Christopher Nolan On Board To Reboot Batman, Batman To Appear In Justice League Movie

Cameras are yet to roll on The Dark Knight Rises, the third instalment in Chris Nolan’s trilogy of Batmovies. Too early then, for Warner Bros. to make plans for rebooting the character.

Wrong.

Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros.’ motion picture group, has told The LA Times that the studio is warming up for a new attempt to bring The Justice League to the big screen.

Perhaps most surprisingly, they’ve tapped Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas to produce. One hugely profitable iteration of Batman isn’t enough from this team – Warners expect two, and in quick succession.

So, while the League film is apparently on the fast track and the studio are looking to get it out of the gates pretty soon – maybe even 2013 soon – they’re not planning to keep the same Batman. Instead they’ll let Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne step backwards into history – but note that Robinov says nothing of a rebooted Superman. It would seem possible, even likely, that the current intent is to have Henry Cavill appear as just the same version of Kal-El that he’s working up with Zack Snyder already.

And, of course, they have a Green Lantern already set up and ready to debut this June, with Ryan Reynolds’ contract probably tied up with “just in case” Justice League clauses.

Well. This is all if the Justice League movie happens. But with Warner’s chief on the case and making plans public already, it at least sounds like a viable threat-slash-promise [delete as applicable].

But what about Wonder Woman? Will her TV show get in the way. Robinov says no, reminding that Smallville and Superman Returns were out at the same time. He also says that Diana would possibly be spun-off into her own movie after Justice League, as could The Flash, and that scripts for both characters are being worked on already.

This could get needlessly confusing.

UPDATE: And maybe I was already needlessly confused…? Or maybe not. I can’t believe a rebooted Batman and a Justice League Batman would be both separate and launched around the same time as one another. I think the original LA Times article is fuzzy, but I’m inclined to believe my reading is sort of fairly accurate.

Apart from maybe whatever bit turns out wrong.

Thanks.

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