Friday, July 20, 2012

Batman Reboot

Who will rise to take over the cowl?
With The Dark Knight Rises debuting in theaters today, I figure now would be a good time to discuss what Warner Bros. has in store for Batman, arguably DC's most iconic character.

If you keep up with movies, you've probably already heard what I'm going to say. But for everyone else I have two words for you: Batman reboot.

Yes, that is correct. Distributor/Producer Warner Bros. Pictures is already working on rebooting the Batman franchise even though Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises just debuted today.

The question you're probably asking right now is why. Why is Warner Bros. rebooting the franchise? Particularly, why are they rebooting it now? Why not in at least ten years? Didn't they think that Nolan's trilogy was good?

From what I can gather after reading various statements (particularly Nolan's recent one stating that he no longer wishes to direct anymore Batman films), press releases, and even message boards, this so-called "reboot" isn't exactly a "reboot."

Allow me to explain.

In a reboot a whole new cast and crew are hired to re-do a film that was made years earlier (The Amazing Spider-Man would be a good example). Usually reboots are not made less than ten or so years after the original film was released (though, again, The Amazing Spider-Man is a good example of when that timetable does not occur).

With this new Batman movie projected to release sometime in 2015 (three years from now) and Nolan's refusal to direct anymore Batman films, many people are beginning to believe that this "reboot" is really more of another director's interpretation of Batman. True, Nolan's cast and crew will not be working on this new film, but since it's projected to release so soon it appears as though Warner Bros. is just giving another director a shot at interpreting the superhero's life.

Either way, this untitled Batman film is already in the Development Phase and Warner Bros. isn't stopping it. The screenwriter is David S. Goyer. If that name sounds familiar it's because he has writen many film screenplays, and seems to specialize in superheroes: Blade: Trinity, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Unborn, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel (the new Superman reboot releasing in 2013) among many others. As it stands currently, Goyer is the only official crew member working on the film, though the casting and hiring process begins during the Development Phase. As I mentioned in the paragraph above, this reboot (or reinterpretation, however you wish to view it) will be in theaters sometime in 2015, though that could change between now and whenever filming begins. No plot details have yet been released.

I'll break from my usual "do you think this film will be Good, Bad, or Ugly" question for now. Instead, I'd like to ask you who you would like to see under Batman's cowl, which enemy you think he should battle in this reboot, and who you think should be in the director's chair. I want to hear your responses, so comment away!

 - Edessa, signing off


  1. I have heard about this for a while, and I was also planing to writing post about it. I think it might be DC attempt to create the Justice League starting The Man of Steel and then the Batman movie.
    I think they should go for a more obscure director like Marvel did with Joss Wheldon in The Avengers. I know this is almost impossible but I would really like Eric Radomski to direct the reboot. And villian should be Mr. Freeze. :) Awesome post.


  2. What would actually be awesome is if we had an amazing Marvel vs. DC movie that pitted Justice League vs. The Avengers. That would be reeeeaaaally epic. Imagine: "We've got a Superman." "We've got a Hulk."

    O___O Ohhhhh and Batman vs. Iron Man would be THE fight. Billionaire vs. Cooler Billionaire. XD


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