Christopher Nolan to Produce Batman Reboot After ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov also clarifies that a ‘Justice League of America’ script is currently being developed.

Warner Bros. will reboot the Batman franchise after The Dark Knight Rises
Warner Bros. will reboot the Batman franchise after The Dark Knight Rises
Yesterday, Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov hinted that a Justice League of America movie is back in the works for a 2013 release date. Today, Jeff Robinov not only confirmed that the Justice League of America script is in development, but also revealed that the Batman franchise will be rebooted after The Dark Knight Rises is released next year.

Director Christopher Nolan will remain on board as a producer, although he will not be directing the reboot. Here's what Jeff Robinov 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."

The news does make sense, though, since star Christian Bale has previously stated that The Dark Knight Rises will likely be his last movie as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

With the Justice League of America project, Jeff Robinov would only say that the script is being developed, although he would not reveal who is currently writing the superhero ensemble. He also mentioned that superhero projects such as The Flash and Wonder Woman, which are currently being written, could serve as spin-offs after the Justice League of America.

Wonder Woman is also being developed as a new NBC TV series with Adrianne Palicki starring as Diana Prince. Jeff Robinov says that he believes a new movie could co-exist with the TV series.

"Wonder Woman could be a film as well, the same way that Superman Returns came out while Smallville was on."

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

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  1. Titanictom

    NO SH*T...Predictable-That's why I said...Finale My Fat F*cking Ass!!!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. WongFu

    Bo ho, he lost his parents. A lot of kids have lost their parents, I maybe a big Batman fan but enough of it.
    No more remakes, no more dragging it out, make a sequel and just turn Nolan's version into something more.

    i can't believe they want to remake it to suite their needs for a supernatural world and to fit it into JLA.
    If they are that desperate then just alter Nolan's version.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  3. David Powell

    personally, they shouldn't remake the franchise all over again. there's only been 3 films and it's a good series. sure batman begins and the dark knight did have some flaws(BB: inaccurate portrayal of ras al ghul as bruce's trainer, scarecrow's getup being dumb, no fight between batman and scarecrow, and burning down wayne manor. TDK: giving the assumption that joker wears makeup, rather than being a permenant clown due to falling in a vat of chemicals, and acting like harvey dent/twoface got killed at the end.), but nonetheless, they are still good films and i hope that the dark knight rises is more accurate than the previous 2 films.
    so, rather than remaking it all over again, continue on with a 4th film that introduces the 8-year-old dick grayson(aka robin) and has joker and penguin as the villains, with joker being played by the guy who plays him in the joker blogs. the 4th film and any sequels afterwards can still be dark like the first 3 films. the justice league film, which should take place after the 4th batman film, can also be dark, but maybe not as dark as the solo batman films, but just dark and serious enough. possibly moreso than the avengers film.

    3 years agoby @David-PowellFlag

  4. Lane

    There's a lot of dislikes on this article, lol.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  5. RojoDiablo

    Love to see the JLA film but not sure about a Batman reboot this soon.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  6. thrashnasty190

    Bet Joel Shumacher will be directing lol more nips for batman!

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  7. Pjwolsker

    this will blow. back to more sh*tty Batman movies

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  8. Dennis25

    Lets go for a 4hr Dark Knight Rises movie & break it up into two parts
    I was thinking it would be great if Bane breaks the Batman's back in the first part to The Dark Knight Rises and see Batman come back and avenge himself in the second part of The Dark Knight Rises, sort of how the latest Harry Potter movie is being done into two parts. This would give Chris Nolan more room to create and better tell his story without cramming new characters and their story lines together. What do you think...?

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    4 years agoby @Dennis25Flag

  9. Dennis25

    Let's start a Chris Nolan Batman4 Campaign
    O.k. so I was thinking that we as fans of the Chris Nolan Batman franchise do not want to see another interpretation of Bruce Wayne unless he's much older(TDKR). No, so I was thinking lets start a campaign to show our love and support for Chris Nolan and what he is doing for the Batman franchise expressing our interest in keeping Chris Nolan, his brother and David S. Goyer on Batman films at least the next ones to come after The Dark Knight Rises.I was thinking a T-Shirt Campaign and a petition maybe on facebook.

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  10. Dennis25

    o.k. so I was thinking that we as fans of the Chris Nolan Batman franchise do not want to see another interpretation of Bruce Wayne unless he's much older(TDKR). No, so I was thinking lets start a campaign to show our love and support for Chris Nolan and what he is doing for the Batman franchise expressing our interest in keeping Chris Nolan, his brother and David S. Goyer on Batman films at least the next ones to come after The Dark Knight Rises.I was thinking a T-Shirt Campaign and a petition maybe on facebook.

