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He may be the man who redeemed Batman to movie audiences but don't expect Christopher Nolan to make a fourth Bat-film. At least, that's what he is saying today.
The director of The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, Nolan was front and center at a Producers Guild conference held yesterday in L.A. Up onstage with his producer-wife Emma Thomas, Nolan fielded questions from the emcee and audience members, several of which were high profile studio executives. (Reportedly Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros.' president of producer, was also sitting in the audience.)
When Nolan was asked if he has any plans for directing a fourth Batman movie, his answer was simple and short: no. He also admitted that no one working on Batman Begins really had concrete plans for a trilogy of Batman movies. As well, he had told everything that he wanted to say in The Dark Knight Rises, holding nothing in reserve for any future Batman films.
Of course, just because Christopher Nolan doesn't want to make any post-Dark Knight Rises movies for Warner Bros. doesn't mean that this is the final Batman picture we'll see. No one expects the Batman movie franchise to come to an end, but past the release of Dark Knight Rises, no one knows either what the Batman movie franchise will look like. Nolan's real world approach to the concept of Batman, his rogue's gallery of villains and how he funds his one-man war on crime has been globally well-received. It may be necessary for the movie studio and whomever decides to follow in Nolan's footsteps to also maintain the present real noir feel of Nolan's three Batman films, at least for the next entry.
Nolan also spoke freely about his dislike for digital filmmaking, calling it a creative misstep and likening his involvement in using the technology as "being the research department for an electronics company."
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