bill-swift - March 5, 2013
The Justice League movie is something of a Hollywood urban legend at this point. It came this close to being made less than ten years ago with nobody actors (at the time) Armie Hammer and Jay Baruchel being cast, production starting, costumes being made...and then nothing. Then Marvel came and swept the floor with DC. While DC managed to keep a foothold in the cineplex's with Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, the flop of the The Green Lantern didn't bode well that the company (partnered in film production with Warner Bros.) was ever going to be able to compete with The Avengers juggernaut.
So what were they to do? Start their own grassroots franchise from one character, to two, to three, and eventually do the Justice League movie they wanted? No, of course not. They were going to try to just jump right to the finish line. The script was being primed and it looked like Henry Cavill's Superman would be the only DC movie to hit theaters leading up to a full-fledged Justice League movie. But now, with reports that the script wasn't up to snuff and that with the villain being galactic bad guy Darkseid feeling like a rip off of The Avengers 2's Thanos, Warner Bros and DC were between a rock and a hard place. So, just like with Superman, they turned to Chris Nolan and said 'Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.'
According to Latino Review, WB and DC are handing control of their comic book universe over to Nolan and Zach Snyder. So the Justice League movie set for theaters in 2015 would be brought to you as part of Chris Nolan's landscape, which means...his Batman. So if you believe this story, then it means Christian Bale will be returning to the cowl for a fourth time. That feels almost too hard to believe, but stranger things have happened. The two universes of Batman and Superman don't seem like they exactly line up, but with Man of Steel trying to take a grounded approach to the Superman ethos, and Iron Man 'successfully' ingratiating his world into that of aliens in The Avengers, it seems possible.