Christopher Nolan Says No to 3D On THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Is This His Last BATMAN Movie?

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Today is proving to be a great day for Batman fans. Earlier we revealed the third film in Christopher Nolan’s extraordinary series will be titled The Dark Knight Rises (what a beautiful sound that is), and that it will not be shot, or retrofitted, for 3D.  However, while Nolan will not use 3D, he does hint at something special on the horizon.

“We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before,” Nolan said. “Our ambitions are to make a great movie.”

Right now The Dark Knight Rises is set to start filming in April for a July 2012 release. Hit the jump for more of Nolan’s thoughts on 3D and why this will presumably be his last foray into the Batman universe:

Director Christopher NolanAnother quote from Nolan, thanks to Hero Complex:

“We want the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before in the first two films,” Nolan said. “There was a large canvas and operatic sweep to ‘The Dark Knight’ and we want to make a film that will carry on with that look and feel.”

While this might seem disappointing to those caught up in the recent 3D revolution, I think this is actually really great news. It shows that Nolan doesn’t have to answer to studio executives trying to make a quick buck, but is sticking to his own unique vision.

While 3D is terrific for colorful films such as James Cameron’s Avatar, and Pixar’s Toy Story 3, a film featuring a character as dark and brooding as Batman might look and feel slightly obscure with such technology. Not to mention dark – and I don’t mean tonally.

It’s no secret that 3D glasses mar the brightness of theater screens, dimming the colors so that heavily saturated films like M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender are nearly impossible to enjoy visually – you can’t see what’s going on amidst the darker color tones.  A film like The Dark Knight would hardly benefit from a 3D process as Nolan would have to brighten his film in order for it to play properly in the format for audiences, which would consequently impact the film in 2D.

I have no doubt that Nolan could use 3D to great effect – on, say, Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman flick, which Nolan is producing, for example – but he is wise to ditch the format with Batman in favor of something bigger, and more visually exciting.

Christopher Nolan Batman 3Another brief quote from Nolan on why he doesn’t want to use 3D:

“There’s an intimacy at times [with spatial illusion of the 3-D effect] and we didn’t want to lose scale…Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun. This is not starting over, this not rebooting. We’re finishing something, and keeping a consistency with what’s come before has real value.”

Does this mean The Dark Knight Rises will be Nolan’s last Batman film?  The way that quote reads…it sure sounds that way.

However, even if Nolan is finished making Batman movies, that doesn’t mean the franchise can’t continue, as Matt Damon can attest to with the Bourne franchise. The series can continue as long as audiences are buying tickets and filmmakers have stories worth telling. The question at this point is…which filmmaker is going to want to step into Nolan’s shoes?   Because if Nolan hits a home run with The Dark Knight Rises, it will be quite a challenge.




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  • Tron

    Does anyone need to step into his shoes??? What’s the point of him making a trilogy if they’ll just continue? I’m sick of “ok he’s done, lets hire someone else but it’ll be….when he’s in middle school!” give it a rest. This will be Nolan’s final Batman film, I don’t think that’s a secret. He’ll finish a trilogy and leave it behind. Can’t we be done with Batman for at least like 5 years???

    • MrRich316

      Wishful thinking. Half a billion dollars,new Green Lantern movie(s),The Flash,New Superman movie…WB will crank out a new Batflick as soon as Nolan moves onto his next franchise. Especially if Marvel/Disney starts cranking out superhero flicks every other year.

    • http://woodworking-books.org woodworking project plans

      That is an excellent point on 3D.

