Let's start with "Justice League," which has had more rumors than actual hard news from pretty much the day George Miller's mooted version was shut down at the last minute years and years ago. Largely seen as Warner Bros. ace card in their deck of DC characters they haven't yet fully been exploited, the last 18 months or so there has been a battery of filmmakers rumored to be sought for the gig, ranging from Ben Affleck to The Wachowskis, with Christopher Nolan batted around by nerds as the ideal choice to take it on. And while Nolan has played cagey about it (as he has been with "Man Of Steel," refusing as usual to reveal too much about the movie he's producing for Zack Sndyer), Warner Bros. has now dashed fanboy wet dreams.
“No, no it’s not,” WB president Jeff Robinov told EW when asked if it was true that Nolan would produce "Justice League," or if Christian Bale would once again wear the cowl. Nolan's reps also confirmed he wasn't involved with "Justice League," and it's clear he's moved on, focused on his sci-fi "Interstellar." But perhaps the biggest question of all facing Warner Bros. is how they can move forward if Nolan's complete story in "The Dark Knight" trilogy can't be touched. Well, maybe it can...
Asked if Nolan's trilogy will stand alone, Robinov made a pretty interesting about-face, stating: “They do. Or they did. Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.” I guess we can cue up those Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumors again? (Even though they were squashed at the time). EW isn't quite sure if Robinov meant Nolan's trilogy could be spun off from or if he was saying the next Batman films won't be walled in, but vagueness = internet hysteria.
But remember, this is the studio that's doing a prequel to "The Shining" and it wouldn't be surprising if they don't want to leave their most (only?) successful comic property untouched without trying to keep that gravy train flowing. Either way, plenty of food for thought, but there will be more coming from WB soon.
“We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,” Robinov said.