Even before "The Dark Knight Rises" debuted in theaters, discussion began to turn towards what direction the franchise would take after Christopher Nolan departed. In the past, Warner Brothers hasn't been shy about their intentions to reboot the series, but a new rumor indicates that audiences could get their first look at the new Batman in the studio's Justice League film.
A source for Batman on Film has indicated that the studio intends for Justice League to be their next DC Comics film after "Man of Steel" lands next summer. The plan is to have the cross-over in theaters during the summer of 2015, which would mean the new Batman would be introduced in this film before presumably going on to spin-off into his own adventures.
DC is likely hoping to do the same with the other Justice League members, some of whom will be introduced on the big screen for the first time. Others, like Green Lantern (assuming he's a part of the team-up), will be getting a mulligan. The wild card here is Superman, who will be appearing in rebooted form when he's played by Henry Cavill next summer.
While Zack Snyder has hinted that his film won't have any connection to the Justice League movie, rumors have indicated the contrary in recent months. If there's a new Superman in addition to the new Batman, this means audiences would have to get acclimated to a new Man of Steel and a new Caped Crusader in addition to all the more unfamiliar heroes.
This, of course, would be the opposite of the model Marvel used to shepherd "The Avengers" to the screen; whereas they cultivated a stable of heroes in a series of hit movies before joining them together, WB is rushing straight into things in the hopes that Justice League can finally kick-start their DC proprieties into some success.
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