Jonathan Nolan Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Wants To Follow In His Brother's Footsteps And Direct

Jonathan Nolan Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Wants To Follow In His Brother's Footsteps And Direct

The younger Nolan brother discusses The Dark Knight Rises and reveals that the very next thing he wants to do is direct. Is a comic book movie in Jonathan Nolan's future?


While discussing his CBS television show 'Person of Interest' at the Winter Television Critics Association Tour, the discussion inevitably turned to The Dark Knight Rises, despite the younger Nolan's insistence that the critics remain on topic. Nolan shook off the notion that Bane's voice would be a problem for moviegoers and in fact praised Tom Hardy's performance. After a swarm of TDKR questions, Nolan expressed a little bit of annoyance at the critics.

Question: As a writer, is it worrisome that Bane's lines are reportedly inaudible?

NOLAN: " I’d really rather talk about the show today, if that’s okay. There’s lots and lots and lots of talking to about The Dark Knight Rises, and I’m excited to do it, but we’re still in lock-down mode, in terms of talking about that project. I wanna talk about the show a little bit, if possible, because we’re coming back."

Despite that retort from Jonathan, the TDKR questions kept coming. But here's where things got interesting, to me at least.

Question: Are you any closer to getting behind the camera and directing a feature?

NOLAN: " Yeah. I wanted to do a couple of things for awhile now. One was working on a TV show and the other was directing a feature. The thing about working on a TV show is that it becomes, very quickly, all consuming. But, the very next project for me, in addition to a couple of feature projects that are outstanding, that I’m still hoping to get across the finish line, as a writer, the very next thing I want to do, personally, is direct a feature."

Now with Nolan finishing up his work on Batman, and "godfathering" the Superman reboot, Man of Steel and reportedly being sought to oversee Warner Bros. entire superhero movie production after the Green Lantern debacle, might we see the younger Nolan behind the camera of a future WB CBM? Who better to reboot the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy than his younger brother?

Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: July 20 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), David S. Goyer (story)

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Filed Under "Batman" 1/13/2012 Source: Collider
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HellsHammer - 1/13/2012, 5:32 AM
imnotahero - 1/13/2012, 5:34 AM
I'd give him a shot.
eDubya72 - 1/13/2012, 5:36 AM
Definitely down to at least learn about what this guy has in mind. Kind of a no brainer. Hell yeah get him going.
jimoakley666 - 1/13/2012, 5:46 AM
It'd be interesting to see how he does as a director. Just because his brother is a cracking director, doesn't mean he would be any good though. Look at the difference in style between Ridley and Tony Scott, for example.
MarkJulian - 1/13/2012, 5:51 AM
Jonathan wrote most of chris' films, including the Batman flicks. A good movie starts with a good script.
HellsHammer - 1/13/2012, 6:01 AM
Double the Nolans, double the 'Nolanites' :)
TheDetectiveComicRises - 1/13/2012, 6:01 AM
I think He would do a wonderful job, He has a gr8t mentor!
FireKnightRises - 1/13/2012, 6:03 AM
I'm not sure I want him to direct cbm
a good writer doesn't mean good director just look at david goyer
RyanLantern77 - 1/13/2012, 6:05 AM
He's a good writer.... Give him a shot lets see if he can direct
Rothwilder - 1/13/2012, 6:14 AM
"Now with Nolan finishing up his work on Batman, and "godfathering" the Superman reboot, Man of Steel and reportedly being sought to oversee Warner Bros. entire superhero movie production after the Green Lantern debacle, might we see the younger Nolan behind the camera of a future WB CBM? Who better to reboot the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy than his younger brother?"

That could be the most lazy, Nolanite comment I have ever read.....

Here's an idea. Go with one of the 1000 other visionary directors waiting for their shot, and stop rubber stamping all the CBM's into 3 directors.

On the note of the ORIGINAL point of the interview, Person of Interest is a great show.
Preowned95 - 1/13/2012, 6:17 AM
Definatly, i'd love to see him direct! not a new batman film though, after the dark knight rises i'd like the nolan films to be left as they are...
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 1/13/2012, 6:22 AM
He deserves a shot to direct.
Supes17 - 1/13/2012, 6:33 AM
What about a Nightwing film. It could be Batman Beyondish, and tell the stpry of how Robin went on his own and struggled for the first few months in bludhaven
sexymuppet - 1/13/2012, 6:37 AM
^^ because they're the ones that give him his paychecks dumbass
Preowned95 - 1/13/2012, 6:39 AM
@sexymuppet Not if its an independent film...
MassExecutions - 1/13/2012, 6:43 AM
Person of Interest is good. I'm surprised he hasn't directed an episode of that yet. They'll let ANYBODY direct TV shows, and he's actually behind this one.
6of13 - 1/13/2012, 6:46 AM
WB definitely need to seriously look into a Wonder Woman movie. Ridley Scott maybe.

