Nolan takes on next Batman and Superman

Directs one, acts as ‘godfather’ to the other...


Yesterday, we ran rumour control on a report from Deadline Hollywood that David S Goyer could be about to scribble ideas for his third Batman flick.

What a difference a day makes. Now Deadline’s Nikki Finke is reporting that Christopher Nolan has officially signed up to direct the next Batman outing.

Yeah, yeah, talk about confirming what we already pretty much knew. Well, the big surprise is that Warner Bros have also asked Nolan “to play a ‘godfather’ role” on the new Superman flick, The Man Of Steel.

Great news for Supe fans wanting a new flick sometimes this century. Bad news for fans of Superman Returns: an insider has confirmed that the next film about the Son of Krypton will “definitely not be a followup to Superman Returns".

Still, looks like the WB are desperate to get this right, recruiting their favourite blockbusting director to steer the franchise to financial and critical success.

Nolan isn’t expected to direct the next Supes flick, but with Bryan Singer occupied over at X-Men: First Class, we wouldn’t count him in, either. Could one of Nolan’s film buddies take the reins instead?

Back to Batman, and Nolan and co will have to work extra hard to escape the threequel curse that blights many a successful franchise. Can he do it? If anybody can, Nolan can.

Think the real Superman here is Nolan? Chuck us some comments below...

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    • blade32

      Feb 10th 2010, 8:34

      thats great news. nolan's 2 batman movies have been the best superhero movies for a long time, and im sure the 3rd will be equally as good. and superman returns was utter garbage, so ill be good to see that take a nolan-esque direction as well.

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    • reviwer

      Feb 10th 2010, 9:19

      I agree Superman returns was very poor. So it will be very nice to see nolan's take on it. Talking sequels I see the Mission Impossible 4 is confirmed with Tom Cruise signed up as Ethan Hunt. [Link removed. Please don't spam your own site/blog].

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    • ChrisWootton

      Feb 10th 2010, 9:25

      Excellent news. Yeah Superman Returns was terrible. I'm quite glad Singer is too busy getting ready to bore us to tears with another franchise.

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    • mbembet

      Feb 10th 2010, 10:17

      if the new supes movie turn out to be as dark as Batman movies then what's the point in having superman movies at all? i mean Superman's story doesn't need to be dark because he is not Batman and Superman movie shouldn't be realistic because he is Superman.

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    • reviwer

      Feb 10th 2010, 11:14

      @mbembet - Should a Batman film be realistic though? They made the Dark Knight as realistic as possible with a super hero movie, which was great. The same application to Superman should work just as well.

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    • koolerking

      Feb 11th 2010, 3:39

      what the hell is up with reviwer?? He/she comes on and tells us something we already know with a cheap link to their website?? Doesn't TF want to at least watch what goes on on here?

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    • SuperSam

      Feb 13th 2010, 17:51

      I loved Brandon Routh as the new Superman, but would love to see what they have done with Batman and return to the start.

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    • welshboyx

      Feb 14th 2010, 20:38

      Nolan could be a good driving force behind superman. Although you can not dismiss the multi-layered master-piece of the combined Richard Donner extended original Superman, Directors cut Superman 2 and Superman Returns (beautifully crafted by Bryan Singer). Combined they are a great piece of movie history. Hopefully he will not make the mistake of killing off a major villian like two-face in his third outing or the sin of completely going off character (Batman taking the blame for Dent's killings). Keep your fingers crossed that the big wigs won't kill off two great superheros. RIP Spiderman.

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