Chris Nolan On Batman 3: Worth the Wait?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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There hasn’t been much news revolving around Batman 3 as of late, but Batman-On-Film has an article shaking fanboys to their core. It involves Christopher Nolan and whether or not he’ll be at the helm of the next installment.

As you can imagine, Warner Bros. would desperately want Nolan to return – but the deal isn’t a given. Co-writers David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan said they would have to convince Chris again; since The Dark Knight was his first sequel ever, asking the director to make it a trilogy is another task entirely–a task that might nearly be impossible.

According to BoF‘s source, there are a number of issues at play. The death of Heath Ledger “rocked Mr. Nolan hard.” Apparently so much so that it convinced Chris “TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film.” The source also revealed the long speculated story point that “The Joker was going to return in Batman 3,” and Ledger’s untimely death puts the franchise “back to square one.” Though BoF is saying Chris is still developing story ideas, it won’t be “until AT LEAST 2012 before we see the Caped Crusader back [in theaters].” So the bottom line, with or without Nolan, we’ve got some time–but is it too long for Warner Bros. to wait?

The studio would likely want to strike while the iron is hot, so waiting 4 years might be pushing it. Three years passed between Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), and Nolan released The Prestige (2006) inside that time. A similar situation has been expected between TDK, Batman 3 and Inception; but the non-Batman film is set to be released in 2010, forcing a shift in the previous timeline. It also took two years to develop, shoot and promote TDK which went on to be the highest grossing film of the genre. With no established universe, like rival publisher Marvel, keeping anticipation high might not be easy, even with the success of the last film.

But the added time might turn out to be a good thing for the next Batman, and WB along with it.

Nolan already has the impossible task of topping the highest grossing film in the comic book genre – that isn’t going to change, so letting it slip off the radar wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Let fanboys and general audiences, in a sense, forget how good The Dark Knight was; get Nolan and Co. to come back with a good story [calling it The Caped Crusade, icon razz Chris Nolan On Batman 3: Worth the Wait? ], strong characters, and a plot that shakes audiences again.

Since owning a film studio is a money-making business I can see how having a film be delayed is a problem, but here’s something to chew on: I’d say opening box office weekend numbers are dependent on teasers and trailers, TDK had ridiculous amounts of marketing/advertising, but long-term gross is in the hands of word-of-mouth. Such is the case with the recent follow-up to Batman Begins – many people didn’t realize that TDK was a sequel. Sure, you can rope audiences by attaching a name and director (though it didn’t work for Watchmen) but give me a great film and I’ll tell all my friends, then I’ll watch it at least once with every one of them.

Not only has Nolan given fans the two best Batman films to date, he’s arguably the most acclaimed director to do a comic book movie (IMHO). Losing his storytelling to hit a release date is for me, simply out of the question.

As expected Warner Bros. has had a backup plan, a shortlist of directors to takeover the Batman franchise if the inevitable happens. Would you put plan B for the Batman franchise in motion now?

Source: Batman-on-Film

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  1. You ARE some fan, somefan!
    Yes, even for the most optimistic, Summer 2012 seems to be the earliest we can see The Bat making his moves in a fresh movie. An earlier date is improbable. That unfortunately is the way Nolan works but gives us top-class movies EVERYTIME anyway so …no complaints from me.

  2. Calling it Batman: The Caped Crusader is kind of
    weak if you asked me. I never liked that alias for
    the Batman, especially with Nolan’s darker approach
    to the comic-book superhero. The name just makes me
    think of a pirate.

  3. this is a late response i know but the caped crusader? come on…… i think the dark knight returns would be a grest title cuz hes on the run frum the law and under the radar… think of it this way if hes runnin frum the law hes dissapeared crime is at high again since hes been gone…. now he comes bakk in the next movie… and so he returns…. and playing into the comic if they wre to have the joker return played by a different actor this would play into the comic…. batman could break his rule as he did in that comic… and speaking of harley quinn maybe he while in arkam makes friends with sum other psycopathic girl who worships him and she escapes with him… thats what i think would be a good story plot for da sequel whenever it comes out… oh ya and eddie murphy as the riddler? i hardly think that anyone could take him seriously in a movie of this high of a magnitude….

  4. I'm sorry. TDK was for wannabe Batman fans who have no fealty to the source material and think in linear, non-abstract ways. They are the people who fall for gimmicks when a storyteller incorporates gratuitous time-consuming flashbacks to compensate for a lackluster narrative; or decides to dress Dorothy of Oz in chains and leather like some futuristic biker whorelita. I have loved Batman and Joker all my life — and I saw a second-rate, gimmicky director turn the Clown Prince of Crime into a perfunctory, classless villian. Anybody who could afford a ticket can claim to be a Batman fan. Warners doesn't care if the product they put out there is faithful to the source material as long as it makes a buck. I'd watch Nolan's films over Shumacher's… but time will reveal them to be shallow drivel. The great Batman film has yet to be made. I can't wait till Nolan is off Batman (who cares about box office numbers? You think quantity proves quality? It just shows me how delusional and empty people are).

  5. I'm sorry. TDK was for wannabe Batman fans who have no fealty to the source material and think in linear, non-abstract ways. They are the people who fall for gimmicks when a storyteller incorporates gratuitous time-consuming flashbacks to compensate for a lackluster narrative; or decides to dress Dorothy of Oz in chains and leather like some futuristic biker whorelita. I have loved Batman and Joker all my life — and I saw a second-rate, gimmicky director turn the Clown Prince of Crime into a perfunctory, classless villian. Anybody who could afford a ticket can claim to be a Batman fan. Warners doesn't care if the product they put out there is faithful to the source material as long as it makes a buck. I'd watch Nolan's films over Shumacher's… but time will reveal them to be shallow drivel. The great Batman film has yet to be made. I can't wait till Nolan is off Batman (who cares about box office numbers? You think quantity proves quality? It just shows me how delusional and empty people are).

    • No Sir (Or Ma’am), Christopher Nolan doesn’t suck, YOU suck.

  6. i was going to kill myself but now that i know batman 3 is worth the wait i have postponed it for a later date

    • That’s not even funny.

      Vic

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