STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. I MEAN IT. YES, BOTH OF YOU.
There were quite a few things to debate about the last—and by “last” I mean “latest”, because we all know how these things work—Batman film, but the ending made it clear that Batman would return in some form. R. John Blake – the “R” is for Robin, get it? – finds the Batcave, Bruce is alive and well and sipping espresso with Selina Kyle in Paris, so one or maybe both of them will eventually don the cowl and resume beating the shit out of Gotham’s villains.
That is, assuming that Warner Bros respects the Law of Continuity. And given the latest intel from People Who Claim To Have The Scoop On Such Things, assuming that will likely make an ass of you and me. For those of you who don’t read comic books, what happens is this: at any given time, there may be several different superhero versions/plotlines going on at once. Right now, for instance, DC has at least four different Batmans (Batmen?). There’s the excellent Batman, written by Scott Snyder; there’s Batman, Inc. (which centers around the idea that there are lots of Batmen, as Bruce Wayne has outsourced his night job to a bunch of dudes all over the world); there’s Batman: The Dark Knight (not sure what that one’s all about); and then there’s the Justice League comic book, which also contains Batman and a bunch of other superheroes. It gets very confusing, but if you live in your parents’ basement, you can sort all of this out because you’re free of the distractions that the outside world holds.
It looks like the Justice League version of Bats may be the next one we see on the big screen. As we know, Warner Bros is ramping up production on their Justice League movie, no doubt inspired by the middling success of that other movie with all of the superheroes, the name of which I can’t quite recall. That movie is set to hit screens in 2015—and as of right now, there’s been no movement on putting together another Batman movie. Of course, Warner still needs to find a director for the Justice League movie, and given the project’s history, all of this could all be rendered meaningless. Which would spare us more articles about comic book continuity. So there’s that.