That Inevitable Batman Reboot Might Come After the Justice League Movie

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