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The LATimes has a very long and interesting interview with “Batman Begins” director Christopher Nolan that is worth reading. Nolan is not only expected back to direct the third “Batman” film (he tells the Times that his brother Jonathan Nolan is currently banging out a script from his and David Goyer’s story), but will also be “Godfathering” the “Superman Returns” reboot, which people expect will be called “The Man of Steel”. And get this: Warner Bros. didn’t go to Nolan asking him to do it, Nolan went to them saying he wanted to do it. Now that’s a surprise. Also, Nolan confirms that this new Superman won’t be sharing the same universe as his Batman, and that the two characters will exist in their own universes, where they are the only superhero. Sorry, crossover fans.
On the Superman reboot:
“It’s very exciting, we have a fantastic story. And we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right.
A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do. [Batman and Superman] serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other.”
So how did Nolan get the idea he wanted to do something with Superman? It was thanks to his “Batman” writer David Goyer, who pitched the idea during a brainstorming session for the third Batman film:
“[David Goyer] basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman.’ I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get [his wife and producing partner] Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”
Nolan and his wife seems to dismiss Internet rumor that had Brainiac and Lex Luthor teaming up to fight Superman in the reboot. They even take some exception to the accepted theory that the reboot will be called “The Man of Steel”, and according to Nolan, 2012 and 2013 is probably the earliest you can expect any further movements on the project.
And that’s Nolan on the Superman reboot. So what about the third “Batman” film? It’s pretty obvious to everyone, including Nolan it would appear, that he has to come back and finish what he started with “Batman Begins”. Nolan continues to avoid the question of which villains will pop up in the third film, though he summarily nixes the idea of a Mister Freeze making an appearance.
“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.
I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these thing don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”
So in a nutshell: There is no way in God’s green Earth that Nolan isn’t coming back for a third Batman movie, and as to the Superman reboot, that’ll have to wait until the third Batman movie is in the bag, it would appear.