This isn’t a massive surprise, but it’s the first time it’s been confirmed by Warner Bros nonetheless. And that’s that the Batman franchise will be getting a reboot once The Dark Knight Rises is released in July 2012.
The news has come from the mouth of Warner Bros’ incoming president, Jeff Robinov, who has declared that the studio’s future very much includes the Batman franchise. This is no surprise, of course, although we can’t help but pity the person who follows the team of Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas in putting the new film together.
Nonetheless, Robinov appears confident that there’s a future in Gotham City post-The Dark Knight Rises. He told the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog, “We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”
So, then. Christopher Nolan will, should we read from that, have some involvement with the film? Or is it the kind of ceremonial title of producer that was bestowed on Tim Burton for Batman Forever, even though he clearly had next to nothing to do with the movie? It’s unclear at this stage.
Don’t underestimate the influence of Nolan’s producing partner, Emma Thomas, either. She might just be the person who takes a more hands-on role in future Batmans, even though that’s just speculation on our part.
The bottom line is that Christopher Nolan will be directing his last Batman movie for the time being with The Dark Knight Rises, and the person who follows him is going to have arguably the toughest job in blockbuster cinema.
Let your suggestions for the next Batman director commence…
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