This is pretty Earth-shattering news for geeks and Batman, Superman and DC Comics lovers. El Mayimbe over at Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros., clearly tired of the bumpy road on the way to a Justice League movie, and burned by the Green Lantern bomb, are handing the keys to the DC Universe on film over to Christopher Nolan, whose Christian Bale-led Dark Knight trilogy brought in billions.
The logic makes absolute sense, and if Nolan approaches this as a godfather of the films, much like he’s doing with Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), you know we’ll have box office gold AND quality movies.
We’re also hearing that the deal will include bringing Christian Bale back as Batman, who will join Superman (Henry Cavill) in forming the Justice League. Snyder is onboard as a producer, as well, and it looks like writer/producer David S. Goyer, who worked with Chris and Jonathan Nolan on the Dark Knight trilogy, will also be a part of this grand adventure. It appears that Snyder is likely to direct Justice League.
Will they still be able to hit the summer 2015 release date? Possibly, though El Mayimbe speculates WB may try to do a World’s Finest with Batman and Superman to bridge Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel and the Justice League. Keep in mind that Avengers 2 and Star Wars Episode VII are both scheduled for summer 2015, so we could have the biggest geek year since 1982 and 2002!
Warner Bros. saw what Disney is doing with Joss Whedon overseeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and working on Avengers 2, and JJ Abrams being brought in to direct Star Wars Episode VII, and they need to get a filmmaker with clout and the story-telling chops to shepherd the DC Universe on film the right way.
WB wants quality DC Universe films like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, which I’ve heard had an excellent early test screening, and less Green Lantern and the failed attempts at Justice League, going back to late 2007, early 2008. They need an A-list filmmaker or group of filmmakers, and ‘Team Nolan’ (as Batman-on-Film calls them) and Zack Snyder bring that pedigree.