Christopher Nolan talks future of Batman

Reasserts that his story is finished

Despite the many times Christopher Nolan has spoken about The Dark Knight Rises in terms of concluding a trilogy, there are still fans hoping the director will change his mind and return for a fourth outing.

However, Nolan has been speaking about the future of Batman, and couldn’t have made it more clear that he regards his part of the story as complete.

“For me, The Dark Knight Rises is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it,” says Nolan. “The open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody, and that was very important to us.

“Not every Batman fan will necessarily agree with that interpretation of the philosophy of the character, but for me it all comes back to the scene between Bruce Wayne and Alfred in the private jet in Batman Begins, where the only way that I could find to make a credible characterization of a guy transforming himself into Batman is if it was as a necessary symbol, and he saw himself as a catalyst for change.

“Therefore it was a temporary process, maybe a five-year plan that would be enforced for symbolically encouraging the good of Gotham to take back their city," he continued to explain. "To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he’s more than that. He’s a symbol, and the symbol lives on.”

Doesn’t sound like he’ll be directing Justice League then, does it? The Dark Knight Rises is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 3 December 2012.

Who would you like to see direct Justice League? Tell us, below!

Comments

    • davidellis

      Nov 29th 2012, 12:40

      Doesn't he's directing another Dark Knight, but that doesn't exclude a Batman and Robin.

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    • ilikescifi

      Nov 29th 2012, 13:27

      that last paragraph sums it up nicely. i think this trilogy gave a satisfying genre-bashing and quizzed the necessity or validity of a super hero. sometimes i don't like Marvel's 'we need a hero' ideology, or the notion that people need super powers to be able to stand up for themselves. for example, the social/political stance of The Avengers and Transformers is kinda shady, (well, actually hyper misogynistic and militaristic) but the Nolan trilogy was more of an open discussion about people and government and corruption; the last one had links to Occupy, etc., and in the end Nolan took the power and responsibility from the superhero and restored it to the people. that is why he will not make another one.

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    • SiMan

      Nov 29th 2012, 13:28

      Okay, i've b*tched about it enough on previous posts...but i guess i can kind of see where Nolan's coming from with the ending. Not saying i agree with it (in fact it still riles me whenever i think about it......), but i can understand his thinking from what he's said above. One thing i would say is that there is always the possiblilty another director could pick it up. In the comics, Bruce Wayne is thought to be dead at one point and one of the storylines is "The Return of Bruce Wayne". Would WB dare bring him back with a different director/actor, but continuing directly on from Nolan's trilogy?

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 29th 2012, 13:42

      I want to know what's next for Nolan ??? Hopefully the Bond 24.

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    • ilikescifi

      Nov 29th 2012, 13:42

      WB would do well to continue on, or maybe we could watch another 50 origin films about the same character and leave all the densely woven, character rich complex awesome storylines in the comics alone. Aside from that sarcastic comment, sorry, i think the Nolan trilogy had such a profound stylistic impact on the Batman character that it will be subconsciously embedded in every Batman of the future.

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    • FBALeal

      Nov 29th 2012, 15:03

      It is a breath of fresh air to having someone who is aware of his work and of the huge mantle he took when Nolan tackled Batman. What I get from what he is saying is that Batman is larger than any director and actor playing the role and therefore he (The Batman icon) does not need Nolan in order to go on - and it turn, it gives Nolan the freedom to depart the world of Gotham. It is sweet to see the symbol status of the character leave room to have another actor potraying Batman. I think Warner should play into that. In my eyes, even if the future of the Batman movies goes in the wron direction, I will always have The Dark Knight trilogy to enjoy a good interpretation of the myth. And that is a wonderful feeling.

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    • FBALeal

      Nov 29th 2012, 15:04

      Great comment by the way, ilikescifi.

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    • mattburgess

      Nov 29th 2012, 15:06

      So actually Chris Nolan has *nothing* to say about the future of Batman, except to say that he won't be directing it. Another great piece of "news".

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    • FBALeal

      Nov 29th 2012, 15:56

      Well this piece of "news" is more relevant than your piece of "opinion". Not happy with TF? Go elsewhere.

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    • Gashead

      Nov 29th 2012, 20:00

      The Dark Knight Rises had a perfect ending. Why ruin that?

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    • mattburgess

      Nov 29th 2012, 20:14

      FBALeal - Calm down, Tiger. This is the comments section. Expect opinions.

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