New Batman could make his bow as early as 2015

Justice League rumoured to be next after Man Of Steel

Today's hot superhero rumour has DC lining up its long-awaited Justice League movie to go directly into competition with The Avengers 2, with Batman On Film reporting that the film is being lined up for summer 2015.

The site claims that a DC source has revealed the studio's plans to release Justice League as its next picture after Man Of Steel, with summer 2015 currently in the crosshairs as a launching pad for the superhero mash-up.

The film would include a new incarnation of Batman, who would be introduced as part of this team-up project before being launched into an all-new series of Batman films.

Rumour has it that DC will also use Justice League as a platform from which to reboot Green Lantern, after the Ryan Reynolds incarnation was disastrously received by fans and critics alike. Even Henry Cavill might not return as Superman, with Zack Snyder claiming that Man Of Steel is not a link to the Justice League project.

At this stage, all of the above remains unconfirmed, but it certainly sounds as though the wheels are beginning to clank into motion on this one. At present, Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall is working on a script, while Warner figures out the exact direction it wants to pursue. Watch this space...

Is 2015 too soon to see a new version of Batman? Tell us, below!


    • CaptainCrazy

      Aug 29th 2012, 12:13

      The JL movie will likely be more scifi than Nolan's Batman. Let's hope the tone of the Justice League (and Batman) is more Ridley Scott than Joel Schumacher.

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    • Heisenberg

      Aug 29th 2012, 12:14

      And herein lays the problem. It seems the DC movies with have no continuity whatsoever. The recent Batman and Man of Steel movies have no connection with either each other or the Green Lantern, none of the these have a connection to the JL movie, and none of these actors portraying them will appear come the JL movie. They are trying to do this completely a**e-about-face in my opinion. Very few people are going to care about JL movie when it comes out with a different Batman, Superman and GL and the other superheroes never having appeared before the movie. If there is no build up to the movie, showing the characters and what they bring and who they are, no-one bar the fanboys will care. This is the EXACT thing that makes the Marvel movies work so well, Marvel clearly had an overall idea, locked people in to play the characters for several movies and built the stories (culminating an Avengers 1 so far) around them all, it built up a whole new non comic book reading fan base and brought the superheroes to the masses for them to enjoy.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Aug 29th 2012, 12:21

      A new actor playing Superman as well as Batman!? It's getting ridiculous now! I can understand Superman being played by Reeves and Routh because of the tragic accident, plus the 20yr gap, but 3 different actors within a decade? Batman has now had Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale already over a 23yr period. I'm not saying Batman Forever or B&R would've been completely saved had Keaton stayed on to do all four (we've got Joel to thank for that!) but at least it would've saved us having to 'get used' to a new actor playing Bruce Wayne again. Every genre has got a life span and audiences will get bored eventually, and if they're not careful the same thing will happen to the Superhero genre...

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Aug 29th 2012, 12:23

      Heisenberg - good point. This leads to the question of whether Batman needs the League or if the League needs Batman more? Why not have a Batman film and introduce the non-comic geek public (yes, those two) to other lesser known heroes through cameos (ala Marvel) instead of throwing millions of dollars at a product where Joe Public wouldn't know their Vibe from Martian Manhunter.

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    • SiMan

      Aug 29th 2012, 12:42

      I don't particularly think it matters if you have another actor playing a character - yes we had Keaton, Kilmer and Clooney playing Batman, but they were all playing the same version. I think the problem is that DC are not linking their continuities together. Out of all the heroes, you could probably get away with introducing a new Batman (possibly even a Superman) into a Justice League movie, but only as long as all of your other characters have already been established as being from the same film universe. This is just going to turn out to be a mess. If they do go ahead with this and for example Cavill and Reynolds are not going to be cast, does that mean that we won't be getting sequels to Man of Steel or Green Lantern? (okay, Lantern was cack, but aren't there still rumours of a follow-up?). If they do get sequels, you're going to end up with two different versions of the same character appearing on the big screen within a a year or two of each other. DC have really dropped the ball on this one.

