Some major reports are coming straight out of Deadline Hollywood this week, and while confirmation of Tom Cruise’s involvement in Mission: Impossible IV may be huge, this particular story may just top it.
A source close to or within Warner Brothers has revealed that the studio has reached out to Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, to act as a sort of mentor or “Godfather” on the eventual second attempt to modernize Superman. A few years back, X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer brought us Superman Returns with Brandon Routh as the iconic hero, but the movie never quite lived up to the hype…both financially and critically. When Nolan took over the Batman franchise for a major reboot (back when studios waited a couple decades first), he brought the characters out of their comic book existence and placed them in our own dark and gritty world.
Batman Begins was a great first installment to this new-look franchise, but it was The Dark Knight that really showed off what can be accomplished given the right creative talents and storyline. The movie destroyed box office records and created a villain with The Joker that completely changed the game and even nabbed the late Heath Ledger an Oscar for his performance.
Speaking of The Dark Knight: recently there were rumors that a script was finally being worked on. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Batman franchise at least, all rumors seem to turn out being ridiculous and untrue. But this time it seems to have been valid; in this Superman story, it is also confirmed that Christopher Nolan had an idea, and that his brother Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer were in fact working on a script right this very moment. Though there were no guarantees, it was fully expected that after the director’s latest project, Inception, was complete, he would move back into the world of Batman and show us what he can do a third time around.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it will be one of the all-time greatest challenges to top The Dark Knight, and that makes the idea of this happening and exciting prospect.