Nolan rules out Batman / Superman crossover

Director claims his Batman is the only superhero

Christopher Nolan has cast doubt on the possibility of seeing both Batman and Superman in the same movie, stating that in his universe Batman is the only superhero.

“I don’t think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization,” he told The Los Angeles Times.

“It goes back to one of the first things we wrangled with when we first started putting the story together: Is this a world in which comic books already exist? Is this a world in which superheroes already exist?

“If you think of "Batman Begins" and you think of the philosophy of this character trying to reinvent himself as a symbol, we took the position -- we didn’t address it directly in the film, but we did take the position philosophically -- that superheroes simply don’t exist.

“If they did, if Bruce knew of Superman or even of comic books, then that’s a completely different decision that he’s making when he puts on a costume in an attempt to become a symbol.”

Theatrics grows out of Gotham

Nolan however did concede that his version of the Batman universe is a world that can now support more theatrical antics thanks to the actions of Bruce.

“Of course, you see what we’re able to do with Joker in this film is that he is able to be quite theatrical because we set up Batman as an example of intense theatricality in Gotham.

“It starts to grow outward from Batman. But the premise we began with is that Batman was creating a wholly original thing.”


    • Ray Peterson

      Nov 1st 2008, 5:18

      Good. It wouldn't make sense anyway, unless Superman was to undergo a similar kind of reinvention. What he says does throw up some interesting ideas for a third film though...

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    • rorschach

      Nov 2nd 2008, 15:21

      maybe a superman crossover wouldnt work but its still quite arrogant to presume reinventing batman means he can just decide to remove the character from the universe he belongs to

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    • Ray Peterson

      Nov 4th 2008, 10:01

      I'm pretty sure that he wasn't alone in making the decision - you can bet DC had something to say about the treatment of their IP. Besides, what was the last decent crossover movie? For all the good things that Marvel are doing with the film incarnations of their supeheroes, I have reservations about the quality of any upcoming crossovers - movies just aren't big enough for them.

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    • Goodland

      Nov 4th 2008, 12:41

      Maybe the Burton Batman might have worked - Even now if they had Keaton Vs Routhe then I think it'd be good. Although, you imagine that Bats would get a bit of whupping. It's hard pitching a guy who is pretty much a God against a rich guy with some nice toys and somehow expect it to work... Still there's got to be room for a Superted vs Danger Mouse film!!

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