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    • LukeSween

      Aug 29th 2012, 13:08

      To do it in this way DC/WB are going to have to have a truly great story and script to make it a JL origins story and then expand it from there into individual films. Not an easy task by any means but they have to somehow get Cavill and Reynolds back as their respective characters or it will fall to bits.

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    • Chufferstud

      Aug 29th 2012, 13:42

      I think an awesome animated film would work brilliantly, just look at the DC Universe trailer. Failing that, something in the Sin City style of film would be ace due to it's comic origins. I also think that the characters should be shown in hero form only, so no Wayne or Kent.

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    • Lampost

      Aug 29th 2012, 13:43

      I don't think all these characters need their own movies, I mean, everyone knows who they fricking are. I don't think I could even stomach another superhero origins movie, I am SO sick of them. I think it's a good idea to just start off with Justice League, cut right past the boring, tedious set up and jump straight in!

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    • MyNameIsDragon

      Aug 29th 2012, 14:01

      The reason Marvel's worked was because of the build-up; they took years to develop unfamiliar characters (to the everyday public) through various films. WB are buggered basically, their golden boy's comic book trilogy is the most successful of all time, but with it all set in a 'realistic' world, there was no way for them to start to introduce the rest of the JL to set up a potential movie (you could do a standalone film if it was just Batman/Superman, who are part of pop-culture, but not with all the others who people won't have heard of). They could potentially start to put the wheels in motion now it's over, but they want to jump on The Avengers bandwagon straight away, and so, inevitably, they'll muck it up. Big shame.

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    • FBJRider

      Aug 29th 2012, 15:06

      They really don't need new films for those characters just to link them to JL. Everyone knows who they are, I mean the Incredible Hulk had pretty much no ties to the Avengers film, Iron Man didn't have many besides Coulson until the post credits sequences. They'd do better concentrating on lesser known characters and link them to JL, in these lesser known character's films they could have references to Batman or Supes.

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    • Heisenberg

      Aug 29th 2012, 15:09

      @Lampost, no not everyone knows who the are. For example, i met my wonderful missus 18months ago, before me she has no idea about ANY of the Marvel characters, and my friends had very limited knowledge of the characters. But from sitting watching the movies for each character they learned about them and ultimately cared for them, which is the whole point, and are now fans of the movies and some even read up on the comic books etc now. The Avengers worked because people cared for the characters and wanted them to succeed in saving the planet, but this could only happen with build up and planning. If JL appears, people will know batman(but this will be a very different batman to the one most people now know) and superman. But no1 will know the back stories for the flash, wonder woman, aquaman, and many others that could be in the movies, so the vast public(who the movie will be made for, not the fanboys) wont know these characters or care about them if they die etc, which defeats the purpose.

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    • atticus1111

      Aug 29th 2012, 15:11

      Let me just make sure I get this straight, you have seen the success that the Avengers had and now want to sponge off of it but you will have an already existing batman, green lantern, superman, and green arrow (CW show) but you are choosing to make a film completely independent of their story lines thus nullifying the entire premise that made The Avengers such a hit success. Who does the hiring in your HR department? Seriously! That is where I would start grinding the axe and I wouldn't stop until everyone that had a hand in this idea was gone. Is it so difficult to just give the world what it wants instead of what you think it wants? I mean hell go onto any message board anywhere for the past 5 years and they are all saying the same things, that WB has its head up its a*s and its because of reasons like this that they are say that.

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    • Heisenberg

      Aug 29th 2012, 15:19

      Just read that the SHIELD tv show has been given a pilot to be co-written by Whedon, this is how you do it

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 29th 2012, 15:26

      If Warner Bros go ahead and make JLA with a seperate Superman it will fail, for once they need to put pride aside and approach this franchise the way Marvel studio's did with The Avengers.

