Christopher Nolan says that he’s done with the Batman film franchise. It should surprise no one to learn that Warner Bros. plans to continue making Batman movies without him. About a month ago, Luke here speculated about how a potential Batman continuation or reboot might work. More recently, rumors have circulated that Warner may forego a reboot altogether and move directly into a ‘Justice League’ team-up movie instead. Do you think this is a good idea? Would you rather see a Batman reboot or a ‘Justice League’ movie first?
First things first, it should be noted that just because Warner hired screenwriter Will Beall (of the upcoming ‘Gangster Squad’) to pen a ‘Justice League’ script doesn’t mean that such a movie will actually happen anytime soon. The studio has been actively developing variations on ‘Justice League’ or Superman/Batman crossovers for decades, all to no avail. Hollywood studios commission screenplays that stall in development all the time. This is a common occurrence. Even if Warner decides to go through with this project, the script will likely be rewritten a dozen or more times by as many new writers before it goes before cameras.
Obviously, Warner Bros. and DC saw the massive success that Marvel had with ‘The Avengers‘ and want a piece of that action. Presumably, if Zack Snyder’s upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ is successful, the studio will team-up that version of the Superman character with Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern and all-new versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and possibly others, all of whom will later be spun off into their own individual movies.
On the one hand, this would relieve us of the burden of having to endure yet another Batman origin movie. That character’s origin story has been told enough times on film by now that we don’t need to see it again.
The problem, of course, is that Warner and DC are clearly trying to play catch-up and haven’t done any of the necessary groundwork for a team-up film like this. For whatever faults the Marvel movies may have (and they have plenty), the studio was incredibly savvy about laying the foundation for ‘The Avengers’ with individual movies for each character that built up to the grand crossover event. We already knew who all the characters are, what their personalities are like, what powers they have, how their stories connect with each other and so forth before going into ‘The Avengers’, so that information didn’t need to be reiterated. A ‘Justice League’ movie will be forced to introduce us to most of its characters. That could be a detriment, especially if the new version of Batman is significantly different from Nolan’s version that we’d gotten used to.
Do you have an opinion on this? Which movie would you rather see first, ‘The Justice League’ or a Batman reboot?