Christopher Nolan: Never Say Never to Superhero Movies


A happy filmmaker is one who can’t stop making films and Christopher Nolan is certainly one of them. Nolan’s latest project Interstellar generated a lot of buzz and attention ahead of its wide release on November 7.

But he also can’t stop reporters from asking him if he would ever return to the superhero genre. Asked to define his time in the superhero realm and whether he’d consider returning, director answered, in part:

“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.”

A few days before his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan told Coming Soon they’re not involved in any of the ten upcoming WB/DC projects slated for release. He now speaks either in code, or he’s just being rational in not closing the door on any opportunity.

Acclaimed filmmaker — who served as executive producer on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel — also told TimeOut Chicago his feelings about the genre in general:

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!

But yes DC Comics have just announced an enormous number of movies. Well, you know, as long as that’s the ride people want, the studios will continue to offer it. 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 changed the genre with his Dark Knight trilogy and made so many to love superheroes again as well as being able to love the villains. Many fans of the franchise would no doubt love to see him put a gritty spin on another superhero or other comic book movie.

Check out the first clip from Interstellar for the moment. The early reviews have been highly mixed.