It doesn’t usually take much to get comic book fans salivating, and indeed after a recent interview with Warner Brothers exec Jeff Robinov was published in the L.A. Times earlier today, a few offhand comments set off a frenzy of excitement with regards to the future of DC’s comic book movie universe. As we all know, the WB has Green Lantern hitting theatres this summer, and both Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman movie and The Dark Knight Rises planned for release next year. But what comes after that? Well, according to Robinov, they’re giving the fans what they want by following in Marvel’s footsteps and using these films to set the stage for the ultimate superhero team-up. Yep, that’s right, Robinov has confirmed that a Justice League movie is in development, and apparently planned for 2013. And if all goes according to plan, it will not mess with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy either.
A lot of people definitely seem to be surprised that a Justice League movie could happen so soon, and I think many of us were still expecting to see The Flash or Wonder Woman get solo films first. Instead, they appear to be using Superman and Green Lantern to lead into the Justice League, and then they would potentially spin-off smaller films afterward. It seems like a smart move, particularly when dealing with characters that may not be popular enough to support their own movie. NBC’s Wonder Woman TV show will remain a completely separate entity and not connected at all to the movies (thank god).
It seems safe to assume that both Ryan Reynolds and Henry Cavill will appear in the Justice League movie, but what remains to be seen is who would play Batman. Christian Bale has been pretty resistant to the idea of crossovers with any other DC characters, and was more concerned with maintaining the integrity of the Nolan’s own trilogy. According to Jeff Robinov, however, they are planning to reboot the Batman franchise after The Dark Knight Rises, with Nolan and Emma Thomas staying on board as a producers. So it sounds like we will probably have someone else playing Batman. What do you think, is this a good move? Are you looking forward to a Justice League movie or should all of DC’s superheroes stick to their own separate movie franchises?