Emma Thomas says Christopher Nolan will never make another Batman film

His wife and producing partner rules it out

 

 

In an interview with our siblings at SFX, Emma Thomas has stated that Christopher Nolan will never return to Batman after The Dark Knight Rises.

When SFX put the question to Thomas, who is Nolan's wife and producing partner, as to whether Nolan could be tempted to make a fourth Bat-flick, she responded, "No. Never."

When pressed on whether that meant never, or never say never again, Thomas said, categorically, "No, that's truly a never. I can't 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.”

On the one hand, it's hard not to admire a filmmaker sticking to their guns, and refusing to bow to audience or studio pressure. On the other hand, it's a little depressing to know that The Dark Knight Rises will be our last visit to the Nolan bat-verse.

Oh well, we'll have to make sure we enjoy it then.

For more from Thomas on TDKR, be sure to pick up SFX #224, which hits newsstands next Wednesday.

The Dark Knight Rises opens on 20 July 2012.

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Comments

    • valyrien

      Jun 23rd 2012, 14:22

      As awesome as Nolan is at film-making, I think it's a good thing he's not returning. He's wrapping up this version of the franchise, and can continue to make other awesome films and not to become 'The Batman-Guy'. Quite honestly, I hope Batman dies. Not because I dislike the character, but it would really make an interesting film, Superheroes always win or at least survive. If he continued, it wouldn't be so rounded off. I'm sure somebody else is going to come along and re-do the franchise, especially with The Justice League being talked about again. Hopefully with Nolan as Producer for 'Man of Steel', we'll have another awesome dark superhero film to help strike a balance with the camp world of Marvel.

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    • McSerious

      Jun 23rd 2012, 14:23

      So refreshing to see film makers with integrity!

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 23rd 2012, 16:22

      I say never say never, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns will always be there.

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    • aleks989

      Jun 23rd 2012, 16:22

      He will go out with a bang !!! It will be the most epic movie of all time !!!

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    • joker16

      Jun 23rd 2012, 16:42

      He's too smart to come back for another. Audiences are so stupid that they will never understand the meaning of the word "enough." They always want more and more, regardless of whether the films are actually good or not. They don't care about a character's story arc, they just want to see Batman beat up the next villain.

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    • marc96

      Jun 23rd 2012, 21:02

      im glad, i see Nolan as one of the people who make movies out of love not money & it shows in his films.. dont want these batman films to end up like pirates of the caribbean as its stories get stretched so thin

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 23rd 2012, 21:18

      Glad its the end for all the right reasons, QUALITY not QUANTITY!!!! XMATTMANX

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    • higgins78

      Jun 24th 2012, 11:49

      @Ali1748 "It will be the most epic movie of all time"? Perhaps, I've not yet seen it, yet I doubt it will even rank in the top 100 "epic" movies of all time. Both Batman Begins and The Dark Night were very good movies but I would say each suffers on repeated viewing, Batman Begins less so. I've a strong suspicion - though will be one of the first in-line - that after viewing The Dark Knight Rises I will feel slightly underwhelmed, having now grown like Emma Thomas slightly jaded about another Nolan Batman vehicle.

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    • bachchan

      Jun 24th 2012, 15:12

      Although it seems quite clear that Nolan will not be making another Batman movie, it does not mean he will not revisit the world in which Batman exists. i am intrigued as to what end the closing of TDKR - maybe a post-credits sequence - will either set up a Justice League movie, or tie into the Man of Steel. I would very much like to see Nolan revisit the Gotham/Metropolis environment once again, but with a much wider canvas, much like Joss Whedon did for the Avengers. We can dream!

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 24th 2012, 15:59

      Im fairly certain there wont be an post credit scene for either justice league or Man of steel at the end of TDKR! Nolan has kept his Bat universe very seperate from everything else........think he would think of it as tacky to be honest. It worked in the Marvel universe, because they were always gonna expand into Avengers, justice league has been on and off for years. Forget justice league, just finish the bat series and end it well, make a great Man of steel movie and DO NOT REBOOT BATMAN FOR ATLEAST A DECADE!!! XMX

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    • anant

      Jun 24th 2012, 17:44

      christian bale is too good an actor n nolan is too great a director to share this world with another movie, word was that bale had stated he wont do batman if robin is introduced. nolans bat universe and nolans bat are not feel good popcorn movies that could be shared or adjusted into a francise.

