Chris Nolan's Brief Advice to the Next Filmmaker Taking on Batman
This isn't so much a big piece of news, as it just a cool filmmaker's "tip" to tie in with everything Batman and Christopher Nolan. The director hasn't done too many interviews, and doesn't speak with any press from online, but Empire (being a magazine) was lucky enough to catch up with him for an interview, which they ran in this podcast. Batman-News.com points out a great quote during the interview with "advice" to anyone who will be taking on the Batman character in future years. Yea, you know what we mean. He's done, but I think even Nolan knows Warner Bros/DC Comics will likely bring back Batman back, one day.
While everyone seems to be anxiously discussing spin-offs or potential continuations of The Dark Knight Rises, I have a feeling Nolan is definitely finished with this world. We likely won't see another Batman until Warner Bros decides to reboot again, or do something else unique like a solo or follow-up movie, or get him into Justice League somehow. But Chris Nolan has some good advice for whoever does take over Batman, that he learned when he first started on his series with Batman Begins years ago. Nolan states at one point:
"The only advice I would have is... when I first met with Paul Levitz of DC prior to Batman Begins, he explained to me very clearly that Batman, of all superheroes, has thrived on reinterpretation and almost being strengthened by it. And I’m talking obviously about over the years in the comic books but then also through the movies. So when the time is right, when somebody does whatever the next iteration of the character is, they simply need to be true to what they really want to see, do something they believe in, not worry too much about what everyone else is telling them it should be."
There you have it. That's actually a rather interesting thing to think about. Essentially he's saying, screw all the fanboys, screw all the people (in Hollywood) who say you need to make it with this or that, find a vision and idea you believe in, and stick with it, make it exactly what it should be. Which is, actually, fantastic advice for a filmmaker—once they've actually come up with the great idea. With so many possibilities for directors to take over, Nolan is at least dead on in hinting that they should find someone with a clear, strong vision, someone who knows what they want to do with Batman this next time around. How many years it will take until we'll see them find that, we don't know. There will definitely be a lot of fun rumors until then.
In the meantime, as much as I'd love to mention a blatant spoiler from TDKR about a spin-off/continuation I'd love to see, I won't. But if you've seen it, you know exactly how it ends. Until we hear some actual news on Batman, the discussion will continue as to where they can go next, what other stories they can tell, and if we'll ever see the Dark Knight in the Justice League. Only time will tell, and let's hope they take his advice.