Haven't posted in awhile, but had to drop my .02 in as I'm a huge Batnerd.
The next films should proceed as follows:
Batman 3: This is just my crazy idea that I think would be cool: The best comic films are directly stolen from the best comic arcs. Comics are just movie storyboards with word balloons. They should modify the DC/Burton/Nolan universes by having 3 bring back the Riddler.....but with Jim Carrey returning as Riddler. That's right. I said it. Carrey has grown immensely as an actor since his first turn as Riddler. A darker, Heath-esque Riddler might just kick butt and Carrey could do it. Also, and I NEVER thought I'd say this, bring in Robin. They could use backstory to explain Wayne's desire to help this poor child who has no one left, etc, etc, so the movie isn't bogged down by the character, and then, in the first 1/4 of the flick BAM!, we dive into the classic DEATH IN THE FAMILY arc, but this time it's Riddler's new jacked up henchman Bane, who offs Robin with a crowbar. Insert a Superman/Clark cameo (Worlds Finest and/or Justice League should have come out by then) where Supes reinforces to an enraged Bats that he cannot kill them for their crimes, follow the rules, try to fit in, do what the government would like you to do, etc, etc, (anyone see where I'm headed?). Bats spits on him and disappears. We end on a real dark note.....
Batman 4: Knightfall arc. Batman vs. Bane. Bane wins by breaking Bruce's spine. Just leave out the Azreal part, introduce Catwoman as the love interest and more of a troublemaker and less villian or hero as she's always painted, weave in a cameo return by Liam Neeson, Bruce heals in the Lazarus Pits, comes back, thrashes Bane, the end.
Batman 5: The Dark Knight Returns. A 60+ year old Batman doing it one last time. Frank Miller all the way. Do it SIN CITY style and almost just animate the comic panel for panel. Catwoman in her Wonder Woman whore gear and all. Hopefully, by this time, someone could attempt to step into the Joker role for the critical smaller part he has. And go ALL out for the final throwdown between Bats & you know who.....
Stop. Pass legislation banning any further filming of Batman movies forever (animated not included).
Yeah, I'm THAT geek.
To those who have missed some of these arcs, do yourself a real favor and go track down a copy. You won't regret it.