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Nolan does Superman... and Justice League?

02.27.2010

There's been a flurry of (rumored) activity with Warner Bros. trying to stuff their stable of famous DC Comics characters into the development pipe.

There was a report of David Goyer overseeing the new scripts for SUPERMAN and BATMAN along with Jonah Nolan, while his bro Christopher Nolan "godfathers" the project(s). IESB claims Chris is maneuvering to get Jonah into the director chair for the MAN OF STEEL, making his feature debut on a big-budget movie starring perhaps the most recognizable superhero in the world.

Wait -- why would the studio be willing to do such a thing? Well... the story is that not only is Chris Nolan preparing the (potential) third BATMAN, but he's also reportedly getting things lined up to gather the costumed icons for a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie.

While seemingly far-fetched on the surface, keep in mind that Nolan was behind one of history's biggest moneymakers. But does he really have that much clout? And is that necessarily a good thing, turning the DC Universe into a Nolanverse of brooding superheroes? Or will it simply sputter like past attempts to collect DC's brave and bold on the big screen?

Stay tuned, true believers! Or whatever DC's catchphrase is!

Extra Tidbit: I think I'll stick with the JL animated adventures for now.
Source: IESB

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8:37PM on 03/01/2010
MAKE BATMAN 3! Superman is lame.
MAKE BATMAN 3! Superman is lame.
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5:19PM on 03/01/2010

Why all the Hate??

I mean it's not like he put out Superman Returns and they are letting him make another and Justice League. Let's be happy that WB was smart enough to think of him to help out with the films which is the major point most of you who complain this is a bad thing are missing. Nolan is right man for job and he takes his time and cares for these characters or else he wouldn't be involved at all.
I mean it's not like he put out Superman Returns and they are letting him make another and Justice League. Let's be happy that WB was smart enough to think of him to help out with the films which is the major point most of you who complain this is a bad thing are missing. Nolan is right man for job and he takes his time and cares for these characters or else he wouldn't be involved at all.
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12:27AM on 03/01/2010

Hope Its Not True...

I think Nolan is a great director and did a great job with the resurrection of Batman, but how bout he just sticks to Bats and let someone else be in control of Superman and The Justice League movie. There are other fine directors out there in the land of Hollywood...JEEZ
I think Nolan is a great director and did a great job with the resurrection of Batman, but how bout he just sticks to Bats and let someone else be in control of Superman and The Justice League movie. There are other fine directors out there in the land of Hollywood...JEEZ
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11:23PM on 02/28/2010
Well hey also if this is true we have a far better chance of Bale returning as Batman right that would be awsome in a JL movie
Well hey also if this is true we have a far better chance of Bale returning as Batman right that would be awsome in a JL movie
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9:39PM on 02/28/2010

WISH IT WAS TRUE

This turns out 2b tru, than Im a happy ass camper!Cuz the Nolans hav a solid all around rep & they take their craft real fukn serious.
This turns out 2b tru, than Im a happy ass camper!Cuz the Nolans hav a solid all around rep & they take their craft real fukn serious.
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3:43PM on 02/28/2010
This is clearly a bunch of BS! As if they would put all this into the hands of someone who hasn't directed before! Pleaseeee ... these Supes rumors are pretty ridiculous!
This is clearly a bunch of BS! As if they would put all this into the hands of someone who hasn't directed before! Pleaseeee ... these Supes rumors are pretty ridiculous!
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3:34PM on 02/28/2010

JLA? unlikely

Nolan said he wouldn't have the penguin in his batman universe its unlikely he'll go for a flying alien. a white amazonion with bullet deflecting wrist bands or any of the other fantastical characters. He understands that these characters live in here own universe and shouldnt cross pollinate. not in the movie world. the more extraordinary each character is the less super they become. the less unique the more cluttered. i hope Avengers nor JLA ever happen cos i love superhero flicks i love
Nolan said he wouldn't have the penguin in his batman universe its unlikely he'll go for a flying alien. a white amazonion with bullet deflecting wrist bands or any of the other fantastical characters. He understands that these characters live in here own universe and shouldnt cross pollinate. not in the movie world. the more extraordinary each character is the less super they become. the less unique the more cluttered. i hope Avengers nor JLA ever happen cos i love superhero flicks i love comic books and understand they both have there fundamental limits. Nolan's a smart fella. anyway, can you imagine king of the douches Bale agreeing to share billing with Megan Fox and Brandon Routh or anyone else. his nose always seemed out of joint that Ledger got ALLL the glory from TDK. i'd love to see a supes / nolan / nolan production. Perhaps then he wont be deflecting bullets with his eye ball. even supes needs flaws. the nolans will find his vulnerability. Kal-El is a lost soul.
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3:33PM on 02/28/2010

