A few weeks back we were told that the earliest we could expect a sequel to Batman Begins was 2008; and that was only if Warner Bros decided to immediately get the ball rolling. Sure, Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan may be staying close, but that is only because the two of them, plus new Batman alum Michael Caine, are currently working on The Prestige. The film, which pits Christian Bale against Hugh Jackman as 19th century magicians, is due out in November.
Besides the production of what sounds like a cool film, one of the best things about keeping Bale and Nolan close is that the two have been able to discuss Batman sequel details while on set. Though we still don't know how much can be accomplished with small on-set discussions, the rumors and eavesdropping (I ain't been dropping no eaves!) have been promising.
According to early reports, Nolan and Bale have been discussing small details such as who will play the next villains.
Batman Sequel for 2008
With progress being judged by small discussion between Nolan and Bale on the set of another film, it was hard to see the production of a Batman sequel making any progress. In the past few months Warner Bros has not been all that entirely concerned about their booming franchise and continue to ensure those who care that the film is progressing.
However, as we have learned from upcoming projects such as Indiana Jones 4, productions always stall until there is a finalized script.
As of the date of this article, David S. Goyer has yet to create a script for the Batman Begins sequel. Because of the lack of script, we began to plan for the release of the next Batman film to occur some time during 2009.
Fortunately, it looks like Warner Bros does not want us to wait that long either. Alan Horn, President and COO of Warner Bros, was present at the ShoWest event in Las Vegas this Thursday and announced that the sequel to Batman Begins has become Warner Bros top priority for 2008.
Sounds good... but we are not buying anything till we see a script.