As Justice League falters behind the scenes, Warner Bros is trying to figure out just what the heck to do with their DC superheroes. Man of Steel is on the horizon, and I've heard good things about it, but who knows how that will do. The company seems more interested in turning its characters into tween-friendly TV shows than decent movies. And the only success they've had in the superhero movie field in the last decade has been Christopher Nolan's Batman films.
With everything uncertain in the superhero realm, Warner Bros may be running for the comfort of old Bats. Batman-on-Film reports that the studio could be prepping a new Batman solo movie for the end of the decade. According to their source:
“I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially planned. They are extreemly worried how [the Batman film franchise] would be affected if JUSTCE LEAGUE bombs...and rightfully so."
All of this is up in the air, and a lot of it is based on how Man of Steel performs. If that movie is a hit, Batman could wait until Man of Steel III. If it's a flop, and if Justice League doesn't get off the ground, Batman could be up sooner. Basically DC has Batman in their back pocket, ready to pull out in any eventuality.
This isn't exactly the most ground-breaking news of all time, but I do think it's an interesting look at how Warner Bros remains unsure how to proceed in the superhero arena. They have no plan, and they have no idea what to do next. They're drifting in the wind, waiting for any omen or portent that might give them guidance. And that feels like bad news for Bat-fans - instead of a smart, culturally relevant reboot of the character, DC is going to give them something reactionary and based on immediate financial fears. It's not a complete recipe for disaster, but it's not a good starting point. Let's put it this way: if Guardians of the Galaxy does really well, you might be getting Bat-Mite in the rebooted Batman*.
We've all said this again and again, but somebody needs to walk into Warner Bros with an action plan. A smart, fiscally sound, property-respecting action plan that will outline the next few years of DC superheroes on film. It doesn't even have to be a continuity of any sort, just a general idea of what the studio wants to do with these most iconic characters. At least an idea more than 'make some money.'
* I would be all for that, but I'm pretty into the Silver Age weirdness.