Posted November 2, 2014 by Yuri Mangahas in Movies/TV

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN On Superhero Movies: “Never say never.”


If Marvel Studios and Iron Man were responsible for reigniting one half of the comic book movie fandom, then feel free to conclude that it was Christopher Nolan and his gritty Batman Begins that influenced the other half. Truth be told, he did, as the succeeding flicks under the said genre explored dark themes unseen in previous CBMs, including the portrayal of heroes as flawed individuals with flawed lives – thanks to his grounded take on Batman and its follow-ups The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan believed that with an evolving demographic comes a responsibility to up the ante. Attacking the moviegoers’ sensibilities and challenging their beliefs were some of his approaches for fulfilling his oath.

Having said that, we may wonder if there are any lingering thoughts of Nolan returning to the CBM biz. Well, he’s not returning anytime sooner, but he definitely does not rule out the possibility either.

During an interview with news outfit Time Out in anticipation of his upcoming space thriller Interstellar, Nolan was quizzed about his thoughts regarding his superhero movie tenure, and if there are plans of him doing another one in the future.

“I think I had a great experience with the superhero genre and got to explore a lot of things, but it was a good decade of my life and I find it hard to imagine returning to it. But never say never.” dk100288

He was then asked of his opinion about the overall tonality of the CBM genre in general, and how he influenced it foremost. He replied, “I love working in that field and hopefully I’ve added something to it. I know to some extent we encouraged more of it. You don’t want Hollywood to hit saturation point with those things. But then Zack Snyder is now doing his part by bringing Batman and Superman into one film, so that limits the number!”

There was also a point in which he was pressed with the issue of superhero movies getting “old.” He postulated that as long as the audience wants it, there will be more spandex-clad heroes running through the silver screen.

“I don’t see it as a limited genre. If I did, I never would have worked for almost ten years in that genre. I think like any genre, like the Western, it has limitless opportunities. It’s just about the audience’s appetite. What’s very important is that the studios be open to making other sorts of films at the same time.”

Nolan was recently appointed by Warner Bros. as one of the Executive Producers for the Zack Snyder-helmed ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in an advisory level. However, it was not noted as to whether he will have any field participation with future DC-related entries in the next couple of years.

His postmodern epic Interstellar will be hitting cinemas November 6.  Here’s the final trailer:

Yuri Mangahas

Yuri is magnanimously juggling between two managerial jobs: A technical manager position for an advertising/copy-writing company, and an associate editorial position for a fashion and lifestyle magazine. Nevertheless, he still finds time taking photos and seeking for geek nirvana.