While Warner Brothers is no doubt extremely sorry to see the end of Christopher Nolan’s extraordinarily profitable Dark Knight trilogy, it’s not like they’re going to leave the body alone out of respect. Batman is too big a name to leave sitting around for a few years.
But rather than work on rebooting a stand alone Batman movie, the new Caped Crusader may launch from another platform: the “Justice League” movie, which Warner Brothers finally seems to be pushing forward. That ‘s the plan according to ComingSoon, via Batman on Film.
I know, you’re thinking, how would they do a Justice League movie without Batman anyway? Well, there’s always a lot of flexibility in these all-star crime fighting leagues, so yeah, I would think they could do it. If Nolan was still making Batman movies and said, “No, ‘Justice League’ doesn’t fit into my plan for the character, he’s out of it,” WB would say, “Whatever you say, sir” and back off.
The other idea would be to follow the Marvel plan of introducing characters in solo films before bringing them together in “Justice League,” other than the already completed “Man of Steel.” That would push “Justice League” movie pretty far down the line, though, and the studio seems really anxious to get that going. Will Beall is writing a script and reportedly they’ve been reaching out to directors.
So is WB going to do a “reverse Marvel” here? The all-star movie followed by solo films, including a new Batman? The Marvel plan worked pretty well; let’s see how the other way goes…