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If Man of Steel is a hit, expect a new Batman movie as early as 2017

01.23.2013

The DC Cinematic Universe has everything riding on MAN OF STEEL. If the Superman reboot does not dominate the box office, it will put a damper on the 2015 JUSTICE LEAGUE movie and possibly the future solo films for Batman, Wonder Women, Green Lantern and more.

Cinema Blend is reporting on rumors from a Batman fansite that claim Warner Bros is now targeting 2017 as the potential date for a new Batman movie. This would put it two years from the JUSTICE LEAGUE release and 4 years from MAN OF STEEL. That is certainly plenty of time to get everything in order. The question remains, will we be getting yet another character reboot or will the studio make the wise decision and just drop us into the middle of the action?

The majority of those who will be going to see JUSTICE LEAGUE will already be very familiar with the origin of Superman and Batman. Even Green Lantern would not need a back-story. The film can put the focus squarely on the lesser known cinematic heroes such as Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter. While comic aficionados will surely know the basic origins of these folks too, the general movie going public will not. But, that is the hard decision that Warner Bros and DC have to make. Do they sacrifice action and visual appeal for character references?

I do not have a problem with rebooting Batman to fit him into the new JUSTICE LEAGUE. We all understand that the Christopher Nolan universe is completely distinct from the comic universe. So, they should take a cue from the creators of the Batman ARKHAM games and just start the action without telling us about the psychological issues that brought Bruce Wayne to wear the cowl and cape.

I only ask that if the studio feels pressured to include the origin that they limit it to a montage or brief flashback.

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5:36AM on 01/24/2013

Man of Steel will likely be as boring as the last superman flop...

I want more Batman, but putting its future solely on a franchise with a terrible box office history is kind of a bad idea. Nobody has been able to capture Supermans essence since the first two Christopher Reeve movies. After that they kept getting worse. This one looks boring, they need to show him using some of his powers in the next trailer or people will not see it.
I want more Batman, but putting its future solely on a franchise with a terrible box office history is kind of a bad idea. Nobody has been able to capture Supermans essence since the first two Christopher Reeve movies. After that they kept getting worse. This one looks boring, they need to show him using some of his powers in the next trailer or people will not see it.
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2:06AM on 01/24/2013
Just bring back Michael Keaton as Batman already! Man of Steel is going to be great and I trust DC in making a great Justice League film. I would love to see Reynolds return along with Cavill to keep continuity with the films.
Just bring back Michael Keaton as Batman already! Man of Steel is going to be great and I trust DC in making a great Justice League film. I would love to see Reynolds return along with Cavill to keep continuity with the films.
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1:37AM on 01/24/2013
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
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1:38AM on 01/24/2013
1:28AM on 01/24/2013
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
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1:21AM on 01/24/2013
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
I'd be happy to see a new Batman. I do hope the studio does drop us right into the middle of the action. I mean, honestly, who going to see these movies doesn't have a idea of the origin of Batman? Honestly, I'd like them to use an older Bruce Wayne, one who maybe is dealing with an aging body and has to rely on this smarts and technology. His experience and intelliegence would defintely support his role as a leader of the Justice League.
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1:09PM on 01/25/2013
No way man. That was exactly what made The Dark Knight Rises so disappointing for me. I want the Batman to be some unrelenting badass from hell. Not Christian Bale in a smoking jacket.
No way man. That was exactly what made The Dark Knight Rises so disappointing for me. I want the Batman to be some unrelenting badass from hell. Not Christian Bale in a smoking jacket.
11:43PM on 01/23/2013

