No one in the Bat camp is talking at this point. And it's all conjecture until the powers that be reveal their secret plans for keeping the Batman franchise afloat. Today, however, we did get a hint at the direction Bruce Wayne's cinematic side may take after The Dark Knight Rises plays out at theaters.
Executive producer and Batman rights holder Michael E. Uslan, who took the rights in 1979 and has worked on both the 80s Batman series, as well as Christopher Nolan's trilogy, has released a great new book titled The Boy Who Loved Batman, which recounts his trials and tribulations in bringing a more serious comic book franchise to the big screen. We recently chatted with Michael about both his book and the upcoming movie. He was rather stoic when questions concerning the future of The Dark Knight arose, but he did drop a subtle hint that the next incarnation of Batman on the big screen may be based on DC Comics recently launched New 52 title Batman and Robin.
Here is what he had to say when asked what the future held for Batman on the big screen.
The New 52's Batman and Robin finds Bruce Wayne teaming up with his son Damien, who takes over the mantel of Robin from Dick Grayson. The pair must fight a mysterious killer in an owl skull mask who turns out to have a vendetta against the entire Wayne family that dates back for centuries, and calls the soul of Gotham City into play. The first issue is on stands now, and Michael E. Uslan talked about the importance of a good, strong villain.
We also talked to Michael E. Uslan about the rumors of a new Batman TV series. He remained tightlipped, saying only this.
For more about The Dark Knight Rises and the future of the Batman franchise, be sure to read our entire interview with Michael E. Uslan coming soon.
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.