The blockbuster sequel news is coming in hard and heavy today, but this one might take the cake—in an interview with the L.A. Times, new Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov spoke about the future of superhero franchises with Warner Bros. after the release of Green Lantern, The Dark Knight Rises, and the Superman reboot.
While most of what Robinov let slip was pretty interesting if a little predictable (a film about The Flash is in development, as is a Wonder Woman movie, albeit unrelated to the upcoming TV show), what he said about the Batman franchise is a bit of a shocker:
“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”
It sounds as if WB is planning to make more Batman’s without Nolan at the helm—because that has worked so well before (remember when Tim Burton left the Bats franchise and Warner decided to keep on going right away? The horror, the horror…) Not only that, it sounds like WB is gearing up for their own Avengers style franchise launch pad with a Justice League film: the studio head wants a JL film in theatres by 2013. For those not in the know, the Justice League features, among others, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and the Flash.
So… this is going to be interesting.
What do you think about Warner Bros.’ superhero plans?