Chris Nolan on the future of the SUPERMAN and BATMAN movies

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The L.A. Times interviewed "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan and asked him a few questions about the Superman project "Man Of Steel" and the untitled third Batman movie. Nolan will be producer for the Man Of Steel and David S. Goyer who collaborated with Nolan on the current Batman movies will write the "script of steel". No director has been named as of press time. The rumor floating around is that Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan will make his directorial debut with Man Of Steel. Jonathan co-wrote The Dark Knight with his brother Chris. The Gotham City director who reportedly is being called "The Hitchcock of Superhero Cinema" by fans everywhere also spoke about the next trip to the Batcave. So Here is the rundown of what Chris Nolan had to say about the "World's Finest":

When asked about his feelings towards the Man Of Steel project:

“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.”

On the topic about the movie's tone and portrayal of characters:

“A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do." Nolan then emphasizes the idea that Superman will exists in a world where he is the only superhero. This idea was the driving force of Nolan's Bat-Movies and a similar approah with the Man Of Steel he explains would assure the integrity needed for the film.

So what are the chances of Superman and Batman appearing in the same movie?

"Each serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other.”, said Nolan.

In answering about how he becamed involved with the Man Of Steel project:

“He (David S. Goyer) basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman, 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 Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”

Replying to the question about cast details:

“I went to the studio with the analogy of ‘I want to cast the way they did in 1978 with 'Superman', where they had (Marlon) Brando and Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty and all these fantastic actors in even small parts, which was an exotic idea for a superhero movie at the time. It really paid off too. As a kid watching ‘Superman,’ it seemed enormous and I realized later by looking at it that a lot of that was actually the casting, just having these incredibly talented people and these characterizations. And Marlon Brando is the first guy up playing Superman’s dad. It’s incredible.”

In closing on the subject of Superman Chris Nolan had this to say:

“We’re approaching it in a not dissimilar way in terms of trying to find an incredible story in a way that audiences can engage with it the way they engage with contemporary action films,” Nolan continued. “I think David’s approach is a very good way of doing just that.”

Leaving Metropolis the interview enters Gotham City and Chris Nolan is asked what's happening with the Caped Crusader. When questioned about the status of the writing process Mr. Nolan said this:

“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.”

Answering a request for plot details:

“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. I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. 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 harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”-

Personally I'm excited about this new Man Of Steel movie. Also I don't believe what Chris Nolan is saying about these Superman and Batman movies taking place in sepearate worlds. I think he's just keeping a lid on it. There is no doubt in my mind that Nolan and Company are working out a way to merge the two superheroes together to open up the option of a "World's Finest" movie or a "Justice League" movie. If Nolan and his crew are not doing this I do feel that Warner Brothers is at least thinking about hero mergers and team-up movies. Marvel Studios has created a movie universe for their characters and are in midst of putting together an "Avengers" movie for 2012. I think DC Entertainment have their sights on similar plans and want to make a "Justice League" that fans actually want to see. Unlike the movie "Justice League: Mortal" that was set to be released in 2011 but was scrapped due to fan hatred and the studio's decision to focus on solo movies to generate exposure for thier roster of characters.

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Source: L.A. Times