WB Readies "Batman" & "Superman" Sequels

by | February 23, 2006 | Comments

According to Variety, WB is wasting no time in moving ahead with sequel to last year’s "Batman Begins" and this summer’s "Superman Returns." Both directors, Christopher Nolan & Bryan Singer, in addition to both leading men, Christian Bale & Brandon Routh, are under contract for the sequels.

"Warner Bros. Pictures is already planning the next installments to "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns," with respective helmers Christopher Nolan and Bryan Singer in line to return.

Neither director’s deal is closed; the studio has hired Jonah Nolan — Christopher’s brother — to pen the screenplay for the untitled "Batman" project. Studio has options on "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale and "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh.

Next installment in the Caped Crusader franchise is further along in the process since "Batman Begins" was released last summer; Singer’s "Superman Returns," now in post, doesn’t bow until June 30.

One idea being tossed about is for Singer to direct a "Superman" sequel soon after he finishes with Warner’s remake of sci-fi thriller "Logan’s Run," which he’s also expected to direct. Christopher Nolan is presently shooting "The Prestige," a Disney release that Jonah Nolan scripted from a Christopher Priest novel.

"Batman Begins" co-writers David Goyer and Christopher Nolan wrote a treatment for the sequel. Goyer, who recently completed "The Invisible" for Touchstone, also is set to write and direct "The Flash" for Warners."

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