One of the biggest questions in the comic books world today, or as far as the Hollywood films are concerned, is if there will be a third Batman film. Itís almost certain that Warner Bros. Pictures will produce another one. After all, with such a big money-making monster in their arsenal, why keep such a hot franchise on the shelf? So, the question really asked is if Christopher Nolan will make it. In 2005, Nolan successfully re-launched the Batman franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne. He followed it up with its sequel, The Dark Knight, the most successful comic book movie to date, as well as a film that reached Titanic-level box office success. Since then, weíve heard very little of the franchiseís future, much less about Nolanís plans on returning. He is one very secretive man.
While the fan community is out there playing casting directors on who should be the next villain and which actor should play them, there just might be something in the works concerning a ďBatman 3Ē. The latest report came from Deadline Hollywood, who says that screenwriter/director David S. Goyer has left his position as show runner for the TV series FlashForward to focus on other projects, one being the third Batman film.
Courtesy of Deadline Hollywood:
"As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions," Goyer said in a statement. "I'm proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It's in great hands."
Deadline Hollywood reports that Goyer is working with Christopher Nolanís brother, Jonah, on the screenplay for another Batman film. If that is true, then we can assume that Christopher will be returning for the third movie. Goyer and Jonah Nolan co-wrote Batman Begins and Goyer contributed on The Dark Knight while the Nolan brothers co-wrote the screenplay for it.
Goyer is no stranger to the comic book movie. Heís written the screenplays to all three Blade films that starred Wesley Snipes. He was announced as the writer for X-Men Origins: Magneto, but that film will probably not happen as already reported here a while back. Goyer also wrote an early screenplay in 2001 for a Ghost Rider movie. Columbia Pictures went in a different direction with their 2007 film starring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, but now it looks like Goyer is re-writing his script from í01 and updating it for the next film on the Spirit of Vengeance, another franchise getting an overhaul. Heís also written screenplays for Doctor Strange, Marvelís Sorcerer Supreme, and The Flash, DCís Fastest Man Alive, two super-heroes who have yet to get the movie treatment.
I should say that this report should be taken with a grain of salt. There is very little known about the third Batman film and whenever anyone who was involved with the previous two is asked about it, they either deflect the question or just simply refuse to give any information. Some super-heroes would learn a thing or two from Nolan about keeping their secret identities intact. Until there is official confirmation from those involved, this report should be taken lightly and not seriously. There will definitely be more coming from the Batman front in the near future. Until then, we'll have to live with this report that David S. Goyer and Jonah Nolan are working on a script for a third Batman film.