Some say Batman is just as crazy as the villains he goes up against. Well according to Batman-On-Film, the rumored plot of the solo Batman film could revolve around Batman being locked up with his greatest enemies in Arkham Asylum. We are told to take this with “a grain of salt” and it is only a rumor, but it was also rumored many months ago that Affleck’s Batman film will feature a majority of his rogues gallery, which would make sense if he is locked up in Arkham.
It also makes Batman’s conversation with Lex Luthor at the end of the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman much more interesting, since he tells Luthor he is transferring him to Arkham Asylum where he still has friends there that are expecting him. So would Luthor appear in the film as well? We already know that Luthor is a master manipulator and that he knows Bruce Wayne is Batman, perhaps the plot revolves around Lex taking over the Asylum and getting Bruce incarcerated?
This wouldn’t be the first story to have Batman locked up with his most dangerous enemies. Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth and Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum video game both showed the Joker setting a trap for Batman to be trapped in Arkham. Even the Batman: The Animated Series episode Dreams in Darkness had Batman locked up after he was exposed to Scarecrow’s fear toxin and everyone thought he was losing his mind.
Affleck has previously stated that his Batman film will be an original story and only take inspiration from previous work that has been done. So while his film might not be a direct adaptation of those stories, we could see similar themes and elements in the solo film.
Personally, while I think Arkham has had some cool cameos in past films, it has been criminally underused so I would welcome a plot that takes place in the Asylum. If we are taking a trip into Arkham, what villains would you like to see that we haven’t had in a movie yet?