Paul Thomas Anderson Shares His Opinion Of Christopher Nolan's BATMAN Trilogy

After a screening of his last film The Master, director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights") participated in a question and answer session. There he commented on not being offered any tentpole projects, and shared his opinion on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

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By nailbiter111 - 10/26/2012


Currently Paul Thomas Anderson is garnering a lot of well deserved praise for his latest film The Master, which has been praised by critics and moviegoers alike. Anderson has always been at the top of my list when it comes to directors that I'd like to see takeover the Batman franchise after Christopher Nolan so I am especially interested in his thoughts on Nolan's trilogy and his interest in blockbusters in general.

I’ve never really been asked to do [big tentpole blockbusters]. You look at what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, that’s like the meeting of the highest level of artistic skill & a kind of commerciality and appeal to a wide range of people which is what anybody would want. It’s kind of unparalleled actually, and they don’t come to me with those. And that’s alright.
- Cigarettes & Red Vines


Seems almost criminal that someone as talented as Anderson hasn't been offered a comic book movie, let alone any tentpole films thus far. I still think Warner Bros., a company that doesn't have a reputation of being cheap with directors, like Marvel, will make Anderson a sizable offer. They were able to woo Chris Nolan from the land of Indie films so they could do the same with Anderson.





The Dark Knight Rises will be available on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/26/2012, 9:34 PM
Praised again. Nice!
ABLEE337 - 10/26/2012, 9:36 PM
Boogie Nights is my favorite movie of all time.
JustDame - 10/26/2012, 9:37 PM
Saw him on the Daily Show a few weeks ago. Seems like a genuinely nice guy. Only seen Punch Drunk Love but they say his movies are generally fantastic. Nice to see him showing an appreciation for blockbusters.
KungFuKoala - 10/26/2012, 9:37 PM
Yeah but what DC property would he be suitable for??
mikesinuman - 10/26/2012, 9:37 PM
paul thomas, i like the way he directed
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Luigi - 10/26/2012, 9:46 PM
He could make a pretty interesting CBM. On the top of my head, I'd like to see him make a proper Extraordinary Gentlemen
ScabbyJ - 10/26/2012, 9:51 PM
Well, if you want a Batman with more action than incredible acting, you won't want P.T. Anderson.

thejon93rd - 10/26/2012, 9:53 PM
Imagine PTA for a Hellblazer remake? I didn't mind the original, Constantine, with Keanu Reeves because it had some genuinely entertaining scenes and moments throughout it. A remake to that would be so up his alley, especially considering There Will Be Blood and the performance he helped Daniel Day Lewis deliver. I think that would be fun.
GoILL - 10/26/2012, 9:54 PM
I wonder if people are gonna start talking shit about him because he liked Nolan's Batman movies.
TheAbomination - 10/26/2012, 9:58 PM
PTA is one of my all time favorite directors. I loved the Master and There Will Be Blood. But I don't think a CBM or a tent-pole movie would be a good fit for him. I think he's fine making independent movies.
Nivekian - 10/26/2012, 10:00 PM
Keep doing your dramas. Personally, I like comic book films being made by people who don't look down on the source material.
TheGothamKnight1939 - 10/26/2012, 10:01 PM
I thought the title read "Paul W.S. Anderson" at first and was like "Why the [frick] should I give a shit?"
l0rdleg0las - 10/26/2012, 10:08 PM
The Master may be a great movie but the preview was so terrible and conveyed nothing of what it was about that I had absolutely no interest in seeing it
GuardianAngel - 10/26/2012, 10:17 PM
THIS GUY IS A SUK MAN! HE NO GOOD CUZ HE LIEK NOLAN. NOLAN POO! DARK NITE IS BAD AND NO SOURCE!

No need to thank me Marvelites. ;)
jbak368 - 10/26/2012, 10:25 PM
@starscream9289

I think the Coens could make one helluva Superman movie.
HorrorBiz - 10/26/2012, 10:34 PM
@AlienVersusPredator

Are you kidding? Lots of people speak ill of each other in the film industry. Terry Gilliam is known for his public dislike of Steven Spielberg's films. Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg and Jane Campion have all publicly noted their dislike of Nolan's Batman films. Sigourney Weaver trashed Kathryn Bigelow and her Oscar win for The Hurt Locker, saying that the only reason James Cameron didn't win is because he "didn't have a pair of breasts." Just a week ago everyone was making a big deal out of Wally Pfister trashing The Avengers and it's cinematography in particular.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.
manofmidgard - 10/26/2012, 10:47 PM
don't know this guy but if he praises nolan its clear he's no fan of batman so please don't give him the next batman reboot. dc needs a whedon of their own that knows batman and likes the character without feeling the need to make him into a growling armored ninja in a tumbler. respect the bat!
hush - 10/26/2012, 11:54 PM
@ TheYoungMan

As awesome as the MCU movies are (and they are) they aren't, as much as anyone would like to disagree, on the same level as Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.

This isn't a fan boy moment, this is just the way it is. The same as every single MCU movie over the past few years made Green Lantern a dirty word to use, TDK Trilogy is something more than a CBM - it's up there with films like LoTR and Godfather. And Directors can see this and know this.
AsianVersionOfET - 10/27/2012, 12:33 AM
@AlienVersusPredator, really bro?
TheRationalOne - 10/27/2012, 12:43 AM
Yeah sure. Marvels cheap on the directors and WB isn't. That's why Marvels track record is so much better than WB's right? WB has ONE good franchise. Marvel has multiple. WB did Green Lantern. Nuff said.

