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It’s going to take a long time (probably after Marvel’s “The Avengers” finally hits the big screen in 2011 and proves to be a mammoth hit, would be my guess) until Warner Bros. finally gets their shit together and a Justice League movie is finally put into development for a major Summer release. Then again, maybe not. In the third and last part of their interview with “Batman Begins” director Christopher Nolan, the LA Times asks the director for his take on the Justice League movie, and the idea of crossing Nolan’s Batman over with the more colorful characters of the DC Universe. Basically, Nolan doesn’t think it could work. In fact, if he had his way, there wouldn’t exist a DC Universe.
Highlights from the LAT interview:
GB: Chris, this summer, “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” signaled the true start of the “crossover era” in comic-book films with Marvel Studios putting an emphasis on the fact that their heroes coexist in the same world. DC and Warner Bros. may embrace a similar strategy, especially if the Justice League film project is revived. Does that concern you? Your Gotham doesn’t seem suited to that.
Nolan: I don’t think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization. It goes back to one of the first things we wrangled with when we first started putting the story together: Is this a world in which comic books already exist? Is this a world in which superheroes already exist? If you think of “Batman Begins” and you think of the philosophy of this character trying to reinvent himself as a symbol, we took the position — we didn’t address it directly in the film, but we did take the position philosophically — that superheroes simply don’t exist. If they did, if Bruce knew of Superman or even of comic books, then that’s a completely different decision that he’s making when he puts on a costume in an attempt to become a symbol. It’s a paradox and a conundrum, but what we did is go back to the very original concept and idea of the character. In his first appearances, he invents himself as a totally original creation.
GB: That doesn’t lend itselt to having him swing on a rope across the Metropolis skyline.
Nolan: No, correct, it’s a different universe. It’s a different way of looking at it. Now, it’s been done successfully, very successfully, in the comics so I don’t dispute it as an approach. It just isn’t the approach we took. We had to make a decision for “Batman Begins.”
GB: A different path…
Nolan: Yes, completely different….
Doesn’t sound like Nolan’s a big fan of a Justice League movie. Or at least, he doesn’t see his version of Batman as fitting in at all. Then again, considering the Justice League 90210 version of DC’s mightiest supergroup that Warner Bros. is planning, maybe that’s for the best.
Below: “Man, what’s up with Batman? He’s so standoffish.”