  • Migz13

    First and foremost.. I think the the new title needs to grow on me more as it sounds
    a lot like ‘The Dark Knight Returns’. I personally think they should’ve omitted the ‘dark knight’ title and named it differently like how ‘Batman Begins’ transitioned into ‘The Dark Knight’.
    Second, I was surprised to know that he’s not gonna use the Riddler as the new bat rogue:P Makes me wonder who Bats will face in this 3rd film.
    Hugo Strange? Killer Croc? Black Mask? Hush?!
    Third, the decision to not make this a 3D movie is already given as a film with this magnitude, 3D will just cramp its style:P

    Setting that all aside.. let’s just all thank our stars that Mr. Nolan is gonna finish this
    already brilliant trilogy his own way (hopefully with a dramatic big bang:D)
    can’t wait for 2012!:D

  • Migz13

    First and foremost.. I think the the new title needs to grow on me more as it sounds
    a lot like ‘The Dark Knight Returns’. I personally think they should’ve omitted the ‘dark knight’ title and named it differently like how ‘Batman Begins’ transitioned into ‘The Dark Knight’.
    Second, I was surprised to know that he’s not gonna use the Riddler as the new bat rogue:P Makes me wonder who Bats will face in this 3rd film.
    Hugo Strange? Killer Croc? Black Mask? Hush?!
    Third, the decision to not make this a 3D movie is already given as a film with this magnitude, 3D will just cramp its style:P

    Setting that all aside.. let’s just all thank our stars that Mr. Nolan is gonna finish this
    already brilliant trilogy his own way (hopefully with a dramatic big bang:D)
    can’t wait for 2012!:D

  • Mordor89

    mayb a live-action batman beyond franchise?

  • Mordor89

    mayb a live-action batman beyond franchise?

  • Angmal

    After Nolan’s third Batman flick, they need to let the franchise rest for a good five or ten years. Then do standalone adaptations of key graphic novels (Arkham Asylum, The Dark Knight Returns, etc.) rather than retreading old ground or trying to do another trilogy. That way there’s no direct comparison with any of the previous screen interpretations – each movie can have a life of its own.

    • http://senzafineonline.net/ Yahzee

      Warner is already doing that, sort of, with the DC Animated Universe films, and I like it that way.

  • Anonymous

    That is an excellent point on 3D. Finally someone says that 3D makes films dark. It really is a no brainer for NOLAN not to use it.

    I just assumed that this would be NOLAN’s last BATMAN. And I agree with everyone else. They shouldn’t make anymore BATMAN films after this. In my eyes NOLAN’s BATMAN has surpassed BURTON’s BATMAN. SO theres no need to try and do it a third time.
    I think NOLAN is about to complete his masterwork. I really hope this trilogy delivers. If it does it will be my generation’s STAR WARS. Yeah I said it. No offense to the LOTR trilogy. I enjoy those movies a lot but its really just one long ass movie.

    • http://senzafineonline.net/ Yahzee

      Hey! I love Nolan’s Batman films as much as anyone with at least some sort of good taste, but please don’t be comparing or saying he has surpassed Burton. They both made excellent versions of the character with unique visions…

      • AKSchampion

        Burton’s movies were awful! One had the Joker dancing to Prince on a float. OOOHH SCARY! Returns was better, and less goofy, but still didn’t really understand the character of Batman. Nolan’s films really understand the Bruce Wayne vs Batman vs the world scenario that the (better) comics and graphic novels suggest. Burton’s movies were made to be cartoonish and stupid, which Batman really never was (except for the Adam West TV show).

  • BATMAN

    Crappy name! Sort THAT out first! The Dark knight RISES? What a cop out!
    We could have had The caped crusader, shadow of the Bat, Gotham city etc….

    I’m bummed that theres no Riddler, so much potential for that character. And possible storylines revoloving around him, it could have been SE7EN or Zodiac of the Bat world, like how TDK was like HEAT.

    I loved Joker, but I still prefer Begins as a movie. BOTH had moments of cringeworthy dialogue, and blink n youll miss it action.

    I want to see Batman become COOL again, not a laughing stock! Tone down the voice like Keatons, and lose the silly armour and dolls head mask. A revamp of outfit is needed.

    Also, give Alfred more to do n say, I like Fox but he & Alfred need to team up!

    Bring back the CAVE ! The buildup to it, and Batman becoming BATMAN in Begins was never realised in TDK.

    That said, I enjoyed Begins and TDK, but as a lifelong Batfan, they have only touched he tip of the iceberg as far as where they could go. And 3 movies is nowhere near enough, unless they reboot it in a different more familiar style.

