'Dark Knight Rises' Producer: Nolan Will Never Direct Batman Again

June 22, 2012
Source: SFX Magazine

Christopher Nolan

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, 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?

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Reader Feedback - 52 Comments


Nolan's too smart to stick with the franchise.

Bl00dwerK on Jun 22, 2012


Amen. Although I would never shy away from a 4th Batman directed by Nolan, I feel at this point he needs to take on greater challenges for his own piece of mind. I'd be bored for him if he directed another one.

Quanah on Jun 23, 2012


Didn't he say TDKR will be his last Batman film? Still a bummer though... but something different feels right.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 22, 2012


Maybe he will make something Original..Not a slight on Nolan. Inception was great and original I hope he does more original work. I am sick of reboots and sequels and prequels. Hollywood is so clearly out of ideas, or balls to run with the good Ideas.

Brian Sleider on Jun 22, 2012


Normally I agree, but the Batman movies are so insanely good that he gets a pass from me,

Scott Fecher on Jun 22, 2012


3 TF and just 1 D9 ! Money say everything sir

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 23, 2012


That statement echoes the confidence and integrity that we've come to know Nolan and his team for. They are arguably the smartest film-makers around at the moment. Can't wait to see what he does next and certainly hope he keeps an eye on the production of other DC properties (like further Batman films) so we don't end up with another Green Lantern style-catastrophe.

SV7 on Jun 22, 2012



Agent Kid Society on Jun 22, 2012


Ethan, just to point out The Prestige was an adaptive screenplay/ film from the book of the same name by Christopher Priest. It is not an original piece of work

Day on Jun 22, 2012


Sorry, I should've worded differently. I meant original more along the lines of being outside of franchises and blockbusters. But yes, you are right.

Ethan Anderton on Jun 22, 2012


Maybe he can carry Ridley Scott's torch and direct the sequel to "Prometheus" just like James Cameron did for Aliens!

Tey on Jun 22, 2012


Not a bad idea, but I don't think the Alien/Prometheus universe is for Nolan.

Rain Spider on Jun 22, 2012


not may people thought Batman was his universe at first. How we were all so wrong.

Timothy Wilkes on Jul 8, 2012


Or.......get James Cameron to direct the sequel to Prometheus....... ))))))MIND = BLOWN((((((

David Banner on Jun 23, 2012


Believe it or not James Cameron actually said it before! Nobody knew if he was joking or not... If he does we know the tagline will be "This time, it's War"

Tey on Jun 23, 2012


and it wont make the money avacrAP did. cameron is awful

JeremySheer on Jun 23, 2012


are you serious? that @$$ clown direct himself out of a paperbag. his greatest creation is T2

JeremySheer on Jun 23, 2012


T2 is considered one of the greatest action movies ever made, and where are the movies you directed?

Marc Arsenault on Jun 26, 2012


Would rather see Fincher give it another try,

ryderup on Jun 24, 2012


aw gawd thats not nolan at all

JeremySheer on Jun 23, 2012


He can't do anymore cause in his universe Batman will soon be....dead.

Backbreaker on Jun 22, 2012


Bravo Brave Body Look to the Michael Bay and his 4th Beloved Transshitners! A World Different Between Nolan & Bay!

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 22, 2012


b-b-but....I WANT him to keep "wheeling" in different villains, Emma....

Voice of Reason on Jun 22, 2012


Nolan definitely did not use any of the teams associated with Green Lantern.

Kyle Robinson on Jun 22, 2012


Weeeellp! He gave it a damned good run. And I will say this, no future Batman flick will ever top Nolan's badassery with this trilogy ;D

LosZombies on Jun 22, 2012


I know exactly what movie I want Christopher Nolan to direct next. That would be Interstellar. It's a script from his brother and has been covered a bit on this site. Steven Spielberg was attached as director for a while...but I'd love to see Christopher come in and helm the project, because it sounds quite fascinating. A smarter more scientifically accurate sci-fi film is something I think we could use in this modern age of cinema.

Chris_G on Jun 22, 2012


I want to see that becoming a fact!

