Jeff Rubinov, president of the Warner Brothers motion picture group, spoke to LA Times recently about his plans to develop a Justice League movie and a continuation of the Batman franchise, probably in the form of another reboot. Yep, another.
Rubinov’s first priority is getting the Justice League film out in theaters in 2013, including all the top superheroes. Production ran into some delays in past years due to the writers guild strike and tax credit issues.
Christopher Nolan’s recent versions of Batman have been the superhero mainstay for Warner Brothers, so it’s not surprising they want to find ways to continue the franchise. The upcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises, is going to be Nolan’s last as director, but he has agreed to stay on as producer. Here is what he had to say:
“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.”
So are we ready for another version of Batman? Seems premature to us, but there are a lot of opinions out there that the franchise needs to return to specific comic roots.