Christopher Nolan might be done with Batman, but that doesn't mean he has any hard feelings against the person who will direct the inevitable reboot of the franchise. After all, he was a director stepping into those same shoes less than a decade ago.
During a conversation with Empire on its podcast, the magazine asked Nolan what he has to say to the man or woman who will tackle the cape and cowl after him (though hopefully later rather than sooner). Like everything Nolan does, his response was classy and thoughtful. He ultimately said that the next director should do what he did: stay true to his or her vision and ignore what came before.
"The only advice I would have is that ... when I first met with Paul Levitz of DC Comics prior to Batman Begins, he explained to me clearly that Batman, of all superheroes, has thrived on reinterpretation and almost is strengthened by it. And I'm talking about over the years in the comic books but also in the movies," Nolan said. "So when the time is right, whenever someone does whatever the next iteration of the character is, they simply need to be true to whatever it is they want to see, to what they believe in, not worry too much about what everyone else is telling them it should be."
That's great advice, but it's hard to deny that Nolan's trilogy will be hard to follow up. It's without a doubt the best (finished) superhero film series of all time, and also one of the highest grossing. But with Warner Bros likely resurrecting Batman soon for the studio's planned "Justice League" movie, we could be seeing another new "Batman" in less than a decade from now.
We like Nolan's mentality on the issue, though. Somewhere down the road, someone is going to direct another Batman movie that is going to be just as good as "The Dark Knight Trilogy" in its own way, and that's just fine. There has always been room for more than one take on a character in the world of comic books. For now, though, we'd just like to revel in the glory that is "The Dark Knight Rises," Nolan's epic finale to his take on the Batman universe.
Thanks to Comic Book Movie for pointing this out!
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