Christopher Nolan on Batman 3
After many rumours about his involvement in Batman 3, we finally have some comment on it from Christopher Nolan. He's back from his extended holiday, and has been talking about Batman.
And he also explains why his Batman wouldn't work in a Justice League film.
Since The Dark Knight was such a hit this summer, we have been waiting to find out if Christopher Nolan will be back for more. Previous directors have hung around for two Batman films before moving on, but considering the impact of The Dark Knight a lot of people want him to make another.
After taking a well deserved holiday, Nolan has been talking to LA Times about a potential Batman 3.
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.
I guess you could call it non committal. I guess you could also wonder just how he tops The Dark Knight, but it also sounds like he's up for the challenge. I would imagine he won't be rushing into a third film though. In the third part of the interview he also talked about the Justice League of America film, and why his Batman doesn't fit.
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.
Not sure I'm excited to see what Batman does show up in Justice League, assuming it ever gets made that is. I would want Nolan on Batman 3 though, here's hoping a script is created that gets him interested. Hey, atleast it wasn't a no. You can read the rest of the interview here, here and here. He talks about what he makes of The Dark Knight's success, his favourite scene and other stuff.