Over the course of his many film appearances, Batman has found himself going toe to toe with countless fearsome foes, including The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, and even Bane. Earlier this year, the Caped Crusader faced his greatest cinematic challenge yet, battling the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Through it all though, Bruce Wayne’s alter ego has always managed to come out on top somehow, or at least live to tell the tale.
That said, there may very well exist a challenger to Batman even more dangerous than any of those mentioned above, including Superman. Who could possibly be a bigger threat to the Bat than the last son of Krypton, one might be asking? The answer is deceptively simple: the person with the best chance of defeating Batman is Batman himself, albeit a different incarnation of the character.
With that in mind, a new fan trailer sets out to put that very idea to the test, using clips from prior Batman and DC Universe films to present a scenario wherein Gotham City is home to not just one, but multiple Batmen. Fed up with the arguably very immoral actions undertaken by his Ben Affleck portrayed Batman V Superman era counterpart, Christian Bale’s rendition of Batman from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy sets out on a quest to stop Batfleck from continuing to besmirch the cape and cowl by employing tactics Bale’s Bat would never approve of. The full clip can be seen above.
As anyone who watches the above trailer will quickly notice, the fun isn’t limited to just Bale and Affleck’s Batmen either, as Michael Keaton’s version from the classic Tim Burton films is also eventually summoned into the mix by Bale-Bat in his bid to end Batfleck’s reign of terror. Also seemingly egging things on are all three live-action movie versions of The Joker, as played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto. Sadly, those hoping for an appearance by Adam West, George Clooney and/or Val Kilmer’s Batman will be disappointed.
One aspect the trailer doesn’t bother to try and explain is why exactly there are so many Batmen running around Gotham, or how they’re all clearly still Bruce Wayne. Might they be alternate reality doubles of one another? It certainly wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to ever happen in a DC story.