The Batman Complex


The Batman Complex is a trailer for a fake movie which posits a very interesting question. What if Bruce Wayne wasn’t Batman at all. What if he invented the entire superhero fantasy world as a way of dealing with the trauma of his murdered parents? Sounds plausible enough to me, and fortunately Christian Bale starred in another movie about paranoid schizophrenia, The Mechanic, and that footage is able to be used here for this trailer.

It’s a cool idea, and even if it lost me a bit once it started merging with Inception, I’d still love to see it explored. But it’s more than likely it would exist in a random offshoot alternate universe comic book series rather than a film. That would be just fine with me however. Surprise twist ending: He really is Batman and Scarecrow was just messing with him the whole time.

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  1. Reminds me of this fanedit I saw a while back called “Bateman Begins”. Bruce Wayne/Patrick Bateman gets his training from the League of Shadows, but when he comes back to “Gotham” he goes on a killing spree killing rich executives (American Psycho). Eventually when he starts losing his mind we cut to a year later where he is really skinny and realizes the monster he has become (The Machinist). Interesting concept, the plot worked well, but in the end I couldn’t get into the “fantasy” of the story because I knew I was watching scenes from 3 different films.

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