Is Christopher Nolan Developing ‘Justice League’ with Christian Bale as Batman?

Henry Cavill is also rumored to be returning as Superman in this long-delayed DC Comics ensemble adventure.

Christopher Nolan may be developing the Justice League movie at Warner Bros.
Christopher Nolan may be developing the Justice League movie at Warner Bros.
There have been a number of intriguing rumors circling Warner Bros. and DC Comics long-gestating superhero ensemble Justice League in the last few months. Now a new story has surfaced that puts Christopher Nolan in the producer's seat with Christian Bale returning as Batman and Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman.

The project has long seemed in trouble, with DC Comics trying to catch up with Marvel Studios and their success with the Marvel's The Avengers franchise. Last month, it was widely rumored that Justice League's fate rested solely on the success or failure of Warner Bros.' Superman reboot Man of Steel. Then, it leaked that the studio was very unhappy with Will Beall's script, and that they are currently seeking out a new writer.

Now, it is being reported that Warner Bros. is bringing Christopher Nolan on to not only produce, but also shepherd the project, just as he did with Man of Steel.

This means that Christian Bale may return as Batman, even though he stated multiple times that The Dark Knight Rises would be his last turn as Bruce Wayne. The actor did reveal in a recent interview that, if Christopher Nolan came to him with another Batman story, he might be interested in donning the Bat-suit once again.

It is also being said that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will produce Justice League alongside Christopher Nolan, and that he may possibly end up directing Justice League as well.

Christopher Nolan is also said to be developing/shepherding all of Warner Bros.' superhero projects from now on, in a role that may be similar to Mark Millar's consulting gig at Fox. Nothing has been confirmed (or denied) by the studio at this point, so consider this information a rumor for now.

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.

Sources: Latino Review
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  1. undeadslayer4

    now thats more like christian bale and christopher nolan finally dc is gonna have a sick batman yes!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. Vanboy

    For Justice Laegue to work, DC needs a character in continuity, line Robert Downey Jr. was for Avengers. To bring all new actors in for an epic undertaking, without someone who's been there the whole time for us to relate to, it won't hold the ticket-buying audiences interest enough to garner the sales. True, the end of CKR was solid, but a comic book hero's job is never truely done. It's his curse. Do we really want the main bad ass in Gothum to be Robin? "Holy sidekick" NO! Bale was the first Batman that didn't need the suit to pad his arms up. He actually has the acting ability as well as the physical kick-assness. The story just has to be right or forget the whole thing. Ryan Reynolds would have to done the green suit again and they'd just have to cast the others. Megan Fox or Kate Bekansale would be great for Wonder Woman. The Flash should be Josh Duhamel or Liam Hemsworth.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Matty Perron

    The writer of this article clearly didn't watch DKR. And even if that movie didn't end with Bruce Wayne quitting his knight job, am I seriously the only who realizes that introducing magic amazon women, super fast guys, guys that talk to fish, and dudes from space that can fly into the universe created for the realistic, slightly sci-fi at best, Dark Knight trilogy would be the most retarded thing f*cking ever?

    2 years agoby @Matty-PerronFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    wow liar

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. renodc

    After reading the article, this really isn't new news Nolan has said all along that he was going to stay involved with DC\Warner and has been quoted as saying that he would be involved in possibly rebooting Batman to fit more in with the Justice League. Based on the article, Bale's involvement is strictly speculative on the authors part based solely on his relationship to Nolan and Batman, and some comments he made that are contextually not related to this story. There is most definitely reason to believe there is substance to Nolan's involvement but absolutely no reason to think at this time that this will involve Bale or even Nolan's version of Batman from the trilogy.

    2 years agoby @renodcFlag

  6. Agent-Cooper

    Though I am a huge fan of both Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, I really hope that this isn't true. I honestly don't see how they can do this without ruining the ending of TDKR and making it meaningless. The ending was for me both very logical and satisfactory. They managed to construct an epic story that had a genuine beginning, middle and an end, why mess with that? So really, I'd rather just see a whole new take on the character.

    2 years agoby @Agent-CooperFlag

  7. CoreyB

    Anybody who is on here mouthing off trying to say that Begins,TDK and TDKRises werent successful, or great stories are clearly in the minority! Chris Nolan is an incredible story-teller and have you seen what he has done w/a big budget? Begins, TDK, Inception and TDKRises all critical and box office successes! People just like to bitch about nothing and try to claim that Rises wasnt a good send-off...? Are you serious? Rises killed and was praised by most critics. Sadly it was neglected and overshadowed by what happened w/the Aurora tragedy. Go back and check out 3rd entrys and try and tell me what 3rds are superior? Hmmm none! Rises was huge, epic and masterful and I'm not a Nolanite or whatever the hell you call those nuts. I know if some from the same team of people who brought us the DKTrilogy were involved in TJLeague...we'd be in for a treat for sure!

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  8. Thedarkhelmet

    I just want this to be true for the sake of everyone out there. Nolan can do some amazing things, I know not everything he does is gold for everyone, but I want it to be true to see Nolan VS Whedon VS Miller. It will make for great competition to drive some of the best stories out of Hollywood we have seen in awhile and give something for the already critical fan base to really enjoy and maybe a little something for everyone to get behind.......or so I can hope.

