Assuming a Justice League movie ever happens, it won’t involve Christopher Nolan. Last month we reported that Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall was set to work on the mega-superhero film, which (traditionally) features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and the Flash. Speaking at the press junket for The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan said
“I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project.”
Hit the jump for Nolan once again reiterating his commitment to leaving the Batman franchise, and how these latest comments refute a previous statement regarding his involvement in the series’ reboot.
According to EW, Nolan responded to the Justice League question by saying:
“No, none at all,” Nolan said. “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”
“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him,” Nolan said. “We’ve had our say on the character”
However, in March 2011, Warner Bros. President and COO Jeff Robinov said:
“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…” says Robinov. “Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”
Of course, Nolan and Thomas could have changed their minds about being involved with future Batman films. However, the duo isn’t finished with the DC Universe yet. They’re attached as producers on Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot, Man of Steel. While Man of Steel may seem like a starting point for an eventual Justice League picture, Snyder has stated that his take on Superman doesn’t fit with a superhero crossover. Right now, it looks like Justice League will be its own beast, and Warner Bros. will double-up on superheroes.