Christopher Nolan on ‘Dark Knight’ and its box-office billion: ‘It’s mystifying to me’

Oct. 27, 2008 | 2:45 p.m.

This is the first of a three-part interview with Christopher Nolan, the director of the astoundingly successful summer film “The Dark Knight,” which has pulled in $528 million in the U.S. alone (a total second only to “Titanic”) and has worldwide grosses that are now approaching the $1 billion mark. The 38-year-old filmmaker has just returned home to Los Angeles (where he attended the Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards, pictured above) after a month-long stay at Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida where, along with playing on the beach with his children, he contemplated the commercial success of his grim superhero epic — as well as the industry buzz about the film’s chances during the upcoming Oscar season. In today’s installment, he talks about the perceived politics of the movie, his plans for the future and that staggering box-office total.

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GB: Welcome back to L.A. So I’m curious, tell me one of the surprises you’ve had during the journey of this film after its release on July 18.

NOLAN: It’s funny, I’ve been asked a lot about the politics of the film. I dismiss all such analogies [laughs]. It really isn’t something we think about as we put the story together, myself, David Goyer and Jonathan [Nolan, brother of the director]. But I would point to the interrogation scene with Batman and the Joker — not that there is a specific political point, per se — but that I was interested in getting the actors to explore a paradox: How do you fight somebody who essentially thrives on aggression.

GB: I winced when I read a lot of the political messaging that people said they detected in your film. I think a lot of that says more about my industry than it does yours.

NOLAN: [Laughs] Yes, you may be right.

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Heath Ledger as the Joker (Warner Bros)

 

GB: It seems to me that, more often than not in a genre such as the one you’re working in, most of the political messaging has more to do with the viewer than the filmmaker. It’s inferred, not implied.

NOLAN: I agree completely. Especially if you do it right. If you’re working in a genre that is heightened reality. I like to talk about these films as having an operatic quality or being on a grand scale and a bit removed from the rhythms of real life, no matter how realistic we try to make the scenes themselves. In this scene, for instance, we went for the gritty realism in the textures of it, but it is a heightened reality. We’re trying to work on a more universal scale. If you get that right, people are going to be able to bring a wide variety of interpretations to it depending on who they are. It’s allowing the characters to be a conduit to the audience. Allowing an audience to sit there and relate to Batman and his dilemma whether they are Republican or Democrat or whatever. …

GB: “The Dark Knight” is closing in on $1 billion. How do you get your arms around that kind of success?

NOLAN: I can’t get my arms around it, to be quite frank. It’s mystifying. It’s terrific but at the same time it’s a little abstract, the numbers are so big. The biggest thrill for me would be, with the number of people who have gone to see the film, how “The Dark Knight” stood on the shoulders of the first film, how we were able to build the audience up and build the story up from the first film. That was really exciting to see. We were all pretty happy with the performance of the first film but so we really didn’t know, “Where does it go from there?” For it to become such a phenomenon is extraordinarily gratifying. I mean, I’ve spent now like six years or something working on Batman films. It becomes an important part of your life; you become very obsessive about it, and it’s pretty fun when there are other people sharing your obsession and going to see the film a dozen times or whatever.

Wrapping your arms around the scale of the success, as you ask, I don’t find that possible really. There’s something liberating in knowing that my next film, whatever it is, isn’t going to make as much money [laughter]. I don’t have to try for years.

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“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros)

GB: As far as a follow-up, have you considered “Batman and the Mystery of the Titanic”?

NOLAN: I think you may be right, that might be the way to go.

GB: Watching “The Dark Knight,” it’s very easy to imagine the Joker returning to Gotham, the way his fate remains unresolved. When you were writing the film, did you anticipate that the Joker would be back in the third film?

NOLAN: No, really and in truth, I only deal with one film at a time. I find myself sort of protesting this issue a lot. We’ve never attempted to save anything for a sequel or set up anything for a sequel. That seems improbable to some people because, particularly with “Batman Begins,” the film ended with a particular hook [with Jim Gordon showing Batman a Joker playing card announcing the arrival of a new villain in town]. But for me that was just about the excitement of people leaving the theater with the sense that now we have the character up and running. I wanted people to walk away with that sense in their head. You know, that he’s become the Batman in the movie. That’s why we had the title come up at the end, because it was “Batman Begins,” and it was all very specific to that.

