Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy managed to change the direction of comic book and superhero movies in a number of ways, whether you loved or hated them. Not only did he bring back a character from the brink of onscreen extinction following his numerous mishandlings in the 1990s, but he managed to bring the genre into the major critical mindset at a time when something like that had never been heard of before.
It’s because of these reasons that Nolan’s involvement in Man of Steel didn’t really come as much of a shock. Of course DC and Warner Bros. would try and hold onto Nolan’s guidance as long as they could, even though many thought Nolan’s possible criticisms might have contributed to some of the film’s biggest flaws.
Going into this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the cinematic universe is about to basically cut itself off entirely from Nolan’s franchise, with the introduction of Ben Affleck’s new, and older Dark Knight. Turns out director Zack Snyder had some pretense before getting involved in the Man of Steel follow-up though, specifically in the introduction of a new Batman so quickly after Nolan’s trilogy had concluded.
While speaking with Empire, Snyder revealed that he actually asked for Nolan’s blessing before making the film. Read the full excerpt below:
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].” “I think he found it a little bit hard,” Snyder admits. “I would feel the same way.”
It’s clear that DC is ready to go full force into their cinematic universe with Batman v Superman (a film I become increasingly less interested in, despite my previous excitement), and Affleck’s Batman in particular, looks unlike anything we’ve ever seen onscreen before. We’ll have to wait and see if that ends up being a good thing though, especially since producer Charles Roven recently called The Dark Knight a “killer” in the film… which I sincerely hope is just another case of an interview misquoting somebody, though I am becoming more and more convinced that it wasn’t.
As someone who loved and continues to deeply love Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy though, I understand his hesitation to willingly give permission for another iteration of the character to be made so quickly. Personally, I want Batman v Superman to kick some serious ass in terms of its quality, and I hope that it does that, while also being able to pay homage and respect to the iterations that have come before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to hit theatres on March 25th.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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