Christopher Nolan has said over and over again that he is done with Batman now that his Dark Knight trilogy has been completed. But are there more superhero movies in his future?
In an interview with The Playlist, Nolan was asked point-blank if he would be interested in overseeing Warner Bros. Pictures' on-again, off-again attempt to bring the DC Comics universe to the big screen—comparable to Joss Whedon's position now at Marvel—starting with 2015's Justice League. Nolan's reply?
"Well, as I've said, and I'll say definitively again, I am done with the Batman films, the trilogy is completed. It ended in the manner we had envisioned."
As he is known to do, the ever-cagey Nolan doesn't answer the question directly, saying merely that he is finished with the standalone Batman films. But what about a movie in which the Caped Crusader was part of an ensemble? He leaves that one on the table.
The question is then repositioned: Is he done for good with the superhero genre in general? And again, the man gives a non-answer (said this time with a smile, according to the Playlist's reporter):
"Well, I'm producing Superman now and I'm enjoying time off and taking a break."
Yep, nothing to see there, folks. But there is the matter of Man of Steel, which Nolan is producing and Zack Snyder is directing. The word is that the future of the DC Universe on film pretty much hinges on how well this reboot does at the box office, so it makes sense that the studio would turn to the man who remade Batman into a multibillion-dollar franchise to help restart the Last Son of Krypton's film career. Nolan had this to say about the film:
"I wouldn't want people to think we're doing for Superman what we did for Batman...Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can't in any way use the same template. But (screenwriter) David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it's incredible what he's putting together. He's got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack's doing. It's really something."
If Man of Steel is a blockbuster, it would stand to reason that Warner Bros. would in fact want the Nolan touch on all its DC movies going forward, including Justice League. Would he answer the call? Well, as we see above, he hasn't exactly said no ... yet.
Do you think Nolan will stay involved in the DC movies? Should he?