Then I got excited about seeing where that character would go. It was planned in advance, but it followed in that way. But we tried our hardest to really do everything in this movie that we would want to see the Joker do and to get that in the fabric of the story as much as possible. We wanted the Joker’s final taunt to Batman to be that they are locked in an ongoing struggle because of Batman’s rules. There’s a paradox there. Batman won’t kill. And the Joker is not interested in completely defeating Batman because he’s fascinated by him and he enjoys sparring with him. It’s trapped both of them. That was really the meaning of it. Of course what happened is Heath created the most extraordinary character that you would love to see 10 movies about. That’s the bittersweet thing. It was incredible characterization. It is a bittersweet thing for all of us.

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Christopher Nolan (Warner Bros)

GB: After the massive, military-level operation of making “Dark Knight,” is there part of you leaning toward a smaller, more nimble sort of production next?

NOLAN: On one hand, yeah, there is a certain feeling to do that. After “Batman Begins,” I certainly felt like taking on something smaller, but one of the things I got such a thrill from on “The Dark Knight” was shooting on Imax and creating that massive scale and achieving that larger-than-life quality. So that’s a lot of fun. I’m drawn in both directions now. So maybe what I need to do next is a very intimate, small story that happens to be photographed on a ridiculously large scale. Or vice versa [laughs].

GB: I’m not sure I even know what that means.

NOLAN: Yes, I don’t know what it means either [laughter]. But really what I know is that it’s about story at the end of the day. … But I do feel there is this tug to do big scale and small scale, so I don’t know. …

Christopher_nolan_at_spike_tv_scr_2 GB: Maybe you need to make a small story in a huge place. “My Dinner With Andre” at the top of Mt. Everest.

NOLAN: Or in outer space. That might work.

GB: Could you see actually yourself not making the third Batman film?

NOLAN: Well … let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven’t been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer.

– Geoff Boucher

READ PART TWO: Nolan’s favorite scene in “The Dark Knight”

READ PART THREE: Nolan: Crossovers won’t work with his Gotham City

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Credits: First-page photo of Christopher Nolan and other members of “The Dark Knight” team at the Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards by Chris Pizzello/Associated Press. Bottom photo of Nolan at the show by Frederick M. Brown/Gett images. All other images from “The Dark Knight” and courtesy of Warner Bros.

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68 Responses to Christopher Nolan on ‘Dark Knight’ and its box-office billion: ‘It’s mystifying to me’

  1. Shane Harris says:

    Great interview!

  2. Aeghast says:

    Great great interview. Looking for the rest of it.

  3. Technut says:

    C'mon Chris…….give us one more and then put it to bed……….Oh and at least show Jokers silhouette in a cell at Arkham…………maybe rocking back and forth laughing.

  4. Rolando says:

    Don't ask How many good third movies in a franchise can people name?
    ASK can I make the FIRST good third movies in a franchise?
    By the way LOTR: The return of the King do not count?

  5. Paul Joshu says:

    Awesome interview. I support Nolan on whatever he wants to do next. I will say though he is the only man that can do the third batman movie. Don't even try to replace him. I don't care if i have to wait 5 years for Batman 3. Better wait and get it done right then pull a Spider Man 3 on us just to eat our money. One of the five best directors of all times, Christopher Nolan.

  6. Eric says:

    Good interview! I see some postering by Mr. Nolan, maybe the money for the next film hasn't been work out yet. The next installment should feature Catwoman(Megan Fox) as the villian/love ineterest! The film should be a samson and delila theme and Mr. Nolan should title it "Gotham!" I am a hardcore Batman fan going way back and thats what I want to see!

  7. Oh wow. He is truly an amazing filmmaker.
    He managed to mix passion and mass success. Usually it's either/or.

  8. Nizar says:

    Yes, great interview so far. I'm looking forward to the next two parts. As much as I would love to see a third film by Mr. Nolan, I completely agree that a great story is required. I actually am really interested in whatever his next non-Batman film will be. After MEMENTO and INSOMNIA, I honestly had no idea what else to expect from a director like Nolan. But BEGINS, PRESTIGE, and TDK…just get out there Christopher and create and you can expect me to be in the theater seat.
    I'm kind of surprise he was vacationing so close. Anna Maria Island is about 25 miles away from where I live in Tampa. I would love to thank him and shake his hand for some incredible filmmaking.

