Well, what does “godfathering” a movie really mean, anyway? If fanboys get their way, it would mean Nolan will have his hands on everything Superman related. And that may very well have been the cast in the beginning, when Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas were heavily involved in the script, the direction of the reboot, and even who would direct it. They eventually chose “Watchmen’s” Zack Snyder, and from the sounds of it, Nolan may be no longer really that involved with the movie, what with a little flick called “The Dark Knight Rises” getting in the way and all.
According to Hitfix, this appears to be the case when they spoke with Thomas at a shindig for “Inception”, attended by actors and cast from the movie and other Hollywood muckety mucks. (My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail…)
The site quotes Thomas as saying this about Nolan’s involvement with the Superman reboot:
And she made it clear that in the case of “Superman,” Nolan and David Goyer just had an idea they couldn’t believe wasn’t being explored by Warner Bros. And with Zack Snyder now on board as director, Nolan will be busy making “The Dark Knight Rises” and “we are handing it off to him.” So, take note anyone out there thinking this will be a strange Nolan/Snyder partnership. Thomas reiterated that they brought it to an appropriate screenplay and it’s now Snyder’s picture.
Of course, that doesn’t really mean Nolan won’t be involved at all. Right? Especially when the film’s PR machine gets rolling in a few years. Trust me, Warner Bros. ain’t gonna be hiding the fact that Nolan is involved with Supe’s return in the ads. I can guaran-friggin-tee you that.
At this point, though, I would imagine Nolan will have his hands plenty full orchestrating what will probably be the epic mayhem that is “The Dark Knight Rises”. Then again, if he’s anything like Steven Spielberg, I’m sure he can produce (or “godfather”) a big-budget studio film while directing his own (or two) big-budget studio film at the same time.