First of off, let me just say, I love Christopher Nolan. I’m a fan of every movie he’s made from Memento to Inception and The Dark Knight is my favourite movie of all time. But, that been said, I think if DC really wants to take on Marvel with a cinematic universe of their own, they need to let go of Nolan. Nolan is a great director – everytime I hear him describe a film in an interview I get the sense that he’s making the movie to tell a story and not to secure a paycheque. This is a great characteristic if you’re looking for someone to direct an indie movie but not so great if you’re looking for someone to launch a franchise.
Take a look at The Dark Knight Trilogy and, more importantly, at the quality of The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan had stated numerous times that he didn’t think The Dark Knight needed a sequel and this lack of enthusiasm is reflected in the decline in quality of TDKR when compared to The Dark Knight. Now I know, he isn’t directing the new Batman v Superman movie but if you think he isn’t gonna have an influence on its tone and style, you clearly didn’t watch Man of Steel. Yes it was technically Snyder’s movie but the dark tone and gritty realism that make all Nolan films so compelling was ever-present. Zack Snyder movies always have two things: great speeches and slow motion. Man of Steel only had about two great speeches and no slow-mo. Now one could argue, Snyder decided to adapt his style to challenge himself or whatever but I think Nolan – either directly or indirectly – had a great influence on how the movie was made. I’m not saying Nolan actually went into the editing studio and told Snyder how to make the movie but the success of The Dark Knight Trilogy and the desire to recreate that success must have had an influence on Snyder’s approach.
I love Nolan’s Batman and what he and Christian Bale did to resurrect Batman from the heap of ashes Joel Schumacher left him buried in was nothing short of miraculous but if DC wants to take on and beat Marvel they need a new approach to their movies. Not every movie needs to be shot through Nolan’s lense of gritty realism; not every movie needs the dark tone of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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