Nolan to produce Justice League Movie? David Goyer to write? Zach Snyder to possibly direct and co-produce? And could Bale return as Batman?
Much to the chagrin of my editor, I am drawn to the sweet sweet sounds of Latino Review rumors. The latest concerns the Justice League movie and what is becoming of the property at Warner Brothers. LR writer El Mayimbe says that Warner Brothers has gotten desperate to turn Justice League and their stable of heroes into a franchise, especially after watching Disney aquire Star Wars and put it into the hands of J.J. Abrams after the huge summer Whedon's Avengers had.. He says, producer Christopher Nolan has taken the helm of the ship, possibly with Zach Snyder to join him co-producing the Justice League movie. This is where we get to the juiciest gossip of all, he speculates that Christian Bale could return as Batman, pointing out an interview with Bale in Empire Magazine where he stated he would be interested in returning as Batman for a fourth movie if Nolan handed him a good script. To pile on, that script could also be handled by David Goyer, writer of Batman Begins and Man of Steel.
How could this happen with Bruce Wayne retiring at the end of the The Dark Knight Returns? El Mayimbe goes into pure speculation here, but points out how huge it would be if after the credits of Man of Steel, we see Bruce Wayne was relaxing somewhere, fishing, full growth of beard, and Superman lands and tells him he is putting together a team. I have to admit, as much as I want to see DC/WB move away from Nolan/Bale's version of Batman, that a scene like that would make me geek out. To look at it from a business standpoint and not just a geek standpoint though, El Mayimbe points out that none of the Marvel heroes' films brought in a billion dollars like the Avengers did, but Bale's Batman movies did it-- twice. He believes the studios will want two huge tentpoles holding up a Justice League movie and Bale's Batman combined with a successful Man of Steel would do it.
Head over El Mayimbe's article at Latino-Review for more details and his video blog on the 'scoop'.
As for my own views on the news? I don't doubt they would get Nolan and Snyder involved in production for a Justice League movie and even future features for the other characters, but I'm not sold on Bale returning. It may be becuase, as I mentioned earlier, I'd like to see them move on from that vision of Batman. WB hasn't been known for making great decisions with their super-heroes so far though, so it's hard to tell what they will do. I can definitely see them making a decision like this based on dollar signs. The execs probably aren't clever enough to see that it didn't take Marvel and Whedon having billion dollar heroes to make Avengers successful. It took a good story and a good vision. That's something they need much more than Christian Bale, and hopefully Nolan can bring that to the table, with or without him.
So what do you think about the idea of Bale returning? Or maybe you're a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt carrying the role on? Would you rather see them go in a new direction with Batman, or do you think they'll 'play it safe' and use the mega=successful version? Let us know below...