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Summary

The upcoming Batman movie, The Brave and the Bold, breaks the tradition of including Batman’s name in the title.
The DC Universe aims to integrate TV shows and video games to create a connected universe across different media.
The film will introduce Batman’s son, Damian Wayne, and explore their complex father/son relationship.

The title of the upcoming Batman movie from the DC Universe is breaking a decades-old character trend, though it could still respect this tradition if it decides to. The DC Universe is rebooting what the DC Extended Universe built on the big screen with DC Comics characters and integrating TV shows and video games, finally and properly building a connected universe across different media. For this, the DC Universe will keep some characters introduced by the DCEU and will bring new versions of some of DC Comics’ most popular characters, among them Batman.

Batman has had an interesting history on the big screen full of ups and downs. Batman’s film debut arrived in 1943 with a serial film simply titled Batman, but he found great success on the big screen in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. Since then, the Caped Crusader has gone through different versions in different universes, the most recent one being Ben Affleck’s version in the DCEU. Now, the DC Universe will bring another version of Batman (while Matt Reeves’ lives in a different branch of this universe), but this movie is already breaking an 81-year-old Batman trend.

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The Brave & The Bold Is The First Batman Movie Title To Not Name The Dark Knight

The Brave & The Bold Opted To Leave Batman’s Name Out Of Its Title

The Brave and the Bold
will not only be the first live-action Batman movie to introduce Bruce Wayne’s son, but it’s also the first Batman movie to not have the Caped Crusader’s name in its title.

The DC Universe’s Batman will make his highly-anticipated debut in the live-action movie The Brave and the Bold, to be directed by Andy Muschietti. Plot details about The Brave and the Bold are still unknown, but it’s said to be going to explore members of the “Bat-Family” and will introduce Batman’s son, Damian Wayne, as a version of Robin, focusing on their complex father/son relationship. The Brave and the Bold doesn’t have a projected release date yet, and DC has yet to announce who will play this new and older version of the Dark Knight.

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The Brave and the Bold will not only be the first live-action Batman movie to introduce Bruce Wayne’s son, but it’s also the first Batman movie to not have the Caped Crusader’s name in its title. The 1940s serial Batman films had “Batman” in their titles, as did the 1966 movie based on the TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns continued this tradition, followed by Joel Schumacher’s movies, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Christopher Nolan did the same in his Dark Knight trilogy, though for the second and third movies, he opted for Batman’s nickname of “Dark Knight”.

The trend continued in the DCEU with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is still alive in the world of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, with its sequel simply titled The Batman – Part II. Of course, the tradition only applies to the movies where Batman is the main character and not part of a team, as he also appeared in Justice League and The Flash.

Movie

Year

Batman

1943

Batman and Robin

1949

Batman

1966

Batman

1989

Batman Returns

1992

Batman Forever

1995

Batman & Robin

1997

Batman Begins

2005

The Dark Knight

2008

The Dark Knight Rises

2012

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

2016

The Batman

2022

Will The Brave & The Bold Be Retitled To Add Batman?

The Brave & The Bold Could Or Could Not Mark A First In Batman History

The Brave and the Bold
could either mark a big first in Batman’s history or could join the trend at some point with a change to its title.

As The Brave and the Bold is still in pre-production, it can still go through changes in different areas, including its title. It’s uncommon for superhero movies, particularly those from big, connected universes like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Universe, to not have the main superhero’s name or nickname in the title, so The Brave and the Bold could either mark a big first in Batman’s history or could join the trend at some point with a change to its title.

It’s worth noting that the DC Universe already renamed its Superman movie from Superman: Legacy to simply Superman, so The Brave and the Bold could also go through a change once it enters production. What The Brave and the Bold could be renamed to include “Batman” is unknown, but it’s unlikely it would be Batman: The Brave and the Bold as there’s already an animated series with that name.

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