'Dark Knight Rises' Producer: Nolan Will Never Direct Batman Again
It's pretty bold to say that something will never happen whether you're talking about something as simple as eating meat or making a movie. But in the case of The Dark Knight Rises producer Emma Thomas, who is also the wife of Christopher Nolan, we're inclined to believe her statement that the filmmaker will never be in the director's chair of another Batman film following the conclusion of his trilogy. In an interview with SFX Magzine (via Movies.com), Thomas was asked of the possibility of Nolan returning to the universe of the Caped Crusader and she definitively said, "No, never. No, that's truly a never." Read on!
Thomas elaborated rather confidently:
"I cannot imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back. At a certain point it’s fun to go off and do something different, you know. We’ve spent almost 10 years of our lives making Batman films. He was very excited about this film, and the story that he’d come up with, but I just cannot imagine that he would get that excited about another version of the same thing. The great thing about a trilogy is that it feels like you’ve got a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s like an extended version of a regular film. Once you get into a fourth film then it’s just episodic, and I just can’t see him getting excited about making another film where basically you’re just wheeling in different villains.”
Normally hearing a producer speak for their director isn't the final word, but this is Nolan's wife we're talking about, and few people would know the filmmaker better in business and life decisions. Ten years is a long time to spend on any project, and to even think about directing another Batman film, which is constantly under the spotlight, that's probably a daunting task. Of course, that doesn't mean Nolan wouldn't produce a sequel, as Warner Bros. has expressed interest and almost certainty in having him oversee a reboot of the hero, a version that would end up in the gestating Justice League movie. Of course, we have to wait patiently to see what's going to happen with Batman and the rest of the DC Comics franchise to know how this will all pan out. Frankly, I'm excited to have Nolan move on to new horizons and make original films like Inception or The Prestige. How about you?