Above: the Batman vs. Superman billboard seen in Warner Bros. I Am Legend.
As of this writing, Marvel's The Avengers is currently sitting at roughly $1.36 billion world wide. That of course means the rival comic titan in town, DC Comics, is scrambling to come up with a game plan to get their superhero omnibus equivalent, the Justice League of America, off the ground. Fortunately for them, unlike Marvel, whose various characters have contracts spread across several studios, all of their film rights reside with Warner Bros., which will surely help ease the process.
Of course, that doesn't mean it will be an easy process setting up a Justice League movie, but thanks to Variety, we do know a bit more about how they plan to flesh out their superhero franchises. The outlet already broke news earlier this week that Will Beal (Gangster Squad) had been given writing duties on Justice League and Michael Goldenberg has been tapped for Wonder Woman, but now they tell us the studio is already trying to figure out how to reboot its two most recent bigscreen characters.
Rebooting Batman is just a matter of timing for the studio. Once Christian Bale steps out of the cowl after The Dark Knight Rises, it's just a case of determining how long it will take for fans to embrace a new take on the caped crusader. The studio seems considerably less concerned about any kind of a grace period for Green Lantern. It's been only a year since Ryan Reynolds had a crack at the character and apparently the studio is already thinking about recasting for a sequel.
That brings the total number of future DC Comics movies set up at Warner Bros. to nearly a dozen: Zack Snyder's Man of Steel hits next year, while Lobo, Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, the Suicide Squad and Shazam all have scripts in various stages of development. Just how far any of these get, however, will apparently be determined after the release of The Dark Knight Rises. If it does tremendous, as fans and studio heads alike are surely praying it will, it's hinted that Warner Bros. will try to keep Christopher Nolan, who is already producing their Superman reboot, on retainer to get involved with the DC Comics cineverse at large.
How does that sound to you? Do you want to see the likes of Wonder Woman, The Flash, and the Green Lantern all overseen by Nolan?