The savior of the Batman franchise, British director Christopher Nolan, finally broke his silence about producing the next Superman movie this week.
Talking to the LA Times, Nolan touched upon his plans for Clark Kent’s alter ego as well as discussing where the third Batman film stands. Such talk promptly sent a giant wave of excitement around the globe as those who were left dumbfounded by the immense The Dark Knight (so that’s everyone who has seen it) squinted their eyes to picture in their mind just what Nolan could do with The Man of Steel.
While Nolan’s role in the Superman franchise will only be as a producer and advisor, judging this horse by the races he has run (Memento and The Prestige as well as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) tells us that we can expect to see a film that even trumps the hugely underrated Superman Returns.
Nolan carries a genuine excitement about taking on such a monumental task. “It’s very exciting, we have a fantastic story,” he said. This excitement has progressed from an interest borne out of an idea pitched to him by writer David S. Goyer while they were discussing the next Batman film. “He 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 [Thomas, Nolan’s wife] and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”
While he typically refused to go into the more finer details of their approach to Superman, he did say where Batman is – in a room with Nolan’s brother, Jonah. “He’s struggling to put [the script] together into the epic story that you want it to be,” said Nolan. “Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story.”
We will take that as confirmation (even though it isn’t) that Nolan plans to actually end the Batman saga he has created, as opposed to leaving an open ending for another director to pick up from. Rumours suggest that the final installment will begin almost immediately after The Dark Knight ended – with Batman on the run having valiantly chosen to be the scapegoat for the city he protects.
While Nolan promotes his mind-bending, Leonardo DiCaprio starring, thriller Inception, we are expected to wait patiently for the curtains to close on his epic take on the best super hero ever (it is a fact, look it up) and open on Superman.
For the complete Christopher Nolan interview by the LA Times, click here.