I think J Nolan would make a great director.
Isn't Chris Nolan a bit busy on TDKR to be godfathering MOS right now? I thought he had essentially handed over control to Zack. Whatever the case with that, MOS looks like it will be pretty darn good.
djohnpi - 1/13/2012, 6:47 AM
Man i like Person of Interest it is good. What would he do if he did do a CBM maybe a marvel hero hmmmmmmmmmmm
backup - 1/13/2012, 6:49 AM
When is the "lockdown" lifted?
That's the question I'd ask.
When are you allowed to talk about batman?
LeoAtrox - 1/13/2012, 7:00 AM
How about J. Nolan take a look at that "Flash" picture that is in limbo? It really needs someone to take it an run with it.
bhorwith22 - 1/13/2012, 7:04 AM
I would say the "reboot" should be a loose continuation of Chris's Batman trilogy, hopefully with some of the same actors, although I wouldn't want this one being in the same universe as Justice League or anything.
clogan - 1/13/2012, 7:15 AM

Thanks for the fap. :3
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 1/13/2012, 7:24 AM
I doubt his first feature would be a Batman reboot, plus it might carry too much expectation. The next Batman incarnation, like it or not, will have a lot to live up to. Having another Nolan direct it would add unwanted stigma. Try him with The Flash or Martian Manhunter.
Shaman - 1/13/2012, 7:42 AM
LordDarkseid- I agree. As much as i've enjoyed Nolan's little run on the caped crusader, here you have a superhero without any powers that is a master martial artist and the world's best detective so you kinda NEED to showcase those two traits or else all you have is Christian Bale dressed up like a bat with a soar throat, playing peekaboo in dark alleys. Nolan can't shoot action scenes to save his life and he really focusses too much on drama and villains to actually give enough stagetime to batman's detective skills. If Jonathan mimics his brother's style i rather he didn't bother. And yeah, he could start on that GA series to prove his worth.
Shaman - 1/13/2012, 7:44 AM
Ronny!!! Yeah, for some reason, i think he could really pull off a brilliant Martian Manhunter feature.
nuclearpriest - 1/13/2012, 8:11 AM
If I were Kevin Fiege, I would swoop in and hire this guy away from WB/DC and put him on the Dr. Strange movie. If he wants to blaze his own trail in the movies, he's not gonna want to work for the same company as big brother.
Minghagz - 1/13/2012, 8:23 AM
As much as I love Batman I really don't want it to be touched for a while after TDKR. I'd like to see some different DC characters getting some love on the big screen. Like a succesful GL or a WW. I've been dying for a Flash movie for years. I wish WB/DC would get serious about getting on that.
AC1 - 1/13/2012, 9:12 AM
being a good writer doesnt mean you're a good director. Look at David S Goyer, he's a brilliant writer, but his directing has been very hit and miss.

Giving Jonathan Nolan the role of director on the next Batman is a bad idea IMO. Give him something else first, a few projects to really sink his teeth into, and so he can find his feet.
DCnerd46 - 1/13/2012, 9:19 AM
I'm tired of Nolans. They make good general movies, but they ignore the source material way too much. Someone like Zack Snyder or Jon Favreau needs to direct a Batman reboot, forget this guy.
spiderneil - 1/13/2012, 9:43 AM
@ DCnerd46

I agree, I love nolan's take but enough with realism already, give us a batman that is closer to the comics.
also make batman a detective, he is 'supposed' to be the worlds greative detective.
schneider625 - 1/13/2012, 10:37 AM
Have him direct the next trilogy.
headlopper - 1/13/2012, 10:40 AM
@teabag- Very funny! Bat-boobs.

BTW, He'd be a good candidate to be put in charge of a "Fantastic Four" re-boot.
Daniellantern - 1/13/2012, 11:15 AM
He should make some movies and prove to us that he is able to bring CBM to the big screen.
Blue Beetle II (Ted Kord) would be great.
Tainted87 - 1/13/2012, 11:25 AM
*Looks both ways*
The Nolans have made good movies. TDKR will probably be among them. They've unquestionably made Batman serious again. They've also GROUNDED Batman.

My favorite DC character.

I don't want them involved in any more Batman movies once this trilogy is done. That may sound really foolhardy, I mean to cut them off completely would seem like a betrayal, but truthfully, they aren't adapting Batman anymore. They are doing what THEY think Batman should do.