JLA? unlikely

Nolan said he wouldn't have the penguin in his batman universe its unlikely he'll go for a flying alien. a white amazonion with bullet deflecting wrist bands or any of the other fantastical characters. He understands that these characters live in here own universe and shouldnt cross pollinate. not in the movie world. the more extraordinary each character is the less super they become. the less unique the more cluttered. i hope Avengers nor JLA ever happen cos i love superhero flicks i love
Nolan said he wouldn't have the penguin in his batman universe its unlikely he'll go for a flying alien. a white amazonion with bullet deflecting wrist bands or any of the other fantastical characters. He understands that these characters live in here own universe and shouldnt cross pollinate. not in the movie world. the more extraordinary each character is the less super they become. the less unique the more cluttered. i hope Avengers nor JLA ever happen cos i love superhero flicks i love comic books and understand they both have there fundamental limits. Nolan's a smart fella. anyway, can you imagine king of the douches Bale agreeing to share billing with Megan Fox and Brandon Routh or anyone else. his nose always seemed out of joint that Ledger got ALLL the glory from TDK. i'd love to see a supes / nolan / nolan production. Perhaps then he wont be deflecting bullets with his eye ball. even supes needs flaws. the nolans will find his vulnerability. Kal-El is a lost soul.
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2:28PM on 02/28/2010

Avengers, JLA, doesn't matter

While I would love them to succeed, I think both will epically fail. Just an experiment for fan boys to cream their shorts at the sight of Batman and Superman on the same screen.
While I would love them to succeed, I think both will epically fail. Just an experiment for fan boys to cream their shorts at the sight of Batman and Superman on the same screen.
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12:59PM on 02/28/2010
Avengers > JLA
Avengers > JLA
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10:51AM on 02/28/2010
Nolan would have to actually be Superman in order to get all this together.
Nolan would have to actually be Superman in order to get all this together.
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10:41AM on 02/28/2010
I wasn' interested in the now-collapsed JLA movie. If this news is true, I certainly have more faith in JLA movie.
I wasn' interested in the now-collapsed JLA movie. If this news is true, I certainly have more faith in JLA movie.
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4:25AM on 02/28/2010
If Bruce Timm is like the king of the DC Animated Universe then make Nolan the King of live action universe.
If Bruce Timm is like the king of the DC Animated Universe then make Nolan the King of live action universe.
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4:03AM on 02/28/2010
I smell bullshit.
I smell bullshit.
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2:44AM on 02/28/2010
Wake me when AVENGERS comes to light. They promised us that as well and it's a more "adult" series line, so I'm waiting more on that than the JL.
Wake me when AVENGERS comes to light. They promised us that as well and it's a more "adult" series line, so I'm waiting more on that than the JL.
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12:38PM on 03/01/2010
Can't say I totally agree . . . but I love your avatar ;-)
Can't say I totally agree . . . but I love your avatar ;-)
1:02AM on 02/28/2010
give him JSA Wonder Woman Flash Aquaman Manhunter Plastic Man and Lobo too.
and i'm serious
give him JSA Wonder Woman Flash Aquaman Manhunter Plastic Man and Lobo too.
and i'm serious
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10:05PM on 02/27/2010
If they get Geoff Johns to write it, I'll be happy no matter who directs (and as long as they don't use teenagers or any of the CW stars for the starring roles--except maybe Tom Welling).
If they get Geoff Johns to write it, I'll be happy no matter who directs (and as long as they don't use teenagers or any of the CW stars for the starring roles--except maybe Tom Welling).
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10:03PM on 02/27/2010
just throw shitloads of money at nolan - and make the justice league happen. booyha!
just throw shitloads of money at nolan - and make the justice league happen. booyha!
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8:33PM on 02/27/2010

OK ...

... now for the (cruel) facts: 1. Bbefore Justice League we need to have Green Lantern (in development), Flash, Wonder woman and Superman reboot. So, I guess not before 2014. 2. I strongly doubt Nolan is that interested in DC universe to go all the way. We can clearly see he likes breaks between Batman films. And he didn't show interest in other superheroes than Batman. -> Bottom line: Batman 3 with Nolan is (almost) a sure thing, everything else seems too farfetched. Warner needs too take a
... now for the (cruel) facts: 1. Bbefore Justice League we need to have Green Lantern (in development), Flash, Wonder woman and Superman reboot. So, I guess not before 2014. 2. I strongly doubt Nolan is that interested in DC universe to go all the way. We can clearly see he likes breaks between Batman films. And he didn't show interest in other superheroes than Batman. -> Bottom line: Batman 3 with Nolan is (almost) a sure thing, everything else seems too farfetched. Warner needs too take a step back and rethink everything. People are rooting for Avengers movie, but Justice League? Not so much.
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8:25PM on 02/27/2010

hmmmm

loved nolan's batman films but im more of a marvel man myself. Avengers all the way
loved nolan's batman films but im more of a marvel man myself. Avengers all the way
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2:44AM on 02/28/2010
I agree.
I agree.
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7:35PM on 02/27/2010

