The Internet was aflutter Tuesday over what was widely perceived as Christopher Nolan's terse dismissal of Marvel Studios' signature post-credit scenes. However, the filmmaker behind the Dark Knight trilogy and Interstellar insists he never said, “A real movie wouldn’t do that.”
That was the standout quote from a Guardian profile of Nolan, who reportedly resisted efforts by Warner Bros. executives to add "a comedy coda ending" to director Zack Snyder's otherwise-serious -- some might argue dour -- Man of Steel. But in a statement to BuzzFeed, the filmmaker denies making the statement.
“I would never say someone else’s film isn’t ‘a real film,’” he said. “The quote is inaccurate."
The purported quote added fuel to fan debate about both the intensifying rivalry between Warner Bros. and Marvel -- the two studios last month announced ambitious superhero-movie slates within two weeks of each other -- and persisting rumors that there's a "no-jokes" policy for the DC Comics-based films.
But while The Guardian has yet to comment, it certainly appears as if no metaphorical shots were fired here -- well, at least not intentionally.
Nolan's Interstellar opens today in select theaters and Friday nationwide, presumably without a comedy coda ending.