    • http://senzafineonline.net/ Yahzee

      predictable predictable predictable… luckily Nolan is anything but predictable

  • Trick

    Dude
    The Hollywood execs are trying to crank out an Inception sequel..
    Why would they NOT try to squeeze out a few more Batman films post-Nolan…

  • Politicaldefiance

    The Dark Knight Rises is slowly growing on me. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I don’t care for ‘Shadow of the Bat’ or ‘Gotham City’ as titles, and I get a feeling this new one is going to have something to do with the plot of the film. I’m excited to see what Nolan comes up with, especially how he ends the series. He’s got a lot to live up to.

  • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

    Nolan confirmed this would be his last Batman movie back in March:
    http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/03/10/christopher-nolan-takes-flight-with-superman-we-have-a-fantastic-story-1/

    I wonder if Warner Bros. will be throwing buckets of money at him to change his mind?

  • Arnold

    Should be titled as “Hero/Knight Of Gotham”, but fine, The Dark Knight Rises is still a good title. They can use “Hero/Knight Of Gotham” or sth like that in future installments. Looking forward to Batman 3

  • sense11

    I Trust Christopher Nolan and You Should Too.

  • Christophercantos

    after TDKR, Nolan will make I’m sure another “personal” projects(not that his batman films weren’t personal to him, but you know what i mean). but after that “personal” project, please Chris Nolan, DO A BOND FILM!

  • Excpired

    They need to let Batman sit on the shelf for 10 years after this last one is released. If Nolan doesn’t want to make a fourth film (which he more than likely doesn’t), then they should give it time for people to really burn for a new movie.

  • Army1601

    “If Nolan hits a home run”? It’s an assumed GRAND SLAM he’ll have with this movie! The guy hasn’t made one bad movie, and everyone is better than the last, I doubt he can stop the momentum and make something worse than Dark Knight, it’s Christopher Nolan!!!!

  • Anonymous

    It will be his last Batman film. No speculation needed. He’s said it before in regards to the next one being the end of the trilogy.

  • Guest

    look, you guys are being retarded. batman is a huge pop culture icon who’s been around since the 30′s. as soon as nolan is finished, believe you me, something else will be in the works. to say that people need to step away from batman because nolan made some decent movies (there are plot holes all over the place in tdk people, like swiss fucking cheese) is extremely small minded. bats was here before nolan, bats will be here after, and thank god, because he’s awesome. you’re probably the same people who said that nobody can play the joker now because heath ledger died, and the same people before that who bitched about heath ledger getting hired because nobody was gonna top jack nickelson. how many fucking people have directed and played james bond? get a grip, please.

    • Bigfiction

      It might be a little harsh to call everybody retarded, but I do agree that a lot of people here seems to be short sighted. The character has plenty of miles left in him, and wether or not we should or shouldn’t be looking forward to a new Batman solo flick or trilogy is entirely dependent on who is doing it and the approach their take. Time isn’t even a factor as far as I’m concerned. The new Spiderman film is sudden, but they have a genuinely talented group of behind it and that is all that matters. At the end of the day all of us should just want a good story to get taken away in. Nolan has indeed set the bar high for anyone who takes on the Bat in the future, but that just makes me interested in seeing how the next incarnation will materialize. Warner Bros. has the best track record right now I think, they take the most risks and we see quality films as a result that we don’t see very often anywhere else, and I think it is unfair to assume they are going to fuck with us now. They hired Nolan when few others believed in him, they trust his opinion on other high stakes properties as we all do, so I think they deserve our support. I’d hate for their scouts to read some of these comments and send a note up the ladder saying that their current business model is flawed. Then again maybe they excel at quality film because they enjoy pointing out all of your hypocrisies….

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  • Darkknightrisesrumors.com

    I also agree that there is a lot more that can be done with the Batman Franchise after the Dark Knight Rises. I am very curious as to how Warner bro’s will continue with the franchise after Nolan’s last film.

  • kyle

    Can’t wait for the new movie!

  • Mike

    I’m really glad that Christopher Nolan is staying away from 3-D

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