BATMAN 3

sounds good
sounds good
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6:56PM on 02/27/2010
Throughout my entire life, I've only been a Batman fan, so he is my only horse in this race. That said, I love this idea. I think having a kick-ass Justice League movie would be a better launching point for the remainder of the superhero movies to be made (Wonder Woman, et al). I don't think those movies on their own, stand alone basis, have enough to get them off the ground. Think Electra, The Spirit, etc. Would you have thought Wolverine was good if you didn't have to compare it to the other
Throughout my entire life, I've only been a Batman fan, so he is my only horse in this race. That said, I love this idea. I think having a kick-ass Justice League movie would be a better launching point for the remainder of the superhero movies to be made (Wonder Woman, et al). I don't think those movies on their own, stand alone basis, have enough to get them off the ground. Think Electra, The Spirit, etc. Would you have thought Wolverine was good if you didn't have to compare it to the other Xmen? And at least it provides continuity, which fan boys crave (Think X3). So overall, I think this is a good idea.

EDIT: And it was probably in Nolan's contract that if Justice League ever came to be, he would have a part in it. Only because HIS Batman would be one of the main characters and he doesn't want his version/vision ruined by another director. I wouldn't be comfortable handing Batman over to another director so soon either.
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6:23PM on 02/27/2010

Think outside the box

I think it sucks how WB is trying to play it safe and have Nolan be involved in every DC superhero movie after being the only dude who has actually made a coupke of successfull Batman films, maybe he's only right for the Batman universe and not necessarily Superman or Wonder Woman, there's a bunch of directors out there with potential they just need to really sit down and find that guy.
I think it sucks how WB is trying to play it safe and have Nolan be involved in every DC superhero movie after being the only dude who has actually made a coupke of successfull Batman films, maybe he's only right for the Batman universe and not necessarily Superman or Wonder Woman, there's a bunch of directors out there with potential they just need to really sit down and find that guy.
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5:39PM on 02/27/2010
Can we get a confirmed source on Chris Nolan being involved? I read last week the rumor was debunked
Can we get a confirmed source on Chris Nolan being involved? I read last week the rumor was debunked
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5:35PM on 02/27/2010
i hope this just remains a rumor. firstly, the flash needs to get his own movie, as well as wonder woman. and guys, lets just admit it: the Justice League is kinda just for kicks. not too many people over the age of 12 actually think the justice league is cool.
i hope this just remains a rumor. firstly, the flash needs to get his own movie, as well as wonder woman. and guys, lets just admit it: the Justice League is kinda just for kicks. not too many people over the age of 12 actually think the justice league is cool.
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4:58PM on 02/27/2010

Heh...

Any one who knows anything about Nolan would realize that these are just rumors. At least the JLA one. The whole reason Nolan was up for doing the Batman franchise is because it was realistic in a sense. Same reason he will not put in any metahuman villains in the trilogy. Hince... Nolan + JLA = Big fat LIE.
Any one who knows anything about Nolan would realize that these are just rumors. At least the JLA one. The whole reason Nolan was up for doing the Batman franchise is because it was realistic in a sense. Same reason he will not put in any metahuman villains in the trilogy. Hince... Nolan + JLA = Big fat LIE.
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4:17PM on 02/27/2010
i kinda would rather see nolan concentrate on his own films.
i like them more.
i kinda would rather see nolan concentrate on his own films.
i like them more.
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4:17PM on 02/27/2010
I love Nolan and what he did with Batman, but I don't see it mixing well with justice league. I don't even know if Bale's Batman is going to be in justice league or if they are talking about a film that will be totally separate from that universe, but it still doesn't sit right with me. Jon Favreau did a great job with Iron Man, but I don't think Marvel needs to send him to the Thor set and oversee what Kenneth Branaugh is doing. Hire somebody talented and with a vision and the films will be
I love Nolan and what he did with Batman, but I don't see it mixing well with justice league. I don't even know if Bale's Batman is going to be in justice league or if they are talking about a film that will be totally separate from that universe, but it still doesn't sit right with me. Jon Favreau did a great job with Iron Man, but I don't think Marvel needs to send him to the Thor set and oversee what Kenneth Branaugh is doing. Hire somebody talented and with a vision and the films will be good.
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4:15PM on 02/27/2010

