These days every major tentpole project has 3D written all over it so we wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros decided to release Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film in the format. According to an article on Cinematical, The Dark Knight director of photography Wally Pfister cleared the air regarding those rumors and spoke about possibly shooting the entire film using IMAX cameras.
The acclaimed cinematographer is well aware that 3D seems to be all the rage and studios are continuing to push it into theaters. Pfister admitted that both he and Nolan have spoken about the trend but they’re not sure if it’s the right fit for Batman. They want the next film to go in a new direction and not follow in the footsteps of what everybody else is doing.
“What Chris and I have talked about is doing something cool and something interesting,” Pfister said. “[Director] Brad Bird was [saying] ‘you’ve got to shoot the whole thing in IMAX!’ I was like, yeah, I’ve talked to Chris about that.”
The IMAX sequences in The Dark Knight were amazing, there’s no denying that but it was a lot of hard work just to get those few minutes done. The thought of doing an entire film in the format is something that Pfister describes as “cumbersome.”
We’re not sure if the next movie will be in 3D or if it will be shot completely in IMAX, but we do know it will be shot on film, no digital video here.
“…I know one thing about the film that Chris is adamant about is that he wants to shoot on film,” Pfister said. “He doesn’t want to shoot on video, and I’m the same way.”
If they’re both adamant about shooting on film we can nip the whole 3D theory in the bud. It seems like they’re not into gimmicks. They just want to tell a good story with no distractions, which is exactly what the 3D would be. Also, we’re hearing that a huge announcement regarding Batman 3 will be made by Warner Bros this July. It will probably happen at Comic-Con where it’s likely that they’ll unveil the title and the release date for the movie so stay tuned for that.
Do you think they should shoot Batman 3 in 3D or would film work better?