Thursday, October 30, 2008

NEWS: More Nolan Interview News...

Hey guys! So, on Monday, I let you guys in on a new interview from the LA Times in which director Christopher Nolan discusses everything from Heath Ledger to the box office sucess of The Dark Knight. Well, now the final part of the three part series is up over at the LA Times, and this time he talks about the possibilites or lack there of of a Justice League film featuring a "Nolan Universe" Batman...

"I don’t think our Batman, our Gotham, lends itself to that kind of cross-fertilization. It goes back to one of the first things we wrangled with when we first started putting the story together: Is this a world in which comic books already exist? Is this a world in which superheroes already exist? If you think of "Batman Begins" and you think of the philosophy of this character trying to reinvent himself as a symbol, we took the position -- we didn’t address it directly in the film, but we did take the position philosophically -- that superheroes simply don’t exist. If they did, if Bruce knew of Superman or even of comic books, then that’s a completely different decision that he’s making when he puts on a costume in an attempt to become a symbol. It’s a paradox and a conundrum, but what we did is go back to the very original concept and idea of the character. In his first appearances, he invents himself as a totally original creation."

Next he talks about the heads over at Warner Brothers pressuring him into doing another Batman film...

"They’re being extremely gracious. I have a very good relationship with the studio. They know that I really needed to go on holiday and take some time to figure what I want to do next. They’ve been very respectful of that, which is terrific and one of the reasons I enjoy working with Warner Bros."

Finally, he discusses what it would mean for the cast and crew if the late Heath Ledger were to gain an Oscar nod for his great performance as The Joker...
"I think the thing that has always been important to me in light of Heath’s death is the responsibility I’ve felt to his work. The responsibility of crafting the film in such a way that his performance came across the way he intended. Clearly, that has been the case. That’s one of the reasons I take such pride in the film.

I felt a great wave of relief, really, as people first started to see the performance and it was clear that they were getting the performance. It’s easy to forget with everything that’s happened what an enormous challenge it was for Heath to take on this iconic role. He rose to that challenge so admirably that any expression of people being excited or moved by his performance is a wonderful thing. Whatever form that takes. People coming to see his performance and getting it. It's been extremely satisfying for all of us already. Anything that adds to that would be wonderful."

What are your thoughts on this information? Do you want Nolan to get back to work on another Batman film, or should he take a little break from it and get back to his more creative roots?

Here are the other two parts of this interview...
Part 1
Part 2

That's all I've got for now. Come back later for more movie news and notes, and a review of Zach and Miri Make A Porno...

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. I would love to see a third Nolan-directed Batman movie, but I think he should take some time to recharge his engines first. Making The Prestige after Batman Begins seemed to give him that extra creative boost he needed to put The Dark Knight well over the top, so I would definitely be okay with him doing another non-Batman movie next.


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