Ok Ok

All right I'm listening...
All right I'm listening...
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4:15PM on 02/27/2010
Weve been getting JL movie rumors for like 5 years now and none of them have ever come true. I doubt this one is any different.
Weve been getting JL movie rumors for like 5 years now and none of them have ever come true. I doubt this one is any different.
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3:41PM on 02/27/2010
I hope this is true!
I hope this is true!
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3:38PM on 02/27/2010

Don't Rely On A Name

I like this idea just as much as anyone, but arn't the studios relying on Nolon TOO much? Ok So He reinvented Batman and made it a great movie finally - that doesn't mean everything he touches turns to gold. I would pick him over anyone but what if hes Superman movie fails? To me they should get a great script and a great director - take your time. But if they want Nolan because they feel he will make it a monster success concidering waht he did for Batman, then yes part of that might be true
I like this idea just as much as anyone, but arn't the studios relying on Nolon TOO much? Ok So He reinvented Batman and made it a great movie finally - that doesn't mean everything he touches turns to gold. I would pick him over anyone but what if hes Superman movie fails? To me they should get a great script and a great director - take your time. But if they want Nolan because they feel he will make it a monster success concidering waht he did for Batman, then yes part of that might be true but don't rely on a name - GIVE US A GOOD GOD DAMN MOVIE!!!
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3:35PM on 02/27/2010
Am I the only one who thinks the more "realistic" version of Batman Nolan directed won't go so well with potentially "supernatural" superheroes like Superman or Aquaman?
Am I the only one who thinks the more "realistic" version of Batman Nolan directed won't go so well with potentially "supernatural" superheroes like Superman or Aquaman?
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2:46AM on 02/28/2010
No, I can see that as well. The Justice League seems way too schlocky for Nolan.
No, I can see that as well. The Justice League seems way too schlocky for Nolan.
3:31PM on 02/27/2010

DAMN IT!!

I just jizzed in my pants! Be right back..
I just jizzed in my pants! Be right back..
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3:28PM on 02/27/2010

Cool

as long as they don't cast that dude from "Entourage" as Aquaman.
as long as they don't cast that dude from "Entourage" as Aquaman.
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2:52PM on 02/27/2010

taking on too much?

i LOVE what nolan did with batman. but i'm afraid he might get caught up in his own hype... and the JL movie will be when christopher nolan starts sucking.
i LOVE what nolan did with batman. but i'm afraid he might get caught up in his own hype... and the JL movie will be when christopher nolan starts sucking.
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2:41PM on 02/27/2010

cool

Make it happen warner this is the time that i can say i'm confident in what dc and warner are planning.
Make it happen warner this is the time that i can say i'm confident in what dc and warner are planning.
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2:40PM on 02/27/2010

Epic

If it's true this is the right direction dc should be taaking these movie i think the nolans are the right choice epic epic epic ca't wait for this.
If it's true this is the right direction dc should be taaking these movie i think the nolans are the right choice epic epic epic ca't wait for this.
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2:36PM on 02/27/2010

Great

i think they shouldn't rush everything. nolan should worry abuot BATMAN 3 right now, then move on to THE MAN OF STEEL, then JUSTICE LEAGUE. fans like me are willing to wait as long as it takes.
i think they shouldn't rush everything. nolan should worry abuot BATMAN 3 right now, then move on to THE MAN OF STEEL, then JUSTICE LEAGUE. fans like me are willing to wait as long as it takes.
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2:20PM on 02/27/2010

Awesome

There is no director in hollywood right now I trust more then Nolan. But I hope Justice League is still years away, because they should establish the characters (Green Lantern, Flash, Superman & Wonder Woman)in their solo movies first before go on with Justice League. I would like to see at least 2 movies of every character first...
All these DC-Movie rumors are great, but I hope WB are going to make some official announcements soon!
There is no director in hollywood right now I trust more then Nolan. But I hope Justice League is still years away, because they should establish the characters (Green Lantern, Flash, Superman & Wonder Woman)in their solo movies first before go on with Justice League. I would like to see at least 2 movies of every character first...
All these DC-Movie rumors are great, but I hope WB are going to make some official announcements soon!
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2:06PM on 02/27/2010
More rumors, ho hum.

Yeah Bruce Timm's version of the Justice League is quite excellent.
More rumors, ho hum.

Yeah Bruce Timm's version of the Justice League is quite excellent.
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2:06PM on 02/27/2010

WTF?

This could be potentially excellent, if unexpected.
This could be potentially excellent, if unexpected.
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