped Crusader has a genius idea for a cameo that could give Marvel's constant Stan Lee appearances a run for their money.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Adam West -- who originated the role of Batman in the campy '60s series and movies -- admitted that he has no desire to reprise the character that made him famous. But that doesn't mean that he wouldn't want to participate in the DC film slate in some other form.
West suggested a way he could cameo -- in "The Batman" or another movie featuring Affleck's version of the hero -- that would certainly fit in with DC director/producer Zack Synder's penchant for dream sequences (which figured heavily in this year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"). Here's how he explained his ethereal idea to ComicBook.com:
" ... [I]t would be wonderful to play Bruce Wayne's father coming back. You know he was murdered, but coming back one dark and stormy lightning-riven night through a library window. Bruce Wayne is there thinking, 'I'll never solve this. This is the most difficult thing in my life.' In comes old dad, like a bat, almost."
Batman's parents' death is one of the driving forces for the character in just about every single adaptation of the classic DC tale, so focusing so heavily on Thomas Wayne would be a natural progression for this new slate of films. And as West points out, a cameo from the original Batman would certainly "blow their minds out in the audience." We're definitely on board. Give him a call, Batfleck.
"The Batman" begins production early next year. It's tentatively due in theaters sometime in 2018.
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