  9. Andrews says:

    Star Wars 3 was much better then Episode1-2 and also LOTR – Return of the king better than the two towers. And etc etc.
    Nolan is the director who can make a brilliant trilogy with a brilliant story telling with Goyer, Jonathan Nolan and him. (The prestige, Memmento the two batman film, hell they were great movies with superb story)

  10. Eric says:

    The next film should have a samson and delila theme! The villian/love interest should be Catwoman(Megan Fox) and it should be titled simply "Gotham"!

  11. Kenny Frawley says:

    Ironically, I can name a good 3rd movie in a franchise: "Batman Forever". Despite what Joel Schumacher did to the Two-Face character and that Robin was too old, it actually was really enjoyable. I know that most people like to pretend that Tim Burton made the 1st one and then, "TDK" appeared but, no. It's the best of the bunch, no question but, no one can erase Jack Nicholson's, Michelle Pfieffer's nor, Michael Gough's PERFECT interpretations of those characters. Also, I love Christian Bale; Val Kilmer was good and George Clooney could have been great but, I never liked Michael Keaton UNTIL he reinvented Bruce/Batman.
    So, Mr.Nolan may've made the best Bat-film but, despite what he thinks, he didn't create the franchise. And, believe it or not, someone else may even make a great Batman movie after him…just not the best. That honor is and, I think, will always be his. Thank you, sir.

  12. Aaron says:

    They need to come back with the return of the dark knight. With Johnny Depp playing the Riddler. He would be a good actor and will probably be the best one to play a role as good as Hedger did for the Joker.

  13. vespersan says:

    I cannot believe how large Mr. Nolan's ego must be that he cannot see Heath Ledger's performance as the reason for the large boxoffice… the fact that he had almost nothing to do with it is what really baffles the guy… I'm sorry, but doesnt this guy watch his own films?

    • kas says:

      filmmaking is, and has always been, a HUGE team effort. writers, production designers, musicians, photographers. obviously Heath did an excellent job, but he's DEFINITELY not the only thing that propelled that film to greatness. great films don't just piggyback on on great actors. it takes MUCH more thanthat.

    • Daryn says:

      Really? Because Nolan wrote the character, and directed him. Not to mention that he was the one who went out on a limb and casted Heath even though people highly disagreed with him. Movies require more than one person. Heath was just the actor, Great one at that. This was a fantastic movie!!! Heath Ledger was the icing on the cake that Christopher Nolan baked.

  14. DJS says:

    I mentioned this elsewhere, but I when I came out of TDK for the first time I immediately thought that it would be neat to have a third film based around a line I read in the comic about "what it means to be a cop in Gotham City: it's to forever be in the shadow of the Bat." But yes, I'd rather have two incredible and story-driven movies by themselves than a trilogy put together for the sake of having a trilogy.

  15. Eric V says:

    Whoever said Megan Fox should be in the next movie is crazy. I think Nolan made a statement when he replaced Katie Holmes with Maggie G saying that he is gonna use quality actors for these roles. He's not going to cast a hottie who cannot act (and one who is too young for batman anyways). If Catwoman is in the third (which I doubt she will), I want someone like Scarlett.
    But as for this, I would love a third batman but only if its done by nolan. So if he doesnt like the story thats involved, that means a bad script with a worse director will ruin this franchise. And on the other hand, if he does it, the movie will undoubtedly be amazing.
    p.s. I still dont buy the fact that Two Face is dead (since he really wasnt Two Face yet), but if hes not in it, I want Hush in the new one.

  16. Korath says:

    Good 3rd movies?? Bond. Indiana Jones. Starwars RotJ, Harry Potter, ReturnoftheKing, Pirates of the Carribean, Armyof Darkness, resident evil, Bourne, MAdmax thunderdome to name a few.

