EXCLUSIVE: ‘Batman and Robin’ Movie May Be Next from DC Comics’ New 52

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ executive producer Michael E. Uslan hints that the latest incarnation of Bruce Wayne may head to theaters after Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

The New 52's Batman and Robin may be heading to the big screen
The New 52's Batman and Robin may be heading to the big screen
Even though The Dark Knight Rises is still in the midst of principle photography, it hasn't stopped fans from speculating on where this franchise may go after director Christopher Nolan completes his trilogy. There's been rumors that another big name director may step in and create an all-new trilogy from scratch, and that Bruce Wayne may also lead a TV series sometime in the near future.

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 only thing I would direct your attention to is the new comic books. The comic books have kept this character vital, and intriguing, for seventy-two years. We are all still going back every Wednesday to see what's new. I think the character is that vital and that sustaining. He is going to be around for a long time to come."

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.

" The Stan Lee theory (is something) I adhere by thoroughly. Stan Lee says that heroes will only be popular and have longevity if their super villains are great. They are only as good as their super villains. It's only the villains that really define them at the end of the day. Batman, inarguably, has the greatest rogues gallery of supervillains ever created in comics. The comics have been coming out every Wednesday since 1939. The credit has to go to the creators. The Artists. The Writers. The Editors. The publishers. The people that have been bringing us Batman now for 72 years. They get us to come back every single week. They are keeping us intrigued. They are keeping us interested. The characters continue to evolve. We want to follow. We want to know what happens next. Is every storyline in 72 years great? No. But they really try. They try to innovate. They sometimes try gimmicks that work for a while, and don't work...But at the end of the day, there have been so many great stories about this great character, and the whole family of Batman characters, that I don't think its popularity is every going to diminish."

We also talked to Michael E. Uslan about the rumors of a new Batman TV series. He remained tightlipped, saying only this.

"The only thing I am looking forward to right now is July 20th, with The Dark Knight Rises in theaters, and October 18th of this year, with Batman: Year One, the animated movie, coming out direct to DVD and Blu-ray."

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.

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  1. Rasheed M. Abdullatif

    batman and robin would work but robins origin needs to be revamped

    3 years agoby @Rasheed-M-AbdullatifFlag

  2. Rasheed M. Abdullatif

    I think robin should get his own movie seen greyson fan trailer

    3 years agoby @Rasheed-M-AbdullatifFlag

  3. Rasheed M. Abdullatif

    look batman will endour christian bale is not hte only one who care ware the cowl of batman and directors can be replaced same for star wars if george let it go the material that exists in both of these worlds already can be made into movies im ntired of reboots telling origins that bullsh*t we all have read these comics as children and they should use the information from the comics no excuses

    3 years agoby @Rasheed-M-AbdullatifFlag

  4. Mark Lopa

    First of all Damien did not take the mantel of Robin from Dick Grayson. He took it from Stephanie Brown, who took it from Tim Drake, who took it from Jason Todd, and HE took it from Dick Grasyon. Also, please...do NOT make a movie with Damien Wayne as Robin. I know of not one person who likes this kid. He's an arrogant, ignorant punk who puts shame to the whole legacy of Robin. Have Robin be either Dick Grayson or Tim Drake. The latter would allow an appearance by Dick Grayson as Nightwing. Stephanie Brown as Batgirl wouldn't be bad, either...teaming up with Barbara Gordon as Oracle.

    3 years agoby @Mark-LopaFlag

  5. Summit10

    talk about stealing, what if the character of Marion Cottilard posing as an employee for Wayne stole the tech, blueprints for the Tumbler got Bane to use since they were beyond doubt works for the League of Shadows and wants revenge for her Father.

    3 years agoby @summit10Flag

  6. Hybrid89

    Batman 4 should be called;" Shadow of the Bat" and feature Dick Grayson only he is about 12 so too young to be Robin yet but by all means use the origin story and have the Joker return as the villan, he could escape arkham asylum with the help of new villan Harley Quinn and at a carnival that comes but once a year to gotham he could terrorize the people even kill for eg. Dick's parents etc etc... tho for the whole film there will be no Robin but having his alter ego there would certainly pave the way for a fifth Batman movie which could have Robin introduced in full and also there should be teasers in batman 4 for the fans sake such as young Dick out in the garden feeding " robins " with Alfred and of course have him discover the bat cave about 2/3 of the movie also Batman 5 should take place 3 years after movie 4 making Dick 15 and the Riddler should be the Villan but thats another story.....

