Batman Reboot Planned After 'The Dark Knight Rises'

BatmanA number of interesting news bites have come out of a recent interview with Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, including word of a planned "Justice League" movie in 2013. Possibly paving the way for that DC superhero team-up is another off-hand comment in the same interview — one that could indicate plans to reboot the entire Batman movie franchise after Christopher Nolan's third and final film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman," Robinov told the L.A. Times. "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."

Could Batman be headed for yet another reboot? It certainly seems that way.

Nolan has made it clear on various occasions that "The Dark Knight Rises" will be his last Batman film behind the camera, but the filmmaker doesn't appear to be done with Gotham's vigilante. Robinov's comment would seem to indicate that Nolan will replicate his role in the upcoming "Superman" reboot, and serve as a producer and shepherd to whatever big-screen incarnation of Batman follows his blockbuster three-film franchise.

Still, it's worth noting that this timeline doesn't leave much room for a new Batman to be introduced to audiences ahead of the "Justice League" team-up in 2013. While current "Superman: Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill might be persuaded to return for "Justice League," it's unlikely that Ryan Reynolds' schedule will allow for another turn as Green Lantern — especially if "Green Lantern 2" gets the (*ahem*) green light.

All things considered, it looks like one fact is abundantly clear: fans should probably prepare themselves for a new Batman in a few years.

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