i'll believe it when i see it

Nolan's Batman films were a specialty case that can't be repeated for the Justice League. Superman i'm sure will be good due to the creative minds behind it. But as for the rest of the DC film universe, im not exactly excited for. I really hope it's gonna be good, but until i see how Superman plays out and if other heroes can exist in that universe, im not sold. DC films have not exactly inspired me lately. And this is too ambitious and too much like a scramble to match the success of "The
Nolan's Batman films were a specialty case that can't be repeated for the Justice League. Superman i'm sure will be good due to the creative minds behind it. But as for the rest of the DC film universe, im not exactly excited for. I really hope it's gonna be good, but until i see how Superman plays out and if other heroes can exist in that universe, im not sold. DC films have not exactly inspired me lately. And this is too ambitious and too much like a scramble to match the success of "The Avengers" for me to have real faith in it.
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8:16PM on 01/23/2013
I'm all for another Batman movie in 4 (sorry I hate the word reboot) I think it's fairly obvious Man of Steel will be a hit. It makes sense though that it's the key to see more DC comic movies like Flash, Wonder Woman & green Lantern. NOw when it comes to the new Batman I seriously hope they do not pull an Amazing Spider-Man & pretty much make it the exact same movie & origin story. It also need to be completely separate from the Nolan films. NO doubt there will be comparisons since thats
I'm all for another Batman movie in 4 (sorry I hate the word reboot) I think it's fairly obvious Man of Steel will be a hit. It makes sense though that it's the key to see more DC comic movies like Flash, Wonder Woman & green Lantern. NOw when it comes to the new Batman I seriously hope they do not pull an Amazing Spider-Man & pretty much make it the exact same movie & origin story. It also need to be completely separate from the Nolan films. NO doubt there will be comparisons since thats the hollywood cliche.
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7:40PM on 01/23/2013
New batman in 4 years? Sounds good to me seeing as he'll appear in Justice League anyways. There will be no need for another origin seeing as everyone and their mother now knows batman's story for sure and he'll be coming off the League film just two years prior. They just need to have the batman story continue from JL and introduce some new villains to the film universe, I for one would like to see Mr. Freeze redone seeing as he is a personal favorite and also a badass Black Mask.
New batman in 4 years? Sounds good to me seeing as he'll appear in Justice League anyways. There will be no need for another origin seeing as everyone and their mother now knows batman's story for sure and he'll be coming off the League film just two years prior. They just need to have the batman story continue from JL and introduce some new villains to the film universe, I for one would like to see Mr. Freeze redone seeing as he is a personal favorite and also a badass Black Mask.
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7:25PM on 01/23/2013

see..

i said the same thing yesterday about not doing origins in the movies, stop with the origins, have a universe where earth bound villians aready exist, batman, superman, etc are already established.
i said the same thing yesterday about not doing origins in the movies, stop with the origins, have a universe where earth bound villians aready exist, batman, superman, etc are already established.
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6:52PM on 01/23/2013
Zack Snyder has said that Man of Steel is the first step in getting DC's cinematic "house in order" - I hope they do so, as I would really like to see a proper DC Cinematic universe take shape. As much of a DC fan as I am, I think Marvel's been doing a very good job with their cinematic universe, it was a well-thought-out strategy that paid off for them. The thing is, it seems like Man of Steel might take place in the same world as the Dark Knight Trilogy, what with Christopher Nolan producing
Zack Snyder has said that Man of Steel is the first step in getting DC's cinematic "house in order" - I hope they do so, as I would really like to see a proper DC Cinematic universe take shape. As much of a DC fan as I am, I think Marvel's been doing a very good job with their cinematic universe, it was a well-thought-out strategy that paid off for them. The thing is, it seems like Man of Steel might take place in the same world as the Dark Knight Trilogy, what with Christopher Nolan producing and the rumours of Joseph Gordon Levitt being the new Batman in the Justice League. I would like Justice League to break away from that version of Batman, which worked great if Batman was the only costumed hero in that world. I fully agree with polarboy about heading in the direction of the Arkham games, which I think are the best other media representation of Batman - being a blend of the 90s animated series and Nolan's films.
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6:23PM on 01/23/2013