We need a change. DC has so many properties to explore, and WB is afraid to get their feet wet to test the waters. It's always been Batman and Superman. The other ones flop or come close to it, but that is NOT because they aren't as iconic as Batman or Superman, it is because of the quality of the films.

I really REALLY liked Watchmen. It was as spot-on as it could be, and more faithful to the comics than just about any adaptation. People were WAY too harsh with it, as if reflecting Alan Moore in his anti-Hollywood tirades, as if Alan Moore can be taken seriously.

Snyder moved up to Superman, and because of what he did with Watchmen, that movie has my full confidence.

Batman needs a return to the comics. People say that because there are so many characters in the Bat-family that he wouldn't be the LONER that defines him, but I say just the opposite. The fact that he only accepts their help when he chooses to, the fact that he really only trusts himself to get the job done... that should speak volumes about how much of a loner he is. These characters somewhat mirror Batman: Nightwing (Dick, a throwback to the old days who has actual friends), Robin (Tim, a really smart kid who deduced Bruce's identity), and Oracle (Barbara, who fights crime from her own "Batcave" because tragedy robbed her of her ability to walk). As already established characters, they offer their help and are often rejected because Batman is a loner.

Batman does NOT have to stay in Gotham to continue being Batman. Allow for a Justice League movie.

Imagine a Hush storyline taking place after Dick has left Gotham to be Nightwing in Bludhaven, Bane has destroyed Arkham, Joker has killed Jason Todd, and as a bit of a twist, in the same explosion, Jim Gordon is killed or seriously wounded (forced to retire).... and Barbara (not having been shot by Mr J) retires Batgirl to follow in her father's (uncle's) footsteps.

This is my amalgamized dream story that will never be adapted into a movie...

Batman leaves Gotham on a mission with the Justice League, and returns when Arkham and Blackgate as he feels his friends can't clean up without him. The Aristotle-quoting villain behind this would be Hush, who uses various third-party resources (presumably Luthor in a larger plot to either distract or kill Batman) to make Batman's life a living hell.

I had the idea that that particular plot begin with the death/murder/public execution of Two-Face in front of the courthouse via the Ventriloquist whose gang has been armed to the teeth by the Penguin. This would be happening simultaneously as Batman looks to shut Penguin down, as it is no mystery that the military-grade weapons came from his black-market connections. Penguin would be shot by a sniper before talking.

The following day, Bruce would make his appearance public, raising the interest of Hugo Strange (operating completely outside of Hush), as just the previous night, Batman was spotted. He would have Bruce tested while observed, as strategically placed "victims" would be getting mugged... hoping to get a rise out of Wayne. Not after long, Strange would be visited by "Batman" who uncharacteristically "punishes" him with torture and threatens to kill him if he doesn't leave town. Completely paranoid, and determined to get retribution, Strange would try to sell Batman's identity to Black Mask in exchange for a new identity and a private island. "Batman" would trigger an explosive surgically implanted inside Strange's body, killing both the psychiatrist and Black Mask.

In light of the escalated violence, LT Barbara Gordon would bitterly seek Batman out via the bat signal on the roof of the GCPD. After insisting that Batman's presence is causing this new aggression, Gordon would demand that he leave town in the next 24 hours, or Bruce Wayne would get a warrant for his arrest. She argues that the National Guard can keep the streets safe until the escaped convicts and psychos are rounded up. Not a total fool, she knows whatever enemy is targeting Batman would be watching their rooftop exchange, and drops her unactivated cellphone for Batman to pick up after she leaves, full of pictures of notes left by the Riddler (her number one suspect).

One of the clues imagines a heist at a charity opera performance for the renovation of a Gotham City hospital, so Bruce attends. There, a three-pronged attack devastates the opera house as Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and the Riddler make their presence known. Ivy had influenced Dr Leslie Thompkins in the ladies room to distribute her own mixture of barbiturates in the punch during the intermission. Scarecrow vents his fear toxin through the building, while the Riddler and his men steal from the panic-stricken socialites. When Batman shows up, Scarecrow herds a large crowd out the back door and onto the top level of the connecting parking garage, which is under construction. Batman goes after Scarecrow who escapes when Batman is forced to stop the drugged crowd from jumping to their deaths by beating them unconscious. Meanwhile, a separate crowd is led out a different emergency exit by Ivy, but the GCPD neutralizes them with tear-gas and Ivy is incarcerated. During the chaos, the Riddler kidnaps Tommy Elliot, leaving a clue behind with his own brain tissue sealed in a prescription bottle assigned by the surgeon in question.