    2 years agoby @thedarkhelmetFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    This is all you guys could muster? Lame

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    That'd be awesome (if Christian Bale is able to play the character again).

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  11. Gandoff

    Wow... Some saying the possiable idea of super humans to much a fantasy, while others actually sound like they either hated TDKR to a point they would rather not ever see Nolan and Bale come together for any Batman related movies. I would personally like to know how Superman and other "alien" powers and tech is so far fetched, but Batmans plane, and other tech in Batman such as the ultra sonic thing used to track down the Joker is so realistic? Facts are, even a ultra unbelievable subject like Superman can be done, in a realistic way. I do not know how, but for X-men, they used the biology idea behind mutation, in the movies, to explain the possibility of mutation. Mutation is a real thing. But to the degree of powers is fantasy, to where science was used in the movies, as a way to describe how it could be real. Iron Man used science in the same vain, but did not need the degree of explanation, cause we all already think a suit of such tech is a possibility. Depending on Superman, I think if anyone can make a JLA movie seam, realistic, it is Nolan. But, I for one, would rather see more Batman movies with Nolan at the helm, then a JLA movie. Avengers has the good graces to have two HULK movies, 2 Iron Man movies, a Thor, and a Captian America film, all before Avengers was made. JLA, has a poorly acclaimed Green Lantern, three Batman's where the idea from those involved is its done and needs a reboot for a JLA, and a Superman movie not even out yet. No Wonder Woman, No Flash, No Aqua-man, Nor Green Martian, ect... Only way a JLA movie can be done at this point is make another Green Lantern film to put in place a better story, put out two more movies on two other JLA main characters, and keep a Nolan Batman. That's a 3 year plan. Other wise JLA will need 7 years or more to re create all needed with out a Nolan Batman and re intro Green Lantern as some may want.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  12. David Fincannon

    I do not want to see Nolan's weak willed Batman in a Justice League movie. I loved what he and Bale did for Batman in Begins but they both just gave up on character and story for the last two movies.

    2 years agoby @David-FincannonFlag

  13. David Fincannon

    @Davidgarcia Man, you need to stop reading facebook rumors. JGL was the "Batman" replacement in The Dark Knight Rises (note the refurbished bat signal at the end) "Batman's a symbol ...anyone can be Batman"....

    2 years agoby @David-FincannonFlag

  14. Replicant

    @mr-k How exactly did TASM try to be realistic? It had a completely supernatural villain, a supernatural hero, ludicrous technology (including holograms). The only thing more realistic than Raimi's trilogy was the stuntwork and the webshooters (which are true to the comics). It was much more of a "slightly realistic/slightly fantasy" approach like Iron Man (or the rest of the Marvel lineup) rather than the hyper-realism of the Batman movies.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  15. Mieko_Siede

    In my heart of hearts I pray this is true. We quite often hear rumors that in the beginning sound a bit far fetched only to find confirmation at a point in the near future. Nolan/Snyder would be fabulous combination to follow up the debut of the Man of Steel reboot of Superman. The factor of consistency and a careful mesh of worlds using the applied methods of both minds with hyper-realism meeting hyper-fantasy in a glossy blend. The Justice League would not only be set apart from The Avengers but it could stand as a legitimate rival to the Marvel franchise with the launching of newer DC movies setting the characters introduced in the ensemble film up with platforms that carry momentum into an eventual Justice League sequel. As Marvel films have their own unique feel to them, all DC movies could acquire that same treatment. I truly hope this is something that follows through past the stage of a rumor.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  16. thedude-abides

    And neither man would ever do this. It was obvious they both wanted to move on by the lazy effort they put forth on TDKR.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  17. Johnny Mindell

    f*cking awesome

    2 years agoby @johnny-mindellFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Can't wait to see how this article implodes with comments when I get back from work

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. David garcia

    First off, didn't Bruce wayne just faked batman's death, and that JGL was supposed to be nightwing, then become the dark knight after. Second I thought that WB/DC wanted to make a Batman-Superman movie. And last was there a story that JGL was going to make a cameo in the Man of Steel.

    2 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  20. Dan

    All the usual comments.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. Chris Pinkston

    also The Batman movies have been very successful and I've been hearing the same about the Man Of Steel movie. Nolan equals Gold!!

    2 years agoby @Chris-PinkstonFlag

  22. Chris Pinkston

    This movie can't suck!! I'm sorry waaaaaay to many heavy hitters rumored to be involved Marvel might lose to Dc real soon.

    2 years agoby @Chris-PinkstonFlag

  23. moviegeek

    Obviously that would be the best case scenario, but I'd much rather see Nolan work on original projects instead.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  24. ejk1

    @evilwhitemale Just like The Avengers couldn't succeed, right?

    JLA will be coming, it's just a matter of when and how. Until those two questions get settled, there is no point speculating on the "who's."

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. StephieBaybee

    Id love for this to happen! I think hes a perfect choice and of course Bale as batman once again, as for the other characters other than superman i hope he or whoever takes this up gets the cast just right! :) x

    2 years agoby @steph-xFlag

  26. Dfella504

    ok now thats a rumor i can digg!!!!!!!! stop fukn hating on nolan and bale dick heads....there da best combo we've seen on thank u wb & dc make it happen!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @dfellaFlag

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