Christopher Nolan Talks Batman 3 And Superman

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Nolan talks a bit about what inspired him to get involved with the latest incarnation of Superman, as well as his thought process on moving on to Batman 3 after TDK..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 6/3/2010
In this months issue of Empire, Christopher Nolan talks about his latest movie Inception. But he also briefly mentions his much discussed but rarely quoted involvement with the Superman reboot as well as a chat he had with David Goyer when they were trying to figure out where to go after The Dark Knight.



He doesn't go into too much detail, and no plot details are revealed, but its nice to hear the notoriously tight lipped director talk about these much anticipated projects...

"..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think know how you approach Superman".. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that."



Nice to hear that Nolan thinks the characters should remain mostly true to their origins. Does that mean we will have to see Supes exodus from Kryton again? Maybe. But hey, I can live with that as long as we have another villain instead or as well as Lex this time around. Also, the fact that he is so heavily involved in Superman and directing the next Batman really gives hope to an eventual cross over I think.

Keep an eye on CBM for more on both of these projects soon, and check out the latest issue of Empire for the full interview and some revealing details about Inception.

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Sithsidious66 - 6/3/2010, 8:48 AM
Batman/Superman crossover please
Minotauro - 6/3/2010, 8:49 AM
Nolan doesn't got what it takes..

supersteveprime18 - 6/3/2010, 8:55 AM
remember in I AM LEGAND? superman/batman 2012 maybe it might come true..
RorMachine - 6/3/2010, 8:55 AM
@ Tauro..True, I mean look at the dogs dinner he mad of his last two CBMs..oh wait...
tazmaniak - 6/3/2010, 9:00 AM
I'm excited for this movie, but I am a little worried.I do like his take on Batman, but it's far removed from the character we know from the comics and the cartoons.When he says they figured out how to approach Superman, you know that means they're going to change some things to make it more realistic.

Now, that works with Batman.They made him less of a genius than he is in the comics, less of an unbeatable fighter and more like a skilled but normal man.They also gave him a realistic suit and weaponry.But, with Superman, there's not much you can deviate from.He's an alien with godlike powers.That's who he is.

I'm a little worried that they may take all the sci-fi and fantasy out of the character.I can see them going straight up realistic by just doing the story of an alien crashlanding on Earth, and discovering his powers.I'm sure their Superman will compliment their Batman.I guess that's cool, but I don't really see the point, when it seems the Green Lantern movie is going all out sci-fi/fantasy.

Well, however it turns out, I can't wait.
theFACE - 6/3/2010, 9:00 AM
Nolan is the right man for the job, he'll use the money they give him in the right way. he wont just take the money and then do whatever he wants (*cough* Ratner *douche*). Give him the money WB and stand back.
DegenX - 6/3/2010, 9:00 AM
the date on the poster for batman/superman in I am Legend was for May 15th 2010 not 2012
comicdreamer - 6/3/2010, 9:03 AM
This sounds soooo badass...
Ryguy88 - 6/3/2010, 9:13 AM
Best Director of the last decade!
LEEE777 - 6/3/2010, 9:14 AM
HELL YEAH to WORLDS FINEST!!!

WB wake up!
selinakyle - 6/3/2010, 9:15 AM
Hopefully Supes gets to actually kill a human being.
Newbe - 6/3/2010, 9:16 AM
@Ryguy88
I agree with you, he is the best director in the past 12 years.

I can't wait for inception and I can't wait for Nolan's take on super man and Batman 3.
Ryguy88 - 6/3/2010, 9:19 AM
Tazmaniac, I can't tell what you are complaining about, "I can see them going straight up realistic by just doing the story of an alien crashlanding on Earth, and discovering his powers," What the hell is that? It's neither realistic nor a far deviation from the comics. Just sit back and see what happens.
jallanr - 6/3/2010, 9:23 AM
im happy to hear he doesnt want to stray too far from wut makes supes supes, but the sad news is he has been on record saying supes and bats will not be connected :(

