You can’t go wrong accepting Christopher Nolan at his word. The man was adamant that he wasn’t going to shoot “The Dark Knight Rises” in 3D way back in 2010, and he’s stuck to his guns despite what must have been insane clamoring from Warner Bros. to do so. He’s also said that “Rises” is his final Batman movie, and he hasn’t hinted, nudge-nudge, or wink-wink that he might possibly change his mind. So when Christopher Nolan says he’s done with Batman, as in, done for good, I take the man at his word.
Speaking to the AP, Nolan once again confirms (for the umpteenth time or thereabouts) that he was done with the Batman universe after “TDKR” opens. The question of Nolan continuing on Batman was inevitable given the subject was the “Justice League” movie that Warner Bros. has suddenly found renewed interest in, since Batman, along with Superman, would absolutely have to be in the JL roster:
No, none at all. We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character… I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any ‘Justice League’ project.
But he’s still keeping some options open when it comes to the Caped Crusader’s future adventures, right?
Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him. We’ve had our say on the character.
Well, that sounds pretty damn final, Christopher. I am both saddened and glad that there is at least one director still working in Hollywood who does what he says and says what he means.
Of course, if 2 or 3 or even 10 years from now Christopher Nolan ends up back on a 3D Batman film, it will be like someone just told me that Santa Claus doesn’t really exist, and that it was always just my drunk Uncle Mort sneaking presents under the Christmas tree all this time. Damn you, Uncle Mort!
Nolan, of course, isn’t completely done with Warner Bros.’ slate of superheroes. He’s producing Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, due out in 2013. After that? Who knows. And that, really, is the great thing about Nolan. Who the hell knows what he’ll do next? Did anyone really see “Inception” coming?