Well, last summer they quietly hired "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall to pen a "Justice League" script, and while it was recently reported that the studio wasn't planning on any DC Comics movie hitting the big screen before 2015, perhaps they are getting their ducks in a row. According to a brief mention in a recent report by THR, the studio "will try to resuscitate Batman as a stand-alone franchise and/or as part of a planned 'Justice League' ensemble that could connect to next summer's 'Man of Steel.' "
Granted, that's pretty thin and the trade could be speculating a bit there, but it is intriguing (though the use of the word "resuscitate" to describe a billion dollar franchise is a bit odd). Certainly, tying "Justice League" into "Man Of Steel" makes way more sense than recasting the character again for a movie that would arrive (at the earliest) two years after Zack Snyder's film. And the idea of marketing two different Supermans to a moviegoing audience, potentially so close to each other, didn't really much sense to us either. But then again, if executive producer Christopher Nolan has shown, he likes his works to stand outside of any kind of canon, and some kind of Marvel style universe seems to antithetical to how he operates. But he's also just an EP, and thus may not hold as much sway on the movie than if he were a director. And with Snyder coming off two disappointments ("Sucker Punch," "Watchmen") he's not in any real place to negotiate for his movie to be a standalone piece.
Certainly, with Marvel showing they cold turn geek characters into a broadly appealing, billion dollar franchise with "The Avengers," everyone around town is paying attention. Will WB follow this model? Do you want them to? Time will tell, but let us know below.