Man of Steel will be a success

Christopher Nolan being the producer will guarantee $100 million alone. When Superman Returns was released, it didn't have a proper place in the middle of a time when Batman had a darker origin story, Spider-Man was nearing his conclusive end, and X-Men were action packed story driven character piece. Instead, it relied too much on being a continuation of yesteryear with Reeves fans being small in neighbors in comparison to the new found comic book audience looking to be introduced to Superman
Christopher Nolan being the producer will guarantee $100 million alone. When Superman Returns was released, it didn't have a proper place in the middle of a time when Batman had a darker origin story, Spider-Man was nearing his conclusive end, and X-Men were action packed story driven character piece. Instead, it relied too much on being a continuation of yesteryear with Reeves fans being small in neighbors in comparison to the new found comic book audience looking to be introduced to Superman for the first time. Man of Steel is combining what current audiences are wanting: a spectacle and an emotional journey. This is easily why I'm excited for Snyder's take on the character because I know he'll do the characters justice. My main fear right now is Justice League being a rushed product that'll end up like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
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6:11PM on 01/23/2013
Am I the only one who remembers that piece of news from a few months ago confirming a reboot for 2016 called THE BATMAN? Or was that just a rumor? Either way, ARKHAM is the way to go. Trying to mimic Bale's Batman in a world with the Justice League will only end up making the studios look really, really stupid. Nolan's world was grounded and allowed for a conflicted Batman. Justice League-world needs a Batman of pure, uncanny conviction. Both are great versions, but only one is meant for this
Am I the only one who remembers that piece of news from a few months ago confirming a reboot for 2016 called THE BATMAN? Or was that just a rumor? Either way, ARKHAM is the way to go. Trying to mimic Bale's Batman in a world with the Justice League will only end up making the studios look really, really stupid. Nolan's world was grounded and allowed for a conflicted Batman. Justice League-world needs a Batman of pure, uncanny conviction. Both are great versions, but only one is meant for this next film.
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5:55PM on 01/23/2013

Justice League in itself is stupid!! And for one simple reason..

These characters are loners, being a loner is part of their appeal and part of who they are, so to conform to the group structure and the chemistry it requires forces the writer to compromise on the essence of these characters. Plus, the realities in which they exist don't blend, a world in which Superman and Green Lantern exist makes Batman futile, and I know, he is the detective of the group, but he also kicks ass in dominating fashion, he is not a pussy, or the Hank Mccoy of the group,
These characters are loners, being a loner is part of their appeal and part of who they are, so to conform to the group structure and the chemistry it requires forces the writer to compromise on the essence of these characters. Plus, the realities in which they exist don't blend, a world in which Superman and Green Lantern exist makes Batman futile, and I know, he is the detective of the group, but he also kicks ass in dominating fashion, he is not a pussy, or the Hank Mccoy of the group, making as such is compromising on the essence of who they are.
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7:06PM on 01/23/2013
The Justice League concept has existed since 60s and has for the most part worked in more than one medium
The Justice League concept has existed since 60s and has for the most part worked in more than one medium
1:28AM on 01/24/2013
The fact that he lacks "superhuman" powers compared to some other members of the Justice League, I don't think that makes him look like a "pussy." In fact, seeing him adapt, fight, and defeat enemies with powers that he doesn't have adds a David vs Goliath element to the story. I also don't think you can make light of his detection skills, intellegence, and even his financial means as a vital part of the JL.
The fact that he lacks "superhuman" powers compared to some other members of the Justice League, I don't think that makes him look like a "pussy." In fact, seeing him adapt, fight, and defeat enemies with powers that he doesn't have adds a David vs Goliath element to the story. I also don't think you can make light of his detection skills, intellegence, and even his financial means as a vital part of the JL.
5:43PM on 01/23/2013
I agree. Batman should be rebooted, but his origins should be no more in depth than what Burton did with him. A flashback or a reference at best. Start Batman out as a vigilante being hunted by the police, and go from there.

Remember, Batman never had a fleshed out origin story in the comics until Year One in the 80s. People completely accept the character without needing to be told and retold why he is Batman.
I agree. Batman should be rebooted, but his origins should be no more in depth than what Burton did with him. A flashback or a reference at best. Start Batman out as a vigilante being hunted by the police, and go from there.

Remember, Batman never had a fleshed out origin story in the comics until Year One in the 80s. People completely accept the character without needing to be told and retold why he is Batman.
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