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Christopher Nolan is THE MAN. I love this guy. I love the fact that he told Warner Bros. to eat it when they begged him to do “The Dark Knight Rises” in 3D. I love the fact that he’s planning “Rises” as not only his last Batman movie, but an end to what he started with “Batman Begins” back in 2005. So even if Warner Bros. reboots or makes more sequels (you can pretty much take that to the bank), there will always be these three self-contained “Batman” films from Nolan that no one can take away or tarnish with lesser additions, i.e. pull a George Lucas.
Speaking to Hero Complex about “Rises” from the film’s London set, Nolan confirms what we’ve already known for some time now — that “Rises” is his final Batman film:
Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story … unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.
So there you have it. “Rises” will complete Nolan’s vision for the Caped Crusader.
Eventually, Warner Bros. will reboot the character. Who knows how long that’ll be. Maybe they’ll do what Sony did and wait 5 years after “Rises”. Maybe they’ll get ants in their pants and do it even sooner. Regardless of when and how they do it, I don’t see Nolan coming back in any shape or form, even to just “produce” (i.e. sell his name to the project).
I get the feeling that when Nolan says he’s done with Batman, he’s really done with Batman. You gotta love this guy.