Miraculously, we live in an age where there are good Batman games (the Arkham series, in case you're the only person in the world super into Batman Forever ROMs). It took so long to get to the point where a regular Batman game could be good, we really didn't have time to consider the idea of making some of the weird alternate-Batman versions into amazing videogames as well. But now that the original Dark Knight's business has been settled, what other versions of Gotham's protector could use a next-gen franchise of their own? Here are the 5 that could be incredible.
The Character: Bizarro World is a strange, cube-shaped planet where everything is the exact opposite of what it is in our world. It's mostly known for Bizarro-Superman (or simply Bizarro), but he is far from the only interesting character from that twisted mirror of a world. Bizarro-Batman (aka The World's Worst Detective) is a moronic buffoon who has to solve cases and fight crime despite having less IQ than teeth. His Futility Belt houses such useless stuff as chewed bubblegum and cigarette butts. A true underdog, he has to maintain peace and put a stop to the schemes of Bizarro-Joker, who, in a cruel twist of fate, is the only sane person in their world.
The Game That Could Be: So, a complete fool has to solve problems using seemingly useless items? That sounds like the classic point-and-click recipe to me. By the way, thanks to Telltale, that particular genre is enjoying a newfound popularity right now. They already proved they can make 'underdog triumphs' plots work (looking at you, StrongBad's Cool Game for Attractive People), so they could really make it magical. It will certainly never, ever happen, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun. Also, we finally could get a Batman game more like the Adam West show than the gritty Nolan movies, a Batman game that isn't so dour. And really, anyone who dresses up like a bat shouldn't be expected to take themselves too seriously.
2. Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)
The Character: The Dark Knight of the next generation, Terry McGinnis is the watchful guardian of Neo-Gotham. Mentored by Bruce Wayne, he has the original Batman's training, passion, and even genes to rely on, not to mention a high-tech Batsuit that allows him to fly and multiplies his strength. While Terry's personality differs from that of Bruce, his loyalty and sense of right and wrong is the same. His struggles prove that Batman will always be needed, and nobody is more worthy of that legacy than him.
...also a legacy of dead parents.
The Game That Could Be: Well, Terry DID have his own game once, a broken beat-em-up for the PlayStation, but he deserves better than that. Imagine flying around in a free-roaming, futuristic Gotham City, with The Jokerz Gang as foot soldiers and classic Batman Beyond villains like Blight and Inque as bosses. You could even throw in the Tim Drake's Joker as a main villain! Want more? Remember that training program Terry had about the original Batman villains? Virtual reality training missions featuring present-day Gotham and guys like Scarecrow and Killer Croc is totally possible as either unlockables or DLC. Bruce Wayne had enough time to shine in the Arkham games. Playing as Terry would be a refreshing change, and some side-missions as a grumpy, cane-wielding old man Bruce would be amazing.
3. Bruce Wayne/Kal-El (Superman: Speeding Bullets)
The Character: Little Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton, lands in Gotham City instead of Smallville. Found by the wealthy Wayne family, they adopt him and name him Bruce (they don't have a biological son in this scenario). Then, as one day they head home from the cinema, a thug shoots Thomas and Martha Wayne dead. That's when little Bruce realizes he has superpowers...by killing the thug with his Heat Vision. Enraged, he dons the Batsuit when he grows up and starts his crusade against crime.
You can't be rich AND have superpowers. You only get one!
The Game That Could Be: DC's two finest, in one character. Batman's resolve and genius intellect and Superman's godlike powers. It would be a really interesting concept, for one reason. While we love Batman for holding his own next to metahumans with no superpowers, one of the great things about gaming is empowerment. In the games, we can slay dragons, fight gods and master The Force. Playing as an empowered Batman would be like a playground. The greatest villains of Batman and Superman - with Lex Luthor as The Joker, mind you - and most of the game would still be about being a god among insects. Guys like Darkseid and Metallo and some kryptonite could keep the difficulty in check to ensure one hell of a playing session.