Nolan finished with the Bat

Nolan finished with the Bat

Director Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Batman saga is about to come to an end, though no matter what happens it’s likely that there will be at least some speculation about him coming back for a fourth film and when other directors such as Michael Bay change their minds about returning for a fourth film who can blame them for continuing to hope?

However for now, Nolan would most certainly have us believe that after ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is finished, he and Bruce Wayne will be parting ways. Nolan is reported to have been questioned about his future on Batman and whether he will return for another film at an annual Producer’s Guild of America conference in Los Angeles where his response was a simple ‘No’.

Where this might leave things for Christian Bale in terms of his willingness to continue in the role remains to be seen, however his comments during the release of previous Batman films have certainly indicated he’s unlikely to be interested without Nolan’s involvement.

Another complicating factor for the future of the franchise will be where it fits with wider plans regarding films based on the Detective Comics Universe (DCU). With recent news that a Justice League film could be back on track, the issue of continuity comes up as any Justice League film would no doubt include Batman.

Is Nolan going to kill off the Dark Knight? Is Warners planning another Batman reboot or would a possible JLA film just sit independently to the side of current Batman and even the new Superman film? The big questions of course would be whether Warners might plan to try and replicate Marvel’s success with several films set in the same universe building up to a cross-over event.

No doubt Warners plans will eventually be revealed, for now however it looks like this is the end of the Nolan-Bat era.

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.