Christopher Nolan moves forward with BATMAN 3, to consult on SUPERMAN 3.0
So, as expected, we have another huge BATMAN 3 story, just 24 hours after hearing that a script was being written. Oh, and this one involves Superman too, just not in the way one would have expected.
According to Deadline Hollywood, not only is Christopher Nolan moving forward with a third BATMAN film, but Warner Brothers has also decided to bring him on as a consultant for their next SUPERMAN project, whatever that may be.
WB seems very set on getting both BATMAN 3 and a new Superman film, so this is both surprising and truly exciting. He allegedly has cracked a potential story for BATMAN 3, and has decided that he will indeed be coming back and helming the third film in his epic franchise.
On the Superman front, Nikki Finke reports that the next Superman film will be called SUPERMAN 3.0, and is in the earliest stage of production. It is not likely that Nolan will direct, but he will be some sort of producer/consultant, which may just be the best thing for the franchise. The idea at this point is that it will not be a sequel, but that instead it will be some sort of reboot. Deadline says that Bryan Singer or Brandon Routh are not out of the project yet, but personally, I would be shocked if WB didn’t decide to start from scratch and give Superman the BATMAN BEGINS type treatment.
Nolan + Superman = Win. While I don't know if the same dark tone that Nolan has so brilliantly helped usher to the zeitgeist will work, I do think that he will help bring the right creative juices to a floundering franchise. Nolan most likely won't direct, as he will be working on BATMAN 3, and WB wants this new Superman film out quick, but the idea that he will be helping this project get created is really exciting.
The only other outlier here is the idea of how much they will be able to show in any reboot. WB has had one of the weirdest I.P. battles with Supe's creators, so it will be interesting to see what route WB goes with rebooting their franchise. If WB doesn't reboot the man in blue by 2011, the heirs to the Superman franchise could possibly sue "on the grounds that the deal should have contained a clause in which the rights returned to the owners after a given time if no film was in development." Also, according to The Playlist, by 2013, the the heirs of to the franchise will own all rights to the franchise, so this is one project that WB will want to fast track as soon as possible.