And you thought the Spider-Man reboot came a little fast. While Warner Bros. is going to let Christopher Nolan wrap up his special little trilogy of artful Batman movies with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 (he did give them one the biggest movies ever, after all), they won’t be sitting on such a popular character for long. Warner Bros. prez Jeff Robinov says Batman will appear in a 2013 Justice League movie that will team him with Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern and other popular DC Comics characters—and this Batman probably won’t be a gravelly Christian Bale.
There were actually plans for a Justice League movie in 2008, but the writers’ strike, followed by massive success of The Dark Knight, got execs worried about messing with Nolan’s popular vision of the hero. While there’s no promise that Rubinov’s plans will come to fruition (Green Lantern and the Henry Cavill-starring Superman reboot could flop, after all), it’s surprising they’d be willing to switch gears on Batman so quickly. Sure, Nolan is set to “produce” the next Bat-movie after Rises, but don’t forget Tim Burton “produced” Batman Forever and we still wound up with Chris O’Donnell and bat-nipples. One good thing that could happen: Armie Hammer was cast as Bruce Wayne for the previous crack at the Justice League, and his rising fame can’t hurt his chances at reclaiming the cowl for this one.
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