Warner Bros. to Reboot BATMAN after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Christopher Nolan to Remain on as Producer

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Christopher Nolan has publicly stated that The Dark Knight Rises will be his final Batman film, and Warner Bros. is already looking ahead to the future of the franchise.  As we reported last night, the studio is currently planning a Justice League movie for 2013 and Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov tells Hero Complex that scripts are being written for Flash and Wonder Woman (the Wonder Woman project would exist separately from the upcoming NBC show).  But most intriguing is what the studio plans to do with its marquee superhero, Batman:

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…” says Robinov.  “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.”

Hit the jump for my thoughts on the future of the Batman franchise.

batman-alex-ross-01Since Nolan said TDKR would be his last Batman film, I already assumed that Warner Bros. would reboot the franchise.  However, I hope that they don’t devote yet another film to Batman’s origin story.  We all know how Bruce Wayne became Batman.

I’m a little worried about keeping Nolan and Thomas on as producers.  I’m hoping that they’ll be on board simply to give the reboot some cred and leave the creative decisions to a new director and his or her team.  Nolan has recast the Batman world in a “realistic” setting and that’s a perfectly valid take that’s had both positive and negative repercussions.  But I think a trilogy of Batman films done in that style is enough and it’s time to see what a new director can bring to the table.

Another question worth asking is if Warner Bros. plans to tie Justice League to their new Batman.  Will the actor who plays Batman in JL also play Batman in the new franchise?  Or will Justice League exist in its own universe?

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  • JLC

    I believe Tim Burton stayed on as a producer for Batman Forever, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

    • Dave

      @JLC: You make it sound like Batman forever wasn’t good or something….ha ha ha

    • Ben

      I concur, BatMan: The Animated Series was the best version of the franchise ever. ClayFace and Mr. Freeze were the best villains, both with interesting back stories.

    • John Wayne

      I liked Batman Forever. Campy and over the top, but that was the point. Batman and Robin had no redeeming feature, but Forever was especially fun with its inclusion of the Riddler.

  • macca

    Just gives the flash and wonderwoman

  • IllusionOfLife

    I’m having horrible flashbacks to George Clooney and rubber nipples…

    Do you really have to reboot it *immediately* after Nolan’s series is done. Come on, give it some time to settle down, make the public miss Batman a little bit before you totally turn the series on its ear.

    • Real BATMAN

      Batman actually NEEDS this reboot!! While I like Nolans realverse films. They are only ONE of many possible styles, and although great, they are very limited to what goes on, and what/who can be seen in them.

      I look forward to seeing this trilogy come full circle, but as a true long time Batfan, I want to see a movie more in keeping with the Arkham Asylum game style. (Which is PERFECT!)

      Also, villains that people have been wishing to see realized in Nolans films but cant due to not being as REAListic can be seen in a Reboot. Also, Nolans Batman will not fit into any form of Green Lantern/Superman crossover films.. aka… JLA Movie.

      So, this is ONE Reboot of a great film that I NEED to see! How you can seriously expect them to go back to George Clooneys campy Nipple suit style baffles me! Batman can only get better!!!

      • Sean

        BATMAN! BATMAN! BATMAN! Please dont stop making these great movies… unless ofcourse their in the Batman and Robin style with George Clooney then shoot me in the head now! Otherwise 2 films a year wouldn’t be enough for me. I’m a batman fanatic thats why i’m posting on this site, thats why i’m searching batman and thats that! thanks for your input and for making suggestions :)

  • Andy247

    It says they need to reinvent Batman, that may just mean a different actor, which is a given, a different suit etc. It doesn’t mean it’s a reboot, let’s not get carried away just yet.

  • Cali Kid

    Are you kidding me???? God damn when will these reboots stop?

  • bayloski

    Agree with you there Cali Kid. I think Nolans been good for Batman don’t undo his good work by getting some average director to reboot it.

  • Edward Lee

    D@mn straight! I say give Woody Allen a chance to direct the next Batfilm!

    • BubbaT

      I’d like to see Pedo Woody direct himself in front of a speeding bus. POS that guy.

  • Brody1465

    As a HUGE Batman fan, my love for the character was developed in Batman: The Animated Series. I think taking a Sin City-esque production approach to Batman on the big screen would be spectacular. A noir detective story that explores Gotham and plays out as a mystery/thriller with plenty of Bat-Thrills… I realize this is just a fanboy rambling, but it is a movie I have imagined seeing more than once. Also, I would keep the production design of Gotham and Batman in the style used in Batman: TAS.