  17. Helen C. says:

    Let me be the first to say that if a third Batman movie comes about with Catwoman and Jolle is cast in that role… I WILL NOT spend one red cent to see it! While I do agree that she would make an excellent Catwoman, iI just can't stomach her anymore. Oh, and please… NO ROBIN!!! Christian Bale's Batman should always work alone.

  18. Todd says:

    If Nolan wants to really see what it takes to make an artistic, epic third film, he need look no further than Jonathan Mostow's opus "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". Hopefully he pulls a Marstow and does it for the art, and not just a huge pay day.

  19. Theo Graham-Brown says:

    Personally I'd rate Batman Forever as one of the single worst movie's I've ever watched, down there alongside Repossessed and Mortal Kombat.
    The problem with 'good' third films is there's generally a dip in the second one to offset. E.g. Last Crusade but it follows the woeful Temple of Doom. I don't think you can really use the LOTR films as a guide since they're three parts of a single novel but if you do then The Two Towers was quite a weak film on a lot of fronts, especially in how much it deviated from the source text compared to the other two. As to Revenge of the Sith…well it's actually a decent enough 6th movie in a franchise but it's not like it had far to travel to beat films 3, 4 and 5, and it's well below Empire Strikes Back and the original Star Wars.
    I hope he does make that 3rd film, though and I think it will certainly be good enough even if it doesn't hit the bar of The Dark Knight. The main issue for a third film is the lack of decent villains after you remove Joker and Two-Face for a 'dark' Batman universe.

  20. md. abdus salam says:

    It's really an interisting movie & i personaly enjoyed 2 see it.

  21. Jim says:

    He'll be back. And if not, a third film will be made regardless….$1 billion in revenue, you know there will be another, guaranteed. It's the hollywood way anymore..successfull movies come in franschise packages of three

  22. Christian Charette says:

    Good interview. All I have to say about a third film (which should, and let's face it, will happen) is that: Batman Begins was about Bruce Wayne; Dark Knight was about what Batman could become without his own sense of moral, i.e. the Joker; the third film should be about Batman. The only issue I have with TDK is that any actor with less presence than Bale would have been lost among all the powerful performances around him (Ledger, Eckhart and Oldman are all spectacular). The third films needs to rest squarely on the shoulders of Batman as he becomes the hero he is supposed to be. Whatever it is, though, I can't wait to see it. And yes… that age-old rumor of PSH as the Penguin is a marvelous rumor.

  23. Markus McLaughlin says:

    Gillian Anderson has always been an underrated actress, but, she won an Emmy for playing Dana Scully in The X-Files. She needs to play a character that moves and haunts you. Find it in your heart to let her play the Cat-Woman, she can bring tragedy and humor to Selina Kyle / Cat-Woman! She could create a character that knows Bruce Wayne's secret, that can tear him apart, but ultimately loses at the end. Cat-Woman needs the perfect movie, the third Batman Begins film could be that! Another villain deserves a film : The Riddler, Riddler and Cat-Woman fighting against Batman would be an incredible concept to see brought to life. Robin Williams as the Riddler would be ideal, he is capable of both humor and evilness. I hope these ideas are sent to Christopher Nolan and the Batman Writers.
    From a fellow aspiring Screenwriter, Markus McLaughlin / marknetproductions.wordpress.com / Hudson, MA, USA

  24. Darkey says:

    What Happened?
    Did his ball dropped off, Hmmm?
    Just Kidding!
    Of course, maybe he has been pressured by the success of TDK
    I Believe that sooner or later he'll sign-up for the third movie…
    Despite the Fact that Heath died, I Believe that they will come up with a good storyline and plot. Of Course, with the proper execution and treatment. I believe That They'll (with his Brother, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer) able to do it!
    (For those people who believe that all third movies from a franchise sucks: The Godfather III, Spiderman 3 )
    Look at the Bright side!
    – Lord the Rings: Return of the King
    – Bourne Ultimatum
    Those are the only ones I've Seen
    I believe in Christopher Nolan's Talent!
    Maybe He will be the 1st Director who will make the Best Movie Trilogy the world has ever seen….

