Not again, you suits...
While I love Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Batman, I am not slavishly devoted to it...
I love "Batman Begins," I adore "The Dark Knight," and sadly disappointed in "The Dark Knight Rises." I feel the last one is Nolan's least developed. It felt like something he had to do, not want to do. I think Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of those rising young stars. He's an incredibly gifted actor who has a promising future.
Just not as Batman.
And certainly not one that happens to not be Bruce Wayne. That is the character that will always be tied to the meaning for there being a Batman in the first place. There is a purpose to who he is and what he wants. His wealth is a gift for his vengeance on a cruel world that he is trying to right. He is no street vigilante. He is no cop. He is a man searching for answers to a childhood that died a long time ago and his tools are his brains, accompanied by the body he has trained.
I know that Warner executives want to continue the money train that is the caped crusader. But the world of Nolan's Batman wasn't meant to exist in a universe where other heroes in underwear walked around. It wasn't. It's not that there is anything wrong with creating a DC Cinematic Universe to rival the one Marvel had, but to try and put Nolan's universe in the larger one is wrong.
They need to reboot a new Batman. One that happens to be Bruce Wayne. I want to see a cohesive universe where Clark Kent spars with Bruce Wayne, not some young, upstart cop that just took over the suit. It's not the suit that made Batman, it's the events. And the events happened to a young boy named Bruce Wayne.
It's as if Sony wanted to continue the success of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" and just had someone else step into the role that wasn't named Peter Parker. I would recoil at such a thought the same way I feel about this rumor, if true. I have wanted to see a Justice League film since I was a child. For Warner Suits to put such a monkey wrench into the machine that they plan on going forward with is a prescription for a project that will be mired in doubt. It will deflate the feelings I had looking forward to seeing a great number of DC characters together in 2015. It's not starting off the wrong foot, it's walking off a cliff, and shows that Suits still don't "get" super-heroes.
Go forward with Justice League. Go forward with a reboot of Batman right on it's heels. But don't think that carrying forward with a character from the last Batman film will guarantee success for a future one. Let each director reinterpret the character with his own stamp, not the legacy of the last director. The legacy belongs to the character.
The Warner Suits want a future for all the characters in DC entertainment, but going forward with this will be an end, not a beginning. Marvel will still be moving forward with it's expanding universe, and Warner Bros. will still be wishing they could take advantage of the large collection of characters that they still don't have an understanding of.
I guess in another decade they can try rebooting again...