    3 years agoby @Hybrid89Flag

  7. Junior Roberts

    When are we getting Batman Beyond. I think that version of Batman has NEVER been explored on the big screen and could really drive interest into a new world of Batman we've never seen more than except in the cartoon. Thoughts?

    4 years agoby @junior-robertsFlag

  8. Replicant

    So, more non-news from MW.

    4 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  9. ROFLitschristian

    But you guys have got to think about this. Where would Batman be today if it wasn't for Robin? And I'm talking real life and the comics. If Robin wasn't the unintended comic relief, would Batman be as popular. And if it wasn't for Robin taking up the mantle, Batman would seize to exist! Give the dude a break.

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  10. ROFLitschristian

    I was about to stick up for Robin... but then I saw his bird-wing cape in the photo. He's not making it any easier for himself.

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    @bawnian-dexeus *Nods head* Because he's Batman.

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. justinishulk

    @angelsbleedtoo@Teja I agreed with u both dude :)

    4 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

  13. Teja

    Robin sucks

    4 years agoby @TejaFlag

  14. Angelsbleedtoo

    The beginning of the end is all I have to say. Batman never needed a partner. Night wing is cool. The red hood is cool. Batman beyond is pretty damn cool. But Batman and Robin? Sorry, but no.

    4 years agoby @angelsbleedtooFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hmm, Amazon has the whole new set for 90, not bad. Wish list. Maybe this time around I might be able to follow comics. But where can I find a CB store? Or should I stick to Amazon? Hmmm

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. ROFLitschristian

    I'd rather have a 5-7 year break from Batman after TDKR. I mean, yes Batman is the chiz and I'm sure TDKR will keep us entertained for years to come, but it'll only be a matter of time before the popularity rushes to Batman's head and he no longer feels the need to try because he thinks, "Hey, I'm Batman. I could eat soup for 30 min. and people would STILL pay to see me."

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  17. Dantha

    How do you infer from his statement that the next big-screen incarnation will be based on that line of comic books? He doesn't mention any specific titles!

    4 years agoby @Danyl-TraynorFlag

  18. skywise

    you know, as long as Nolan is not doing Robin ( he has stated that he has no faith in that character for the world he created - which means his heart is not in it) and they find someone who loves the character and can deal with the absurdity of it all...i am ok with this.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  19. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus In answer to your question, yes. Now should this be the case? I don't know. They would have to create Damien's origin, use the Al Ghul family again, etc.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Twisted Smile

    That new Batman and Robin story was just okay.

    4 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  21. MovieManiac

    Focus on TDKR first, then we'll talk.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  22. JasonKat

    yea and knight wing, better than robin.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jasonkat Hush and Black Mask would make great villains for another installment

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. JasonKat

    I dunno what to say to that, i mean, when you think about it, whats left? When it boils down to it. we already seen..
    Mr. Freeze
    Poison Ivy
    Ra's al Ghul
    joker (again)
    bane (coming soon lol)
    Talia al Ghul (coming soon)

    And then theres others.. such as
    Harley Quinn
    Killer Croc

    But it seems like every time they go for a reboot or remake, they always wanna bring back names like "joker, catwoman two face ect"
    And batman has a chitload of villians that we may never get to see in such film. By da time we get there, sum of us would b really old to even care less.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  25. K.Guy

    "finale" means nothing anymore

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jasonkat As for Batman's abilities, I would prefer him still being human. The man has been branded stronger than the rest because of his ingenuity and training. The man ca take on the JL if he wanted to.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. JasonKat

    @bawnian-dexeus Yea and i kinda have the feeling that they might re-create batman himself like they did to superman. They might try rebooting the whole thing and change alot of things to it. like maybe nomore alfred, maybe no wyane manor, maybe batman can fly, They might really change this stuff to reimagin batman compared to what we already know about him, Wateer they plan to do. i hope its going forward and not 1 step back.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  28. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jasonkat I'll say this before someone begins to attack me. If Nolan is serious, or better yet, if the rumors of Nolan being producer of the future Bat films, than I have no doubt the established tone and production value. Only difference, we would be entering the DC universe rather than the Nolan universe

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  29. JasonKat

    @bawnian-dexeus lol tru.. robin stealing the tumbler is not good, lol And the film shouldnt focus on him at all. we dont really have to see how he became robin, he can just b another hero outhere who happenes to bump into batman, or sumthing like that. maybe he can even save batman during a fight. who knows, but yea the story has to go along w the dark knight rises, even if bale does not return, the cave, wyanemanor and batmobile have to remain the same, as much as i love every1 of em, i hate how each film had a diff car, and house,

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

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