Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has recently spoken out about the future of the Batman franchise, where he intends to take it, and its relation ship to the Superman franchise that he is now shepherding. Quotes below...
"We have a great ensemble, that's one of the attractions of doing another film, since we've been having a great time for years," he told the LA Times.
"Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story," the film-maker added. "And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story."
"I'm very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we've done with the characters," Nolan said. "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."
As disappointing as it may be for some fans to hear that this incarnation of Batman will come to a definite end, hopefully it's the right creative decision. If the Nolan Trilogy ends in a similar fashion The Bourne Ultimatum, for instance, completing an emotional journey, then we'll be in for a very satisfying conclusion. I think the key phrase here is "viewing it as an ending", implying that's not what it ultimately is... On the other hand, many nerd tears will be shed when Nolan and Co jump ship and leave the franchise in hands unknown, but nothing lasts forever.
As for how Batman relates to Superman, Nolan had this to say:
"Each serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other," said Nolan, adding: "A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that's what I know how to do."
Which is PERFECT, Batman and Superman never made sense in a shared universe.
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