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The Batman Is So Dark This Fan Made A Babadook Crossover Poster

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is such a dark superhero movie that one fan was inspired to create a crossover poster with 2014’s The Babadook.

A fan inspired by The Batmans dark tone has created a piece of crossover art with The Babadook. The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent, is a 2014 horror movie based on a short film called Monster, also directed by Kent. Despite being made in Australia, the film gained US audiences’ attention, being praised for its symbolism for death and grief. 

The Batman on the other hand is obviously a much more recognizable title. The DC film starring Robert Pattinson just coming out at the beginning of March. There have of course been several iterations of Batman to hit the big screens, dating back to 1966 when Adam West’s Batman: The Movie came to theaters. Matt Reeves’ The Batman couldn’t be further from West’s campy take on the Caped Crusader, with the newest Batman movie being called the darkest entry to the franchise. Christian Bale’s time under the cowl was often considered the most serious version of Batman, but Reeves took it a step further. With the Riddler resembling famous serial killers like Zodiac and Gotham being depicted as a true cesspool with violence around every corner, The Batman has quickly become the darkest and one of the most critically praised DC films ever. 

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The mature tone of The Batman of course hasn’t gone unnoticed by moviegoers, and Jason Kauzlarich has even created a Batman/Babadook mashup to symbolize how dark DC’s newest film is. The Babadook silhouette is photoshopped to resemble Batman, with part of Bruce Wayne’s opening monologue replacing the movie’s tagline “If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of … The Babadook.” Check out the artist’s original post below:

Click here to see the poster on Twitter

While The Batman wasn’t categorized as a horror film, the superhero film certainly had elements from the genre. Riddler was much scarier than Jim Carrey’s version of the DC villain and, as mentioned above, was very reminiscent of the Zodiac Killer based on the ciphers, the way he toyed with the police, and his glasses. The Riddler even tortured his victims before their death, putting many of them in traps similar to ones seen in the Saw franchise. Even without the Riddler, The Batman‘s version of Gotham was by far the grittiest that has been seen, tricking audiences into thinking the city was real rather than simply a place a movie was filmed.


The Batman 2 hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but based on the box office performance and critical reception of Batman’s latest outing, it’s only a matter of time before Warner Bros. greenlights the sequel. And given the ending of the film, The Batman 2 looks like it could have a lighter tone. By the movie’s conclusion, Batman discovers Riddler believed they were working together to take out Gotham’s corrupt leaders and politicians. That of course wasn’t the case, and Bruce Wayne made a vow to himself that he would be a symbol of hope rather than fear. The Batman 2 will no doubt still be a more serious superhero movie, but fans just might not be able to draw connections to The Babadook.


More: Everything We Know About The Batman 2

Source: Jason Kauzlarich

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