  25. daniel says:

    MR. NOLAN THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Dark Knight was a cinematic masterpiece! Leave is as is. There's no need for a third movie. Batman riding off in the dark is perfect. In the comics Batman is always at odd with the police, he's always the villian to them. Only Gordon within the force knows Batman stands for good. It's a great ending to two great pieces of art. LONG LIVE KING NOLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Mr.Floppy says:

    It's obvious he'll do the next one.
    Since the very beginning, Nolan and Goyer said it will be a Trilogy. Even they said they will save Joker to appear on a third film, instead of killing him at the end of the second (well, they said too that Two Face will be third's main villain, but TDK demanded that ending, so…).
    It's about time, we all know the story is unresolved, and that's a closed, but open ending, just like Begins.

  27. RonO says:

    The Dark Knight was great and hopefully Mr Nolan will direct a third Batman film. I only hope they continue with the view of Batman's internal conflicts and it's effect on Gotham as a whole. My thoughts of which villians are viable in Nolan's Batman Universe include The Riddler, Catwoman, and Black Mask, an interesting villian with great backstory. The Penquin could be great if done right, but Nolan's not keen on that character.
    Let's hope Mr Nolan finds "the right story" and makes another wonderful Batman film.

  28. Mr.Floppy says:

    He should use The Riddler "a la" Zodiac.
    A psycho that makes Batman going public again (playing with some Dark Knight Returns themes), but it's never seen, so many people will think it's the Joker, who scaped from Arkham (but he's not).
    If he want to show Joker, he could write him like Hannibal Lecter, with Batman "consulting" him at Arkham about The Riddler. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play an excellent make-up-less Joker.

  29. juan0162 says:

    Christopher Nolan is a true Filmmaker, other directors would make a sequel just for the money (michael bay) but christopher nolan is passionate about a great story and his way of making a great film i hope he gets an Oscars Nomination.

  30. Jason says:

    Batman has always been my favorite super hero. I really hope Mr. Nolan doesn't leave the story between Batman and Gotham the way he has. That being said, I'd prefer it ending here rather than seeing another 'Batman Forever' or even worse, 'Spiderman 3'

  31. jason says:

    Villains I'd like to see in a 3rd Christopher Nolan film in no particular order:
    The Ventriloquist & Scarface.
    Clayface (although I think this one would be really hard to do well)
    Rupert Thorne
    Mr. Freeze (This story could have been so much better and Nolan could do it true justice)
    Harley Quinn (I hated all the other female villains but loved how twisted her story was)
    I think the Riddler would have been good if it weren't for the Saw movies and the possibility of the Riddler turning into this type character. I'd prefer orignality to rehash.
    I think the rest of the big name villains are too obvious and that makes them suck as a possible choice but this is all just my opinion.

  32. Megaoutput says:

    yes make the 3rd…here is you story …
    what you have to do is make BATMAN A VILLIAN…HAHA HA..then the city has to turn to the criminals to save the city…….everybody who like batman…has inner conflict b/c they want him to be good….batman gets drunk with power……two face is his lawyer!!! lol lol…end the people(police) must become the hero …………at the end batman fakes his death…and his alter ego "batman" dies…..but they find who he is and they want bruce wayne to die too…who saves him……..the villians!!!!!!!!!!! then he has inner struggle b/c he can't do justice…..because everytime he catch a bad guy….he thinks back that it was a bad guy who save him…..so begans to have the inner conflict …just like the people who like him
    email me if you like that story
    story@megaoutput.com

  33. sporty says:

    come now, Bale signed on for a three movie deal of Terminator.
    I doubt another batman will be done.

  34. Melody says:

    I respect that Nolan is putting emphasis on story. Too many moves are sliding by on CGI rather than properly vetting their writing department.
    Here's hoping he finds that story.
    Personally, I think something involving Bane would work well. In the comics, Bane was the only villain ever to seriously hurt Batman and strike fear into him.

  35. Mysterio says:

    What's with all the Robin hating? Robin is a great character who brings out many demensions in Batman and Bruce Wayne. If put into the films he should start out as a 13 year old. And if there are more parts, he can transform into Knightwing as he gets older. There is much conflict between Batman and Robin, we see a little bit of this in the first run of the franchise.
    Also Robin can spin-off into a triology, showcasing the three different boys–Dick, Todd, and Tim–who have worn the cape.

