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Post  webhead2006 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:51 pm

More talk from nolan being done with superheroes:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/dark-knight-boss-christopher-nolan-says-no-to-justice-league-superhero-ensemble-film/2012/07/09/gJQAp5PhXW_story.html
‘Dark Knight’ boss Christopher Nolan says no to ‘Justice League’ superhero ensemble film

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, July 9, 5:08 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Now that Christopher Nolan is done with his epic Batman trilogy, the filmmaker has quashed speculation that he might be involved in a “Justice League” movie featuring the Dark Knight.

Writer-director Nolan said his take on Batman wraps up with “The Dark Knight Rises,” his third and final film centered on the DC Comics superhero. In an interview over the weekend to promote the finale, Nolan said he has no “Justice League” plans.

“No, none at all,” Nolan said. “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

Fans have conjectured that Nolan might return to Batman by producing a big-screen take on “Justice League,” DC Comics’ ”Avengers”-style ensemble whose key superheroes include the Dark Knight, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

Nolan guesses that the “Justice League” rumors started because of his involvement as a producer on next summer’s Superman relaunch, “Man of Steel.”

He also said he not intend to get involved with any future solo Batman films when distributor Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, decides the time is right to launch a new take on the masked vigilante.

“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him,” Nolan said. “We’ve had our say on the character.

“I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any ‘Justice League’ project.”

After Disney’s success with “The Avengers,” the big-screen round-up of Marvel Comics superheroes that has pulled in $1.45 billion worldwide, speculation has grown that Warner Bros. would get its own ensemble flick on the drawing board.

Nolan resurrected the Dark Knight with 2005’s “Batman Begins” and shattered box-office records with 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” which won a posthumous Academy Award for Heath Ledger as the Joker.

“The Dark Knight Rises” reunites Nolan with Christian Bale as billionaire Bruce Wayne and his Batman alter-ego; Michael Caine as stalwart butler Alfred; Morgan Freeman as Wayne Enterprises mastermind Lucius Fox; and Gary Oldman as upright Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Joining the cast are Anne Hathaway as daring thief Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, and three of Nolan’s “Inception” co-stars: Tom Hardy as brutish villain Bane; Marion Cotillard as Wayne’s new business ally, Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as gutsy cop John Blake.

The story begins eight years after the action of “The Dark Knight,” with Batman vanished from the scene and vilified as an enemy of Gotham City, whose tough anti-crime laws have cleaned up the streets. A limping, emotionally shattered recluse, Bale’s Wayne is forced back into action as Bane lays deadly siege to the city.
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Post  non_amos on Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:20 pm

Uhhhhh.............GOOD! cheers
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Post  thecolorsblend on Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:29 pm

This simplifies things. Once TDKRises is out there, WB can clear the decks and begin building a shared universe. Ideally it'd start with MOS but it may be too late in the ball game on that one...
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Post  webhead2006 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:19 pm

This is now time to get a feige on board. If they really want to do shared movies series like marvel. As for mos would be wise to I hope at least snyder made nods/refs to other characters/cities of the dc world. So then we can have mos be the new start of things. If not do it in sequel. And then continue it in a flash/ww film/etc character they may get off the ground. while they wait/work on rebooted batman and go from there.
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Post  Alf on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:22 am

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Post  James Stocks on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:50 pm

Good news. Not because he's not going to do anymore superhero movies, but that he's going to work on different projects! THE PRESTIGE and INCEPTION have been the only non-Batman projects the guy has worked on in the past ten years, it's about time he moves on.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:20 pm

James Stocks wrote:Good news. Not because he's not going to do anymore superhero movies, but that he's going to work on different projects! THE PRESTIGE and INCEPTION have been the only non-Batman projects the guy has worked on in the past ten years, it's about time he moves on.
I'll ride with that. I've only seen Memento and The Prestige but both were awesome. I really dig his non-Batman stuff. Getting back to that can only be a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
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Post  James Stocks on Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Haven't seen INSOMNIA, I should probably get onto that though.
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Post  non_amos on Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:10 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:
James Stocks wrote:Good news. Not because he's not going to do anymore superhero movies, but that he's going to work on different projects! THE PRESTIGE and INCEPTION have been the only non-Batman projects the guy has worked on in the past ten years, it's about time he moves on.
I'll ride with that. I've only seen Memento and The Prestige but both were awesome. I really dig his non-Batman stuff. Getting back to that can only be a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

Yes, let Nolan do what he does best, other films. As for Batman, I think they need to get someone with 'vision'. Now duh Nolanites will no doubt say that he was a visionary with his Batman films but really?! Sure, he makes top-notch films but he also tries to put Batman into a box with all of the reality crap, no shared universe, etc. I just hope it's primarily Zack Snyder's influence on MOS! Anyway, as for Batman they need to go back to someone like Tim Burton without necessarily going with Tim Burton. His 1st 2 films were good before Shumacher derailed the franchise.

Now one could argue that Burton could come back since he's not that old. However, Michael Keaton is too old to play Batman unless you're going strictly for 'THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS' which I don't think a reboot should do. But even Burton shouldn't come back either because he's 'already been to that well'. I guess it's like saying that although Richard Donner could've probably done the Superman reboot, it's better that he didn't. Same comparison.

