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Sorry Guys, Christopher Nolan Says He Won't Be Making Any More Batman Movies

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 9, 2012 10:25 PM
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Christopher Nolan

You would think, with Christopher Nolan more or less saying for a while now that "The Dark Knight Rises" was going to be his last time in Gotham, and with advertising for the film clearly stating that it's "The Epic Conclusion" to his series of Batman films, that talk about a possible fourth film would be quelled. Not so. Recently, Christian Bale was asked by the Spanish edition of Rolling Stone magazine if he would suit up again as Batman. “No, this is the last of this Batman era. Unless Nolan wants to do another," he replied. Well, fanboys in some quarters held onto the latter half of that quote like a life preserver on the Titanic, but in case it wasn't obvious already, it's not going to happen.

At the Produced By Conference this weekend, Nolan simply said "No" when asked if he would be making any more Batman movies. “Mainly, because I’m superstitious, but I said to my brother [and sometimes-writing-partner Jonah Nolan] that I didn’t want to save anything. We’re never on a specific trajectory, but I always viewed Bruce Wayne’s story in three parts. I didn’t want to hold anything back," Nolan explained. "I think you learn so much from the audience. You don’t know what you’ve made until you’ve put it out there.” 

And that's about all there is to it, and it's not that surprising. He's still a young director (age 41) and we'd guess he wants to try some new things, and tell some different stories. And after "The Dark Knight Rises," which looks like it's shaping up to have the grandest scope yet of any of the Batman films, we figure he'll have said everything he's wanted to in that series. So savor all you can out of "The Dark Knight Rises" because that's all you're going to get.

In related news, Nolan continued his hard stand against digital filmmaking. Saying that digital projection “is reducing most theaters to showing TV commercials,” Nolan said that he “didn’t have any interest in being the research department for an electronics company.” But he's not a total luddite, he's just waiting to be convinced. “When it is as good as film and makes economic sense, I’d be completely open to it,” he says. No word yet on how he feels about 48fps.

"The Dark Knight Rises" opens on July 20th. [IndieWire/Deadline]

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  • Travis | June 10, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    His brother is named JONATHAN!!!!

  • kevin b. | June 12, 2012 12:52 AM

    Do you also think it's wrong to call his brother "Chris Nolan?"

  • Yod | June 11, 2012 11:48 PM

    Who cares what his nickname is? His wife might call him Jonny Wonny, doesn't mean I want to read it. His professional name's Jonathan and that's what his name should be reported as.

  • david | June 10, 2012 4:19 PM

    His nickname is Jonah.

  • oogle monster | June 10, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    I'm waiting for what his next project will be... how do you follow up a stand alone film like Inception?

  • Brock | June 10, 2012 10:22 AMReply

    My hope has always been that he and Bale are secretly choosing to do the "Dark Knight Returns" the only way it should be done - 20 years from now. Come out of nowhere with an aged Bale and really tackle the comic about Batman returning to the scene to go out in a blaze of glory.

  • johny92 | June 10, 2012 8:55 AMReply

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  • jingmei | June 10, 2012 4:11 AMReply

    He deserves doing anything he likes,something maybe is like Inception, welcome.

  • Stevo the Magnificent | June 10, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    God bless Chris Nolan, in an industry increasingly obsessed with sequels and new emerging technologies, he's an old-school breath of fresh air, that and he's right about digital; it simply doesn't have the warmth, texture, resolution, and quality of 35mm film, just ask Spielberg and Tarantino why they shoot exclusively on film, 'nuff said.

  • Glass | June 10, 2012 7:22 AM

    Yeah, don't bother asking David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, Baz Luhrmann, Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle, or any other director who feels storytelling is about more than just image resolution. Only ask Spielberg, Nolan and Tarantino. And isn't "old-school breath of fresh air" a total oxymoron?

  • vALENTIN | June 9, 2012 11:32 PMReply

    I definitely don't see Nolan ever doing another Batman. His batman (Bale) is only going to get older and I don't see Nolan doing a batman in the future without the same batman. Nolan has a great future and as we've seen with his films in the past, he has A LOT more talent than to just be doing batman films.

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