I’m sure we’ve all been dying to know what’s going on with the next Batman movie, but as you might expect, Christopher Nolan hasn’t been in any hurry to dive in to his follow-up to The Dark Knight. Last we heard, Nolan and Warner Brothers were planning to make some sort of announcement in January, but here we are in February and that obviously didn’t happen. With post-production work on Inception still ongoing, Nolan is probably tied up with that, however, in the meantime it sounds like his brother Jonah may be starting to work on a third Batman script. He’s not writing it alone, however; we’ve just learned that Batman Begins co-writer David S. Goyer is returning to collaborate once again. Uh oh.
According to Nikki Finke, Goyer has left the ABC show FlashForward after acting as the showrunner for most of the first season in order to dedicate more time to his big screen projects. One of those projects will be the third Batman film. Now, let’s be clear here: Goyer did get a story credit on The Dark Knight, but it was Christopher and Jonah Nolan who wrote the screenplay. Personally I don’t have a ton of confidence in Goyer’s writing, as I felt the script was one of the weakest parts of Batman Begins, and by contrast, one of the strongest parts of The Dark Knight. It’s possible that he will only be helping to shape the story for part 3 again, and I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but I have to say that I’m a little worried about having him back in the mix. I was hoping that The Dark Knight proved that the Nolan brothers could tackle it alone. Goyer’s other features in development include Ghost Rider 2, Super Max, a Scanners remake, and X-Men Origins: Magneto. What do you think, are you glad to have him back working on the next Batman film?