So who do they get to direct then? I have no idea at this point. But if he's not too busy, I'd even throw Snyder's name in there if he can juggle both characters. At least he would go with the source material & would probably give us Batman's rogue's gallery. It would also make a shared universe more likely. But other than Snyder, I'd have to really think on this one.
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Post  non_amos on Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:12 pm

James Stocks wrote:Haven't seen INSOMNIA, I should probably get onto that though.

I have the DVD but it's been years since I watched it. It is a good film but since I watched it years ago I'd hate to say how aware I was at the time of Nolan's involvement with it. Probably not as much as I am now.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:51 pm

non_amos wrote:So who do they get to direct then? I have no idea at this point. But if he's not too busy, I'd even throw Snyder's name in there if he can juggle both characters. At least he would go with the source material & would probably give us Batman's rogue's gallery. It would also make a shared universe more likely. But other than Snyder, I'd have to really think on this one.
Not sure how A-list Baz Luhrmann is these days but I wonder what kind of visual style he'd bring to Batman.
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Post  James Stocks on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:49 am

Ugh, please no Baz Luhrmann. It's bad enough he's doing THE GREAT GATSBY.
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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:00 am

Nolan free jl:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-nolan-warner-dc-justice-league-20120710,0,4654712.story
Nolan-free 'Justice League' raises questions for Warner DC films

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Warner Bros. will need a new hero to invigorate its DC Comics brand on the big screen, now that director Christopher Nolan’s successful Batman trilogy comes to an end with next week's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Home to such superheroes as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, DC has struggled to find the same success on the big screen as its Walt Disney Co.-owned rival Marvel Entertainment — despite having a better known collection of characters.

Nolan's Batman movies have been its only hits of the past decade, surrounded by modest flops such as 2006's "Superman Returns" and 2009's "Watchmen" and such major money-losers as 2010's "Jonah Hex" and last year's "Green Lantern."

As a result, top Warner executives had hoped that Nolan, who is producing next summer’s Superman reboot "Man of Steel," would agree to serve the same role on the studio's "Justice League," which may hit theaters in 2015.

"It was a conversation we had," Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov said. "Obviously anything you can get Chris involved in is great."

However, Nolan has declined the studio's overtures, the filmmaker confirmed last weekend in interviews promoting the release of his final Batman installment. He also doesn’t plan to produce Robinov's hoped-for Batman reboot.

The news will likely come as a disappointment to the thousands of people in San Diego this week for Comic-Con International, the annual gathering of genre entertainment aficionados. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a next DC movie since "Man of Steel" was announced in 2010.

Like all the Hollywood studios, Warner craves new film franchises, which tend to perform best overseas, generate sequels and drive sales of DVDs, toys and other ancillary products.

Warner's most successful franchise, "Harry Potter," came to a close last year. While the studio has a pair of "Hobbit" films kicking off in December, it's on the hunt for more. The comic book library is the most obvious source of material, given the success Marvel has had over the last few years with movies based on Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, culminating in May’s $1.5-billion box-office blockbuster "The Avengers."

But none of the DC movies currently in the works has a producer, director or cast, save for Zack Snyder’s $200-million-plus "Man of Steel."

As a result, it will likely be at least three years before a new DC title hits the big screen, according to several knowledgeable people close to Warner Bros. who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Marvel, by contrast, has four new films coming out between now and 2014 — new sequels to "Iron Man," "Thor" and "Captain America," along with the debut of the interstellar team "Guardians of the Galaxy."

In 2009, Warner reorganized its 78-year-old comic book subsidiary under the name DC Entertainment. The new unit was supposed to serve as a guiding force for projects throughout the company. Over the last three years, under former "Harry Potter" brand manager Diane Nelson, DCE has relaunched its line of comics and grown publishing revenue 10%, shepherded a new lineup of animated shows and video games, and helped bring a new TV series based on Green Arrow to the CW Network this fall.

But DC Entertainment has not been able to accelerate the movie slate overseen by Robinov, even though its chief creative officer, veteran comic book writer Geoff Johns, has consulted on some of the projects. Johns played no role in Nolan’s Batman movies or "Man of Steel," said people close to both pictures.

Indeed, one of the people described Nolan's creative process as a "black-box operation" into which outsiders have little input.

Despite the studio’s desire to make the most of its DC library, Warner's creative approach to its DC movies is very different from Marvel's.

First, it has attempted to keep a single filmmaker involved in numerous pictures, as evidenced by the attempt to attract Nolan to "Justice League."

Marvel, by contrast, typically hires filmmakers with little experience on big-budget tentpoles who can be had at a low price, such as "Lethal Weapon" screenwriter Shane Black, who is directing "Iron Man 3," and TV comedy veterans Anthony and Joe Russo on "Captain America 2." They are often replaced by still-newer filmmakers for sequels.

And while Warner would put most of its DC heroes on the big screen for the first time in "Justice League" and then potentially spin them out into their own movies, Marvel introduced four of its key characters in their own movies before teaming them up in "Avengers."

But with Nolan moving on to other projects, Warner Bros. must take a leap of faith without its superhero savior. Robinov claims he’s ready to do it soon.

"My hope is that over the next month or so," he said, "we’ll be ready to lay out the plan for the next DC movies."
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