before the caped crusader, the Man of Steel
After the relative disappointment of Bryan Singer's attempt to revive the Superman franchise with the gloomy and over-long Superman Returns in 2006, most observers assumed that the Man of Steel would be out of a job for the forseeable future.
But now Warner Brothers has persuaded Christopher Nolan to oversee a new Superman project. As far as Warner is concerned, the man behind Batman Begins and The Dark Knight can do no wrong. The English director has agreed to supervise script and production on the forthcoming film, though it's unlikely he'll actually direct.
It's not clear whether Brandon Routh, who played Superman in Brian Singer's film, will be invited to reprise the role, and Singer may not be out of the loop either.
Meanwhile, it's also been revealed that Nolan will be making a third Batman film, possibly next year. His brother, Jonathan Nolan, and David Goyer, the team who produced the screenplays for The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, are working on a script, and Christian Bale has already said that if Nolan makes another Batman film, he will be happy to star in it.
So we have that to look forward to, but it will take some villain to top the late Heath Ledger's demonic Joker.