Christopher Nolan Gives Advice to the Next Batman Director (WARNING: SPOILERS!!!)


Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

So by now you have probably already seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, Christoper Nolan’s third and final Batman film. If not, then I suggest you stop reading this article now, because this article will CONTAIN SPOILERS about “Rises” that, uh, you may not want to read/here/know until after you’ve seen it. And if you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend it.

Okay, so everyone here has already seen the film and can discuss its more SPOILER-HEAVY points, right?

Not yet? I’ll give you another chance to skidaddle…

Okay, good. Moving on…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie EW ScanSince Batman was still standing (or, er, sitting) and enjoying a nice cup of something nice with a familiar looking pretty lady at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises”, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake had literally been given the keys to the Batverse, it’s safe to say that Christian Bale as Batman is done, and similarly, Nolan as Batman’s director.

Which means, of course, that when the inevitable question of a reboot or a sequel comes up (though it’s looking more like a sequel now, what with Nolan’s sequel-ready ending in place), just exactly how do you follow Nolan? The director has some advice for the “lucky” man who will attempt that feat.

Speaking to Empire in the mag’s latest issue, Nolan said this about his would-be successor on the Bat franchise:

The only advice I would have is that…when I first met with Paul Levitz of DC Comics prior to Batman Begins, he explained to me clearly that Batman, of all superheroes, has thrived on reinterpretation and almost is strengthened by it. And I’m talking about over the years in the comic books but also in the movies. So when the time is right, whenever someone does whatever the next iteration of the character is, they simply need to be true to whatever it is they want to see, to what they believe in, not worry too much about what everyone else is telling them it should be.

And finally, for you Nolanites out there who simply cannot get enough of “Rises”, Nolan confirms that there is no truth to the existence of a 4-hour cut of “The Dark Knight Rises” floating out there. Sorry, kids. But hey, you can watch “Rises” twice when it hits DVD/Blu-ray and pretend it’s a six hour movie!

By the way, what did everyone think of “The Dark Knight Rises'” ending? From what I’ve read, the opinions seem to be heavily skewed towards two trains of thought: either that it was a cop-out or that it was perfect. Being that I’m not a grumpy old fart, I kinda dug the ending myself.

Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

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  • clarkspark

    Thought it was an excellent ending. A passing of the baton if you will. After this I would like to see them take on Batman: Beyond.

  • TotesMagotes

    I liked the ending because he did a good job of bringing the whole trilogy to an end, while also leaving room for someone else to continue with future installments.
    I think a really awesome and realistic way to continue would be if Robin took over the role as Batman Justice League. I mean whoever said there could be only one Batman? Plus, they both have a really similar back story, they stood for the same things, and he looks like he would fit the Batman suit well. Rebooting Batman again would not be the way to go, reboots are getting old and no one would want to see someone try to follow in the footsteps of Christoper Nolan (and Heath and Bale) so soon, that would be bad,

  • ErickKwon

    Bruce Wayne and the franchise earned that happy ending.

  • Juggernaut

    I am of the opinion that this should be the definative ending to this series of films. Could a new director come in and do a sequel with Levitt as the lead? Sure. SHould that happen? I don’t neccisarily think so.
    While I loved JGL’s performance and how Nolan handled the touchy subject of the Robin character this ending was so powerful in my opinion, that picking up from there would only diminish the epic conclusion.
    Obviously tracking Blake’s aquisition of the Batman personanis a perfect lead in. However, going forward from there could send the franchise into shoddy territory. I was personally floored by how well this third act was done. The hype surrounding this film had me worried that the anticipation may not be rewarded, especially following The Dark Knight. To its credit I was proven wrong. It is as good, if not better than TDK. I suppose it would be kind of cool to see an extension of JGL’s Blake going into Azrael or Batman Beyond Territoy then transforming into Nightwing in a sequel but it will still take away fom the perfect ending that Nolan created.

  • BelmontHeir

    I thought JGL being named ‘Robin’ was something of a red herring and probably shouldn’t have even been in there…other than that, I would really enjoy seeing them pick up the series again with JGL in the lead as Batman. He’s certainly earned it, via his performance here. The only thing is, where do you go from here – this incarnation of Gotham City has seen so much death, terror, and chaos. I don’t think the bad guys in Nolan’s films could ever be topped.

    Therefore, the next Batman trilogy that Warner does should feel more comic book-y, a Gotham where the Penguin runs the Iceberg Lounge, you might see the Man-Bat soaring through the sky at night, and Killer Croc roams the sewers, etc. Really build up this universe, much like the Arkham video games have done.

  • Frankdude1838

    I thought it was a perfect ending..l. Thing is in the comics, batman was thought to b dead and robin took over as batman for a while… If u think about it the ending kind of hint that… So I thought it was good.

  • Lexavi80

    Bruce Wayne deserve a happy ending. I liked it!

  • Tripur

    would of been cool if his name was Terry McGinnis instead of robin but was all good.

  • C S Sriram

    i want nolan to take batman and robin – a new trilogy with bale as batman and gordon as robin