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A promise of more Batman films

Newly minted Warner Bros. film president Jeff Robinov has big plans for his studio, and those plans apparently include keeping the Batman gravy train running after Christopher Nolan leaves the director’s chair.  Says Robinov:

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [his producing partner] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”

So you’re going to talk to the guy who reinvented the Batman franchise by providing his own personal vision for the character and hid world about….talking to some other guy about about how to reinvent the whole thing again.  Something tells me Nolan will not have a great deal of interest in that.  Even if he is indeed planning on producing future Batman films, it seems to me that he’ll also want to pursue other directorial projects and give them the whole of his creative attention.  Right now, he’s probably just lending his name to a hungry new exec who’s hoping to keeps the wheels turning on his studio’s biggest moneymaker.

But this thing is a moneymaker for a reason…because the films are good.  Really good.  And despite all the superhero hoopla, it’s easy to forget that the vast majority of superhero films are, well, not good.  So I guess we can took forward to a “reinvented” Batman series telling the same story Nolan is so effectively telling.  Just, you know, not as well.  Exciting.

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