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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…