Nolan discusses new Superman and Batman projects

Christopher Nolan has discussed, for the first time, his involvement in Warner Bros upcoming Superman reboot, as well as dropping some tasty tidbits about the next Batman film.

We already knew that frequent Nolan collaborator David S. Goyer (co-screenwriter of Batman Begins; story credit on The Dark Knight) has come up with the story for the new Superman project.

In an interview with the L.A. Times, Nolan and wife/producer Emma Thomas have revealed just what it means to “godfather” Goyer’s story.

“He basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman … I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way,” Nolan said.

Then he went on to discuss The Godfather himself!

“I went to the studio with the analogy of ‘I want to cast the way they did in 1978 with ‘Superman,”’ where they had [Marlon] Brando and Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty and all these fantastic actors in even small parts, which was an exotic idea for a superhero movie at the time. It really paid off too. As a kid watching ‘Superman,’ it seemed enormous and I realized later by looking at it that a lot of that was actually the casting, just having these incredibly talented people and these characterizations. And Marlon Brando is the first guy up playing Superman’s dad. It’s incredible.”

As for a sequel to The Dark Knight, Nolan confirms that his brother Jonathan is working on a script, based on a story by Jonathan and Goyer.

“I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters … My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”

Nolan refused to reveal whether or not he is going to direct the third feature in the rebooted Batman saga. But, as interviewer Geoff Boucher states in the article, “of course he is.”

Head to the LA Times Blog to read more about these projects.

Nolan’s next film, Inception, hits Australian cinemas July 22nd.

Discuss: Which of Nolan’s next three projects are you most excited about?

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