    • theCount

      Yeah if they are going for a real “reinventing” then i think more of a detective batman would be a great idea. but if i have a feeling that it could just be a change of characters which i think will be a big mistake unless they have christian bale’s batman die and keep the story in the same world nolan created

    • Judson

      I second this emotion. Batman: The Animated Series is my favorite Batman incarnation by far.

  • DeJarnette

    Please let this be an early April Fools’ prank!

  • Mike Cruz

    To their defense, they did say “reinvent”. They just mean when Nolan leaves, they need to figure put what their next step is in the story and what’s going to be new for the character. They might change Christian Bale too so they just want to make sure that people know Batman won’t die off with this next one and that they’re planning on still having Nolan contribute in some way.

  • joe kerr

    sounds to me like they are planning a “batman beyond” kind of thing

  • Ringbearer1420

    Reboot, reinvent, reimagine, all words Hollywood uses to step around the word remake.
    That’s said couldnt they wait maybe two years to see if Nolan got the intrest to do a 4th. But hey I’ll argue with anyone that they have yet to make a bad Batman movie yet.

  • bubuh

    actually, a reboot or a new path is GOOD. this means a justice league film can be made. they need a batman film that can fit the the universe of justice league. Nolan’s batman is great in so many levels but it can not live in DC’s world of aliens, flying red cape, and men that can lift cars and demolish buildings. dont panic people. everyone knows including WB that bat nipples will never happen again. after Nolan’s batman films, its going to be badass later on. you’ll see.

  • aaronite_1

    Why is the word Reboot now replacing the word REVAMP?

    Is revamp a forgotten word now? You know, like when you tweak something, or put a new creative team on it for a new direction etc etc?? (ie NOT starting again from scratch)

    Why would they reboot Batman when the current version has narratively barely gotten started!

    When you read the quote (where the word Reboot is NOT used, btw), it suggests to me that the Batman world might need to be tweaked/altered to more comfortably fit into a shared universe.

    Bale might also be on the way out?

    • Rob

      I HATE the word reboot anymore! Just call it what it is — a new Batman.

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  • occhile1984

    if WB does this, than that’s nothing more than a big F!@# you to christopher nolan. After all the hard work he put in, it’s just gonna be like it never happened. Why not reboot the Matrix while you’re at it WB or redo Ocean’s 11 you money, hungry aholes.

  • Rockslide

    They can use whatever word they want. All I care is that they hire Bruce Timm to direct a Justice League movie. He’s done his time and proved himself in the animated world. I’d love to see him helm a live-action full fledged JL movie.

    People shouldn’t be scared of a new take and direction with the character of Batman. There have been and will be tons and tons of Bat-versions. Nolan’s is great. That doesn’t mean it is the only take or should be the only take. My favorite take on Batman is (as someone else also mentioned) Bruce Timm’s take in Batman:TAS. Its okay to like more than one version of Batman.

  • Junierizzle

    Wasn’t Armie Hammer supposed to play Batman at one point? He may get his shot.

  • occhile1984

    My point is that all the movies now are reboots. I mean by the time a director finishes with his project, the studio is already planning a reboot or a sequel. Case in point, Bourne…The Bourne Trilogy was, in my mind, awesome. Greengrass delivered and so did Damon. The second that Greengrass said he was finished, Universal hires the writer as a director and replaces Damon. WTF.

    Some movies are classics for a reason. You can not remake everything. If they ever try to touch Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, i will laugh my a$$ off.

  • DSol628

    This is the perfect opportunity to make a few one-shot movies that will satisfy the fans and bring in new ones They could make a DKR move based on the Frank Miller classic. Then follow it up with a Batman Beyond movie. By going so far into the future, they could make sequals for both franchises without messing with the continuity of the original.

  • T-Man

    Get off the superhero peni for a while studios…. why not invest in some awesome LOTR style FANTASY novels. What happened to The Wheel Of Time films that were being released this year allegedly. Or “reboot” the Sword Of Truth into a film series. I also like the anime live action concept with Akira, lets see some Vampire Hunter D, or Lodoss War films, anything please just no mo supes if your not gonna do it right….

    • romik

      They aren’t going to do that because fantasy novels are lame and only relate to a niche market.

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  • drew

    If you want to reinvent after this take on batman beyond the cgi is more than capable and bale can play old wayne training terry.

