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By Adam Basciano

Aside from director rumors, the fact that Will Beall wrote the script, and that the studio ideally wants this film ready for 2015, little else is known about “Justice League.” Fans constantly wonder if the upcoming Superman film “Man of Steel” will be linked to that film.  In a recent interview with the New York Post, “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder was asked just that and replied; “I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.” When pressed further on the issue Snyder added more fuel to the fire. “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say,  yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”  The wait for “Man of Steel” just got agonizingly longer!

Where does that leave Batman in relation to “Justice League”?  Since studio’s are reboot trigger happy when it comes to superhero franchises, it was widely assumed that a new actor would fill the role of Batman, and then spin off into a new series of solo film.  Apparently, that may not be the case.  According to Hitfix, their sources are telling them that  actor Joseph Gordon Levitt “absolutely will be appearing in “Justice League” as the new Batman.”  Anyone who’s seen “The Dark Knight Rises” knows the how and why Levitt’s John Blake character could be Batman in “Justice League.”

Some will call this blasphemy and say that Nolan’s trilogy should not be touched!  I understand their reverance and love for the trilogy, because I love it too!  Let’s remember though that Christopher Nolan does not own Batman, Warner Brothers does. Did Nolan make the best Batman films to date? In my opinion, yes! However, if he didn’t want his trilogy potentially expended, then he should have legitimately killed off Bruce Wayne, and not alluded to Levitt’s character taking up the Batman persona. I could see why Warner Brothers would hypothetically go this route.  Why reboot a commercially and critically successful franchise?  There is precedent for this type of thing in the comic books, as I believe Dick Grayson has had at least two tours of duty in the cape and cowl.  First in a story titled “Batman: Prodigal” and then again in Batman: The Black Mirror a pre New 52 Scott Snyder written Batman tale.

Hollywood.com has apparently gotten in touch with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s representatives who have denied the claim that their client will be Batman in “Justice League.”  That is par for the course though, as Warner Brothers themselvs denied Christopher Nolan’s involvement in “Man of Steel” weeks before they then officially annoinced it! At the end of the day, it’s best to wait for offical announcements from the studio to be certain.  However, whether “Justice League” connects to “Man of Steel” and uses Joseph Gordon Levitt as Batman or it doesn’t, I’ll be in the theatre as long as the story is good.  At the end of the day, the films story is first and foremost.

(Sources: New York Post, HitFix, Hollywood.com)

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