Christopher Nolan Talks Differences Between MAN OF STEEL and His Batman Films

     December 4, 2012


When the first footage from director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel debuted at Comic-Con, one of the first things on everyone’s mind was how similar the film felt to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.  It had a naturalistic and, well, “gritty” quality to it that felt distinctly Nolan-esque.  This didn’t come as a huge surprise as Nolan is producing Man of Steel and handpicked Snyder for the directing job, and with Warner Bros. attempting to bring together its DC properties into a cohesive movie universe with Justice League, many were wondering if this was the direction that future WB comic book movies would take.

Nolan has been doing some press recently for the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray, and during a recent interview he addressed the Man of Steel/Batman comparisons head on.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

man-of-steel-posterThe folks over at The Playlist asked Nolan if Man of Steel fits into the superhero universe that he crafted with his Dark Knight Trilogy, to which he responded:

“Well, somewhat. But I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman.”

Nolan praised Snyder’s take on the material discussed how it has to be different from Nolan’s Batman:

“It’s very much Zack’s film and I think people are going to love what he’s done. I think it’s really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can’t in anyway use the same template. But David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together. He’s got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing. It’s really something.”

We should have a much better idea of what to expect when the new Man of Steel trailer plays in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next weekend.  Until then, head on over to The Playlist to read the full interview in which Nolan dodges Justice League questions and talks briefly about fan response to the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.


  • Bleezy Bo

    Both the two teaser trailers and this one-shot have done a great job distancing itself from Superman Returns.

    • mattedscreen

      No tiny red booty shorts helps too…

      • IsThisIt

        *The first time this has ever been true

      • kevin

        Why?Cause so think it looks gay?

    • will

      People keep complaining about how Nolanesque this feels, and that it’s not a proper representation of Superman. But I’d take this over Singer’s whiny stalker Superman who never throws a punch any day of the week.

  • Nolan

    Nolan comes across as a smug dick in this interview. Just like how his movies came across as smug and pretensious. What a tool.

    • Jazzy Rocks

      And what have you ever achieved in your dumbass life up to now? Oh, that’s right….

      • F*Nolan

        Gotta defend your boy Nolan at all times, even when the comment is true?

    • nothingbettertodo

      So how exactly does a person who is praising the work of another director come across as smug? It would be nice if people understood the meaning of the words they use. I think it would be better description to say that Nolan is a “supportive producer” in this interview.

      The pretentiousness in Nolan’s own films is irrelevant to this discussion about Man of Steel. It’s clear he’s allowing Snyder to do his own thing, not to mention his praise for Goyer’s story ideas.

    • Spanky

      Very interesting how people can interpret someones personality by the movies they direct


    • Eduardo Victoria

      Christopher Nolan is one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting.

    • Oscar

      How can he be smug specially when he’s complimenting ANOTHER filmmaker’s work?

  • Grayden

    If Snyder’s take is make Superman feel like he’s capable of more harm than good for humanity with his abilities, or his apprehension about revealing himself to humanity because of how they would react to an alien with god-like powers, then it’s already better than just about every take on the character so far.

  • Twojawas

    Sounds like they may be taking an E.T. approach to this film. Loveable alien hunted by authorities. That’s the only way they could bring it into our world.

    • Afilmguy

      Haha. Now we just wait for Spielberg to make his announcement on his involvement with the film lol.

  • Twojawas

    Sounds like they may be taking an E.T. approach to this film. Loveable alien hunted by authorities. That\’s the only way they could bring it into our world.

  • Prom Night Dumpster Baby

    Sounds like their taking the ‘suck’ approach to this. I loved all three of the Batman films but don’t place them on a mantle of greatness. It was a unique adaptation of the Batman character. Nolan has done great work, but he isn’t the definitive director of his generation.

    • The Exploiter

      Are you familiar with Inception?

      • kissmyknife

        Are you aware of overrated!? Nolan is good but he is praised by maniacs who pretend to know what they are talking about. His batman movies have their quality but most of the hype is due to hype cuz BB was never met with that attetnion and it is JUST as good if not better than the others.

        Superman needs to be it’s own movie and the dark approach is just the trend of today…I hope this film does it’s own thing…..we’ll see with a trailer soon.

      • red john

        TDKR was a half ass movie where I’m positive that half way through the script Nolan said”fuck it” so the result is a film with a good start then it just falls apart.

  • Prom Night Dumpster Baby

    Sounds like their taking the \’suck\’ approach to this. I loved all three of the Batman films but don\’t place them on a mantle of greatness. It was a unique adaptation of the Batman character. Nolan has done great work, but he isn\’t the definitive director of his generation.

  • Django9000

    What is up with the duplicate comments people? Is it just the site’s interface?

    Anyhow – I’d be excited to know that Goyer put more thought into this than Snyder’s put into any
    single movie of his entire career.

    I kind of feel like watching Snyder’s ‘Watchmen” was like watching Spielberg’s version of A.I. You could see the careful & substantial work that Kubrick had put into it in every scene, every character, every beat. But then Spielberg had to go inject himself into it – and those scenes (cough – the ending) are so glaringly out of place that it , unfortunately , pretty much loses the whole movie for me.

    Let’s hope Snyder realizes after Sucker Punch and Guardians of G’Houle FAILED at box office, that he’s on a tight leash, and this movie can literally make or break him.

    (I’d prefer made)

  • JIM


  • Chanting: Screw screw Nolan, Nolan! Screw screw nolan, Nolan!

    Wayne: What are they saying?
    Old Magic Prison from Prison of Metaphors: Screw Nolan.

    • DG

      hmmmmm. no

    • F*Nolan


  • Bob

    I like how Nolan acknowledges that Superman is completely different from Batman, and that while the film is trying to be more realistic, its like he said….its Superman so it can’t really be the same way as his Batman trilogy.

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    Nolan’s punishment must be more severe.

  • MainFragger more Lex Luthor.. Please let there be a different, but interesting Superman villain.

  • terry

    IMHO Nolan is on board because he could get the financing. Let s be realistic Zack has been fucking up big time.Watchmen sucked. Sucker Punch sucked. That movie that sounded like GAY HOLE…I didn’t see it but it didn’t do that great.
    And this Superman looks like a greeeeezy ass Guido looking for some discount wife beaters and some Ed Hardy gear.
    Look, Chris Reeves’ SM was a classic. Go Google the writers of that films. Legends!!!! Hell, Mario Puzo was on the team.
    That movie had story!!!!
    But what I know is Henry Cavil isn’t A-list but the rest if the cast it. Uh oh!
    Nolan is A-list, for now, and the Zack is about to be slapped over to the SYFY network to work on shit like KILLER FARTS TAKE OUT MANHATTAN.
    It don’t look good guys!

    • Jack

      You sir are my Hero. I don’t expect much from this movie because i don’t expect much from Snyder. Really the guy who directed so many mediocre movies is going to make the best superhero movie of all time. And a better Superman than Christopher Reeve. Give me a break. Its like 300 was a shallow movie with cardboard cutouts for characters. The Watchmen was a Manchild version of the book with over the top violence and a worst sex scene ever put to film. Not to mention the hideous Sucker Punch. Other than being producer Nolan isn’t going to much to do with making this movie. Producers don’t do much but set up the movie and raise money. That is it.

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