This summer, DC has Man of Steel coming out, produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder. After that, their next big project will be a Justice League movie… the problem is that unlike Marvel, DC’s movie division doesn’t have a unified vision. But if the rumors are true, it looks like they’re holding on to Chris Nolan to hold on to the DC movie tentpole.
Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight has already gone down in film legend, and it’s hard imagining Ledger playing anyone else in the movie. But apparently, when Christopher Nolan first approached Ledger about appearing in his Batman films, he was thinking Heath Ledger might have made a good Bruce Wayne starting in Batman Begins.
In addition, Christopher Nolan stated that his original intention was to only do one Batman movie, but then once he finished Batman Begins, he was curious as to how the Joker could be woven into his Bat-universe and history was made.
So the script for The Dark Knight is finished and most of the cast has been assembled and Christopher Nolan’s just about ready to start shooting the last film in his Batman trilogy… only he’s perhaps one of the only people to know how the movie ends. A stickler for secrecy, the ending of the movie has been completely left out of the shooting scripts and you have to get a permission slip from the Pope, half of Congress and the head of the CIA apparently to meet with Nolan to even talk about it.
Remember yesterday, when I broke the awful, awful news that Warner Bros. had bought the rights to a prequel and a sequel to Blade Runner? It broke my fucking heart. But now, the two guys behind the deal, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have said that they’d love to have Christopher Nolan direct.
This is of course, entirely speculation and fantasy at this point, but after Christopher Nolan finishes his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, director Darren Aronofsky, who will be directing The Wolverine, has expressed interest in doing a new Batman movie if DC is so interested. And I hope that after the success of Nolan’s Batman films that they’ll shy away from the sort of Joel Schumacher crap that they did in the 90s.
In an interview with the LA Times, Christopher Nolan isn’t revealing any major plot points for his next Batman film, but he does say that it won’t star The Riddler and that the name of the film will be The Dark Knight Rises.
With production starting for Chris Nolan’s third Batman movie, it’s time for the real casting news to start. And the first name to be cast is Tom Hardy, who is reunited with Nolan after playing Eames, the man of many faces in Inception. There’s no word on who Hardy might be playing, but many, including comic book writer Mark Millar have speculated that Hardy might play Killer Croc.
There’s been Batman 3 casting rumors before The Dark Knight was even out of theaters, most of them completely ludicrous. But around the time that the first trailers for Inception came out, when Christopher Nolan was actually considering casting for the next Batman film, rumors began swirling that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being favored for the role of The Riddler.
I’m not going to start off mincing words— Inception is probably one of the most brilliantly constructed films I’ve ever seen. Yes, ever. I went to film school for several years. I’ve seen a fuckload of movies. And I’m saying that Inception is really that fucking good and will one day rank alongside the most incredible filmmaking of Welles, Hitchcock and Kurosawa. It’s an absolutely gorgeous and indescribable movie, one that keeps drawing you in deeper and deeper until you’re stumbling out of theater and you realize as your eyes adjust to daylight that your brain is unable to adjust to reality, still stuck deep in the labyrinthine mindfuck of the film.