  36. JL says:

    I would like to see a third Batman movie. To see Wayne Manor redone and a new Bat cave.
    Also, I would like to see Christian Bale as Batman and 2 face. If he really survived the last movie.
    I think if there was a director out there it would have to be Nolan again. He has done wonders for the first two movies.
    Even in the Hulk movie, Iron Man was in it. The thought of a team? That would be awesome, but what about the bad guys?
    Heath Ledger made a far better Joker than Jack Nicolson. I personally think it is there to be made just need a great story line to go with it.

  37. Paul Rios says:

    Dear, Christopher Nolan
    He really should come out with a third but the villian in this one is The Riddler, Scarecrow, and Twoface but in this one batman has his sikick to help him and third movies really work out like Pirates of the Carribean At Worlds End.
    Sincerly
    Paul Rios

  38. Zach says:

    The dark knight was simply mindblowing production… wow from start to end chill and excitement ran thru me.. ive seen it over a dozen times and it never gets boring…there must be a continuation of the series… I think the third one Bat-Man has to be on the run and restore his name.. a return of Harvey Dent as villian… and possibly johnny dep to play the joker… Joker was brilliant and im not sure if any one can do a better job than the late Ledger…. I believe the 3rd one should wrap up the series and should be sad and dramatic… i loved all the carnage and explosions in the dark knight and cant stop watching it over and over… Ive picked up all the small details……..
    IF THERE IS NO THIRD MOVIE THEN YOU EITHER DIE A HERO OR LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE YOURSELF BECOME THE VILLIAN

  39. Michael says:

    well I had to throw out a few thoughts because what good is having a forum if I can't add my two cents.
    First off the interview was amazing, Chris Nolan is the man, and a batman 3 would be a great if he felt as strongly about it as he did 1&2.
    Second I am tired of people talking about wanting to see blank as riddler or blank as catwoman or blank as penguin… The brilliant thing about the series thus far is that it has cast batman in a new light that fans of the older movies never got to see before. Don't ruin that by bringing in the same villains over again when there are so many others to choose from. With all the advancements in CGI right now (i.e. the emily interview) it would be amazing to breath new life into a character like killer kroc or one of the many others that have never really been used in the mainstream movies.
    And lastly on building a quality 3rd movie. anything is possible as long as you take them one at a time. If you did it just for the sake of making a third or if Nolan did it but wasn't as passionate about this story it would be ruined.
    p.s. two towers was the best in the LOTR series, empire strikes back was the best is Star wars series, Live free or die hard (an unprecedented 4th) was the best in that series, Beverly Hills Cop II (hillarious), and whoever said Indiana Jones 3 was the best in the series has clearly never seen a movie in his/her life.

  40. Jesus says:

    A good story for the third film would be, among others, Batman :Knightsend that in the comic books was the end of the Knightfall storyline that describes how Batman's most threatening foe, Bane (not the cheap version that was used on the Batman and Robin movie), sends Gotham City spinning into chaos and takes Batman to the limits of human endurance. Since Mr. Nolan is so interested in good story telling for the Batman films, I guess this is a good story for a next movie.

  41. Gary Bowden says:

    I can understand Nolan taking his time in doing another Batman sequel.To me he seems very serious at what he does and not just put out another sequel because the second made a ton of money.There has to be a good story and cast the right actors and not go with who's popular(Jim Carrey,Nicole Kidman;etc.)at the time.Plus,I think a good wait would be good for the public as well instead of putting one out real quick while the "iron was hot"so to speak..The great thing that Nolan did with the Batman franchise is bring it to a realistic level and not the campy silliness that Schumacher did.Burton did a good job with the first one,but the second one was overshadowed by Catwoman and the Peguin,which to me,was a little too much and didn't fit into the world of Batman..What Nolan did with Batman was make him a badass,which he should be..All in all,perfect casting,writing,acting and directing in The Dark Knight….

  42. The Dork Knight says:

    Why doesn't Batman dance anymore? Remember the Batusi? Why can't we have another Batman movie like "Batman & Robin?" That was the best one! Get Prince back to do the theme song, "Batdance" from the first Tim Burton one and call the movie:
    "So You Think You Can Batdance."
    Make Egghead (Vincent Price's character from the TV show) the villain for the third one. And Nolan needs to put the Bat-nipples back on the Batsuit, once and for all!