    • amulya

      or they could do it with john blake instead of terry

  • I Guess

    I believe the only reason Warner Bros. wants to reboot the franchise in a hurry is because Christian Bale might not be on board for the JLA. The project feels kind of gimmicky right now, like DC’s trying to catch up with Marvel and it’s going to hurt the production in the end. I personally don’t want see another Batman movie ever unless it’s a new character, a copycat, or a movie about Robin and his transformation into Nightwing. That being saidm, a detective Batman would be an interesting take.

  • Mastermind

    We don’t even know many things about TDKR yet, and we have started wondering about the reboot. Looks like too soon. Nevertheless I won’t mind a Batman movie where Clayface or ManBat fits in.

  • Kai

    This is an early April fools joke for sure.

  • serbius

    You said it, Cali Kid. Heck, why don’t they start on a Harry Potter reboot. I hear they’re planning to do a reboot of Wonder Woman right after this next one is finished!

  • Matt

    It almost has to be this way. It is a long and drawn out process to make a film, and what actor is going to want to make 10 films as the same character? There are many more Batman stories than can be told in film, so calling it a reboot is just semantics for a new actor/director/direction of the filming. But you won’t see the same stories told the same way, and that’s the point.

    But that is the point in comics anyway. A character that is around since the early 40′s is going to go through some changes and be re-envisioned even in its original form, so why should you expect anything different in another medium?

  • Kevin

    I think everyone here has the same idea of how they want Batman to progress after TDKR. They can keep the same real, gritty, dark sense that the movies already portray and slowly introduce other wordly characters (villains) into the mix.

    The universe that Nolan created is very flexible in my opinion. If you look at the game… they got it perfect. A mix of the real and the crazy. I get goosebumps imagining Killer Croc on the big screen in the same real manner as he was in the game. Just Fing Scary.

  • Mike Chism

    I dont understand y warner bros has to do this to the batman world. The dark knight was an amazing superhero film and the best ever. The reason is the actors but mostly because of Christopher Nolan. There is no other director out there that makes a movie like he does. You say you want a different style of batman movie but we have already have had basically four different styles not including the game or the cartoons. We have had film noir, dark gothic, silly, and realistic serious. The last one was the best. No other actor could pull this role off like Bale does and no other director could film like nolan. Just leave the franchise alone for atleast 10 years and see how the trilogy is still thought of in that time. Then see if you should reboot it. Also no more reboots. We have had 3 different on the batman universe. Just continue it.

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  • derrkaderr

    what in the name of the devil r these people at Warner Bros. smoking? is it written somewhere that every franchise has to be rebooted after 3-4 movies? what next ? The Godfather reboot? Apocalypse Now reboot? Star Wars reboot?

    • Norman

      What’s scary is the fact that that might already be in the pipeline for 2012. RIP,original screenplays.

  • Ryan

    I’m fine with continuing the series in the same vein as Nolan. Don’t reboot, revap. Just recast. If Bale and Nolan wish to move on, let them. Caine and Freeman etc… may stick around with somebody playing Bruce in the world Nolan created. These films are the only incarnation of Batman I like. I hate the series. I hate the first 4 films. I like this ‘real world’ approach. Just give us a new Bruce and keep going. The new director will bring a new style without having to recreate everything all over again

  • Alex H

    This immediate reboot is an insult to Nolan’s Batman films. Give at AT LEAST 5 years, if not 10, THEN reboot it. Is it seriously ALL about money? You studios are fucking pathetic…

  • Jawsphobia

    The policy is “run it into the ground.” Warner made a mistake getting rid of Brandon Routhe as a scapegoat for Superman Returns, and he was amusing in Scott Pilgrim and Zack and Miri. Sony is greedily going for their Spider-Man reboot over a rights deadline issue to cheat Marvel out of some money. The Justice League idea sounds fun, but it will stand or fall depending on the villain’s plan and the clarity of it and just how it requires a team of progatonists to defeat it. They should let the people who do DC animated features to control that project. I would cast Anthony Daniels as Alfred and have a full reboot but I agree there should be no origin story. They need to strive for Batman or Bruce Wayne in almost every scene and having him function as a detective so we discover what is going on as he does. Michael C. Hall as Batman, maybe? And I remember Arranovski was looking at directing the Batman reboot before it went to Nolan.

  • colin

    i know that there are often deals in place where a studio has to be actively developing projects for the deals to remain in place (i.e. Fox and X-men franchise, I believe). I don’t know how common this is, but it could stand to reason that WB has to make moves with this Batman franchise or else risk losing it forever to a competitor.

    • Errol

      Time Warner owns both Warner Bros. and DC Comics, so I don’t think, at least in this case, Warners is too worried about losing the franchise since they own DC Comics.

