Nolan breathes something about ‘Dark Knight’ sequel

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 5th, 2010

It’s not much, nor would it be.  Nolan offers his stand-by “I work on one film at a time” line, but the meat of what he says in a forthcoming Empire magazine interview:

“[The third film will be] the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story.”


“No, [the Joker will not return or be recast].  I just don’t feel comfortable about it.”

That ought to get a few foaming-at-the-mouth fans through the next month or so.  In the same interview Nolan goes on to talk about adopting Superman to a “modern context” and his position that cross-over mentality goes against the grain of what Superman and Batman are all about.  Coming Soon has tons of quotes from the article, which isn’t online right now.

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  • 1 6-05-2010 at 1:29 pm

    Hans said...

    I always get nervous whenever I’m about to read a quote from Nolan, because I always fear that he’ll fall to whatever hip cliche just to “try it out” or something (3D, cross-overs, etc.), but thankfully I’m always reminded that the man has more sense than your average Hollywood bear.

  • 2 6-05-2010 at 2:49 pm

    James said...

    Well put Hans.

  • 3 6-05-2010 at 4:19 pm

    mark kratina said...

    Really hope Batman 3 has, at a minimum, Nolan’s interpretation of the Riddler/Edward Nygma. Seems that character would be taylor-made for him.

    Beyond that, Catwoman would be nice.

    All the internet speculation about Black Mask, I’m just not seeing it. I mean, Catwoman is right up there with Joker & Two-Face in rogues gallery popularity, with the Riddler a notch below, perhaps. I just don’t see a Batman film following a Joker performance with some little-known, second-rate villain. On some level, Batman 3 will sell itself, no matter the villain. But there still needs to be some sizzle- a Riddler/Catwoman thread would do that.

    What do you think, Kris? What are you hoping for?

  • 4 6-05-2010 at 6:05 pm

    Mimi Rogers said...

    The recent casting of Catwoman left a bad taste in my mouth, I’d rather not see this character in any shape or form. Everytime I hear or read the word “Catwoman”, the image of Halle Berry appears in my mind.
    I’d much prefer having Superman as a change. Superman vs Batman, that’ll be so cool.

  • 5 6-05-2010 at 6:16 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    mark: Black Mask is a no-brianer route, IMO, as would be the Penguin. Given the tangible world Nolan has conjured, leaning on the organized crime figures makes sense to me. But it would need to be lesser, not a full monty villain (though Penguin might work), while someone like a Nigma was front and center.

    I’m not personally in favor of a Catwoman appearance. At the end of the day, it’s a rather silly character, if you really think about it. But as to sizzle, the answer has been staring them in the face since day one: Talia al Guhl. And yes, I still hold out some weird suspicion that Ra’s is (or at least could be) still alive, if only because of how Obi Wan-esque his final on-screen moment was. It would be a way to bring things around and not “blow up the balloon,” as Nolan puts it.

    We’ll see.

  • 6 6-05-2010 at 6:39 pm

    Simone said...

    I’m glad he provided a definitive answer about the Joker. He need not even dare to go there, no one can reproduce the Joker after Ledger.

  • 7 6-05-2010 at 7:01 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I guess I’m in the minority when I say I’m excited about another Batman film simply because Nolan is behind it. I personally could not care less who he casts as the villain (I’ve never even heard of Black Mask), or how he hews to the comic book canon.

    Does that make any sense?

  • 8 6-05-2010 at 7:14 pm

    mark kratina said...

    Kris: I agree with the idea of two separate villain threads, Nygma running through one and another carrying out the other.

    As a twenty-one year fan of the character, I can honestly say I know next to nothing about Black Mask. I’d love to see Oswald Cobblepot represent the “mob” thread, but Nolan seems surpringly disagreeble toward adapting this character into his universe.

    I think Talia would be cool and Ras even cooler; I give the Catwoman character a little more credit than you do, but she’s been through so many adaptations, I’m not sure I know which version would work best, though the Loeb/Sale version in The Long Halloween as the indepedent, anti-hero has always been my favorite.

    You know who I’d like to see more than Talia or Catwoman? Leslie Thompkins. Cast Vanessa Redgrave and you’ve got an instant connection to the Thomas Wayne thread that was missing from TDK. Just one guy’s opinion.

    I’m hoping Jett over at BOF will explain his Meow post here soon.

  • 9 6-05-2010 at 9:36 pm

    James said...

    Catwoman’s an interesting character, but she doesn’t serve as a large threat to the city, whereas Nolan’s last two Batman efforts have had characters that really endangered the city.

    Black Mask, The Penguin, or The Riddler make sense to me and are the right approach and would fit Nolan’s world better than many other choices.

  • 10 6-06-2010 at 4:58 am

    Glenn said...

    The only way they should have Catwoman is if they go with the “Cher” rumour and make her a retired catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer is the beginning, middle and end of that character. Nobody should ever even attempt it every again.

  • 11 6-06-2010 at 7:50 am

    mark kratina said...

    @ Glenn:

    While I agree on Pfeiffer’s take on the character being great, the character should hardly be retired as a result of her performance. People said the same thing about Nicholson/Joker, and we all know how that turned out.

