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Warner Bros. plans to reboot the franchise after 'The Dark Knight Rises' for a 'Justice League' film. They also plan to use a new Super-Man...NOT the one in the upcoming 'Man of Steel' project.
I'm sure several of you are aware of Warner Bros. plans to reboot Batman after The Dark Knight Rises. While many fans have been generating mixed feelings over the news, I've taken it as a personal punch to the face. This crazy and brass decision is not only poor, but it also effects the excitement and enthusiasm I've had for Christopher Nolan's final film.
Firstly, I'm a crazy, demented, overly-obsessive Batman fanatic. Since my younger years, I've been consumed and pre-occupied with everything Batman. From the comics, to the films, to the toys, to the animated series. I'm overly passionate about the character and to this day I still collect Batman comics and graphic novels. Secondly, I'm a crazy Christopher Nolan fan. I consider him to be one of Hollywood's most unique and ballsy directors. He doesn't proceed with a film until he has a good premise and solid characters. I've seen all of his work: everything from Following to Inception.
What I'm basically trying to say can be put into a mathematical formula: Batman + Nolan = Film Orgasm
Reports have been coming out stating that Warner Bros. wants to re-invent Batman, just in time for their Justice League project, which has plans for a 2013 release....wait, what?! So I'm supposed to get excited for an intense Batman finale, when you're just going to re-invent the character a year later?
Part of what makes The Dark Knight Rises a great oppurtunity is the fact that it concludes Nolan's story. Instead of viewing the franchise as stand-alone sequels, Nolan came to the realization that he is telling one massive story, and this is the Third Act. He knows he has to go out with a bang, but most importantly he knows the importance of a conclusion. He needs resolution for all of the characters he's introduced, and that's what he plans to do with The Dark Knight Rises. The film will be very emotional plot-wise, but it's also been emotional for hard-core fans who were under the impression this is the grand-finale. I have been gearing up for this film knowing its the end for this specific franchise, but hearing that Warner Bros. is reinventing the Dark Knight within a year and a half sort of kills the buzz a little bit.
Also, when you look at their plans, it makes no sense time-wise. You're releasing The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, and want a NEW Batman AND Justice League film for 2013? Warner Bros. claims a script is in the works and that a Justice League film is their top priority. To add more B.S. to the mix, they're not even using the Superman character that will be seen in the upcoming Man of Steel film. That's right, we're also getting a new Superman, which makes the upcoming film sort of pointless. Hell, are they also going to re-invent Green-Lantern too?! Finally, they claim Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas will stick around to produce the new Batman franchise (knowing Nolan's M.O. I highly doubt he will stick around for this).
Warner Bros. claims this is the end for the current 'era' of super-hero films they're putting out. I guess their tired of the realistic tone used in comic-book films since it limits the villains and stories they can use (even though the realism and human emotion has given them some of the best material in years). Don't get me wrong: I'm all for a Batman re-boot...but not until YEARS down the line. We're just finishing up an amazing Batman story, and you're going to start all over again just as it ends? Furthermore, I can't see Justice League translating well on the big-screen at all. Too many costumes, too many different characters, too many different tones...it will be a nightmare (just like The Avengers).
I hope Warner Bros. takes a good look at what they're doing. They can release quality material and still bank on it, or they can make crap and bank on it...I guess it doesn't matter to them either way.