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Rumor: Christopher Nolan In Talks To Oversee 'Justice League,' Christian Bale To Return As Batman

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by Cain Rodriguez
March 4, 2013 9:04 AM
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In every interview he did last year -- including our interview with him from December -- Christopher Nolan maintained that his take on Bruce Wayne and Batman was over with “The Dark Knight Rises.” Now, however, Latino Review (via Forbes) is reporting that Warner Bros. -- after possibly scrapping Will Beall’s draft -- is in talks to get the secretive director on board for the future of their superhero slate with a little help from his friends.

“Well, I’m producing Superman now and I’m enjoying time off and taking a break” is what Nolan said last year when we asked him if he was done with superheroes for good. However, if these reports are to be believed, it seems the studio has spent the past few months wooing Nolan into taking on the same "godfather" role that Joss Whedon has taken on at Marvel, in an effort to merge his highly successful “Dark Knight” films with the rest of the DC universe.

That’s right, the Nolan-verse may yet be seen again on the big screen, and rumor has it that Christian Bale would don the cape and cowl for a team-up film opposite Henry Cavill’s Kryptonian hero. It’s not exactly clear if the film will end up being “Justice League” or the latest iteration of a Batman & Superman film that the studio has been attempting for years, though at this point they might as well add a couple of lower-tier characters and just slap the title on that sucker. There is also speculation that WB could try some kind of "World's Finest" adaptation before eventually moving on to "Justice League."

Again, this is all just rumor so far, but the idea is to reunite the team behind “Man of Steel” for the new film with Nolan again stepping in as producer, David Goyer contributing the story, and Zack Snyder producing and possibly directing as well. Of course, we totally buy that WB are eager to save face (particularly with the nerd segment) and that roping in Nolan -- or even the rumor of roping in Nolan -- is a nice way to assure fans that "Justice League" and/or other DC properties are in good hands. But Bale returning after his arc was wrapped up so nicely in "The Dark Knight Rises" seems more wishlist than real, and it would undermine the entire thematic undercurrent of the closing film of Nolan's trilogy -- that Batman is a symbol as much he is Bruce Wayne.

Seeing as the rumors about “Justice League” have been all over the place -- remember when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to take over the cowl? -- take it all with a grain of salt for now (and remember that Latino Review, as often as they have been right, were also dead wrong about that whole Planet Hulk thing). And recall that this news comes about a month after it was reported that Warner Bros. were not going to make any decisions on "Justice League" until "Man Of Steel" opened (though recent early screening reports have apparently been ecstatic). 

So basically, yes, no, maybe so...your thoughts? Do you want Nolan to continue with superhero movies, or just focus on getting "Interstellar" made?

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14 Comments

  • Ash | March 5, 2013 8:31 AMReply

    dont want it to be true.

  • TJK | March 4, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    While I think this would be good news for Justice League, that would be outweighed by the destruction of the perfect end to Bruce Wayne's story. The only way I would ever want the dark knight team to revisit the character is if Nolan made some sort of small scale art house espionage thriller with a post batman Bruce Wayne in Europe.

  • Avengers4life | March 4, 2013 1:19 PMReply

    Honestly, WB needs to give it up on this Justice League shit.

  • Daniel | March 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Totally.

  • Daniel | March 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Totally.

  • BEF | March 4, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    After their start of 2013 (Jack the Giant Slayer, Beautiful Creatures), WB is realizing that Nolan and Affleck are all they've got. I hope neither of them wastes time with this mega-movie.

  • DHE | March 4, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    This shouldn't happen it would defeat the purpose of Nolan's trilogy

  • Trust in Nolan | March 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    Exactly. Which is why Latino Review is wrong here. What's the case is this is what WB WANTS and they're reporting the studio's pipe dream, but Nolan isn't interested. This won't happen, trust.

  • [A] | March 4, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    Bad move, Nolan.

  • james | March 4, 2013 9:42 AMReply

    Won't happen.

  • TheoC | March 4, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    Partially I want Man of Steel to stink because I hate a universe with a successful Zack Snyder, but I do want to see a great Superman movie. I think Nolan's Batman movies ended perfectly, I understand why Warners would want him and Bale involved $$$ but personally I hope it doesn't happen. Now I'm sure this rumour began on Latino Review and was somewhat backed up on AICN (mainly on the financial view), but LR were also 100% convinced of the Planet Hulk rumour, so i think I'll wait and see on this one.

  • TheoC | March 4, 2013 5:08 PM

    True Ron, I meant to say I don't want to live in a universe with a successful Superman movie brought to me by the one trick cock end Snyder. His last 3 movies have more or less tanked so he's still no golden boy.

  • Ron | March 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    I think you already live in a universe with a successful Snyder.

  • caro | March 4, 2013 9:19 AMReply

    nooooo! i don't want! the Batman team (Goyer,Nolan,Bale) is over! they don't reply to the call of money!
    Goyer and Nolan said and repeated Batman was over for them and Batman/Wayne doesn't work in Superman/superheroes world

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