That Inevitable Batman Reboot Might Come After the Justice League Movie

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Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005) Movie Image Warner Bros. can go two ways with their billion-grossing “Batman” franchise post-Christopher Nolan — continue it in the aftermath of “Rises”, or reboot it. The former would be hard, but doable, given the ending Nolan gave us — and yet, very risky with so much “newness” that will have to be introduced. The second option would be so much easier, and commercially speaking, less risky. People bitch and moan about reboots (God knows I do it often enough), but it’s now a fact of moviegoing life, and the studio knows it.

According to most reports online, Warner seems to be leaning towards a reboot of the Caped Crusader. (Again, it’s so much easier, and studios love doing things that are easy and less risky. This is a business, after all, you can’t blame them when hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.) Which begs the question: with the Justice League movie coming up (and surely, Batman would have to be a part of that, just as Superman and Wonder Woman must also be on the roster), when can we expect to see the Bat reboot?

Batman-on-Film says they have it on good authority from a reliable source that your rebooted Batman will make his first appearance in the “Justice League” movie, and not in his solo film. But wait! Although BOF claims this source of theirs is “as solid as they come”, they also do a little CYA by telling us to “take it with a grain of salt”. Which, uh, seems contradictory, but there you have it.

Honestly, I’m not sure how any of this will work. It sure sounds like Warner Bros. have absolutely no idea what the hell they’re doing. Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Superman reboot “Man of Steel” has already said that his Superman will have nothing to do with the Superman that shows up in the “Justice League” movie. Or as he puts it:

Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be it’s own thing with it’s own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool.

So what does that mean? Besides their own Superman, the Justice League movie will also have its own Batman? And it’s own Green Lantern? I’m not sure if Ryan Reynolds is contractually obligated to appear in a “Justice League” movie, or if he’ll even have the time given all the various films he’s currently attached to after “Green Lantern” went belly-up. So, reboot Green Lantern, too?

I am so confused. The problem is, I think the poor guys at Warner Bros. are just as confused…

Batman and Superman Comic Book by Alex Ross

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    They really should do a reverse Avengers and spin the solo films out of it. They could do it as if everyone was already established as a hero and the big bad is the Legion of Doom. Then in each solo film could be a prequel to JL of sorts where we see the heroes facing off against their repsective villains.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BZBUOXY42MWKDTFMTQIXVNUB24 Dominique

      Imo, that is the ONLY way a JL movie will work. If DC tries to go the Marvel route, we won’t see a JL film until 2016, and by then it’ll be too late to net the kinda cash they want. Having the ensemble film first THEN moving into solo films would be a different take on how to handle a comic book cinematic universe and, quite frankly, it’s their only viable option if they’re gonna pull this off.

      • 0ptik

        i’m sorry but introducing so many iconic characters in a team up movie seems like it will be very underwhelming. Sure people know of superman and batman, but this being a reboot once more, the audience wont, imo, have enough face time and description of each character to properly create enough hype for individual films. Marvel had it right by creating hype for each character individually and then Avengers sold itself. if you go backwards, you have the potential of having fans annoyed with a main character’s portrayal and they will lose money.

  • venom_aa

    So wait, they are going to waste the chance to get people fired up with a JL movie in the new Superman movie. -sigh- Playing it safe will only get them a mediocre cheap imitation of the Avengers franchise. True they should get JL out as fast ask they can but keeping the new superman movie out of it just to use it as a safe net, is just plain dumb. DC, put the money where your mouth is, just like Marvel has done it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Since it’s not due out for a bit you’re absoultely right. Now is the time to do some reshoots or extra shooting to show a scene after credits with Martian Manhunter meeting Superman. They can take a nod from the New 52 and Earth 2 Superman to a point and have J’onn have done some heroing in the past. He doesn’t age like humans so 50 years to him is like a decade. He did all his heroics mostly in secret, but helped during the war.

