Christopher Nolan Won’t Produce Batman Reboot or Justice League

Contrary to comments made more than a year ago by Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov, and subsequent online rumors, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan insists he won’t be producing the studio’s planned Batman reboot or the recently revived Justice League movie.

“We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman,” he tells EW.com. “This is the end of our take on this character.”

Then newly minted studio chief Robinov had said in March 2011 that Nolan and his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas would help to “reinvent” the franchise following the release this month of The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of the director’s trilogy. That, coupled with his involvement with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, made it seem as if Nolan would be a guiding hand for the DC Comics movie universe. However, it’s now clear that’s not the case.

“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours,” the director says. “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. … I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project.”

The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

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  • AquaBro

    This is good news. Nolan’s trilogy should be kept self-contained, at the next Batman project should have a new and different take itself.

  • Andrew

    Well, that’s disappointing.  Very worried on who’s going to take the reigns on creating DC’s cinematic universe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527211672 Charles Storey

    Good. Let someone else take over .

  • http://twitter.com/keithallen798 Keith Allen

    A JLA movie would include more than Batman. He should produce a Milestone movie like Static or Icon.

  • Sugargl1der

    Wow, whoever follows him is going to have BIG shoes to fill.  I hope they let a few years elapse before they reboot yet AGAIN just to give us all time to adjust, but since it’s Hollywood, I’m sure they won’t.

  • Darren

    good ridden’s.  I want to see a batman movie that shares SOME resemblance to the Batman Comics, not same character names everything else is different.  If they are to reboot Batman and the Justice League i think they should stay true to the comics.  Nolans a great director but i just can’t get into the Batman movies because all the things he changes distracts me from the story line (like Ra’s Al Ghul training bruce… like come on…)

  • Kaneda Dry

    *Meant: “If HE were to adapt something else!” But you all most likely are intelligent enough to know that! :D

  • Heathpetersen

    What resemblance are you talking about? The early days where Batman carrier a sidearm and shot the criminals he faced! The sixties and seventies when he and Superman would pal around and he used batshark repellant! The gritty 80s and early 90s where everyone was a foe and threat! That’s the thing about these iconic characters, there IS no true nature of the character. You can want disagree with Nolan’s depiction, but claiming he doesn’t understand the TRUE nature of the character doesn’t work because there IS no true nature.

  • Heathpetersen

    What resemblance are you talking about? The early days where Batman carrier a sidearm and shot the criminals he faced! The sixties and seventies when he and Superman would pal around and he used batshark repellant! The gritty 80s and early 90s where everyone was a foe and threat! That’s the thing about these iconic characters, there IS no true nature of the character. You can want disagree with Nolan’s depiction, but claiming he doesn’t understand the TRUE nature of the character doesn’t work because there IS no true nature.

  • Heathpetersen

    What resemblance are you talking about? The early days where Batman carrier a sidearm and shot the criminals he faced! The sixties and seventies when he and Superman would pal around and he used batshark repellant! The gritty 80s and early 90s where everyone was a foe and threat! That’s the thing about these iconic characters, there IS no true nature of the character. You can want disagree with Nolan’s depiction, but claiming he doesn’t understand the TRUE nature of the character doesn’t work because there IS no true nature.

  • Rob

    He’s accomplished so much.  It’s a shame, because I’d love to see more from him, but I’ll respect it. 

    Now for the love of God, Mr. Nolan, please do another Inception.

  • Mr_Wayne

    I’m happy with this. Nolan did his thing. His take is classic and no matter where the character goes next his take will be the mold in which things are taken from. With that being said, the studio, Nolan, and whoever takes Batman next should place more comic book into the Bat-universe.

  • Crusader K

    Batman…reboot??? The DKR hasn’t even made it to the screens and Warner’s is planning a reboot???? Did I miss something??

  • B Smithy

    Well, that’s good. Love Nolan’s Batman, love even more that it’s a self-contained entity. 

    Would actually be fun for the next interpretation to be more like “Batman, Inc.” or “Batman: Brave and the Bold” – wild and fun, less grim.

    And a grim DC Movie U would be cliche and boring for the majority of its characters anyway

    can’t wait for DKR though.

  • Ger

    This makes me very happy.  Nolan’s Batman had a few good moments here and there but for the most part I left the 2 released movies feeling depressed.  I don’t see movies for grim and gritty realism.  I left Avengers feeling great and very entertained.  I am much more of a DC person but Marvel really has their act together on this new crop of Movies and Avengers was seriously excellent.

    Then again, I REALLY enjoyed Green Lantern and it seems most of the viewers didn’t so…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V44DEESVKEMVGI3U2T5RXEINF4 Tha

    Yes the mythology has changed over decades. But 1986+ these characters have always remained the same. I think when most people think of Batman they don’t think of the happy go-lucky dipsh*t from the 60s, they think of the modern incarnation we have now. That is the true nature of the comics, that’s how it started and even though it derailed over the decades it’s back to that vision today. A vision that Nolan, frankly, is seriously missing.

  • Convoy

    The reboot was planned before filming. Christopher Nolan stated that his version of the character wouldn’t really fit in with the rest of the DC Universe. They kind of have to.

  • SpiderS

    Nolan and his wife????? Jeez…. I didn’t think of Nolan as a henpecked husband…