  • 12 6-06-2010 at 11:58 am

    Fitz said...

    I will be so glad to see an end to a Batman saga. I don’t know where Nolan will go, but some closure to one of the best takes on the franchise will be excellent.

    As for the villain we won’t know until the theme is presented. Ra’s Al Ghul/Scarecrow: fear, Joker: chaos. Although Black Mask would be the next logical step.

  • 13 6-06-2010 at 1:13 pm

    James said...

    Yeah, I could see Crane/Scarecrow making another appearance. Hopefully they would give him something to do.

  • 14 6-06-2010 at 2:04 pm

    MovieMan said...

    I’m glad they’re not replacing Heath Ledger for The Joker. His was the decade’s best performance, and no one can top him.

    Personally I’d go for The Riddler and Catwoman, but that’s only as a casual fan of the character. Jim Carrey was the only good thing about “Batman Forever” (an awful movie), while Michelle Pfeiffer was phenomenal and the best thing about “Batman Returns (a terrific movie).

  • 15 6-06-2010 at 3:41 pm

    John said...

    I’m relieved to hear that Nolan intends to end the series after three movies and not let the typical franchise decay eat away at what’s been an excellent run.

  • 16 6-06-2010 at 7:18 pm

    Kyle said...

    I’m so thankful that Nolan is avoiding the Marvel cross-over stuff and WB is playing ball with him, the crossover and rush to get out a film was what absolutely tanked Iron Man 2 in my eyes, plus like Nolan says…the mythology of these characters are strong enough to stand on their own without some kind of forced “World’s Finest” movie.

  • 17 6-06-2010 at 8:09 pm

    Me. said...

    I’m glad to hear the Joker won’t be recast or return. I just can’t picture anyone being as good as Heath Ledger. Not even Jack Nicholson in the original “Batman”.

  • 18 6-07-2010 at 5:44 am

    Mimi Rogers said...

    The only actor who can replace the Joker is Ryan Gosling but I’d rather that Heath be the last Joker ever portrayed on film. I’d love to see a match up between Batman and Superman. Anyone agree?

  • 19 6-07-2010 at 8:26 am

    Hans said...

    The more I think about, the less I would want someone obvious like Johnny Depp to play the Riddler. As much as I love the guy, he’s made a career out of quirk, and the great thing about Ledger was that NO ONE was expecting that performance. I’m anxious to see how Nolan directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception…there’s an actor I’ve got my eye on. Heck, cast Depp as a police officer or something, that’d be a shocker.

  • 20 6-07-2010 at 2:05 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    @ Mimi:

    No, no, a thousand times no to a Superman/Batman team-up. For one, it’s been done at least twice for animated movies. Second, it takes away from the individual strengths of each character, which I think was what Nolan was getting at. They’re both great, but for different reasons.

    Besides, team-ups is so……. well, Marvel. There’s Superman, there’s Batman, and there’s everything else. Everything else picked from these two characters anyway.

    There was scuttle not too long ago that Nolan was looking no further than his Inception cast for Batman 3. That could mean almost anything, but it would be interesting to see Gordon-Levitt in the next Batman film. I suppose the smart money would have to be for Cotillard to play Catwoman, but you never know. Nolan has a history of sticking with actors he knows and trusts.

    But if he wants to snag Daniel Day-Lewis for The Riddler or a mob boss, that would be okay by me.

  • 21 6-08-2010 at 2:30 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    A wild idea:

    I’ve always thought that an interesting choice for recasting the Joker would be Michael C. Hall. But I think he would actually be an interesting choice for the Riddler. Imagine that dark and twisted Dexter persona cranking out demented riddles.

    Then again, Gamer might have been game over for him in features.

  • 22 6-08-2010 at 7:09 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    At a minimum, villains aside, Batman 3 needs to have the following:

    Wayne Manor rebuilt

    assemblage of the Batcave

    at least one scene with Bruce at his parents’ grave and/or acknowledging their deaths and their relation to his Batman persona

    On some level, I wonder if Alfred’s withholding information about Rachel and/or the public lie of Harvey Dent comes back to haunt those involved, but those could also remain unresolved and I think it would be fine.

  • 23 6-08-2010 at 11:16 am

    Craig said...

    I knew from opening night onward that Nolan would never recast the Joker, though I have to strongly disagree with whoever said that Ledger gave the best performance of the decade in the role.
    I hope they don’t try to make it as chaotic as TDK was. The first half was masterful, but the second got too crowded and busy, and just wasn’t as compelling. I’d prefer a calmer atmosphere for the bulk of the film, a la Begins.

  • 24 6-08-2010 at 12:16 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    @ Craig:

    Absolutely agree with you there on the more deliberate atmosphere. I liked Begins better than TDK for that very reason- as good as TDK was, it felt like 1oo mph storytelling. I’d like another Begins-like probe into the Batman character rather than an overly ambitious crime drama.

  • 25 6-08-2010 at 9:36 pm

    Justin said...

    I agree with Kris on Michael C. Hall playing Riddler. That would be an interesting cast choice. I recently started watching Dexter and was hooked on it. Fantastic show.