This whole franchise reboot thing is really getting out of hand. First comes a reboot of “Spiderman” just a few years following the release of “Spiderman 3.” At least they had the courtesy of waiting until the last movie of the previous franchise was out of theaters before announcing plans. Not so much for the plans already in the works for, get this, a Batman reboot.
No, you are not seeing things. “The Dark Knight” and the Joker are still swirling around inside the collective heads of moviegoers and “The Dark Knight Rises” hasn’t even started filming yet. Even so, Warner Brothers is announcing plans to reboot the franchise of the Caped Crusader following Christopher Nolan’s final visit to Gotham City as director. Nolan is apparently on board to produce the new version of the Batman franchise.
At the time it was announced, the idea of rebooting “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in big screen form without Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest seemed a bit harsh. Spike had hardly succeeded in living through a season of “Angel” before the Kazuis announced their plans to go ahead with a theatrical reboot of Buffy based on the TV show rather than the original movie. The worst news was that Joss Whedon would not be involved.
Although, in one way, that may be the best news.
Warner Brothers has one-upped even the Kazuis on this one. While the producers of Buffy did at least wait for the show to go off the air, the announcement of plans to start the third different incarnation of a big screen Batman franchise when the last installment of the second incarnation is still apparently in the casting stage should send a shiver down the spines of any fan of a franchise currently in place.
Who will be the new Batman? Too far out to tell. If you think Hugh Jackman is the only actor who can bring off the admittedly ridiculous sight of “Wolverine” then it may already be time to start shedding that quaint attachment to the way things are. At the rate that the reboot virus is spreading throughout Hollywood, you should not even be surprised to learn that plans may already be in place to reboot the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise. Could Chris Pine already be sitting in William Shatner’s autumn-bottomed chair before he even hits his mid-thirties? You may think it’s absolutely insane and could never happen, but don’t be surprised when you find out that a movie franchise that hasn’t even delivered its opening installment is undergoing the reboot treatment during the development stage of its original incarnation.
When it comes to the suits in Hollywood, you have to remember that, as with God, all things are possible.