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 24th 2012, 21:56

      Agreed...........................

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 24th 2012, 22:08

      @ higgins78 I never said that. even so The Dark Knight hasn't suffered on my repeat veiwings, in fact I am actually quite excited to watch the Blu Ray's again before July 20th.

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    • FBJRider

      Jun 25th 2012, 15:41

      I think Nolan is one of the only directors that can make a DC film that's anywhere near as good as a Marvel film. Marvel is just so great the directors don't seem to need to try as hard.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 25th 2012, 23:12

      Nolan's two batman's are superior to any of the Marvel movies and I love The Avengers and Thor.

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    • EddieFelson

      Jun 26th 2012, 9:08

      I don’t think another Batman film should be seen as a reboot? Just get different actors, directors, do a story worth telling and watching and it will be fine! Certainly no need to wait a decade just because Nolan and co are done with there trilogy?

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    • Aberskene

      Jun 26th 2012, 11:28

      It makes no difference if Nolan wanted to do 5 more Batman movies....the wife has spoken!! Here endeth the debate ;)

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    • alexr

      Jun 26th 2012, 15:55

      OK, so Chris Nolan won't make another Batman film. Doesn't mean he won't be back for story or writing duties. And even if he isn't, would Jonathan Nolan return to expand the 'Nolan-verse' further... Think about it, as long as the script is written to stay in line with the rest of the series, all you need is a director that can handle a film set. Perhaps a Jonathan Nolan would turn step behind the camera himself... Still, Bale would be a loss, unless you go down the Dark Knight Returns route and make the character older. Would Bale agree to return to the role in 15 years time?

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 26th 2012, 21:45

      Your right I was wrong dont wait a decade JUST DONT DO IT!!!!.....cherish what has come before, stop making reboots / prequals blah blah and get a grip. Oh and for the record if ya change, cast, crew, story, etc.........Thats a REBOOT!

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    • EddieFelson

      Jun 27th 2012, 13:36

      @Mattsimus so you don’t want anymore Batman film's? why? the comic has been going for about 70 years? Yes Nolan’s films are superb but why stop the franchise just because he has finished what he set out to do? And "for the record" call it what you like but using that ideology if it wasn’t for REBOOT’S (whatever the f*ck that means) you wouldn’t have had any Batman Begins/The Dark Knight would you?

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 27th 2012, 22:17

      @EddieFelson.......um really? so the best direction now is to milk the cow dry till it bleeds? ya know ppl didnt think they could reinvent or recreate Batman, because everyone still had Batman n Robin fresh in mnd since 97, but then Batman begins came along, part 2 to follow now rises....so now with that quality in mind you want t continue, but not continue start again? technically it will then continue to also be compared to Nolans Batman trilogy which is the natural order of things, of course, Or............................... what you can do is just except that a great trilogy has come reinvented the superhero genre and left leaving its quality remaining! The novelty I fear is soon coming to an end.........and just because its been going for 70 plus years dosnt mean you should just churn out movies for the sake of it. Do you think the production companies now give a c**p about quality or the fact that all they have to do is slap Batman / Dark knight on it just to make millions.....so what do we have thats right QUANTITY not QUALITY......trust me you care more than they do.

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    • EddieFelson

      Jun 29th 2012, 10:32

      that was quite hard to read but nevermind. No I dont want them to churn out film after film I just think there have been 100's of fantastic storys regarding the charecter and we shoulod see the trilogy as the be all and end all

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 29th 2012, 19:43

      Oh ok ill make it short.....................Your wrong!

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    • yeshuabendavid

      Jul 24th 2012, 13:57

      but would he consider doing a Robin film? doubtful i know, but one can hope. like Blake says, "you want to let these kids die without hope?!" of course, i think Bane said, "there can be no true despair without hope."

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