Warner Bros. Planning a Second Reboot of Batman Already?

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In a follow-up to yesterday’s profile on Warner Bros. chief Jeff Robinov, the LATimes continues to delve into the films that you can expect from Warner Bros. and their partnership with D.C. Comics in the future. As we’ve already reported, Robinov is keen on doing a “Justice League” movie (sans the “America” part, one presumes), and he has plans for a “Flash” and “Wonder Woman” movie post the superhero team-up (if it actually happens, natch).

But what will catch a lot of fanboys by surprise is Robinov’s plans for Batman post-Nolan. Specifically, he’s now talking about “re-inventing” the Caped Crusader. Again. Uh oh.

Robinov knows that the most bankable part of his superhero empire has been Nolan and his Gotham City films – the studio has yet to deliver a 21st century superhero blockbuster hit without Nolan in the director’s seat. Batman will continue to be a centerpiece property beyond next year’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Nolan’s departure from the franchise. “We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”

That last part may be more wishful thinking on Robinov’s part. I don’t see someone like Nolan sticking around with Batman once “The Dark Knight Rises” finishes. I mean, it could happen, but why would Nolan want to invest more time “re-inventing” the franchise and he’s already thoroughly re-invented once already? He’s Christopher Nolan. Surely, there must be a gazillion other projects he’d rather be working on with his time? At least, I hope so. As much as I like his Batman movies, I’d rather see someone like Nolan tackle something else, something NEW.

Anyways, the big news here is that Warner Bros. is already looking at ways to “re-invent” the Batman franchise without Nolan behind the camera. It’s sad, but that’s Hollywood. Round and round we go, where it stops, no one knows…

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  • Juggernaut

    Re-re-inventing?!?!?! I think that if they do decide on another batch of Bat-films they need to do one of two things. Either have Nolan and company produce as mentioned above with ties to his original three. Although that may prove difficult because the cast may not return. Or go in a totally new direction completely. Make an actual comics based film, without the camp and schtick, and bring a graphic novel feel to it like SinCity or The Spirit. Anything else would be a cheap imitation of the Nolanverse in my opinion.

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

      They need to just do a “Batman Beyond” film already.

      • Kajol

        That’ be awesome

      • Juggernaut

        I’d personally like to see an imaging of “The Dark Knight Returns” and “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” Obviously they would need to tone down the involvment of the other DC characters but the premise of an over the hill Batman resurfacing in Gotham years later could be cool. Maybe have the third installment deal with a new Batman like in “Beyond”. It could also fix the cast returning problem and still use the Nolan films as continuity. That would be great. I’d like to see a gruff older actor portray the weathered, grizzled Wayne. Health problems aside, Michael Douglas would have been a cool older Wayne. He could also pass for an older version of Bale. My pick for an older Joker would be Christopher Walken, he could pass for an older Heath Ledger. For an older Catwoman/Selina Kyle Being played in the new film by Anne Hathaway how about Angelica Houston. Dakota Fanning as the new Robin Carrie and BAM! There you have it!

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

          Meh. I love TDKR but I just don’t see it translating well to film. Hell DC doesn’t even want to do an animated version, but they’ll throw us homages like in “Batman: The Animated Series” (though it was the New Batman/Superman Adventures then) and “The Batman” and most recently “Brave and the Bold.” I have always said they should do it animated n let Miller adapt it like they did with Judd Winick doing “Under the Red Hood.” All that said I hated “Strikes Again.” They crapped on Dick and the story was just insane. I had a better idea for a sequel than what he gave us.

          Sent on the go.

          • Juggernaut

            Okay. I’ll bite. What was your idea for a TDKR follow up?

