Even though “The Dark Knight Rises” is only in its third week of release, Warner Brothers is already talking reboot. Actually, the studio announced those intentions last year, a full year before Nolan capped off his “Dark Knight” trilogy. There has been some buzz circulating that this film will come sooner than later, as some outlets are picking up on a rumor from Cosmic Book News that Warner Brothers wants it in theaters by 2016.
The article goes on to cite that the new Batman won’t pull an “Amazing Spider-Man” and re-tell Batman’s origin story. Instead, the film will focus on Batman’s second year and may even be titled “The Batman.” Furthermore, this new Batman will be a part of a shared DC cinematic universe alongside his buddies in the Justice League.
A lot of this could very well be true, though it’s important to note it’s largely unsubstantiatet; the fact that reliable sites like Latino Review are picking up on it seem to lend credibility, and CBN is also citing a post from Hollywood Reporter insisting that Warners will “try to resuscitate Batman as a stand-alone franchise and/or as part of a planned Justice League ensemble that could connect to next summer’s ‘Man of Steel.'”
Perhaps the biggest possible news here? The fact that Henry Cavill’s Superman from “Man of Steel” may also be a part of that shared universe. Early on in that film’s production, the company line indicated that, like Nolan’s Batman films, it would stand alone. However, in recent weeks, there have been several rumors to the contrary.
If so, it looks like Warner Brothers and DC have wised up a little bit; instead of diving head first into the Justice League with all new iterations of the characters, they could be easing into it. Could “Man of Steel” perhaps be their “Iron Man,” the movie that first hints at a larger, shared world for its heroes? It wouldn’t be the worst move.
Otherwise, it seems like the studio might be forging ahead with its plan to spin out of the Justice League movie; it wants that film in theaters in 2015, with the new Batman film following a year later. In this event, audiences could have the next Batman introduced in the actual Justice League movie, which could be a solid re-introduction for the character.
Obviously, a lot of this is early and speculative, and it’s worth noting that CBN’s original posting of this news came way back in June and is being passed along as a breaking rumor. The biggest thing to take from all of this might be to take all of this with a grain of salt.
Only one thing is for sure: Warner Brothers will be rebooting Batman, and it’s probably going to happen within the next few years. The property is simply too popular to lie dormant, and there are thousands of stories that could be told. As well-received as the Nolan films have been, it would still be a folly to let those render the franchise immune from a reboot.