Christopher Nolan talks Batman, Superman

uper-nolan-batmanSince about five minutes after the credits finished rolling for The Dark Knight, all of us have been clamoring for a third installment of Christopher Nolan's gritty vision of Batman.  But The Dark Knight director had been coy about talking about the potential of there being a third movie, let alone his willingness to sign on for another tour in Gotham City.

But last month, Warner Bros. announced that not only announced that Nolan would be returning for a third Batman movie, but that Nolan would be acting in a Godfather capacity for the intended reboot for the struggling Superman franchise.

chris-nolanIn a March10 interview with the LA Times, the usually tightlipped Nolan spoke about the coming batman film as well as the superman project.

“It’s very exciting, we have a fantastic story, and we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will; we know the genre and how to get it done right...

My brother, [Jonah Nolan], is writing a script for me and we’ll wait to see how it turns out…he’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be.”

I don't know how you get righter than a critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated (and winning for Heath Ledger's performance as the sociopathic Joker) film that grossed over a billion dollars globally and changed the perception of superhero based film but we'll go Nolan on this one...

dark_knight_production_shotNolan went on to allude to the end (for him anyway) of the Batman franchise:

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film an great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story . . . I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up batmanwith some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these thing don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”

He also vowed that the new villain to terrorize Gotham City would not be Mr. Freeze.

superm-mosAs for his involvement with the rumored reboot of the Superman franchise (new film tentatively titled Superman: the Man of Steel) Nolan had this to say:

“He [David Goyer, script writer for The Dark Knight) basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman.’ I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”

From the tone of his comments, it seemed to me that Nolan was excited to do the projects (we can all recall the hot mess of suck the uninspired Sam Raimi produced when he lacked the necessary inspiration to produce anything watchable in Spiderman 3 (there was not only a dance sequence in that putrid pile of shit, but a fucking musical number featuring ol' Yella Teeth (Kristen Dunst).  As to whether or not this is going to be Nolan's last hitch to the Batman ride, who knows...

Usually after three films, directors would rather walk away from a project, figuring that the trilogy is a good enough point to stop telling your leg of the story.  That being said, if Batman 3 turns in another billion plus dollars make book Nolan and the whole cast will be back for a forth go at it.

As for the Superman news...

Bryan Singer tried his ass off to make Superman a relevant and important hero in the 21 century.  And while the movie looked great (which it really did look great), the idea of Superman getting his ass kicked Kumar or that he has a bastard zodbigkid and spends all his time stalking Lois Lane just didn't sit well with anyone.  Fan boys everywhere has lamented the sad realization that a big screen version of Superman might never happen again- our culture too jaded to care about a boyscoutish superhero with no frailties. 

Hopefully Nolan realizes that and doesn't try to make superman more like the rest us (like by having bastard kids, emotional issues, or capable of getting beat up by a skinny Indian kid) in order to try and keep u interested in him but rather raises our interest in Superman by giving him villains more like him (Doomsday comes to mind... Bizarro Superman_DoomsdaySuperman would be a tough sell, but might be able to work... maybe even a reboot of General Zod).  Give him a challenge. 

And there you have it...

Two of the biggest superheroes in the world getting movies announced both of them helmed by a genius in the genre. 

What could possibly go wrong...


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