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    4 years agoby @Dennis25Flag

  11. Dennis25


    4 years agoby @Dennis25Flag

  12. Dennis25

    I think that Chris Nolan did his home work on Batman, following behind director Tim Burton's Batman(He created a great dark realistic Batman and a great dark realistic Joker) he seemed to be doing well following close behind Burton and knowing to dodge director Joel Schumacher's style or interpretations on the Batman character. However, he now has to top his own best work which I don't know if its pressure or anxiety or whatever that has him exited about bringing to end and cutting off his Christian Bale take of Batman. There is plenty reason to not end his Batman franchise in a 3 part series, for starters look at author Joanne "Jo" Rowling and what shes doing with Harry Potter.(How can we get Chris Nolan to think more Broad like this for the Batman franchise? Think about all of the 3 part movie trilogies that all had great potential for Success yet all ended in disasters, (The Matrix:Revolution, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Spider-man3, The Terminator 3...) Here is where they go wrong (YOU DON'T CHANGE WHAT WORKS!!!-and expect the same results or reactions from fans) IN OTHER WORDS (IF IT'S NOT BROKE DON'T FIX IT) HERE IS MY POINT YOU DON'T CHANGE the FIRST Ninja Turtle's costumes and replace them with worser less believable costumes and expect the same box office results, you don't show more of the supporting characters than the main character (Neo) whom you have been training us (the fans) to follow, watch and anticipate seeing more of (that works) to an end result of him getting the distastefully beat up and killed in The Matrix Revolution(ALL WE WANTED TO SEE WAS NEO FIGHT MORE LIKE IN "THE MATRIX RELOADED", AND EVENTUALLY KICK THE CRUD OUT OF THE AGENT SMITHS AND KILL THEM ALL) , You don't make Erick, the guy from"That Seventies Show" Venom and you don't give The Sand Man more movie screen time than Venom if any just because you like the character and grew up reading about him in the comics (Sam Rami) my advise is to (DO WHAT WORKS AND LISTEN TO THE FANS)

    4 years agoby @Dennis25Flag

  13. LuxoIII

    I actually think this is the right way to go. They can let Chris Nolan's Batman be its own Batman and a reboot will prevent WB from screwing it up. I say it's a win-win, WB gets more Batman movies and Chris Nolan's legacy will remain untarnished.

    4 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  14. Pjwolsker

    Nolans Batman is the true Batman

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  15. slysnide

    @rusty-croker: I myself still don't understand how "The Avengers" is gonna work out with so many characters, let alone "JLA." Though I agree that Nolan's Batman doesn't at all jive with the tone & spirit of the JLA. He'd have to be toned down to the Val Kilmer version to make it feasible. Granted the Bruce Wayne persona fits like a glove given how arrogant he is, but his alter-ego I can't imagine will jive well at all if they adapt Nolan's version for the JLA movie.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  16. ejk1

    @rusty-croker In my opinion, WB is making a colossal mistake with their JLA plan, if this is set in stone. I'm betting that they realize their mistake, and push this further down the line.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Rusty_Croker

    @ejk1@slysnide: You both present valid arguments. EJK1, you're right - as long as the fans continue to go to the movies to see cheesy or outstanding Batman films, WB will continue to make them. After all, it is the movie business, as you meticulously pointed out. I know WB will jump on the opportunity to make money off of it, but I was hoping that Nolan would resist the monetary temptations and reject the offer. And of course, I'm saying this as an idealist and not through a business perspective. I guess a money maker's got to do what a money maker's got to do...make money. Slysnide, I really never thought of it that way - future directors have a precedent to go by, so they will definitely take Nolan's style into consideration, while recognizing that it was Nolan's style that finally brought success and more money to the franchise.

    There are still a few things that bother me and I'd like to know what you guys think. Aside from the reboot dilemma, I feel uncomfortable with Nolan taking part in the Justice League project because I believe that it will become childish. We all agree that Nolan's Batman is a realistic and disturbing character, not a Val Kilmer trying to get it on with Nicole Kidman (though I don't think Bale would be opposed to it). But if other characters such as Superman, Wonderwoman and all these other characters with actual superhuman abilities are incorporated into the film, Nolan will have to tone down on the realism and psychology - the very factors that make Nolan's films successful. If this happens, Nolan runs the risk of participating in a project that does not match his style and may not associate well with him. To illustrate, Nolan and superhuman movies are like hard core assassin Mrs. Smith (Angelina Jolie) hesitantly holding that baby in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Does that make sense?

    4 years agoby @rusty-crokerFlag

  18. UNoLazyboy

    Is this an early April Fools joke cuz this would suck.

    4 years agoby @unolazyboyFlag

  19. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Smart of them to differ Nolan's from joining the other DC characters, fact! because it is too much his own series and character now

    4 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  20. Nicole Cregg

    Bale is the best Batman!!!