and mskyle, why would they hav him kill a human being, i mean, thats just not superman at all

woo hoo!
Minotauro - 6/3/2010, 9:23 AM
@Ror - I mean, what it takes to handle Supes.. ;)
mindform - 6/3/2010, 9:23 AM
Nolan is one of my favorite directors and this sounds so promising. I'm really excited for both projects :')
THEMRTERRIFIC - 6/3/2010, 9:29 AM
Worlds Finest!!
ecksmanfan - 6/3/2010, 9:35 AM
This was such a smart move for WB and DC. So looking forward to these two maybe more movies.
TheZoan - 6/3/2010, 9:35 AM
Lex Luthor should be in it but not the main villian. I think Smallville had the best Lex. Something along the lines of the New Krypton story line would be awesome.
Maybe later in the franchise. Now we need a movie that can establish the new superman franchise & also bring him & The Bat together.
superdog - 6/3/2010, 9:36 AM
yeah mskyle, what are you talking about? superman is even more devoted to the "one rule" than batman is. why would he kill someone?
elcaballerooscuro92 - 6/3/2010, 9:38 AM
hope to see nolan's batman in a justice league movie
Shaman - 6/3/2010, 9:41 AM
I'd still like to see what the Wachowskis could do with Supes... or better yet JJ Abrams. Not if he writes of course, just straight up directs. Lets not forget to keep Routh around! He still has the "innocence" in his looks to handle an Exodus.
johan02 - 6/3/2010, 9:51 AM
@MsKyle08 WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???!!!! hvae you ever even read a Superman comic??? ok, I'll put it like this just in case YOU HAVEN'T; you know how Batman is all about never killing anyone? well Supes can't believe alot of the things Batman dose!! how in the world could you even THINK something like "duhh Superman should kill someone?
tazmaniak - 6/3/2010, 9:51 AM
"No, sadly Nolan have already said that Batman and Superman live in their own world, and there will be no crossover."

When it comes down to it, it's not up to him, it's up to WB.We all know they're working towards a Justice League movie, so I'm sure they'll insist he connect the movies.

I just realized how many A-listers will be in movies in 2012.

Batman
Superman
Spider-Man
Wolverine
Captain America
Iron Man
Thor
Hulk
Nick Fury
Ryguy88 - 6/3/2010, 9:53 AM
Routh kinda sucked, he was way too boring. Maybe it wasn't his fault but you should really be excited to see Superman on screen.
Ryguy88 - 6/3/2010, 9:59 AM
Johan, calm down, go outside for a bit, just take a break from your computer.
satanors - 6/3/2010, 10:25 AM
I second the fkr who called for a superman batman crossover. that will be awesome no matter what the other stuck-up fkrs think.
RorMachine - 6/3/2010, 10:27 AM
Guys I really think Nolan may have reconsidered his stance no that he's "sheparding" Superman. I mean DC Entertainment have said that they aim to cross over characters a la Avengers at some point right? Well what would they be waiting for? Nolan is involved with both projects..if they are smart(IF), they will jump on this opportunity.

I also wish Routh had of stayed on, but its extremely unlikely even though he has said he would be willing to reprise any time.


Shaman - 6/3/2010, 10:30 AM
No MsKyle08, don't go! I can still make you a baby!!! :P

Lets hope against hope, Ror ;)
JoshWilding - 6/3/2010, 10:30 AM
Excellent find ROR! It's great to finally hear a little more about both Batman 3 and the Superman reboot! Nolan is most definitely the best guy to handle both of these franchises and if he can help to combine the two characters into one universe in order to help do what Marvel Studios have done, that'd be awesome! My concern though is whether Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern will fit in with Nolan's surely more serious vision...

johan02: I most definitely disagree with what MsKyle said but you need to chill out dude! :P

Guys, check out my CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI: 13 Fan Cast!!! Just click the link!!! :D
McLovin - 6/3/2010, 10:34 AM
I was going to comment on how off beat MsKyle08's comment was, but then Johan went into the deep end of a dark, dark place whence there is no coming back from ... Dude, take a chill pill and stand still before you type any more insulting remarks to one of our favorite members. Sure that was a CRAZY statement, but relax bro. It's a fictional character and there is no need to insult the lady like that.

