'Batman' Posters Imagine Futures With New Directors

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Everyone is on pins and needles wondering what Warner Bros. has in store for the Caped Crusader after director Chris Nolan does his last tango with him in this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises." Now a series of (very fake) posters imagine some cheeky possibilities that are probably closer to what the studio definitely will not do.

Hero Complex charged lead writer Geoff Boucher and artist Sean Hartter to noodle with 15 imaginary scenarios for the next Batman reboot displayed via old-fashioned lobby cards promoting a 1960's-tinged "Batman: Mad City," re-teaming Michael Fassbender with "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.

Another '60s-styled entry is "Mister Freeze's Icy Revenge" from "Incredibles" helmer Brad Bird, in which he justifiably casts "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant as Bats and lets Kevin Spacey "kick some ice" as the title villain.

Owen Wilson's ridiculously goofy Two-Face is the ensemble standout of Wes Anderson's "Alfred Pennyworth – The Life Nocturnal," with the quirky "Royal Tenenbaums" filmmaker shifting the focus to Bruce Wayne's loyal-but-melancholy butler played, naturally, by Bill Murray.

Check out the page all this week for other fantasy Batmen from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Zack Snyder, and a musical (!) from Rob Marshall.