According to the LA Times, the rumors about Christopher Nolan and David Goyer’s involvement in the upcoming Superman reboot are all true. No director is attached yet, but Nolan will be producing and Goyer will be writing the story. They aim to take what made their Batman movies so popular–namely that, like Batman, Superman will be considered the “only superhero” within his movie universe–but other than that no new details on the story have been given other than that Goyer’s story idea is something that Nolan has “never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting.”
Nolan also spoke a little about the third Batman film. Right now they’ve agreed on a general story and his “brother [Jonathan Nolan] is writing a script for me and we’ll wait to see how it turns out…he’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be.” Other than that, Nolan is pretty hush-hush on details, other than denying that Mr. Freeze will be the villain and that the story will not be an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The third Batman movie will be the end of Nolan’s involvement with the character as it will finish the story Nolan wants to tell: “Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film, and viewing it as a story with an end is useful… And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”
The Pulse: I’ve mentioned before how excited I am about Nolan and Goyer working on revitalizing the Superman franchise, so the confirmation of the rumor just ramped my excitement meter up to eleven. As for Batman, while I would be happy if the current team stayed with the character forever, I can appreciate what they’re doing by having a definite end in sight. I think they’re understanding of the differences between the comic and movie genres is one of the keys to their success, and I’d rather have another excellent Batman film than a slew of mediocre ones.
But, as always, that’s just my opinion. What do you think? Are you disappointed that Nolan and the gang aren’t going to stick with Batman for more than just one more film? Is Superman too different a character for them to work their magic on?