Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Several dozen superhero movies will be in cinemas over the next six-plus years. One of the main reasons for that crowded release calendar is Christopher Nolan. The director’s realistic, gritty take on Batman spawned a trilogy of films that won Academy Awards and grossed billions. It was proof to audiences and executives alike that superheroes can, and should, be taken seriously.
But will the man himself ever make another superhero movies? It’s possible, if unlikely. Read the complicated Christopher Nolan superhero movies comment below.
Nolan was asked about if he’s like to direct one of the new Marvel or DC films in Time Out. Here’s his response:
I think I had a great experience with the superhero genre and got to explore a lot of things, but it was a good decade of my life and I find it hard to imagine returning to it. But never say never.
Now, most would look at those last four words and jump for joy that he’s leaving the door open. But don’t ignore the previous 40 or so before that. Basically, he’s just being rational in not closing the door on any opportunity.
Speaking of opportunity, Nolan has had them since The Dark Knight Rises. In a great Wall Street Journal piece, they reported that one of the main reasons Man of Steel and the subsequent DC Comics announcements took so long is Warner Bros. was hoping Nolan would come on board. Obviously, that has yet to happen.
Nolan also told Time Out his feelings about the genre in general and his feeling with the current explosion:
I love working in that field and hopefully I’ve added something to it. I know to some extent we encouraged more of it. You don’t want Hollywood to hit saturation point with those things. But then Zack Snyder is now doing his part by bringing Batman and Superman into one film, so that limits the number!
But yes DC Comics have just announced an enormous number of movies. Well, you know, as long as that’s the ride people want, the studios will continue to offer it. I don’t see it as a limited genre. If I did, I never would have worked for almost ten years in that genre. I think like any genre, like the Western, it has limitless opportunities. It’s just about the audience’s appetite. What’s very important is that the studios be open to making other sorts of films at the same time.
There’s more at both of those links, including his thoughts on what the Dark Knight Trilogy contributed to the trend.
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