For the past month or so Christopher Nolan, Jonah Nolan, and David S. Goyer have all been in the news regarding their connection to the upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise. So far we know that the Batman director will be on board as a producer of The Man of Steel, but we haven’t really heard his outlook on the whole thing.
We’ve got some tidbits from secondary sources, but nothing straight from the horses mouth. The folks over at the LA Times managed to corner the senor Nolan to ask him about Supe, as well as his third installment of the Batman franchise.
Regarding his new responsibilities with Superman Nolan stated, “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.” That’s a heavy vote of confidence coming from the man who single handedly revived the Batman series from Joel Schumacher’s campy ashes. He revealed a little bit about the discussions he’s had with writer David S. Goyer and how he was approached to get involved with The Man of Steel.
[Goyer] basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman,’” Nolan recalled. “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. I wanted to get [partner] Emma [Thomas] and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”
As for the third Batman film, Nolan’s brother is hard at work on the script and he’s expecting it to be a ball-breaker just like its predecessor.
“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. 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.”
Nolan sees the third film as a conclusion to his arc in the Batman story. Unlike the comic books, he doesn’t see the films as an ongoing thing and he’s ready to give his version of the characters a fitting adieu. He wouldn’t comment on what new villains or heroes would make an appearance in the next movie, but he did say, “It won’t be Mr. Freeze.” Thank God!
What do you think of Nolan’s ideas for Batman 3 and The Man of Steel?