The 2005 film Batman Begins, was often held up as a model for how the 2009 Star Trek film could successfully bring back a franchise. And in 2012 it looks like the new crew of the Enterprise will be taking the caped crusader head on as Warner Brothers just announced they will release their next Batman film three weeks after the next Star Trek film.
Batman Returns July 20th 2012
In 2005 Warner Brothers successfully rebooted the Batman franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and helmed by Christopher Nolan. And in 2008 they came back with The Dark Knight which brought in $533 Million domestically (and $1 Billion worldwide), making it the highest domestic grossing film not directed by James Cameron (and #5 globally). It has long been assumed that Warner was going to land the next in the series during the Summer of 2012, and today WB made it official by picking July 20th for the release (on regular screens and IMAX), which will be almost exactly four years after The Dark Knight. According to E! Bale will be back under the cowl, under the direction of Nolan. No start date has been set for production and the plot has yet to be locked down. David Goyer is working with Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan on a script.
This date will pit Batman, Star Trek and Spider-man together in July 2012. Here is how the mid-summer of 2012 looks so far.
Summer 2012 film releases
|June 15||Brave (animated)||Disney/Pixar|
|June 29||Untitled Star Trek sequel||Paramount|
|July 3 (Tue)||Untitled Spider-Man reboot||Sony|
|July 20||Untitled Batman sequel||Warner Bros|
It is interesting that Warner Bros. chose July 20th, leaving the 13th open. Apparently they wanted to leave some breathing room between their release and the Spider-man and Star Trek films. Star Trek’s biggest competition for the 4th of July weekend continues to be the Spider-man reboot, although that film is reportedly going to have a lower budget than previous Spider-man films and is starting over with a new Spider-man and new director, with a story focused on Peter Parker’s high school years.
The Star Trek movie went into May 2009 with what looked like serious competition, going up against Wolverine, Angels and Demons, Terminator: Salvation, and Night at the Museum 2. Despite some gloomy early predictions, in the end, Star Trek beat all those films domestically, and all but Angels & Demons globally.
One of the big tests for the next Star Trek film will be how it performs globally compared to other tent pole films, like Batman. In November TrekMovie talked to JJ Abrams about his thoughts on the international performance of Star Trek, and he pointed to how The Dark Knight made significant gains over Batman Begins internationally. Watch it below.
[Source: Box Office Mojo]