It’s time to move on. In fact, it’s past time to move on.
Folks, “The Dark Knight Trilogy” ended Chris Nolan’s cinematic Batman story. The director wasn’t blowing smoke up your you-know-what when he said that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was IT. It’s not about trying to get more money, more power at the studio, or, well, ANY sort of political shenanigans like that. No my friends, it’s because…
THEY’VE TOLD THE BATMAN ON FILM STORY THEY WANTED TO TELL, THEY’RE DONE, AND ARE NOT COMING BACK!
Not for more money.
Not for more studio power.
Not for anything.
Look, I get it, OK? Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” – including Christian Bale as The Dark Knight – is “My Batman.” The FAN in me would have loved to see a Nolan-directed Batman film starring Bale every three or so years, well, forever. But that’s simply an unrealistic desire via the “fan” part of my brain.
Here's the deal...
After 15 (going on 16) years of BOF'ing, I’ve learned that Nolan did it the right way. He’s given this genre the blueprint on how to do these things from here on out, which is: Have a story, tell it in three or four parts, and END it. Why? Because no matter what, it’ll run out of gas and be driven right into the ground. I think my friend Emma Thomas – producer of all three “Dark Knight Trilogy” films – said it best. To paraphrase, she said that if you go on and on and on with these films, eventually you’re just telling the same 'ol story and only trotting out another Bat-villain.
The bottom line here is that the Nolanverse is done and Batman on film IS going to be rebooted. This fact MUST be accepted. Putting your fingers in your ears while screaming “Lalalalala!” over and over isn’t going to change that fact.
Saying things such as “Well, until I officially hear it, it’s still possible dammit!” is nonsense. Why? Because we HAVE heard it officially already! Every single person involved with the “Trilogy” has said they’re done. If you really think that Chris Nolan and Christian Bale, via Warner Bros., are going to issue a press release to make it “official,” dude, you’re living in a dream world.
Also, there’s NO WAY IN HELL Chris would undermine the powerful ending of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” by OK’ing the use of his Batman for a Justice League of Batman/Superman team-up film. Yes, I can hear some of you now saying, “Well, Nolan doesn’t own Batman! Warner Bros. could bring him back if they want!” In theory, you’d be right. However, Bale ain’t coming back because Nolan ain’t coming back. Plus, Chris Nolan is one of Warner Bros.’ top directors – if not THE top director at the studio. Do you really think they’d risk upsetting him off by hijacking his cinematic Batman simply to shoehorn the character into a friggin’ DCU team-up film? More importantly, they’ve got too much respect for Chris to do such a thing without his blessing anyway.
And make no mistake about it, A LOT of fans would be PISSED if "The Dark Knight Trilogy" was compromised for a JL or team-up movie. Don't think that isn't lost on the studio as well. "Uh yeah Batman fans, um, that emotional ending of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? Well, um, it doesn't count now 'cause we're bringing that Batman back for JUSTICE LEAGUE!"
Not. Going. To. Happen. ANYWAY...
The op-ed will continue after the jump!
Our focus now - as Batman fans – should be to make sure that this next cinematic incarnation of our beloved Batman as good, or better, than what we’ve gotten previously. Now, whether or not that’s going to be the case remains to be seen. I’ve got some serious concerns how Batman will be portrayed on the big screen in the future – especially due to the fact that Warner Bros. is intent on creating a “Cinematic DC Universe.” Will Batman on film work IF…
He’s blasted off into space?
Fights aliens and gods?
Stands alongside and fights with masked, caped, and costumed beings with extraordinary, superhuman, and fantastical powers?
Well, all of that remains to be seen and that’s a debate for another day. Regardless, Nolan and Bale ARE NOT going to be involved.
You KNOW this…even if you don’t WANT to. - Bill "Jett" Ramey
A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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