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

            LOL. Okay here we go.
            Basically takes place a year after TDKR. Batman is still believed dead by the public at large but there have been recent Bat sightings, and crime is still going down as the city recovers. The country watched the events unfold at the end of TDKR and people are now split on superheroes. Some feel Batman was in the right, some feel the government went to far, and some think heroes are a threat all together now.It is during this climate that Lex Luthor and Vandal Savage have decided to go the political route, and are influencing events around the country and world. Meanwhile Carrie Kelly has become Batgirl and she and Bruce are still protecting Gotham, and using Batman’s “death” to elevate his urban myth status. Batman’s actions have also brought the old guard out, with Flash, Green Lantern (Johns Stewart) and others coming out of exile (Hal is still in space and WW is queen of the Amazons). Superman realizing he was used as a pawn has taken himself out of the game and retired to becoming a farmer, only using his powers when natural disasters threaten lives. Luthor gets the government to attempt to clone Superman using DNA they got while he worked for them. He and Savage alsowork to discredit the re-emerging heroes, and frame them for the death of the President during a battle. Batman finds out that Luthor and Savage want to create an army of Superclones to use against the world, not just a replacement Superman under US control. Batman sets up a team to infiltrate and destroy the cloning facility but don’t inform Superman. During the raid a clone is released and becomes a superpowerful Bizarro, thanks to Luthor’s tampering. This Bizarro is different than past versions however, he retains his intelligence and is just devious, and ruthless, but has the same appearance. He eventually turns on Luthor and Savage. Having their hands full, Batman has no choice but to call in Superman, who engages his clone while the team destroys the facility, and gets the proof needed to vindicate the heroes.

      • Razrback16

        Man I wish they would do that, and not cancel it this time…that show rocked.

  • Matt_1997

    Re inventing it again? tbh I think they should go off where Nolan leaves

  • Lexavi80

    D’oh!!

  • Zero-shot

    sounds shithouse. Batman doesnt need re-inventing,if you want a Justice Leauge film from the start they should have prepared for it earlier dickheads.

  • Fng5

    Ok,, it’s hollywood,.. but re-inventing Batman again??? Please there are a lot of stuffs in the Batman universe… how about Batman beyond… (thanks Dedpool.. it’s a great idea) or an alternate universe… like Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come.. or a live action of the animated films like Batman Under the red hood.

    I don’t want to see a little bruce wayne watching his parents deaths all over again.

    But seriously.. we want JLA movie and then many sequels or movies with two or three superheroes and then, after many years when my children have 16, the reboot

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    batman vs superman

  • Juggernaut

    @Dedpool- Man that was really cool! While I liked “Strikes Again”, your version would have been a lot better of a sequel to TDKR.

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

      Thanks. I just thought Miller went off the deep end with “Strikes Again.” I mean where did that hatred of Dick come from? why did Batman lose so much weight? Minor gripes, but the story just seemed all over the place compared to the tight narrative of “TDKR.” The tone was off too. The tone I set for my story was one of the world on the brink of utter chaos. I imagined a trilogy with the ending of the second being the beginning of a new heroic age.

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

        I still have no idea what in the world he was doing with Green Lantern in that one.

        • Juggernaut

          Yeah. There are a million ways to go with these characters in that scenario, why he chose to go that way I didn’t really understand.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree with you on the tonal change and misuse of some pivotal characters. I was really looking forward to Carrie becoming either Batgirl like you said or a female Nightwing! The Catgirl thing was just goofy. Why did she look like Cheeta from WW? The Atom was pretty cool though. I was really hoping for more of his rogues gallery to show up too. Oh well. We can’t always get what we want.

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

          Yeah Atom was cool. And yeah the Catgirl thing was just silly. And the fact that her costume changed all the time was just weird.

          Sent on the go.

  • THT3000

    Why is everyone so upset? Of course they’re not going to abandon the franchise after the next movie. Would you rather have them continue the Nolan series with out him or his approval?

    • Juggernaut

      Nolan as a producer does not make it gold. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Christopher Nolan’s direction along with Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer’s scripts were phenomenal. However, without the core cast returning it will not be a continuation of the franchise. It will be a reboot. Plain and simple. Even if one of the four main core characters are re-cast it will be a different animal in my opinion. You saw the difference in films when they re-cast Val Kilmer, then George Clooney as Batman after Michael Keaton did the first two. While it was still supposed to be the same continuity and the majority of supporting charactwers were being played by the same actors, it was different! A lot of that had to do with the director being different as well but the actor change was a big part of that as well.