In an interview with Entertainment Weekly The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan confirmed what a lot of people have been thinking by saying his next Batman film will be his last. Or in his words, “the last chapter of our Batman saga”.
Batman fans may get slightly teary eyed at the thought as i’m sure they would want Nolan to continue making excellent Batman movies forever, but after seeing what the director is capable of with Inception the world deserves more original movies from him.
Despite The Dark Knight Rises being his final Batman film Nolan isn’t tired of the franchise:
“I feel very glad that I’m doing another Batman film. I think it would have been daunting to sit down and write an original script after Inception. I love working within the realm and rules of our Batman world. It’s kind of nice to have someplace to go that I’m super-excited about.”
Nolan also suggested that as Inception made $820 million worldwide Warner Bros. were more than happy to give him as much creative control as he wants:
“I must say that I’m glad — I’m very, very glad — to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”
If the history of the Batman movie franchise is anything to go by The Dark Knight Rises won’t be the last time we see Batman on-screen, but it will be the last time we see Nolan’s vision of the character. Plenty of directors will be eager put their stamp on Bruce Wayne in the future (but not too soon, I hope).
As for now, Sir Michael Caine recently revealed that the current plan is for The Dark Knight Rises script to be delivered to the cast in January, and then for shooting to take place between May and November, so we can expect a lot of news in the new year.