Christopher Nolan Confirms Involvement in 'Superman' Franchise, Talking 'Batman 3'
After wide rumors about him being hired to resurrect "Superman" franchise, Christopher Nolan has finally spoken up about the issue. In a recent interview with Los Angeles Times, he admits that he is working on the next film about the flying superhero with David Goyer, his co-scribe for "Batman Begins", writing the script for the upcoming project.
Though he claims that he likes Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" in the way that it connected to director Richard Donner's version, the 39-year-old insists the new movie will be solely dependent on his own direction. "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," he states.
Dishing on Goyer's idea for the new "Superman" film, which reportedly will be titled "The Man of Steel", Nolan shares, "He 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." He then adds, "I wanted to get Emma [Thomas - Nolan's producer wife] and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way."
Beside opening up about his involvement in "Superman" franchise, Nolan also talks about "Batman 3", hinting that it probably will be the end of the story. "Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film an 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," he says.
The British filmmaker informs that his brother Jonathan Nolan, who has previously penned "The Dark Knight", is writing the screenplay for the next sequel, gushing "My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff." He further explains, "Unlike the comics, these thing 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 hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That's what we do."
Asked about who will be the next "Batman" villain, he refuses to spill the detail, but does eliminate one name, saying "It won't be Mr. Freeze." Though he has spoken a lot about his return to the next movie about the Gotham hero, Nolan still won't confirm to Los Angeles Times whether or not he will direct "Batman 3", which recently was reported to have begun scouting in Chicago.
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