      • Juggernaut

        After the events of The Man Of Steel-
        Clark returns to his apartment in metropolis. He opens the door and sees a shadowy figure standing by his window:
        Clark: “Who are you!”
        Martian Manhunter: “You’re part of a bigger world, you just don’t know it yet. I’m her to talk to you about the Justice League initiative.”
        LOL!!!

        • Richard B. Riddick

          Probably not “The Justice League Initiative” that sounds like the “Avengers Initiative”, its more along the classic lines of “The galaxy is in peril, we need you, Superman.”

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Actually that’s what I was thinking. I think J’onn should be the true leader and coordinator of the League with Batman being the funding and brains, and Superman being the face.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          LMAO!!!

  • LSB

    I agree with deadpool, bring out a JL movie first then solo. But I had an idea, why not make the the first JL movie consis of the trinity. I mean thank about it we know Batman, Superman is being rebooted and bring in WW. Make the first 30 to 40 min. of the movie like a origin movie for WW(sort of) That way you get her establish. Then in a post credit scene have them meeting together with superman saying we gonna need more help and Batman says how about these two and its a picture of GL and Flash this sets up part 2 of JL and you can have the setting point for a Flash movie the following year along with a full on WW film with a new Batman movie all in the same year. I say you can have all these movies done within 5 years. And they need to hurry cause we don’t know when this whole superhero movement is gonna die out.

    • Juggernaut

      They should do some prep in The Man Of Steel. I’d be happy with a post credits scene with Lex Luthor thinking about putting together a group to stop Superman.
      I like the idea of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman being the only three members initially. Having been recruited by Jon Jonzz who is an agent of the government’s covert division focused on phenomenal events throughout history. Jon was the agency’s first recruit during the fifties. He is now a grizzled, war-worn vet who is tasked with bringing the recruits up to speed to destroy an impending foe (An amalgam of Starro from The Brave And The Bold #28 and The Centre from Justice League: A New Frontier). In the climactic battle, on the verge of defeat, the team is rescued by Green Lantern (with Ryan Reynolds returning in the role). The team gather to decide their future and are shown clips of Aquaman fighting smali piratesin and The Flash ievacuating a burning building in Central City. Meanwhile the Agency holds a secret meeting with Lex Luthor, their benefactor. As the camera pans out the checkmate insignia is shown on the wall.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Very good ideas from you and LSB. I like J’on being a part of Checkmate. I think that the Leaguse should be the Trinity plus J’onn for the first film. Also I like the Starro/Centre idea but what about White Martians? Then not only would you be able to do the recruiting scene but you can showcase some other heroes fighting around the world briefly as well. Waller should be J’on’s liason, with Steve Trevor being the field operative like in the New 52 excpet he doesn’t work for Chekcmate there. This could all lead into a Suicide Squad film too.

        • Juggernaut

          Good inclusions with Waller and Trevor. The White Martians angle would be cool.

        • Juggernaut

          BTW, it’s time for a grey and black/greya an blue costume for Batman right?

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Just give me the Arkham Asylum/Arkham City one or the current one from the New 52. I’m good!

          • Juggernaut

            That look on screen would be great IMO!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I know right, and the New 52 look is pretty much the same sp mix the two and boom we’re good!!!

          • LSB

            I agree too. And make sure that the suit is flexible enough so we can get the martial artist Batman that we know and love.

        • LSB

          I to like the white Martian idea. You can introduce Miss Martian as well, but that might be over kill though.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Just a little. But I’m definitely liking the idea of J’onn being a member of checkmate and being on Earth for some time. Having the White Martians appear gives a personal touch to things for J’onn.

  • LSB

    Yout know there has to be a reason why they are waiting so long to put the Man of Steel movie out. It shouldn’t take a year to edit and do special effects on a 2D movie. They have to be waiting to add something to the movie maybe waiting for the WB to give Zack the go ahead. It has to be it’s the only thing that makes since.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed!