When "The Avengers" became a massive success for Disney and Marvel Studios last summer, most assumed that it would just be a matter of time until Warner Brothers and DC followed suit with a Justice League film. However, WB is quickly learning that it's not as easy as Marvel made it look, as it is reportedly rethinking its approach to the superhero team-up film.
Last week, reports indicated that the studio might be scrapping Will Beall's script, which would seemingly put the project back at square one. Indeed, that might be the case, as sources close to Batman on Film report that WB could reboot its Batman franchise before the Justice League film is released.
Previous rumors have indicated that the new Batman would actually be introduced in the Justice League movie and would eventually star in his own solo films. However, with WB having cold feet about the Justice League project (which is unofficially considered to be "on hold" until after the summer according to BOF), it's possible that a new Batman film franchise will get off the ground first.
At this point, the status of both Justice League and the Batman franchise is certainly up in the air and seems to hinge on the success of "Man of Steel" later this summer. If that film is a hit, BOF's sources seem to think it will buy the studio some time and allow it to focus on Superman instead of Batman, who is basically the studio's trump card.
In fact, this source notes that Batman seems to be the only sure thing and refers to the character as WB's "most valuable asset." Indeed, at this point, the studio seems to be more worried about how a poorly received Justice League film would affect the future of the Batman franchise, which is why it would perhaps prefer to reboot the character before the crossover.
It's worth noting that a lot of this is speculation born out of Batman on Film jumping to some logical conclusions, which they have been quick to note in their updates. This project has been in flux for the better part of a few years, and it wouldn't be all that surprising if WB changes its mind before finally committing to a course of action.