Will the ‘Batman’ Reboot Be Based on ‘Batman: Zero Year’?

DC Comics is rebooting Batman's origin story with this 11-issue arc that could serve as the basis for another big screen adventure.
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Will the ‘Batman’ Reboot Be Based on ‘Batman: Zero Year’?

Will Batman: Zero Year serves as the basis for the next big screen reboot? DC Comics' launch of Batman: Zero Year has sparked speculation that the upcoming Untitled Batman Reboot at Warner Bros. may be based on this 11-issue comic book arc that subtly rearranges Bruce Wayne's iconic origin story.

As it stands, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises concludes the director's trilogy of stand-alone Batman films, though Christian Bale may reprise the role in Justice League under the supervision and guidance of Nolan. That said, Warner Bros. is still looking to reboot the franchise, and if Christian Bale is Justice League's Batman, this new series of films will not be tied into that epic ensemble.

That leaves the question: What will it be, then, if not a tie-in to Justice League? Some sources indicate that Warner Bros. is looking to this latest comic book incarnation of the iconic character, with a story by Scott Snyder and illustrations by Greg Capullo. Batman: Zero Year does not completely reinvent Bruce Wayne's journey to becoming Batman, but it does offer a few new twists and turns.

Scott Snyder had this to say about the story, and its ties to DC's The New 52, which has set about reinventing its entire stable of characters on the page, though not yet on screen.

"It's not 'Let's redo the origin'. We tried to preserve as much of Batman's history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It's 'The Zero Year,' the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain. It's time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in 'The New 52'. It builds up the mythology."

Nothing has been confirmed by DC Comics and Warner Bros. at this time. The studio is reportedly keeping all options open until the release of Man of Steel. If the Superman reboot is a hit, they will finally greenlight Justice League. What will happen next is, Christopher Nolan will decide if Christian Bale is right for the ensemble and its tone. If Bale does join the movie, then Warner and DC will set about completely rebooting Batman as his own stand-alone franchise. If Bale doesn't join, then the next Batman series will tie directly into Justice League.

Are you confused yet? Do you want to see Christian Bale return? Or do you want a Batman series of stand-alone films that tie directly into Justice League ala Marvel's The Avengers and its stand-alone films? Do you think Batman: Zero Year should be told on the big screen? Or should DC save it for one of their direct-to-DVD animated movies?

There are so many ways this all could go. One thing is for certain, we will not get another Christian Bale stand-alone movie directed by Christopher Nolan. Unless, maybe, Disney buys DC Comics, too. Then it could happen...

Untitled Batman Reboot comes to theaters in 2021.

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  • Cyberman7 • 2 years ago

    Arkham City would be cool, but my concern is villain overload. May be better to stay away from Arkham City and maybe do something like Court of Owls, Flashpoint, Death in the Family, Requiem, or they could even test out how a futuristic Batman would do and go with Batman Beyond. A Batman movie based off of Frank Millar's version of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns, where Batman isn't opposed to killing his enemies, would also be neat.

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    • Jim-Irving • 2 years ago

      Here's an idea to tie in Bale's Batman with JLA, just show a scene in JLA of Supes flying and snagging Bale before the nuke goes off outside of Gotham. That way it would explain who Batman survives the blast and how he got to into the JLA.

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      • Juicy1 • 2 years ago

        I want a Batman reboot movie to be called Batman:Zero Year and a different Batman and I want Batman action figure and vehicle toys to be made for the movie.

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        • space101 • 2 years ago

          No Justice League please...move straight to the next Batman movie!

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          • dannybrist • 2 years ago

            i really don't want Bale back as Batman in a Justice League film. his Batman ended with TDKR. get a new actor for the part.

            as for a batman reboot. i don't think we need another origin story either. there are ways of developing a backstory for a character without concentrating half the film to it. i'd love to see an arkham asylum type film.

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            • instead8909 • 2 years ago

              Batman: Arkham Asylum please

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              • TheObserver • 2 years ago

                @ejk1 o-O well no movie for you Damian ...unfortunate ..

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                • corey • 2 years ago

                  Silly article. Too much speculation over nothing. Just because a comic-book arc is going to take focus on Batman's early days has been announced doesn't mean it's going to be adapted as the Batman reboot.

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                  • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                    What my respectable users have stated.

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                    • dan1 • 2 years ago

                      How can we give an answer to an impossible question? Zero Year isn't out yet, so we have nothing to judge. Dumb.

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                      • ChiRep-1 • 2 years ago

                        Arkham Asylum / Long Halloween or GTFO

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                        • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

                          F*ck that sh*t.

                          @raoulduke33 Right on.

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                          • raoulduke33 • 2 years ago

                            No origin. Arkham Asylum, please.

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                            • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                              @TheObserver Because Damian is dead, at least for now.

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                              • mka47 • 2 years ago

                                whor*s

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                                • TheObserver • 2 years ago

                                  I think its absurd to do another origin story , but its understandable since its in the new 52 universe lets stay open-minded but there is a limit to retelling the same story over and over again ...i mean why dont youfocus on Damian wayne for example ?

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                                  • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                                    I would laugh if this never happened.

                                    TDKR might have ended on a good note however I sure hope the Bale gets in JLA. All the phases of Marvel is a great idea for this universe as well. Basically DC and WB is shooting their own foot for rebooting Batman.

                                    they really need to sign Bale up for more films, nine in all however he's all ready done three.

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                                    • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                      @narrator Likely, especially since in the comics, the new JLA is a group of "rebels."

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                                      • narrator • 2 years ago

                                        @ejk1 Lol. I hadn't noticed that, but now that I do, I agree. It's just because comic-book stories "sell" - regardless of authenticity - that we see such a strong presence of these types of articles on this sight. I'm definitely going to wait for the story (excitedly, might I add) and get back to this topic.

                                        As for a JLA film, a random thought struck me - it's just going to be called the JL isn't it? Didn't they say they didn't want to alienate the world, so they'll take out "of America"..

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                                        • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                          @narrator personally, I think it's funny when the article asks "Do you think Batman: Zero Year should be told on the big screen?" How the hell should we know? The damn story isn't releasing until June, lol.

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