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If you’re a comics-loving geek who has been enjoying the golden age of adaptations that is currently underway in Hollywood right now, then Charles Roven is the guy you want to talk to. In addition to producing modern classics like Three Kings and Twelve Monkeys, he was also instrumental in ushering the Christian Bale-led Batman movies into existence. Now he’s busy producing The Dark Knight Rises, which will be Chris Nolan’s last dance with Bats, and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.
Like I said, you want to talk to this guy. He knows things you want to know. Thankfully, ShockTillYouDrop had the chance to talk with Roven about his work as a producer on the Friday-releasing Season of the Witch, as well as his two upcoming comic book projects.
Of Batman he said, “I just really enjoy making those films and being there to help Chris try and realize this amazing vision that he’s had for his Batman series.” He also commented on reports of Nolan being done with the franchise. “The Dark Knight Rises is the third part of what Chris created with Batman Begins and we’re not looking past that. …He’s not thinking, ‘will there be another one?’ And he’s already said, in his mind, it’s a trilogy. So I think he’s just focusing on making this the best he possibly can and that’s it.”
Roven also confirmed that Superman is targeted for a winter 2012 release. He is very excited to be working with Snyder, whose highly anticipated Sucker Punch is now only two months away from hitting theaters. “I’ve been a huge fan of Zack Snyder’s since, really, Dawn of the Dead and had a great meeting with him that resulted in us working together,” he said. “Chris [Nolan] and Emma [Thomas] are also producing that film with me, as is Deborah Snyder. So we’re having a really great time working on both of these films right now.”
Don’t look at Nolan’s involvement in both franchises and start thinking crossover however. Roven confirmed that no such plans are in the cards. “That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.”