Ever since “The Dark Knight Rises” ended Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, there have been rumors and speculation as to how Warner Bros. would go forward with the character. With a “Justice League” movie in the works, Warner Bros. has already said they probably won’t be releasing any individual Batman movies until at least 2016 but that the Dark Knight would be a part of the DC super hero team movie. On Monday, Drew McWeeny of Hit Fix reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt may very well be donning the cowl as the Caped Crusader when “Justice League” hits theatres in 2015.
How can this be? Warner Bros. has pretty much said they’d have to reboot the character in order to do more movies. After all– SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t yet seen “The Dark Knight Rises”– but the movie ended with Bruce Wayne hanging up the cape and cowl and turning over the bat cave to John Blake (Gordon-Levitt). With Christopher Nolan saying goodbye to Gotham, although he is producing next summer’s “Man of Steel”, it has been assumed that Warner Bros. would go with a new Bruce Wayne for future movies.
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The monumental success of this past summer’s blockbuster smash “Marvel’s The Avengers” could force them to change that thinking. Marvel has achieved their success by stringing together a cohesive universe with individual movies for Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and Thor leading up to “The Avengers”. Warner Bros. has “Man of Steel”, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot on the way and they’ve already done one, although rather unpopular, “Green Lantern” movie. Tying in Nolan’s Batman universe, even without Bruce Wayne, might be the best way to capitalize on that success.
It should be noted that nothing is set in stone and this could all just be grand speculation and clinging to a thread of hope. While doing press for “Lincoln”, Gordon-Levitt did say he’d definitely listen to offers if there was a good script and director attached to “Justice League”. You can check out the Hit Fix interview in the sidebar at left. Currently there is no director attached to “Justice League” but they have hired Will Beall to write the screenplay for “Justice League”.
Of course, the real question might be whether or not fans would accept a non-Bruce Wayne Batman at all. The “Justice League” movie is set to pit Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Batman against an unnamed foe. While many agree that Gordon-Levitt is a capable actor and enjoyed the ending to “TDKR” for what it was, it remains to be seen if the reality of Blake, aka Robin, carrying on the legacy would sit will with hardcore fans.
Until then, there is a new trailer for “Man of Steel” expected to hit with the release of “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday December 4, 2012.
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