I'm not doing the Marvel Dc war crap. I like both. But that was kind of an unwarranted low low by Nail. I don't think this guy should touch superhero movies btw. Show me one action oriented film he's made. Or even a film that shows an inkling of capability to do good action pieces. That is kind of a prerequisite. Just cuz the guy makes good movies doesn't mean he should make comic book movies. That's like saying Wes Anderson should direct Ant Man.
TheRationalOne - 10/27/2012, 12:51 AM
Lol. It's up there with LOTR and Godfather? Really?

I LOVE the first two. They are two of the best cbm's ever made. Dark Knight probably is the best cbm ever made. Avengers is my favorite because its way more fun, and I think cbm's should be fun. But Rises, tho it was a good film by its own merits, is a plot hole riddled heap of a mess, with a ton of silly film making decisions that should of never been made. This franchise is considerably under the level of LOTR, and it only comes close to Godfather in the sense that the first two are amazing and third one...not so much.
ParisSun - 10/27/2012, 1:00 AM
Dark Knight was a great film. Batman Begins was a good film. TDKR was an utter bore and that made me sad . The DKR is one of the most artistic and best cbm made but to compare it to the LOTR triology and Godfather makes you sound ridiculous. And now I will ignore everything you say from here on out.
batfan175 - 10/27/2012, 1:07 AM
@TheYoungMan: because the MCU movies have no atristic and philosophical ambition. they're meant to be a product of mass consumption and that's fine and tey're very good at it. Ain't citizen kane though.
AstroZombie - 10/27/2012, 1:44 AM
This is one of the best scenes of the 90's. Up there with the overdose in Pulp Fiction, and the dream sequence in The Big Lebowski.
tonytony - 10/27/2012, 1:52 AM
its great , sam mendes said that quite recently about the TDK, the guys in total recall wanted to be compared to it too, there are other people as well who now realise that this is the standard. The MCU movies are fun and i watch and will continue to support all of them too. But you have to admit that the batman trilogy (particularly the first two) were a cut above anything else. What was fantastic was that we got a movie that showcased comic book as a serious medium to tell credible compelling stories, even if you arent a comic book fan you have to respect what they brought. The marvel films are fun to watch like all disney movies.
Azazel1 - 10/27/2012, 2:02 AM
That REALLY tells you something when a guy of his stature and talent says that about the Dark Knight Trilogy and Christopher Nolans work.

It is strange. I do not hear a lot of A-list directors singing the praises of Joss Wheedon..
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:07 AM
@tonytony

precisely! I keep using this term, but the MCU is cream dream! THat;s a good thing! THey are trying with all their heart to breathe life into comic book panels in a manner that's not so up front as say 300 or Sin City. The Nolan trilogy is something different entirely, hence my ire towards the comparisons of two films I wanted nothing but to embrace.
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:11 AM
PTA is amazing! There Will Be Blood is such a great cinematic experience! Sincerely, that is a film that really transports you into that world and everyone did such a great job on that one. -Daniel Day Lewis's slobber
Nomis1800 - 10/27/2012, 2:12 AM
PTA directing a big blockbuster? Hell yeah.
AlanWarlock - 10/27/2012, 2:20 AM
There's nothing in Anderson's filmography that suggests that he could or would do a successful comic book based film. I could see him taking on an adaptation of a non-superhero property, like "Road to Perdition" or "History of Violence," but I don't see him doing, say, Batman.
DrRockso - 10/27/2012, 2:37 AM
I don't think we will see anything remotely comparable to what Nolan accomplished in our lifetime. We are so lucky to have had what we've had between him and Whedon.
maxleresistant - 10/27/2012, 2:41 AM
"unparalleled"? "UNPARALLELED"!?!!!
STEVEN [frick]ING SPIELBERG!!
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:43 AM
@Dr Rockso

You got me thinkin' "bout Metalocalypse! One of the best shows evahhh!

For fun, PTA doing Daredevil. :D All the old twinkies eyeballing Murdock at the bar thinking he can't sense itl. :D Who else would be histerically done with PTA's genius sensibilities? :-P It's okay throw some out there. Alpha Flight?
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:47 AM
If PTA did a comic book film, no one would like it. He'd put so much of a signature on it that the only way it would work would be a perfect sync. I'm contemplating. Who would you think, if any, could be PTA's comicbookmovie perfect mashup? Come on guys, chime in; this is fun!
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:54 AM
For the paycheck, I could see him pulling off The Boys.
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:57 AM
*hysterically

"what evah, what evah!!"
Logan5 - 10/27/2012, 2:58 AM
..You did say the best way was thru the garage out to the driveway? K, thanks!
SageMode - 10/27/2012, 3:10 AM
Heavily watered-down versions of a comic book characters brought to the big screen just isn't my forté. Especially when the director openly admits of the "irrelevance of the source material". I'm glad this trilogy is over, maybe next time we'll get the definitive Batman movie saga that actually feels like you're looking at a Batman comic on screen.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 3:22 AM
i dunno, the dark knight trilogy was as "watered-down" as most other cbms

nolan obviously included much of the source material from many different bat-stories

what's "definitive"? every cbm is it's own universe-it's own take-separate from the comics. they kinda have to be

the dark knight trilogy felt like a batman comic come to life for me

:)
hush - 10/27/2012, 3:26 AM
@ Sage

Personally I would prefer to see a new take on a character I love than repeating everything I have already seen and read in the comics.

I like my movies to be more original, as I imagine the majority of people.I guess that's why you're one of the very few who didn't appreciate TDK Trilogy.

And for anyone who didn't enjoy TDKR as much - your point being? Godfather Part III was poor, Return of The Jedi had some major flaws but are all fantastic trilogys. Please feel free to focus on the negatives, ultimately, TDK Trilogy is just far superior to any Marvel film released so far.

I find it ironic so many people focus on the 'one franchise'. Hulk was a terrible film, but Marvel turned it around, Imagine if DC do the same....







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