  • Knifed in Venice

    First Spiderman and now Batman, how long before they reboot in the middle of the actual film. This is not a reactionary statement but when Nolan leaves the Batman franchise so does my interest. I’ve been a Batman fan for 30 years and Nolan’s offerings (to date) have offered me the Batman films I have been longing for. I have no interest in seeing a less talented director offer up any other type of Bat film.


  • Ingram

    they’re rebooting not cuz they want to, but because they have to. If Nolan wanted to go on, they’d make 4 more TDKs. Can’t argue wtih 500 million dollars. But he doesn’t, so WB has to reboot because Nolan’s universe is too fully fleshed out for JL movie. I mean, imagine tryina fit Flash or WonderWoman, let alone Superman, into the Nolanverse. WB HAS to make Batman “smaller” to allow it to work with the rest of the JL.

    I just hope that TDKR has some scary and intimidating villains. I liked the Joker but let’s not have another smart but weak guy. Let’s have Batman fight someone who can really beat the crap out of him before he…rises again.

  • Dave

    Let’s not crap our pants just yet. It seems to me that Robinov just pulled the word “reinvent” out of thin air and if you read the whole quote, he has no idea what’s next for Batman. The person who wrote this article then turned that into “WB IS ALREADY REBOOTING BATMAN.”

  • Matt

    Is it just me or do the head execs at multiple movie companies have a fetish for the word “reboot”? Why the hell would you even try to re-create a Batman franchise so soon after what will more than likely be the completion of one of the greatest trilogies in movie history so far, you gotta give at the very least 6 years before you start to develope a new Gotham City.

  • joe

    The Dark Knight Returns, obvious next step.

  • JohnDoe

    Oh yay, more movies I have no interest in. I might check out TDKR, but can we stop with the superhero movies for a while, please?

  • DisMol

    Making a live action ‘Batman Beyond’ film is the only way forward.

  • DisMol

    Making a live action Batman Beyond film is the only way forward now.

  • loveless

    I thought after Nolan’s first Batman.. there would be a reboot.. we get that Batman has to make his gadgets and what not… i don’t want to see him making them. Makes me feel like… anyone can do that then.. Second one was good though. Third one… of course will be bad with the.. how many villains again? cus.. having that many villains has worked out wonderfully before..

  • sheesh

    The reboot will be 3D

  • Kanten


    Or they could stop being obsessive about making a JL movie and just let the individual heroes do their own thing with their own respective styles that work best.

    Marvel’s films are quickly going to crap because everything has to be an “Avenger preview” now.

  • Old Man’s Balls

    Do you people just expect them to never make any more Batman movies? Don’t be retarded. When Nolan is done they move on and make new Batman movies.

  • Scypax

    As much as I like Batman, I’d really hate for it to slip back into the area of “Batman and Robin”…it gives me shivers everytime I think about it.

    Nolan’s vision of Batman is indeed “realistic”, but I have to say I like the realistic style more than the…comic-book-style. I mean things work in comic books that just won’t work in film.

    Unless they get a decent director and screenwriter on the project, I will not be interested in the reboot. And besides that I have to say I’ve against this reboot, considering how soon it will be. If it was in 20, 10, even 5 years, I might be more game for it. But one or two years after TDKR…that’s madness. XD

    That being said, I am interested in seeing where they can take Batman. But in my mind, it’s going to be bloody hard to defeat Nolan’s vision…good luck to anyone who dares that. XD

  • AS

    This is down right shameful. Studio greed at it’s worst. Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy(assuming TDKR is as great as the rest) has been a miracle to the “superhero” genre. Instead of an unintelligent adolescent fantasy, Nolan injected real drama and character development into his versions. Not to mention wonderful, layered, performances, the likes of which are new to the genre. But hey, why not piss all over that and continue the endless cycle of trashy, mindless reboots. Maybe they can get Bret Ratner or Zack Snyder to contribute their “visions.” I’m sure it’ll be brilliant. Chris Nolan should be very cautious before stamping his name on any future incarnations. I wouldn’t want to see him loose his integrity. But the real people to blame for these shitty remakes are the dumb morons who pay, time and time again, to go and see the bullshit. You liked Battle: L.A. did ya? Well good, because now the rest of us have to look forward to the innumerable alien invasion flicks that await us in the near future. Same goes for Katherine Heigl rom coms, the buddy comedies, horror flicks and the Michael Bay trash. Please, stop going to see them! If you really must watch them, then pirate them. But don’t give them any more money!

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