This question came across and it was interesting because the person asked “How many times does DC have to retell Batman’s origin?!” My initial response was as many times as they will buy it. That is the honest truth, and not just for Batman, this goes for every popular hero out there and that is when it becomes a problem.
The person I was conversing with says he walked by a comic shop and saw a poster for Snyder’s retelling. Understood that financially he gets why there’s another one out there. His origin is one of or many new myths given not only because of the New 52, but because of the new generations that have followed since his original story. People like to know his story it and will pay to read it again and again. That’s what a myth should do, it’s nothing new, and nothing has changed. As he said, “though creatively it’s stagnate to rehash it with a few differences, be it the plot or appealing to whatever this generation considers what Batman should be (in Snyder’s case, more gory violence and brooding)”. No arguments from me on this, that is what you get from most rehashed origin stories these days. In the end you just have to ask, can we please just move on from the origin story, of every hero unless new?
Give it some purpose that isn’t about getting money out of it. There’s only so far you can change a character without messing with what makes them who they are.
If any out there were smart they’d just do what Marvel has been subtle about. They have those Season One books which are very interesting yet don’t distract from other books, you barely even notice them. For any that doesn’t notice them, majority for these stories do retell the heroes origins, but they do so in a way that makes sense. Plot holes, and things that were explained later in their stories were implemented in their origins to make it more believable. That is what they went for and it works. They aren’t meant to replace the originals, but add some clarity to them. Other origin stories from the rest just seem to add minor details that add nothing to us better understanding the heroes. They need to be more like Season One stories.
Dynamite is the one exception out there. Being able to take these well known pulp heroes and bring them to a modern audience. Many successful as well between Green Hornet, The Shadow, Black Bat, Miss Fury, and more. Stayed true to who they were, yet made their stories more engaging.
So what do we really gain by having the origin story regurgitated to us? Is any new insight revealed? Because if you are telling a myth, you can’t deviate that much. The myth is what people want, so you end up telling the same story over again and that just seems so desperate to make a sale. More so negligent of confusing generations knowing that they have a hard time accepting what was true to them vs what is true to others supposedly. This makes comics confusing. Not just for old readers, but those of every generation to come. There should be more work on creating that one story that makes the hero reader friendly and the story memorable. It should give us a better understanding of the hero and fill in gaps that would confuse new readers. Alienating anyone should never be an end result of a story.