In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via Superhero Hype), Nolan discussed his reasoning for getting on board as a producer on “Superman,” despite his typically grounded approach to comic book fare as seen in “The Dark Knight.”
“While David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago — you know, thrashing out where we might move on from ’The Dark Knight’ — we got stuck,” he explained of the project’s origin. “We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said, ’By the way, I think I know how you approach Superman,’ and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I had been able to conceive of how you would address Superman in a modern context. I thought it was a very exciting idea.”
Nolan clarified that while he’ll produce the film, he won’t direct. “It’s something we were just trying to put together a vision for, and then find the right person to take it forward,” he explained, adding that he isn’t even locked in as the director for a third “Batman” film. “The God’s honest truth is I work on one movie at a time. I’m only capable of doing that, so my head will continue to be firmly in [’Inception’] for another few months.”
The filmmaker’s brother Jonah Nolan is hard at work on the latest “Batman” screenplay based on a story that everyone is “very excited about. We particularly like where we are taking the characters and what the ending is.” While he wouldn’t discuss the particulars of the story, he did reveal one villain who won’t appear to terrorize Gotham City: the Joker.
“No,” he said when asked if he’d revisit the character, played famously by the late Heath Ledger in Nolan’s “Batman” films. Asked to elaborate on his reasons, Nolan refused: “I just don’t feel comfortable about it.”
Although he’s found a way to strike an original interpretation of the Man of Steel, Nolan said that Superman and Batman won’t cross over in his films. He explained that while it’s a practice that works with Marvel Studios, the DC characters are quite different in Nolan’s point of view.
“Marvel characters are very different to DC characters, and the key DC characters are very different to the minor DC characters,” he said. “You’ve got to go back to that element of, ’What do I see when I close my eyes and think of Batman? What do I see when I close my eyes and think of Superman?’ And for me a big part of that is their individuality. They are extraordinary beings in an ordinary world. And the reason I think the two are fascinating is because Superman is very specifically superpowered and obviously otherworldly; Batman is very human and flawed. They’re two very different characters, but there’s an elemental feeling of power in the iconography of those characters. To me that’s originally because they stood alone. I need to hang on to that in my imagining of them.”
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