Over the past few months we got the impression that Christopher Nolan wanted a break from the Batman world following The Dark Knight, which is why he is now working on Inception. Warner Bros. have agreed to finance and distribute the film, which apparently Nolan has been wanting to make for years. There have been hints that both parties came to some sort of informal agreement that after Inception Christopher Nolan would return to direct Batman 3. However, an article on Batman on Film has got fanboys in a spin as they cast a small shadow of doubt over Nolan’s return. Here is what a source told them:
* The death of Heath Ledger in January of 2008 rocked Mr. Nolan hard. So hard that Chris was convinced that TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film.
* The Joker was going to return in BATMAN 3.
* “You are correct in reporting that he is developing story ideas with [Jonathan Nolan] and David Goyer, but it will be until AT LEAST 2012 before we see the Caped Crusader back [in theaters]. And that is only an EARLY ESTIMATE at best right now. They are even saying it might not be until 2013.”
* Basically, the BATMAN film franchise is back to square one. As far as a story or a BATMAN 3, “Right now, there is none,” says our guy.
They also say that it took a lot to convince Nolan to come back for The Dark Knight, so it will probably be even harder to get him back for Batman 3 considering it will be an uphill battle to reach the same heights The Dark Knight reached. I have no doubt Nolan can make another great Batman film, however there were a number of factors which made The Dark Knight what it was, mainly the death of Health Ledger. I firmly believe that if Heath Ledger were alive today The Dark Knight would have done well, but it wouldn’t have crossed the $1 billion mark. Ledger’s death created a buzz that will be hard to replicate for a sequel, and usually for a sequel to be considered a ‘success’ compared to it’s predecessor it needs to make more money and be overall a better film. Personally, I think Nolan will be back, however I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes at all.