  43. I'm certain that Warner has options on Mr. Nolan and no doubt want another film. Maybe I'm wrong, considering the movies' stratospheric success – but I doubt it. Whatever Chris does next is bound to be a gem of a product, for he is full aware of the importance of the story and the art of creation. They will find all these "riddles" answered at <a href="http://www.myspace.com/erokentertainment” target=”_blank”>www.myspace.com/erokentertainment. There is only ONE living actor who bring the brilliantly facile mind, nihilistic angst and maniacal glee of the Riddler to the screen: the one and only Mr. Brett Rickaby.

  44. MS says:

    Dont even think about bringing The Joker back in a sequel. Nobody could ever live up to Heath Ledgers version of the Joker.

  45. ahab says:

    I'll send you a script Chris.

  46. Diego says:

    Thanx, awesome interview. Nice, really nice read.

  47. Lady V says:

    GIVE US MORE – I need to see Christian Bale in a tight hot costume all the time, add consistent newness to my life! There are so many more characters to explore…Harley Quinn should swoop in and take over for the Joker, who I don't want to see played by anyone else but the deceased – and we all know that isn't going to happen! Come on Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler – Jim Carrey was awesome – , The Mad Hatter, Clayface, Talia Al Gul should totally be his love interest so they can touch an Ra's, her father as a villian and EVEN the Ventriloquist…There is plenty of story to make it interesting, that is the writers job. If your writers start to suck, hire new ones.

  48. J says:

    Megan Fox? Dear God no. Just no.

  49. Desiree Soper says:

    I have been a batman fan for a long time. I have really enjoyed Christopher Nolan's Batman movies and would love to see him make more. Catwoman has always been my favorite character, but I only like how she is portrayed in the comic books, Batman:TAS, and Batman(60's show), because she was portayed as a non-supernatural woman in a catsuit. I did not like Michelle Pheippher's or Halle Berry's catwoman because of their ties to the supernatural, it really is degrading to women. One of the main things I love about Batman is the reality of it, it's basis of psychology not the supernatural.Catwoman needs to be portrayed as just a regular woman with strength and intelligence like Batman and Selina Kyle needs to be similar to Bruce Wayne. I always wanted Catwoman to be portayed in a real life movie like she is in the comics, it will finally do the character justice, and Nolan could make a fantastic Catwoman that I can be proud of. I also like Poison Ivy who would also be an excellent character to use because of the environmental problems today and I think Nolan would have a great story there. Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy was a total disgrace to the character and I think Nolan could portray that character in a much better way.Harley Quinn is another favorite of mine and she has not yet been in a real life movie so I think Nolan has an excellent opportunity to bring that character to life and make her pychotic and funny like she is in Batman:TAS. As for the male villains, Heath Ledger would be difficult to replace since his portrayal of the Joker was pure genius, but I think Johnny Depp as the Riddler would be an excellent choice since he is one of the most talented actors around and many people love him, including me. I would just like to end my comment by saying that, since majority of the male characters in Batman are just regular people with psychological issues including Batman himself it would be nice to see the main female characters portrayed the same way. That is what makes Batman so special is that he is human with no super powers, his character is deep, and you can relate to him more so then other heroes because of this. I really hope Nolan makes more Batman movies, because he really knows how to portray Batman with the artistry, depth, and intelligence, I think Bob Kane would have wanted and been proud of.

  50. Jay Dittamo says:

    Hi the Nolan crew are doing a great job of making the unreal – real, and bringing us a Batman we can believe in. Just a couple of disjointed things here Batman Begins a Micro wave emitter wouldn't that also do some pretty nasty things to people and animals. And in the Dark Knight Harvey Dent is dead ? but Two face has to live other wise Batman did kill someone and the joker got his way.
    Just something to think about can't wait to see the new Bat cave and new stuff get to work and thanks.

