Ben Affleck’s tenure as Batman is already over and fans are now eagerly anticipating what successor Robert Pattinson will bring to the role.
Pattinson may be donning the famous cowl for the first time, but he has a connection to the franchise – he’s currently filming action movie Tenet which is being helmed by Dark Knight trilogy supremo Christopher Nolan.
Nolan was arguably the first person to bring a consistent tone to Batman’s cinema adventures – while Tim Burton’s big screen reimagining of the character ditched the cartoon theatrics of the Adam West TV series and movie spin-off, later installments in the 90’s movie series rowed back on that, with director Joel Schumacher quoted as wanting his entry, 1997’s Batman & Robin, to be a direct homage to the camp fun of the 60’s series.
It wasn’t until Nolan’s trilogy came along that all the instalments in a Batman movie series felt like they were really part of a whole.
It begins with Batman Begins, naturally enough. This is the kick off to Christian Bale starring as Bruce Wayne / Batman.
The film itself is loosely based around the comic book Batman: Year One, and it deals with Bruce being trained by the League of Shadows and its mysterious leader Ra’s al Ghul.
Here Bruce gives birth to the Batman drawing on his fear of bats from a child to be a symbol for his new side. Bruce soon learns of the League’s plans to destroy Gotham in order to bring about a more peaceful city, while they work with the Scarecrow to bring terror to the streets of Gotham. Bruce as Batman has to take on his former master and defeat both him and Scarecrow in order to save his city.
The second film, the Dark Knight, featured a memorable performance by Heath Ledger in his last role before he, unfortunately, passed away. Ledger is playing Batman’s longtime nemesis as he takes over from the Gotham underworld to become the new king of crime.
Batman has been working with ace attorney Harvey Dent to put away organised criminals before the Joker makes Batman choose between his girlfriend or Dent to save their life. Batman ends up saving the girl, which results in Dent being damaged both mentally and physically, resulting in him rising up as Two-Face. With Batman now having to defeat both him and the Joker to save the city.
The third film, the Dark Knight Rises, brings in a new villain in the form of the man in the mask Bane.
While fighting with Bane, Batman suffers a back-breaking injury, and Bane leaves him paralysed in a prison while he threatens to destroy Gotham with tech stolen from Batman’s own Wayne Enterprises.
Batman learns of the danger and uses the motivation to overcome his injuries and escape the prison before heading back to Gotham to track down Bane and save the city. A decision that ultimately ends up costing Batman his life.
Such classic films, with great characters, convert easily into a slot machine, and we learn via Americancasinos.com that Microgaming has done just that.
With icons like the Bat Symbol, as well as characters like the Joker, Two-Face, Bane, or others, then it is instantly recognisable. The machine plays as a five reel slot, with 243 different ways to win, and a progressive jackpot.
The bonus features are all in style with the films and the Jackpot bonus, in particular, sees you side with either The Joker or Batman as you try to win big.