Brett Ratner, the man who directed X-Men 3 and is currently pleading with Activision to make a Guitar Hero film, has some bang-up new ideas for superhero movies. In short, he thinks they should be diluted with more spin-offs, and that he probably should have directed the Batman films:
“As a kid, Batman was my thing,” Ratner said. “I’m a little jealous that I didn’t get to direct it, although Nolan did a great job. But there are so many characters in the Batman series, so many characters that I love, that the opportunities for spin-offs are endless.”
Ratner thinks that the first one should be a film just about the Joker, exploring his (possible) origin as the Red Hood.
“Heath was great,” Ratner said. “But the Joker is a great villain. That’s why Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger had so much to work with. And I think there will be another actor who can interpret that. It would be great to see [Robert] Downey [Jr.] as the Joker, for instance.”
Ratner doesn’t want to stop there. If the opportunities for spin-offs in the Batman universe are endless, what about the rest of comic-book-dom? For the “X-Men,” for instance, Ratner is excited about the upcoming Wolverine spin-off, but he thinks one is warranted for Halle Berry’s character, Storm, as well. “That would be great,” he said. “That would be really cool.”
Yes, B-Rat, there should be more Batman spin-offs and more Halle Berry-based spin-offs. Watch Catwoman and say that again.