With "The Dark Knight Rises" raking in the dough at the box office, DC and Warner Brothers seem hot to continue the adventures of Batman, post-Christopher Nolan. The trilogy, as it exists now, will stand on its own, and Christian Bale will most likely not be returning as the Caped Crusader any time soon, however; a new film is scheduled for release tentatively in 2016 entitled "The Batman," according to Cosmic Book News.

This news comes hot on the heels of the "Man of Steel" trailers in which Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) assumes the mantle of Superman to protect Metropolis (and the world) from the villain General Zod (Michael Shannon). "Man of Steel" is being directed by Zach Snyder ("Watchmen," "300") under the watchful eye of Christopher Nolan, director of the latest Batman trilogy.

The Batman reboot news also comes with the exciting prospect of a "Justice League" movie, according to CHUD.com. Similar to "The Avengers," the Justice League is a team of Earth's most powerful heroes (traditionally comprised of a variation of the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman and Green Lantern) teaming up to save the world from some tremendous horror. The "Justice League" film will apparently strike first, then be followed by a standalone Batman film, which will follow Batman's exploits during his second year of crime-fighting.

With no origin story to hamper the filmmakers (Batman's parents murdered in the aptly named "Crime Alley" area of Gotham City), exploring Batman's adventures while still starting out as a younger hero is an exciting idea. Let the casting rumors begin, since 2016 is only four short years away.