Ever since Chris Nolan announced that he was officially returning for a third Batman film – and not only that, also overseeing a new Superman film – it’s been the internet’s favorite game to speculate about how those projects will turn out. The filmmaker spoke to Empire about his plans for both properties, and said that we won’t be seeing The Joker in Batman 3. Hit the jump for more.
While Nolan hasn’t officially signed on to the project yet, it’s easy to see he’s interested in returning to Gotham City.
“…the God’s honest truth is I only work on one movie at a time. I’m only capable of doing that, so my head will be firmly in [Inception] for another few months…My brother is working on the screenplay. We came up with a story we are very excited about. We particularly like where we are taking the characters and what the ending is…[it will be] the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story.”
But what about the Man of Steel? Nolan offers some insight about teaming with David Goyer and their take on the Last Son of Krypton. During a brainstorming session for another Batman film, Goyer told Nolan his idea for how to bring Superman to the big screen.
I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I had been able to conceive of how you would address Superman in a modern context. I thought it was a very exciting idea…what you have to remember with both Batman and Superman is what makes those the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who those characters were when they were created and when they were first developed. And you can’t ever move too far from that.
The part of the Superman project that interests me the most is seeing how Nolan and Goyer plan to update Superman “in a modern context.” Embarrassingly, I still watch Smallville, and while that show has gotten progressively worse in the past few years, I think it has shown some flashes of brilliance, especially featuring the Superman character in today’s society. I’m willing to bet Nolan and Goyer will be more successful in translating this idea to the big screen than the writers of Smallville can translate it to the small screen.
Even though Nolan signed on in a “godfather/mentor” role to oversee the new Superman film, there have been whispers of him slipping into the director’s chair as well. Wisely, Nolan puts those rumors to rest before they really spiral out of control.
But it’s not something for me to direct. It’s something we were just trying to put together a vision for, and then find the right person to take it forward.
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