Big Rumor: Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Heading to 'Justice League'

Monday, 04 March 2013 08:50 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Big Rumor: Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Heading to 'Justice League'

Here's a rumor to take with a pickup truck-sized grain of salt: Christopher Nolan has reportedly signed on to produce Justice League, with Zack Snyder possibly directing and Christian Bale reprising the role of Bruce Wayne.

Remember the thing about the salt.

While Marvel characters have dominated the cinematic landscape for the past decade, Warner Bros. has only had success with one DC Comics hero.  Since it was Nolan who delivered the acclaimed and hugely popular The Dark Knight trilogy, the studio has been exceedingly keen to get him on more superhero properties.  He obliged with Man of Steel, collaborating with his Batman Begins co-writer on the story and serving as executive producer on the Superman reboot.

Warner Bros. would no doubt like to hand creative control of its whole DC stable to Nolan, but the director has been publicly uninterested in the gig. 

But El Mayimbe at Latino Review, a site with a long history of breaking WB superhero news, reports in a new video scoop, "Christopher Nolan has completely taken over the DCU at Warner Bros.  Anything having to do with these super heroes, goes through him now.”

When Nolan became involved with Man of Steel, his role was initially described as godfathering the project through development.  If the rumor turns out to be true, he'd be filling the same shoes on Justice League, DC's answer to The Avengers with which Warner Bros. has been struggling for years.  Zack Snyder, who is in post-production on Man of Steel, would produce alongside Nolan and possibly serve as director.  Since both Nolan and Snyder's producing partners and wives Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder are producing Man of Steel, they'd presumably be on board on as well.

Additionally, LR reports,“They’re shaping this as a vehicle for Christian Bale to reprise his role as Batman and join Henry Cavill‘s Superman in the Justice League movie.”

You'll remember that late last year, a rumor asserted that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was preparing to reprise his The Dark Knight Rises role in Justice League.  That would actually make more sense, since Nolan's final Batman movie was very consciously an ending to that trilogy, with Bale's Wayne hanging up the cape and cowl to gallivant around Rome with the erstwhile Catwoman.

Nolan was so emphatic about The Dark Knight Rises being a conclusion that his involvement in Justice League feels far-fetched.  Stranger things have certainly happened – Nolan and Bale said for a long time that their take on the Caped Crusader would not involve Robin, yet anyone who saw The Dark Knight Rises knows that Robin was basically the film's lead.  And after essentially scrapping the Will Beall screenplay that it was hoping would bring Justice League into theaters by 2015, Warner Bros would doubtless be very happy to have Nolan involved.  But even before his final Gotham adventure, the director was very clear that, in his mind, Batman's world was his own, insular from the settings of other superhero movies.  That seems to be the approach in Man of Steel, as well.

Stay tuned, Batfans, and see what happens with Justice League.  Last we heard, the studio was waiting to see how this summer's Superman reboot performs before pulling the trigger on a big team-up, but if Nolan's shepherding the thing, Warner Bros. would no doubt be more confident.

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