Christopher Nolan rules himself out of Justice League

News Simon Brew 10 Jul 2012 - 07:13
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The Dark Knight Rises will be it for Christopher Nolan and Batman movies: and that specifically includes Justice League, too...

This one's not a massive surprise, but for the sake of finality (and, er, a few hits for the website), here goes. Christopher Nolan has long declared that The Dark Knight Rises would be his final Batman movie, and the point has been reiterated several times over the past months.

However, on the eve of the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan has given an interview to the Associated Press, and this has also tied off any potential involvement with Warner Bros' Justice League movie.

"Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours", he said. "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. We've had our say on the character". And he closed by saying "I've got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project."

Again, no surprise there, but given the mixed reaction Warner Bros has received to its Justice League plans thus far, it sure could use someone like Nolan involved, to give some confidence to the project. That's not to be, though.

The Dark Knight Rises is released on 20th July.


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The reason why the Avengers was so popular was obviously because the characters were established and well known. Plop an unknown entity into Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent and shove a costume on them does not automatically equal a quality product and it would take a very special producer/director team to make it anything like a success.

Paul Dini and Bruce Timm should do it. Their interpretation of Batman and Justice League is definitive.

Couldnt agree more Snitchy, The Avengers was part of a long term plan on behalf of Marvel. NOT a 'quick, lets get our one out there' decision'. Marvel took time to introduce the various characters so they were familiar. I mean would your average man in the street have any idea who Martian Man Hunter is?, Hawkgirl, The Atom? or indeed anyone whose been a member of the League over the years apart from Batman, Supes or Green Lantern?. Bad call baby, bad call.

great news

"mixed reaction" - you mean indifferent to appalled right?

I agree that Marvel took time to establish some characters...but who (out of comics fans) knew about Hawkeye or Black Widow ???
Same goes for Jutice League : There has been Superman, Batman, Green Lantern movies.
Wonder Woman is always well known (even without new movie).
Perhaps a Flash and/or Aquaman movie and then they can introduce Black Canary and some other Leaguer like they did in Avengers with Black Widow.

Well, Black Widow was a pretty major character in Iron Man 2, whilst Hawkeye cameoed in Thor.
There HAVE been Bats, Supes and Lantern movies, but the difference is that Marvel have gone out of their way to ensure that all their movies and clearly taking place in the same universe. Im not saying a League movie wouldnt work, I think you're right, another movie (or two) before hitting us with the League would be fine (taking into account your comment that everyone knows Wonder Woman, agreed, there wouldnt be any need for a movie for her). I think that Warnr would be shooting themselves in the foot by hitting us with a League movie straight off the bat(man). To your average punter it would reek of a cash in. If theres one thing Marvel has shown its slowly slowly catchy mon(k)ey.

Mmmm , you are right , but I don't even remember the cameo of Hawkeye in Thor .. :p and you need the people to see the 2nd movie of Iron man :) But I agree with you. Marvel did a good job at constructing their universe around the Avengers... the only character a bit outside this was Spider-man .. who is not an avenger :D

HA HA in fairness, his scene (it was during the sequence where Thor tries to steal his hammer back) looks like it was added in after the event. Only a few minutes long.

Actually, it doesn't sound like he has ruled out his involvement; just sounds like he doesn't plan on it, and nobody has talked to him about JLA.

Seems like he's leaving his options open.

If they make a justice league and Christopher Nolan doesn't play batman it will suck. Also dc comics will never beat marvel I am a huge batman fan but the justice league movie will never beat or make more money than marvels avengers.

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