R.I.P., John Blake – Batman

One of the cool things about writing for a superhero blog – the money and women aside, of course – is getting to tell people about cool things that you care about. Robert Redford joining S.H.I.E.L.D.? A new Robin? Ron Weasley, super hero? I like to imagine gasps of awe, the occasional fist pump. I’ve been able to pontificate, ruminate and theorize to my heart’s content. Sometimes, however, it falls to you to be the bearer of bad news.

As such, I am sorry to inform you that Christopher Nolan and yes, Christian Bale, will not be involved in the long-awaited Justice League adaptation. Though rumors had been circling that Nolan was a lock to oversee DC’s slate of upcoming superhero movies and that these would either see the return of Bale’s Bat or else Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s John Blake would pick up the mantle (as was suggested at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov finally quashed them (and many fan’s dreams) with a simple “No” in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. Since then Nolan’s representatives have confirmed that he was never involved with the project and that his full attention is focused on Interstellar, his upcoming sci-fi flick. Given the joke I made at the start of the month, this hurts all the more.

For some, this may be a bitter pill to swallow – Nolan’s Batman trilogy has arguably become the definitive cinematic take on the character – but we at AP2HYC can propose, at least, a spoonful of sugar. Nolan’s Batman was always intended to standalone and any attempt to tie it in with the broader DC Universe would likely seem forced. A new Batman would provide an opportunity to move back towards the larger-than-life superhero of comic lore. Chris Roven, producer on Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel – which Nolan exec produced – has said the film, which is due out on June 14th, is “setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward… What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.” So, despite my personal disappointment, maybe this is for the best after all.

So, are you saddened by the news or relieved that Nolan is seemingly out the door? Do you view this as a missed chance to expand on what Nolan created or a much-needed fresh start? Sound off below.

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Robert Wallis

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