Robinov knows that the most bankable part of his superhero empire has been Nolan and his Gotham City films - the studio has yet to deliver a 21st century superhero blockbuster hit without Nolan in the director's seat. Batman will continue to be a centerpiece property beyond next year's "The Dark Knight Rises" and Nolan's departure from the franchise. "We have the third Batman, but then we'll have to reinvent Batman... Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is."
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