That night, many of the indisposed either die or are comatose by the combination of Scarecrow's fear toxin, the curing nerve-agent, and Ivy's mind-controlling agent. Dr Thompkins holds herself responsible, although Batman argues she had no control over herself - she insists that she is still left with the memory of contributing... and prepares to resign from her practice and leave Gotham. Ivy, who is sealed in an airtight cell with salt covering the floor as a superstitious precaution, is murdered by Clayface. Clayface poses as an officer, causes a power-out, and injects Ivy's lung with bleach.

Batman goes to check on Barbara, who rejects him, claiming that her rant from the previous night wasn't just an act. Before the police were satisfied with letting the National Guard take over and didn't mind criminals killing each other if it meant less psychos in Gotham, but now, she argues, innocent people who were trying to help Gotham, in fact, were killed, and now she won't hold back anything about Bruce Wayne. Just then, Detective Renee Montoya brings forth the newest riddle (which surprises Batman as one had already been left), in the form of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. They immediately suspect the Mad Hatter, but after opening the book, realize that it is a case for a smaller scrapbook of gasoline-stained newsclippings detailing the Wayne family dating back to the early days of Gotham. The final clipping is a medical report with Thomas and Martha's time of death highlighted.

Batman rushes off, as it dons on him that he has, for as long as he can remember, set his grandfather clock to open an entrance from his mansion to the batcave at the time of his parents' murder. As he arrives, Batman is surprised to see Alfred is completely in the dark of any disturbance, and obviously safe. Checking the entrance, however, Batman finds his batcave has been rigged with napalm explosives by the arsonist Firefly, and they are detonated. After a wordless battle, Batman manages to pull of Firefly's mask, incapacitating him. His throat bears a surgical scar, and Batman realizes he cannot speak. Unsure what to do with Firefly at the moment, he seals him away in an auxilary cell while Alfred extinguishes the flames. Firefly had, inside his suit, the next clue, which is straightforward enough - a severed finger and an image of the headstones of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The riddle demands that Bruce Wayne come alone.

In the endgame, Bruce heads to the cemetary where his parents were buried, and at their grave-site, confronts Hush, Riddler (who has a Hatter card attached to his bowler hat), and Scarecrow. Bruce demands an explanation, which Hush is only delighted to provide. He took great pains to make sure Batman returned to Gotham, and after some deliberation, decided that the Dark Knight would never leave alive. Bruce insists the Riddler's riddles were amateur, as if they were constructed in a hurry or (observing Nygma's state) against his will. When Edward exclaims: "cancer brings people together in a way you'll never understand." Hush knocks Riddler unconscious with his gun, and claims that he was definitely resistant to Jervis' methods of persuasion - he believes Edward didn't like the idea of another Batman running around in Bruce's place. The plan was to take control of Gotham, which Bane had previously simplified by creating chaos through the streets. People are easier to control when they are afraid, Scarecrow notes.

It was Scarecrow's idea to leave the Ventriloquist in control of Gotham's criminal element, as he just couldn't help but marvel at his own ironic creation. Bruce points out that Crane is clearly insane if he thinks he'll be able to have any of that control, as Hush does not seem willing to share his power. On cue, Hush shoots Scarecrow in the chest, leaving him to die before the Wayne's headstones. Bruce, alarmed, demands to know where Tommy is. Hush responds by unwrapping the bandages around his face, revealing Tommy underneath.

When asked "why?" Tommy exclaims that Bruce had the easy life, his family fortune to fall back on when he was only a child, and no one to hold him back. He got to be Batman, fought his own self-serving heroic battle against the scum of Gotham - the dream life. He himself had to wait until his miserly mother died of cancer - and that wouldn't have had to happen if Bruce's father hadn't saved her in surgery from the car accident that claimed his own father's life. Bruce insists that his plan to replace him will never work - there are others who know who Batman is, who are loyal to him.

At this statement, Tommy peels off his own Tommy face-mask and reveals that he has reconstructed his own to match Bruce Wayne. Bruce lunges at Tommy, and the two brawl for a short while until Barbara and the police arrive (Bruce had been stalling Hush for time). The two are arrested, and loaded into separate squad cars.

Roll credits.
Ric - 1/13/2012, 1:59 PM
Jonathan Nolan is a great guy. I love Person of Interest and he should really direct a CBM :D
nowtheresaBATman - 1/14/2012, 2:47 PM
@Tainted87 next time why don't you just post a picture of a half-naked chic instead.
Tainted87 - 1/14/2012, 3:05 PM
You guys really need that kind of visual stimuli?

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