Rumor: Nolan Boards 'Justice League' with Christian Bale as Batman?
Everyone put your rumor hats on, this one is going to be bumpy. After hearing many threads of rumors surrounding Warner Bros. seemingly unfocused attempts to get a Justice League film off the ground, no real solid information about the film or its direction have surfaced. From talks of Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking on the role of Batman following the conclusion of The Dark Knight Rises to script troubles, it sounds like the studio has no idea what to do. Well, they might finally have a solid idea if the latest scoop from Latino Review is true. Their source is saying that Warner Bros. is hiring Christopher Nolan to oversee any project from the DC Comics universe, and all things related to those superheroes, goes through him.
But that's not all. Apparently the studio is looking to shape Justice League to allow Christian Bale to return as Batman and team up with Henry Cavill as Superman. Much like the production of Man of Steel, Nolan will be producing and overseeing the project, and they might be lining up Zack Snyder to direct in addition to co-producing the film. In a way, it's similar to how Jon Favreau kicked off Phase One of Marvel's cinematic universe with Iron Man and executive produced The Avengers. However, there's a chance this rumor might not be for a full fledged Justice League film.
After their video report, the article goes on to say that this could be for a project taking cues from World's Finest, a series of comics that featured Batman and Superman working together, sometimes with the help of Robin. And while that seems like a more safe bet than trying to bring together a whole team of superheroes, many of which haven't been successfully brought to the big screen, the idea of bringing Christian Bale back as Batman with Nolan initially sounds like a thrilling prospect, but it also feels extremely desperate for a studio trying to replicate Marvel's success.
In addition, if this rumor is indeed credible, bringing Bale back as Batman pretty much undermines an unravels everything that happened at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. So Bruce Wayne is just going to abandon Selina Kyle and head back to Gotham to team up with Superman? Unless the writers have something spectacular up their sleeve, that's just stupid. Bringing Nolan (or someone competent) on to oversee the DC Comics' cinematic universe is a splendid idea, but just let Christian Bale (who is unlikely to do multiple added movies as Batman) move on and bring Joseph Gordon-Levitt on as Batman. That just makes much more sense in the overall mythology that started with Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy universe.
For now, this is nothing but a rumor, but it seems a little convenient for this rumor to surface after the debut of Jack the Giant Slayer was underwhelming for Warner Bros. The fantasy adventure took the top spot at the box office, but it only pulled in just over $28 million in its opening weekend. For a film that cost nearly $200 million, that's not a very promising debut to allow the film to earn the rest of its budget back over the next couple of months. So maybe there's something to this rumor, or at least the Nolan portion? Would you want Christopher Nolan producing Justice League with Christian Bale as Batman?