  51. Ms. Soper mentioned DC artist Bob Kane. I find it extremely sad – that practically nobody mentions writer and CO-creator of Batman – Bill Finger. Which is also interesting when compared to Marvel, where writer and self-promoter extraordinaire Stan Lee very often overshadows his fellow co-creators, like Jack Kirby and Bill Everett.
    On the subject of the Batman movies, *Batman Begins* and *The Dark Knight* are so different from one another that I was somewhat confused about how I felt about the two films after seeing the latter for the first time.
    As for a villain for another Batman film, I have one hyphenated name for everyone…
    BAT-MITE!
    And add Ace the Bat-Hound to replace Rachel Dawes in Bruce's life.
    Anyhoo…

  52. Brian says:

    the riddler
    clayface
    Vantriloquist & scarface
    penguin
    killer croc
    mad hatter DIRECTOR NOLAN IF YOU READ THIS SITE AN COME ACROSS THESES COMMENTS THEN HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE VILLAINS TO LET YOU BROWSE ON AN DONT FORGET SOME OF HIS MORE FORGOTTEN VILLAINS : THE CLOCK KING,EGGHEAD,JAZZMAN( HE ALWAYS HAD IT IN GORDON) SO IF THERES ANOTHER BATMAN MOVIE LIKE TO SEE 1 OR 2 OF THESE GUYS IN IT THANKS

  53. Uday Chandra says:

    Dear Christopher Nolan, thankyou so much for this wonderful movie – "The Dark Knight"…I'm feeling alive again…You are truly an amazing filmmaker…God bless you!!! I'm waiting for your future movies…and please make batman 3….regards.

  54. Marcus says:

    Fantastic interview. Just fantastic.
    Mostly due to Nolan's reflections on TDK and film in general, but this was brought about by very solid questions and good, seemingly relaxed interview technique.
    Hope to read the rest soon!

  55. Zach says:

    What I think would be a good plot for another Batman movie is that, due to Ledger's death, the Joker disappeared from the face of the Earth after staying in Arkham and Harlene Quinsel, the psychiatrist who talked to the Joker, goes insane and continues his work as Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, in a side plot, we see Oswald Cobblepot loose his family fortune and try to gain it back as the penguin, partly by teaming up with Harley and/or gaining temporary control of Wayne enterprises

  56. Scunger says:

    I desperately wish to see a Dark Knight sequel. Batman Begins was awesome, but Dark Knight wiped the floor with it, it was such a dark, brooding, menacing film. It would be a travesty if The Joker was brought back as Heath Ledger nailed that part, and nobody but nobody could beat that, I also think it would be a slur on his memory. I think it should remain untouched as a tribute to him. In my opinion (and it seems to have been confirmed by Michael Caine) the next villan should be The Riddler, if Nolan can repeat the trick with The Riddler that he did with the The Joker then the next movie could even top Dark Knight. As for the actor (according to Michael Caine again) it appears that it's Johnny Depp, he's got the capabilities of playing that deranged character. I wouldn't be so sure about any other major villans in the movie that a lot of people seem to have mooted. We could end up with a Spider-man 3 scenario where there are too many major characters and the story arc just ends up all over the place and none of the characters get developed in any decent way. That was the beauty of the 1st two films, the character's backgrounds were given time to build and ultimately that's what contributed to the success of them.

  57. Arie says:

    Lord of The Rings: Return of the King does not count because basically LOTR are one movie divided by three movies..

  58. rick says:

    god bless him for taking my favorite super hero and making the best super hero movie and my favorite movie (dark knight) of all time. Nothing and no one can compete with bat man.
    I hope they get christopher nolan to make God of War. That would be awesome

  59. otak says:

    Chris NOLAN: "We’re trying to work on a more universal scale. If you get that right, people are going to be able to bring a wide variety of interpretations to it depending on who they are. It’s allowing the characters to be a conduit to the audience."
    Uh, Chris? You made a comic book movie. We, as an audience, know going in who is going to win, who is going to lose, your main character wears tights… Nice movie making…but "interpretations"? "Conduits"? "Universal scale"? Yeah…okey-dokey. And let's interpret Chimpunks songs the way we do Dylan as well.

  60. Broseph says:

    Chris, if anyone can do it………you can. How many sequels are better than the first? Well then, it's settled. "Batman Begins" re-invented comic book movies. And the only one in the genre that was better was "The Dark Knight". Can't wait for Batman 3.

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