Chris Nolan On “Batman 3,” “Superman” Reboot

In his first interview in quite some time, “The Dark Knight” director Chris Nolan has finally gone on the record about the state of the Superman and Batman franchises in a lengthy piece for The Los Angeles Times.

The full interview isn’t even on the site, it’s only available in the print edition. For those who don’t have access or time though lets cut to the chase and get the important information:

Batman 3

Jonathan Nolan is working on the script at present – “My brother is writing a script for me and we’ll wait to see how it turns out…he’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be.”

Though he won’t confirm if he will direct, the main appeal for Nolan to return is to give his creation an ending, making his work unfold in the classic film trilogy mold: “Batman Begins” (re)introducing the characters, “The Dark Knight” taking our protagonist and Gotham City to the brink, and a third one essentially resolving everything.

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story and in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story” says Nolan who won’t even hint at the villain beyond one possibility – “it won’t be Mr. Freeze”.

Don’t expect Bruce Wayne to just continue on in Gotham either it seems, Nolan says he’s “very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters… viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling and it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories.”

Superman

“it’s very exciting, we have a fantastic story and we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right” says Nolan.

Unlike Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” which owed a lot to Richard Donner’s vision of the character in the earlier movies, Nolan’s plans will take their own approach.

That approach actually came from writer David Goyer who is penning the script. Goyer told his idea to Nolan who said “I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting.”

Off-handedly he shoots down rumors of his involvement in a “Justice League” movie as he believes his Superman will exist in a different world to that of his Batman – “Each serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other.”

He also shoots down reports of his brother helming the film, saying he has no idea who will direct the project but his involvement will be akin to Peter Jackson’s hands-on producing roles on Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Hobbit”.

For the full interview, click here.