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Christopher Nolan To Mentor Superman Relaunch + Prepping 3rd Batman

Warner Brothers is prepping Superman for a return to the big screen, and they’re tapping Batman Begins / The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan to mentor development of the film, according to Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming of Deadline Hollywood:

Our insiders say that the brains behind rebooted Batman has been asked to play a “godfather” role and ensure The Man Of Steel gets off the ground after a 3 1/2-year hiatus. Nolan’s leadership of the project can set it in the right direction with the critics and the fans, not to mention at the box office.

Here are more details from their report:

Let us emphasize that Superman 3.0 is in the early stages of development. And we doubt Nolan would direct. This wouldn’t be a sequel to Superman Returns but a completely fresh franchise. As one of our insiders reassures: “It would definitely not be a followup to Superman Returns.” Nolan coming on board follows a hiatus period for Superman after that 2006 reboot as the studio tried to figure out whether or not to make a sequel to that version starring Brandon Routh directed by Bryan Singer. As recently as this summer, Warner Bros was still contemplating how to proceed. We were told that “Bryan or Brandon are not completely out of it yet.

More after the jump, including an update on Nolan’s progress with the third Batman film.

But Warner Bros doesn’t have a handle yet on it, either. [Producer] Jon Peters is trying to make something happen since he stands to benefit financially. But they [the studio] need to hear a great story that makes sense.” Another insider explained to us, “We know what we don’t want to do. But we don’t know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time.”

In related news, DHD reports that Nolan has begun prepping a third Batman film, coming up with the story idea for Warner Brothers and his brother Jonah Nolan and fellow Batman Begins and The Dark Knight co-writer David Goyer are writing the script:

…he’s also hatched an idea for Warner Bros’ third Batman installment. Now his brother and frequent collaborator Jonah Nolan, and David Goyer who co-wrote Batman Begins and penned the story for The Dark Knight, are off scripting it.