With Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy finished, Warner Bros. is eager to plug one of their most famous characters into a larger DC Comics movie universe; in much the same way Marvel has been able to do with its cinematic efforts.
WB made it quite clear that, despite Nolan being an executive producer on the new film, the Batman we’ll see in in 2015 is NOT the one we last saw in The Dark Knight Rises.
Further, the movie is said to be inspired by (though not an adaptation) of the comic series ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ which pits Superman and Batman as adversaries, rather than teammates.
This has the potential to be something special; I mean, it sounds good on paper. But you have to remember WB’s track record with DC properties. It isn’t that great. Add to that the fact that they keep digging in the same Nolan well, as opposed to Marvel who makes a point of finding a wholly different voice for each of its properties.
Is WB playing a desperate game of catch-up in trying to ape Marvel’s success? Are they rushing a team-up film when they should be establishing this ‘new Batman’ in a solo outing first?