We’re just weeks away from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and while Nolan has been clear about his want to walk away from the franchise, people have continued to ask him in every single conceivable way, whether he would ever be involved with the caped crusader again. This time, the AP asked Nolan about the possibility that he would have something to do with Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League franchise starter, and the director tried to strangle that ember of speculation with the wire from his grappling hook.
“No, none at all,” said the director. “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”
By now, I’m a bit surprised that Nolan hasn’t tatooed that last bit onto to his forehead, but he goes on to explain:
“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him,” said Nolan. “We’ve had our say on the character.” he reiterated before saying, once more with feeling, ”I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any ‘Justice League’ project.”
Now, first off, damn him for saying that his interpretation was “kind of finished”, thus leaving open a centimeter of wiggle room for the inevitable moment when Warner Bros. backs the Brinks truck up into his driveway and we get to see if he magically finds something more to say about the Dark Knight.
Secondly, I know some will condemn the Justice League film as damned because of this development, but really, shouldn’t you have already done that based on the cinematic track record of nearly ALL DC/Warner Bros. comic book movies? Seriously though, solving the Justice League movie shouldn’t be nearly as hard as people make it out to be. You’ve got a roster of recognizable and adored characters, and while they won’t (apparently) have Nolan, they do have his road map to success, which is de-emphasize the comic bookyness and ramp up the reality and humanity of the characters and story. Oh, and Warners may also want to consider everything that they want to do with a Justice League movie, write down all the ways they want to copy The Avengers, and then crumble up that piece of paper and swallow it down with a glass of Orangina, because it is all wrong.