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Aug 29th 2012, 16:10

      Pah! Studios?? What do they know?? I say they give us all a job with immediate effect.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 29th 2012, 17:50

      Last time that happened, we ended up with Snakes on a Plane.

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    • bowz88

      Aug 29th 2012, 19:49

      im not saying this the correct way to do the justice league film because i dont think it is, but saying things like people wont care is a bit presumptuous. Lots of the general public will not know who the flash is plus other characters but this doesn't mean people wont go to see it. If people are aware that the better known characters are involved then they will go to see it, all it takes is a solid marketing campaign to peak peoples interest. The film is guaranteed to make money if the correct people are involved, studios want to make money hence the 2015 release date. Many fanboys will disagree with how it is made and will moan but only a small majority will actually avoid seeing it, most people will be like me and go watch it regardless of who is in it.

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    • Kellend11

      Aug 29th 2012, 20:06

      I think, if WB/DC want to do a JL movie, they need to take time (a long time) to really think about what they want to do and how they are going to go about doing it. To me, it seems they are jumping on the band wagon because of how much success Avengers had. I don't think anyone realised how successful it was going to be, considering it had already got itself an audience from the previous lone films from the majority of the characters. I seriously think that if WB/DC try and push out a JL movie in a short space of time, it will leave them regretting what they had done.

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    • wizzard400

      Aug 30th 2012, 0:50

      This whole JL film is almost like a plane crash in slow motion in my opinion. We've known that as soon as The Avengers was happening, DC/WB would almost certanly green light a JL film. And I know I might already be stating the obvious but DC/WB should, in order for any of this to work, forget about rebooting Batman and Superman for this. Anyone who even knows what a comic is would know the back story for those two. What your average fan however would not know, are the backstories for the other main players. If I were DC/WB I would seriously look at creating lead up films for a) The Flash, b) Wonder Woman and a re-done Green Lantern, with cameos/hints at Batman & Superman in all 3 films ala Hawkeye and Black Widow with Marvel. I'm a massive fan of DC comics and really want this to work but the more I keep reading about it the less confident I am in the project...

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    • barryc

      Aug 30th 2012, 10:05

      What I don't get is,,,,, After a fantastic Batman trilogy, there's all this talk about a Batman reboot so soon,, and everyone seems to be fine with that, everyone seems to think that's ok!! Yet when Spiderman came out last month,, a new reboot after 5 years,,, after the disastrous Spiderman 3, (which lets be honest, left the series no direction to go in except back to square 1),,,,,, everyone, critics and fans alike started crying like little girls,,,WWWAAAA,,, WHY ?? It's TOO SOOON,, NOOOOO,,, and this was before they'd even seen the movie or before it came out. I don't get it, doesn't make sense,, I'll be looking forward to the The Amazing Spiderman sequel a hell of a lot more than this Justice League nonsense.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 30th 2012, 15:33

      It's not ok that Batman's being rebooted but it's inevitable, you just have to accept it and hope for the best. Batman is a huge franchise to just leave sitting around plus there's also the rights malarky, alot of the rights can revert back to the creators if studio's don't have the franchise in production, we just saw that happen with Daredevil.

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    • felixsantana

      Aug 31st 2012, 15:18

      Hi everyone! Everybody has all good points. we all look at it different ways, I am a big fan of all the superhero from Marvel and DC and so far Marvel is kicking a*s they did everything right going into Avengers. Hence why Avengers did so well. As far as DC, they need to think it through the new Superman is coming out lets see if they do that right. As far as Green Lantern they didn't do an awful job and I like Ryan Reynolds but he was definately wrong for the part especially when he was already playing Deadpool. DC definately needs to work on these characters ie Wonder women, Martian, Batman, and whatever other characters they want to use before they even consider JL. Whatever happened to the characters that played in the show smallville? I thought that show was great and they introduced the characters and started JL during the shows run.

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