    4 years agoby @Nicole-CreggFlag

  21. rjh094

    i don't even believe this

    4 years agoby @rjh094Flag

  22. Dyld021


    4 years agoby @dyld021Flag

  23. slysnide

    @ejk1@rusty-croker: That's the thing though. Nolan was the first guy to do it. His directorial style, plus the fact that most of his films delve into the psychological realm for themes, combined with the fact that Batman & rogues also delve deeply into pscyhology rather than paranormal phenomena made for a great formula. But now that this trilogy is here (almost). I can't imagine with three films to reference--as well as the profits for incentive to stay with the tone--and with dozens of comics & GNs to draw inspiration from that it'll be difficult to pull off a stand alone Batman film reminicent of Nolan's themes and style, without being a total rip off or waste of time. For WB knows WHY the fans responded so well to Nolan's films. Hence they'll be carefule rather than throw away a bunch of money for a lousy director for a Schumacher-esque surrealism. This factor in particular is very important whereas with films like "SpiderMan" which never had previous versions got bad because the studio had nothing to go on for incentive. WB has that with Nolan's Trilogy. A format & Theme & Style to stick to, and I doubt they'll carelessly let it slide.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  24. ejk1

    @rusty-croker You're right, no other director has been able to get the tone as well as Nolan. Of course, we ARE only talking about two other people. As for the rest of your quote, it is impassioned, everything one would expect from a fan. Now here's the rub: WB recognizes that Batman has legions upon legions of fans. They have every right to believe that these legions will continue to show up. Hell, they have proof: Batman & Robin, as bad as it was, still made almost 240 million worldwide in 1997(judge that against today's prices for tickets, and that number nears 500 mil).Fast forward eight years, and BB comes out and is a rousing commercial success. So, when putting these things together, one has to ask why would WB ever shelve potential profit? The answer is simple: they won't, and shouldn't. As long as the "business" is good, they will keep making these movies. It is when people stop showing up that the movies will stop. You see, it all comes down to us the fans saying, "no, we won't see the film in theaters," which is something WB (and other studios) are betting will never happen. And up till this point, no one has proven them wrong.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. Rusty_Croker

    Slysnide, I shutter at the notion of a Batman reboot because although the dark tone of Batman already existed more than 60 years ago, no movie maker has been able to emulate such tone as perfectly as Nolan. Again, I agree that Nolan is not completely responsible for the realism in his trilogy, but he's been the best so far. And his movies are uncontested and beat any Batman movie before it (I know the Michael Keaton fans are going to lynch me for this). I think a good amount of fans will agree with me that Nolan's Batman has become the "unofficial official" Batman and we want to preserve it and keep it untainted. It's possible that other directors might pick up from where Nolan left off and make a good film, but to me, the soon to be trilogy will excel our expectations and will never be matched. To be honest, I can't think how Nolan will make the third movie better, but according to Oldman he has. That takes a lot of skill that is scarce in the movie making industry. How many movies have been destroyed by their sequels and reboots (i.e. X-Men, Iron Man, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Terminator)? We're just afraid that Batman will be tainted. Think about, after Batman & Robin, it couldn't have gotten worse, so Nolan's Batman was semi-welcomed. But now that it has exceeded expectations and become the third most highest grossing movie, there is a lot more to lose through a reboot, especially since Nolan won't be directing it. I hope you're right, but I'm quite skeptical and scared that WB will taint the perfect Batman that Nolan has created. In my opinion, I think Nolan shouldn't take any part in the Justice League and Batman reboot projects, so that his trilogy remains preserved in perfection.

    4 years agoby @rusty-crokerFlag

  26. slysnide

    Hate to break it to all of you, but Nolan isn't fully responsible for the new realistic look of Batman. You don't need him to capture that same tone. He and Ledger alike tapped into a darker tone which already existed in the '40s comics, as well as Denny O'Neil & Neal Adams' reboot of the saga from the '70s & '80s. Hence, now that the format has been presented by Nolan it doesn't take Nolan to make a worthy sequel. A lot can be attributed to that tone just not being shown cinematically before. Lots of people seemed to overlook that, figuring Nolan to be genius when half of it was already in the comics to draw upon. Ergo, as @dan1@pjwolsker@ejk1 said, a 'reboot' requires no origins. Hell, that's another thing. Why do you all shutter at the notion of a REBOOT???? That word doesn't mean death to all you've seen already. It's just a new continuity of Batman films which exist separately from Nolan's trilogy. Skip the origin story and you can have two or three more great films which could perfect Riddler & Penguin as they originally appeared in the comics. And did you all forget that companies like DC, or the other big one, MARVEL can handle multiple productions at once? Just cause DC is a bit slow to the draw doesn't mean they're incapable of producing more than one film at a time. WB just wanted to wait out the 'Harry Potter' cash cow, as well as Nolan's cash cow before they begin making multiple superhero films like Marvel has been doing for years (Several news articles express this). Just wait out "HP," & "TDKR," and you'll probably be hearing more DC superhero movie news on the rise.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  27. CelluloidDreams

    I agree with TeamEdward1 .. this sounds like a Hollywood Sell-Out!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  28. Funkster

    I love Batman as much as the next guy, but WHY!? WHY!? WHY!? For the love of all things holy, do something original Hollywood and stop ringing out beloved franchises like some kind of blood-stained money sponge!

    4 years agoby @funksterFlag

  29. Ledouchee

    @TeamEdward1 Kristen Bell? Veronica Mars as Batman? Now there's a reboot!

    4 years agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  30. TeamEdward1


    4 years agoby @TeamEdward1Flag

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