Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
The Los Angeles Times has posted the final part of their interview with Christopher Nolan, who took the time to speak out about the crossover potentials of the Nolanverse and the DC Comics universe:
“I don’t think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization. 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. It’s a paradox and a conundrum, but what we did is go back to the very original concept and idea of the character. In his first appearances, he invents himself as a totally original creation.” … “It’s a different universe. It’s a different way of looking at it. Now, it’s been done successfully, very successfully, in the comics so I don’t dispute it as an approach. It just isn’t the approach we took. We had to make a decision for Batman Begins.”
So don’t expect Superman to team up with Nolan’s Batman any time soon, or at all. Nolan also answers a question about the potential studio pressures to make another sequel:
“They’re being extremely gracious. I have a very good relationship with the studio. They know that I really needed to go on holiday and take some time to figure what I want to do next. They’ve been very respectful of that, which is terrific and one of the reasons I enjoy working with Warner Bros.”
I think Warner Bros is playing it smart, which is very unusual for a Hollywood studio. But I’m willing to bet that Warner Bros’ graciousness will disappear as time moves on.