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 22, 2012


He's done great things for the Batman franchise, but I'm ready to see him move on to something different. In fact, I'd like to see him do something that's not an action movie and with a budget of around or above $200 million. He hasn't done that since The Prestige, and that was 6 years ago.

C138 on Jun 22, 2012


Offer him enough money. He would come back.

DAVIDPD on Jun 22, 2012


And I'm glad he'll never do it. A sign of a good filmmaker is pushing boundaries, tackling different genres and material. I'm actually extremely excited for the future of Nolan. I would not want him to be stuck doing these films the way Michael Bay is stuck doing Transformers. Move on to exciting things.

sedna on Jun 22, 2012


TBH, Nolan's Batman films are quite original themselves. Yes, some influence from the comic books, but they way he strings the plot and tells the story is unique within the Batman movie franchise.

JohnnyWannaCracka on Jun 22, 2012


Unforgettable Originality

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 23, 2012


It doesn't matter because The Dark Knight Rises will blow every other movie out of the water and he probably thinks that he can't make a better batman movie. Let him explore new horizons and make a new masterpiece.

James Saldana on Jun 22, 2012


Why do they keep asking him (indirectly even) if he's already set his foot down?

Chris Amaya on Jun 22, 2012


It because Batman dies. No Brain-er

No Brainer on Jun 22, 2012


He rises!

Marc Callado on Jun 22, 2012


The Prestige and Inception are parts of another trilogy It's on here, along with an interesting idea about Batman, which I fully believe.

Greg dinskisk on Jun 22, 2012


I read that quote and I instantly notice how smart this lady is. Its straightforward, no big words, and it makes so much logical sense. As a fan, I would want Nolan to keep making Batman films but the word "episodic" is so true. I loved Inception and Memento so I'm definitely excited for new original projects from Nolan.

Marc Callado on Jun 22, 2012


Nolan has a awesome wife lol & Thank god he`s set his foot down on this decision. Its time for him to tackle something even more grand scale & ambitious. Fuck I love Nolan brilliant director.

mmmmmmmm on Jun 22, 2012


So, no one else could come along in the future and direct another Batman movie? At one time Tim Burton's was the definitive version. There will be others.

rennmaxbeta on Jun 23, 2012


Ren kinda remind me of " Others " dude

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 23, 2012


Is it true or a joke that Warner Bros. wants Ryan Reynolds (Hannibal King/Deadpool/ Green Lantern) to take over the role of Batman??

David Banner on Jun 23, 2012


Note to self: it's June 23rd. That was an April 1st joke(checked it now, hehe)

David Banner on Jun 23, 2012


I'd love to see what he'd do with medieval fantasy. I don't think there's enough ground breaking, original medieval fantasy to satisfy moviegoers.

Quanah on Jun 23, 2012


Clearly you haven't seen Your Highness. Original, ground breaking, you name it! 🙂

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 23, 2012


Oh dear Lord I did see that. It was definitely original. 😮

Quanah on Jun 23, 2012


Be great he took on the challenge of directing a game of thrones movie double bill

Timothy Wilkes on Jul 8, 2012


I love that series. That would be interesting.

Quanah on Jul 8, 2012


I hope with the reboot Batman is already an established dark figure of the night and not another "untold" back story on how he crafted his mind to becoming the man in the suit. His wife is absolutely right though I mean we don't want to deal with another George Lucas, lol.

BinaryChaos on Jun 23, 2012


I'd really love to see another film like "The Prestige" from Syncopy. Any more tricks up your sleeve, Chris?

Frank Dracman on Jun 23, 2012


---Still more retreads and predictive programming for the capstoen EUGENICS agenda. MEANWHILE, as Fukishima saturates the North American continent, and the Globalist----RED China handover enters its --FINAL-- handover ----Hollywood BURIES without a trace the 60th Anniversary of the awesomely relevant, EUGENICS 'unfriendly' -------------------------KOREAN WAR----------------------------

NOW POP on Jun 25, 2012


The only reason I would want Nolan to continue with the franchise, is to set up The Justice League. He would do it the way it needs to be done!!

C.j. on Jun 26, 2012

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