Cinematographer Wally Pfister Skeptical About Batman 3 in 3D
by Alex Billington
April 20, 2010
We already know that since Batman 3 hasn't been officially announced yet (more on that below) this is all purely skeptical, simply because it's way too early to state anything as fact. That said, some new quotes from cinematographer Wally Pfister (who has worked on almost all of Chris Nolan's movies) regarding 3D and their plans moving forward on Batman 3 are interesting enough to point out today anyway. Todd Gilchrist of Cinematical talked with Pfister in Dallas where he received the Star Award from the Dallas Film Festival. "What Chris and I have talked about is doing something cool and something interesting," Pfister stated.
"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." Well okay, but does that mean it will happen? Not necessarily. He still knows that it'll be very hard to shoot an entire movie that way and isn't too keen on 3D either, because both he and Chris Nolan love to shoot on film (not digital). "I know one thing about the film that Chris is adamant about is that he wants to shoot on film. He doesn't want to shoot on video, and I'm the same way." However, they actually shot one sequence of The Dark Knight in 3D just to try it - but like Nolan, he's not really that big into 3D.
"I think Chris is game for doing something interesting like that, Lord knows that the 3-D fad might pass by the time that summer comes around." Whoa, I don't know, maybe if Avatar had never existed, he might still be allowed to say that, but right now I think the 3D fad is actually picking up. Warner Brothers did just announce at ShoWest that all of their tentpole movies will be in 3D. I guess we'll have to wait and find out.
Speaking of which, Batman on Film got an interesting little scoop earlier today related to Batman 3 as well. Apparently they've heard that, just like with The Dark Knight, Warner Bros is currently planning to make a big announcement in July right around Comic-Con. TDK was announced just after Comic-Con in 2006 and WB revealed the title, that Nolan was back, Heath Ledger was going to be The Joker, and that it would be a summer 2008 release. Maybe if everything goes as planned, we will finally get an official announcement for Batman 3 in 2012 sometime this summer, maybe at Comic-Con. As always, stay tuned for any updates!