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.