With Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy having essentially become the new standard, it's no surprise that upcoming projects set in that Batman universe are trying quite different approaches.
Nolan's films have the contemporary and semi-grounded take sewn up tight, so FOX's upcoming "Gotham" series is going for a stylised 1970s cop thriller style prequel version. Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on the other hand is apparently opting for something akin to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Rises" interpretation of the character.
Gary Oldman, who played Jim Gordon in the Nolan trilogy, has been out doing press for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ahead of its UK release this week and Yahoo UK asked him what he thought of the Snyder film:
"They want to keep it going. Of course they do. But, it's Superman yeah? Batman and Superman together? We shall see.
The thing about Nolan, there was some grounding of reality to it. In our trilogy, and as fantastical and as big as The Joker was, it was based [on reality]… we could relate to it.
But now we've got a Batman and we've got a guy who can fly who's an alien?! We'll have to see…It's got big shoes to fill."