While Marvel has been very open with fans about its upcoming films and what superheroes will be featured in them, Warner Bros., which controls the DC Comics stable of characters, has been much more tight-lipped. This has lead to frequent and often outlandish rumors regarding the status of further Batman films and the Justice League amongst other properties. At this point the only thing that is known for sure is that “Man of Steel” comes out this summer, everything else has been speculative. So this latest rumor should be taken with a grain of salt and may in fact already be debunked by the time you read this.
Latino Review has released a video in which the site claims to have gotten the inside scoop on future DC comics adaptations. The site claims that Christopher Nolan is basically taking over all DC comics adaptations and that any plans have to get his seal of approval before going forward. The site also says that Zack Snyder is being lined up to direct the Justice League film, even though that production is going through some reported script issues. Finally the video claims that Warner Bros. is working on bringing Christian Bale back as Batman so he can star alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman in a Justice League movie.
It’s best to tackle these claims one at a time. The claim that Nolan is now overseeing all the DC Comics properties has a certain degree of credibility but is also likely an exaggeration. On the one hand there is no doubt that Warner Bros. would probably love to have the “The Dark Knight” director take such a hands on role but general consulting is more likely than having outright veto power. It should not be forgotten that Nolan is still a filmmaker with his own projects to pursue, it doesn’t seem like he’d have the time to be as hands on as the site is claiming.
As for Zack Snyder, this rumor could go either way. If his working relationship with Nolan went well and if Warner Bros. is happy with what it’s seen of “Man of Steel” then there’s no reason that Snyder couldn’t be roped in to do the Justice League movie. That said it seems a bold statement given the current state of the film, with word being that the script for “Justice League” was pretty much scrapped and the studio is starting over.
Finally the issue of Christian Bale seems by far the least likely of these claims. **SPOILERS FOLLOW** Given the way that “The Dark Knight Rises” ended, with Bruce Wayne faking his death and passing on the mantel of Batman to somebody else, there just isn’t a credible way to bring the star back without negating the entire character arc from Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Since that was Nolan’s own work it seems highly unlikely that he would casually toss all of that away just to bring back a star who seemed ready to move on from the role in the first place.