Batman to reboot after The Dark Knight Rises

batman to reboot after the dark knight risesIt is no secret that Hollywood is madly in love with the concept of rebooting franchises, but this may be the first time ever that a movie has announced a reboot before the final film in the series (an exceptionally successful series at that) has even begun filming. But according to the LA Times, that may be exactly what is going to happen.

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.” Jeff Robinov, President of the Warner Bros. motion picture group told the paper.

It may sound innocuous enough to “reinvent” the character, but there have been rumblings over the last few weeks that execs at Warner Bros. are not happy with The Dark Knight Rises—not because of the product, but because Nolan, who has final cut on the film, has repeatedly told them that he plans a conclusion to what he sees as a trilogy of films. That could mean just about anything, but it could mark the beginning of a trend for movies with massive histories—create a few movies that tell one story, then hand the property over to someone else to tell a completely different tale. Despite a few key points, the character of Batman has been reinvented so many times in comics—as has almost every character with a long history and a following—that it actually isn’t that hard to see them following the comic model and rebooting the character.

It could also free filmmakers up to try something different.  It probably would not be well received to kill off Batman, but major characters like Alfred Pennyworth or Jim Gordon might be expendable to the franchise–as long as they are not permanently erased.

Marvel has claimed that the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man is not a reboot, even though the story will be contradictory to Sam Raimi’s films, and minor things, like the inclusion of mechanical webshooters in place of the organic version in the previous films stand in contrast to the previous films. Marvel seems to be thinking along the same lines as Warner Bros., and Amazing Spider-Man may in fact not be a reboot, even if it is a different story from the previous films. It’s a comic book rationale that many may not like, but it would free the studios creatively, and allow each story to have a definitive conclusion that won’t affect the future. In Tim Burton’s Batman, Jack Nicholson’s Joker was killed, which made sense for the story, yet the character is a welcome addition to the Batman mythology. In Spider-Man’s films, Venom, Doc Ock and the Green Goblin are all staples of the character, yet the story has finished them off—unless everything reboots.

Although Nolan has said that he is done directing Batman after The Dark Knight Rises, he will stay on the next Batman as a producer. It may very well be just a title to ease fans and to keep Warner Bros. happy, but he will in some small way remain involved in the franchise.

But that is still more than a year away. Expect to hear more—a lot more about The Dark Knight Rises before its release on July 20, 2012.

Movies & TV

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is one of the hero's best movies ever

One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Movies & TV

A ‘Venom’ sequel is on its way, and Spider-Man could play a role

'Venom' screenwriter Jeff Pinker confirms that a follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off is in the works. Could a certain friendly neighborhood webslinger join the action? Pinker says that it's "not impossible."
Movies & TV

Our first look at 'The Punisher' season 2 hints at January 2019 premiere

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero, Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel conjures up a director and a release date

Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Sorcerer Supreme's next big-screen adventure. Filming will begin in 2020, after Strange's mysterious Avengers: Endgame fate is resolved.
Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Home Theater

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2 gets a new, Spock-heavy trailer

CBS has released a new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which premieres January 17 on CBS All Access. The new trailer features series newcomers Spock and Christopher Pike prominently.
Movies & TV

Netflix is testing an instant scene-replay feature, but would you use it?

Ever felt like Netflix was missing a scene-replay button? The company is currently trialing a feature that lets you skip back to the start of the scene you just watched, though early tests appear to be annoying some viewers.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Here's how to get your Star Wars fix online

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find the films online.

Psychedelic 'Spider-Man,' Superman goes evil, 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer

This week on Between the Streams, we'll talk about the wondrous, psychedelic adventure that is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We'll also discuss Dr. Strange 2, the freaky trailer for Brightburn (Superman goes evil?), and more.
Home Theater

Streaming services blast past networks for the most scripted TV shows in 2018

For the first time in history, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, produced more original scripted series than broadcast or cable channels, setting a new record for the number of TV shows on the air.