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To add to the intrigue surrounding this cape bombshell, IESB,net reported on Friday (according to an un-named source) that Warner Bothers is also preparing for a Justice League flick after The Man of Steel and Batman 3 are released. Of course, this "news" hasn't been confirmed as of 2/28, but really it makes perfect sense. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Warner doesn't want Marvel Entertainment's Avengers (2012) franchise to outpace them in the incredibly profitable superhero genre. At this point, I would be shocked if the rumors regarding the Justice League movie weren't true.
Just a couple of thoughts about this week's news. First, does the Nolan brothers' involvement in a Justice League movie (if true) pretty much guarantee that Christian Bale will don the cape and cowl for the flick? To me, it seems very likely that he would, but I'm having a hard time picturing his Batman on the screen with Supes and Green Lantern? Somehow, I can't see it working, but I'm sure the Nolans and company will devise a way to make it happen.
I'm also hoping that the Superman news is a hint that we're about to begin an incredible era of competing superhero movie teams. It's fascinating, really, we might have the Avengers and the Justice League battling for box office supremacy just as they have in the books for nearly fifty years. Clearly, for fans, there is no better time in history to be alive than right now. I think it's obvious that Warner/DC and Marvel are committed to having the ultimate superteam, and are about to raise the quality of cape films to a new level.