Christopher Nolan Compares 'Man of Steel' to His Batman Trilogy
After earning big success through his critically-acclaimed "The Dark Knight" trilogy, director Christopher Nolan is now jumping into another superhero film "Man of Steel" as an executive producer. To The Playlist, Nolan opens up about his role in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman film, claiming that the upcoming flick will get a different treatment compared to his Batman series.
Asked if "Man of Steel" will fit into the brand of standalone superhero universe just like his "Dark Knight" trilogy, Nolan responds carefully, "Well, somewhat." Still, he stresses, "But I wouldn't want people to think we're doing for Superman what we did for Batman," before stating, "It's very much Zack's film and I think people are going to love what he's done."
Furthermore, Nolan explains why the Superman pic can't get the same treatment as his Batman films. "I think it's really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can't in anyway use the same template," he reasons. "But [screenwriter] David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience."
"Zack has built on that and I think it's incredible what he's putting together. He's got a lot of finishing to do on that," the "Memento" helmer contineus. "Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack's doing. It's really something."
During the chat, Nolan brushes off speculations that Warner Bros. Pictures might want him to get involved in the "Justice League" project and take on a Joss Whedon-like role in godfathering the future of the studio's DC films. "Well, as I've said, and I'll say definitively again, I am done with the Batman films, the trilogy is completed. It ended in the manner we had envisioned," he insists.
"Man of Steel" is projected to open wide in the U.S. on June 14, 2013. Snyder has promised his version of Superman would not disappoint fans, claiming, "I think that you're going to see a Superman you've never seen before." He said, "We approached it as though no other films had been made. He's the king-daddy. Honestly that's why I wanted to do it."
In another "Man of Steel"-related news, Russell Crowe recently took time to sit with MTV and discuss his role as Superman's father Jor-El in the upcoming movie. "It afforded me a wonderful opportunity to put a specific thing in the minds of 14 year-old boys," he gushed. "And that is that the bravest thing you can do, the most important thing you can ever do, is love."
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