Hey, look, Christopher Nolan has finally left his island paradise and returned to the world of us mere mortals! Which is a good thing, too, because all the Batman sequel rumors going around have been insane, not to mention ridiculously bullshitty. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Nolan still doesn’t go into very much details. The three-part article (part one is published now) barely scrapes the surface of a possible Batman Begins 3, which Warner Bros. was so excited to make (and why wouldn’t they be? “The Dark Knight” is already a $1 billion dollar movie for them) they already announced Nolan’s return, except no one bothered to tell Nolan. As to a possible storyline for Batman Begins 3, Nolan doesn’t rule out the Joker’s return, but says he didn’t plan for it with the second movie.
Geoff Boucher: Watching “The Dark Knight,” it’s very easy to imagine the Joker returning to Gotham, the way his fate remains unresolved. When you were writing the film, did you anticipate that the Joker would be back in the third film?
Christopher Nolan: No, really and in truth, I only deal with one film at a time. I find myself sort of protesting this issue a lot. We’ve never attempted to save anything for a sequel or set up anything for a sequel. That seems improbable to some people because, particularly with “Batman Begins,” the film ended with a particular hook [with Jim Gordon showing Batman a Joker playing card announcing the arrival of a new villain in town]. But for me that was just about the excitement of people leaving the theater with the sense that now we have the character up and running. I wanted people to walk away with that sense in their head. You know, that’s he’s become the Batman in the movie. That’s why we had the title come up at the end, because it was “Batman Begins,” and it was all very specific to that.
Geoff Boucher: Could you see actually yourself not making the third Batman film?
Christopher Nolan: Well … let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven’t been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer.
Here are some numbers for ya in regards to “The Dark Knight”:
$527 million in domestic take
$463 million in overseas take
$991 million and change worldwide
$5 trillion gazillion once this thing lands on DVD in December
Will they make a Batman Begins 3? I’m gonna have to go with “Yes” on that one.