With its plans for a Justice League movie rumored to be in disarray, Warner Brothers may have found its most convenient exit strategy in the form of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, as both are rumored to now be involved with the long-awaited crossover film.
According to Latino Review, the studio is in discussions with Nolan to come aboard as the "godfather" of the DC cinematic universe, which would put him in a similar capacity as Joss Whedon over at Marvel. As part of the deal, all DC Universe films would funnel through Nolan, who would also serve as a producer on the eventual Justice League film.
This scenario would also see Bale return to reprise the role of Batman, which has been one of the studio's biggest sticking points with the potential Justice League film. With Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy completed, WB would presumably need to reintroduce the character either in a reboot or in the Justice League film itself.
Obviously, coaxing Bale and Nolan to come aboard absolves the studio of that particular responsibility and almost immediately turns the Justice League film into a viable possibility once again. If "Man of Steel" proves to be a hit this summer (and WB is reportedly already very high on the film), then the studio would have both an established Batman and Superman at its disposal for a crossover.
If this deal goes through, it seems likely that David Goyer will pen the script for a Justice League film, and "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder may also be around to produce and possibly direct.
What a difference a couple of weeks make. Just when it appeared that the Justice League might never make it to the big screen, it now has a pretty solid foundation. This direction isn't too surprising either; after all, it wouldn't be all that surprising to discover that this was the studio's plan all along given the massive success of Nolan's trilogy.