Chris Nolan’s Batman Not Returning

Chris Nolan’s Batman Not Returning

It’s as if millions of Batman fans voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Interesting musings from Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer have emerged amongst the breaking of June box office records and early mixed reviews of Superman’s latest film.

The writer has been quoted with the following comments referring to Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’, and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy that came before it;

It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe

And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’s Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.

Not only does this pretty much bring to a close any of the rumoured possibility of Christian Bale taking up the mantle of the bat once more, but it also seemingly squashes the speculation of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role carrying through from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to a potential Justice League film as either a new Batman, or an alternate take on Nightwing.

Goyer is also quoted as follows.…

It’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception.

In other words, it appears that the short-term future of the DC universe on film, is riding on ‘Man of Steel’.

So no more Christian Bale, and probably no more DC superhero films unless ‘Man of Steel’ performs, fans of DC comic films will be watching this one with a keen eye to see how things unfold, but with ‘Man of Steel 2’ already announced, things are looking up for DC on film.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.