Jonathan Nolan Talks Robin And ‘Justice League’

When it comes to talking about Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, it’s actually his brother Jonathan Nolan who is the most forthcoming. He already responded to the film’s controversial ending, and now he’s opened up about finally bringing the character of Robin into the series.

“It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in [the ’Dark Knight’] universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe’s character is very important to the story,” Nolan told Empire. “In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe’s character is that character for this film.”

He continued, “One of my favorite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It’s like that scene in ’The Prestige’ where the little kid sees through Christian’s trick. Little kids, they don’t have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there’s a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there.”

The big question is whether or not Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Robin will appear as Batman in the upcoming “Justice League” film, and though Nolan didn’t address that rumor, he did say he is thrilled to see a new take on the Dark Knight.

“I’m incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked,” Nolan said. “I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he’s kind of the black sheep of that family.”

As for the other big ensemble superhero group out there, “The Avengers,” Nolan said he was a big fan of what Joss Whedon did with the Marvel franchise.

“To me Joss Whedon is a god,” he said. “I’m just a huge fan of his work, I love his work on TV. And I thought ’The Avengers’ was just an incredible achievement.”

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