Batman to be ‘reinvented’ after ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Warner executive confirms Christopher Nolan will finish his story with new film

Batman will be ‘reinvented’ following The Dark Knight Rises, a Warner Brothers exec has said.

Speculation has been mounting about the future of the superhero franchise. It arose from director Christopher Nolan‘s apparent decision to close his story with his third movie next year.

Talking to the Los Angeles Times, Jeff Robinov, President of WB‘s film division, revealed his long-term vision for the DC Comics franchise.

He confirmed that Nolan will stay in the producer’s chair after The Dark Knight Rises but will not be in creative control of the project.

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent BatmanChris 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.”

His first priority after The Dark Knight Rises will be the long-awaited Justice League America movie. That film will team Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other key characters from the DC Universe.

Although that movie has been delayed for fear of putting out a conflicting Batman while Nolan‘s films were still in production, Robinov denied this would be the case with the Wonder Woman TV series in development.

Wonder Woman could be a film as well, the same way that Superman Returns came out while Smallville was on,” he said.

The Dark Knight Rises is due for release in summer 2012.