At a point in the not-too-distant future, some poor soul will have to take the reigns on a new series of Batman films. Poor soul, you say? What’s that supposed to mean? Well, would you want your work to be compared to Christopher Nolan’s Batman ventures? Would you like to try and make a better Batman trilogy? No, I thought not. The poor guy should be terrified.
With his recent Looper success in the mainstream territory, though, Rian Johnson‘s name has been branded about with regards to who might clamber into the Bat Cave for a shot at the title. The director himself, however, was a little more pragmatic on the subject:
“I like that hypothetical. You know, I love Batman, I didn’t grow up reading the comics but ‘Batman’ movies, when that first Tim Burton ‘Batman’ movie came out that kind of defined, in kind of like a weird way for the generation that I was in, that first ‘Batman’ movie in a way it defined what a blockbuster was for me, more so than any of the 70s movies. When that first ‘Batman’ movie hit it was like this cultural volcano that defined what the superhero blockbuster was in a way that was just completely drew me in as a kid. So ‘Batman’ is definitely the one superhero movie franchise that I’m 100% just completely in love with, and I love [Christopher] Nolan’s so much man. Right now I’m just focusing on doing my own thing. And that hypothetical that you mentioned has so many variables to it in terms of what kind of movie they’re looking to make and all of that so, you know, that call hasn’t happened and in the meanwhile I’m not gonna sit by the phone, I’m just gonna keep writing my own stuff.”
What do you think? Would Rian Johnson‘s style fit that of a Batman movie? Might he re-team with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a continuation of Nolan’s franchise or should he start the whole thing all over again?