So, there’s some buzz that a new bigscreen Batman might be launched by the planned Justice League picture, but depending on how much you’re prepared to read into it, this rumour might mean absolutely nothing at all.
Let’s look at the actual key text of what Batman on Film say:
The new cinematic Batman will be introduced in the JL film as opposed to a solo film. This would, according to my industry “FOBOF,” assure the new Batman film series will be part of a “DC Cinematic Universe.”
What they don’t actually state, but simply imply, is that this Batman will also get standalone films. Without that implication, the comments are empty – of course Batman will be in the Justice League film.
But there we have it: another voice saying that Warner Bros. are planning a cross-over series in the style of Marvel’s recent endeavours, and that they’ll have solo movies for their characters as well as the team-ups.
An even more buried implication, but still in there for the sniffing, is that The Man of Steel’s Superman will be part of the Justice League movie. Several folk will know this for sure – Will Beall, who has written the screenplay; Ben Affleck, who read it and rejected it; Henry Cavill himself; various Warner Bros. execs and producers. Nothing solid has made its way out of the studio’s cone of silence so far, however.
The big surprise would be if Warner Bros. announce that Cavill won’t be their Justice League Superman, that they’re going to try and sustain two cinematic versions of the same character simultaneously. When I put it down as coldly as that it seems utterly preposterous, but it really would be an exciting surprise.
Certainly more so than some stating-the-obvious claim that Batman will be in Justice League and that Justice League, which has a script and is looking for a director right now, will make it to cinema screens before a solo Batman movie.
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