Before you begin reading this, know that I am having a full-on nerd attack. This news blind-sided me and I’m reacting to it.
Appropriately enough, I have just finished watching the excellent animated The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 & 2. I thought to myself that DC should just stick to animated works because that’s where they really shine. We don’t need to have back stories force fed to us when some of us know them by heart. Really, even people that don’t know them by heart, do they really need to see the hero’s emergence when you already know how it ends? No matter how much they might flinch in the face of all of that comes with it, you know they’ll choose the cowl; the cape; the ring; the people of this planet; the responsibility. The animated features cut right to the chase.
DC’s live-action properties do not. Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Catwoman, Jonah Hex - we have to watch all of them become who they are, either through flashback or entire movies. Hell, they can’t even get that right with properties that aren’t Batman. Batman is the only property they have that is a consistent money maker when it comes to film. Superman was viable in the late 70s/early 80s, but even some of the Christopher Reeve movies are laughable. Green Lantern is a mess, Jonah Hex is a Mastodon-fueled slurry of overacting and explosions, and Catwoman? Let’s just pretend that never happened.
Where am I going with this? Justice League is rumored for a 2015 release date and DC (and studio Warner Bros.) wants to show Marvel that they can hang with the big boys when it comes to box office returns. DC/Warner Bros. is full of sh*t, of course. They aren’t playing it nearly as smart as Marvel did. Warner Bros. didn’t create an audience by giving the JL characters standalone movies that are actually good (aside from Batman, of course). They still don’t have a Wonder Woman movie and the character can’t even appear on television without getting an Aly McBeal makeover. I’m not even getting into the other characters that most people don’t even know exist in the JL universe.
So how does DC/Warner Bros. hope to overcome these problems? Rumors. I refuse to believe for one moment that DC/Warner Bros. is not involved with all of the crazy leaks we keep hearing about. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take over for Batman and will appear Nick Fury-style at the end of Man of Steel. Henry Cavill will reprise his Superman role. Wait, no he won’t. Well, maybe he will. Darkseid is the villain. Ben Affleck will direct. Er, nope, he won’t. The Wachowskis?
Now Latino Review’s El Mayimbe is saying that “Christopher Nolan has completely taken over the DCU at Warner Bros. Anything having to do with these super heroes, goes through him now.” I thought Nolan passed on even producing JL? Okay. Well, what does this mean?
According to El Mayimbe, it means that Christian Bale is being courted to bring his Batman back to the screen. That would mean that Nolan is willing to say that The Dark Knight Rises ending wasn’t really the ending and Bruce Wayne got bored and popped back into crime fighting with the Justice League. That seems unlikely to me. Maybe the Justice League movie takes place between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight or between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Isn’t there a problem with that too? That people seem to think that Batman is in hiding or gone before TDKR? If Batman was in Justice League during that time and helped kick the ass of something like Darkseid, don’t you think the people of Gotham would f*cking know about that? If he battles with Supes and team before The Joker, wouldn’t the Justice League do Batman a solid and assist him when Bane locks down the city and threatens to blow up everyone?
Maybe I’m over-thinking this. Or maybe Nolan is willing to toss his trilogy aside and pretend that Bale is Batman in an entirely different universe from the one he created. A universe rooted, if not wholly connected sometimes, in reality. Nolan will now take this character that he clearly spent a great deal of time learning about, reading about, and integrating important comic moments into the film legacy of and just start again? Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time Batman came out of a self-imposed retirement to b*tch-slap some bad guys.
Watch El Mayimbe spell out the entire rumor for you in this video. Would I love for all that he says to be true? Yes, yes I would. I would love for Bale to come back, Nolan to make sure everything comes out right, and doing Justice League the way it needs to be done. I want this to happen and Latino Reviews has a decent track record when it comes to stuff like this. I am holding my breath and praying to the Comic Gods for this to happen. I still have my reservations and look forward to finding out what portions of this possibly GIGANTIC scoop are true. Seriously, I’m tingling with excitement at the very prospect of this coming together.