In the lead-up to Monday’s world premiere of his film The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan was asked whether he had any interest in directing the Justice League movie that Warner Brothers recently requested a script for.
Nolan hand-picked Zack Snyder as the director of Warner’s upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel and is widely perceived to be DC Entertainment’s answer to Avi Arad. Arad, of course, is not a director but rather a producer who helps wrangle the right talent for the right projects. Still, the fact that he’s a director first and really only seems to have gotten involved with the production end of Man of Steel (and, according to IMDb, the next Batman reboot as well) because of his success with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. That has always led some to hope that Nolan might return to the DC Universe some day.
Well, he didn’t exactly say he’d never do another superhero movie, but in terms of Justice League? It seems those fans are out of luck.
“No, none at all,” Nolan told The Associated Press. “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”
He went on to be even more thorough in his denial, probably an offshoot of the fact that, let’s face it, he’s spent the last year or so answering questions about whether he’ll come back to Batman again, and he’s probably pretty tired of it.
Even with most sources saying he’s attached–to some degree–to the next iteration of Batman, the filmmaker seems to be denying it, or at least playing what role he might have way down.
“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.”