@MsKyle08 - WTF?????

I am remaining hopeful that even though Nolan did make the statement of them not being in the same universe (Bats and Supes), WB and he will find a way to merge the two, and setting up a future meeting with GL and the rest of the league!!!

PWhite - 6/3/2010, 10:35 AM
Hopefully they get this movie right this time. I think the Nolans can do it. I want a doomsday or daekseid movie. I would like Zod but lets bring in a villian that hasn't been on the big screen yet. Lex cameo would be cool 2.
McLovin - 6/3/2010, 10:38 AM
@Anil - "superman does not kill but ironically, he doesnt stick to the rule as closely as batman does" Are you suggesting that Kal-El breaks the "no killing" rule more often than the Dark Knight? I'm confused ...

Minotauro - 6/3/2010, 10:41 AM
@Ror - What makes you think this "crossover" stuff is what DC wants. Following Marvel in their charade to make movies connect up to one big block buster isn't a way to go.. Besides that, does "Avengers" spell flop critically all over it? I'm expecting a 39% on rotten tomatoes, and a 6.2 on Imdb.. So?..

Making a Justice League movie??.. Will have to see how successful Avengers is..
SHAZAM171 - 6/3/2010, 10:57 AM
Yes, Bring on THE MAN OF STEEL!!!!!!
tazmaniak - 6/3/2010, 10:58 AM
"Are you suggesting that Kal-El breaks the "no killing" rule more often than the Dark Knight? I'm confused ..."

I'm almost positive Batman has never killed anyone or willingly let them die.That's the one thing that bothered me about Batman Begins.
RorMachine - 6/3/2010, 11:05 AM
Tauro, I don't think anything, they have said it! Nothing official, but various execs at DC entertainment have talked about eventual cross pollination of characters. And regardless of how critically received Avengers is, you really think that by some miracle its not going to make obscene amounts of cash? Thats all these guys care about, hence, they will most likely follow suit.
McLovin - 6/3/2010, 11:17 AM
@tazmaniak - WTF? Did you not watch the end of Begins? You don't remember the now famous line "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you" ??? What, did you fall asleep during that scene? And Bats has killed in the comics. In self defense and in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.

@Minotauro - "What makes you think this "crossover" stuff is what DC wants. Following Marvel in their charade to make movies connect up to one big block buster isn't a way to go.. Besides that, does "Avengers" spell flop critically all over it? I'm expecting a 39% on rotten tomatoes, and a 6.2 on Imdb.. So?.. " WHAT? What about both Iron-man movies and The Incredible Hulk spell flop? All 3 movies were great and both I.M. movies made a TON of money. You say that joining the characters together is a mistake and a charade? What kind of comic fan are you? I don't know any comic fan who hasn't dreamed of a combination of their favorite heroes in one movie. Would you mind elaborating on what appears to be pure hate for Marvel's clear success?

tazmaniak - 6/3/2010, 11:24 AM
"WTF? Did you not watch the end of Begins? You don't remember the now famous line "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you" ??? What, did you fall asleep during that scene? And Bats has killed in the comics. In self defense and in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns."

That's the point.Batman would not let someone die.Even a villain.Heroes don't pick and choose who they save.Not saving someone when you can is killing them.I don't recall Batman ever killing anyone in self defense.You also can't consider Dark Knight Returns as it's a non canon, extreme version of the character.
RorMachine - 6/3/2010, 11:39 AM
I can't recall any specific occasions when he killed or let anyone die, but I do remember in A Death In The Family when The Joker was shot and appeared to die in a helicopter explosion, Bats was more than happy to leave him..and even wanted to "make sure he was dead" before Superman stopped him. Different writers have different takes, This canon thing is very difficult to stick to when so many incarnations of the character exist. So Miller's Bats is a little extreme, still arguably the best version there is.
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