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Zack Snyder asked for Christopher Nolan's permission to touch Batman again

01.27.2016

What if Christopher Nolan had said no, telling Zack Snyder that Batman should be off-limits only four years after he put the finishing touches on his Bat-verse trilogy with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

I guess we'll never know, but it's one of those mysteries we'll have to ponder as the DC Cinematic Universe gets ready to expand with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. How would Warner Bros. plans taken shape, amidst Zack Snyder's new revelation that he met with Christopher Nolan prior to embarking on this latest film to ask for his blessing in incorporating Batman into what he was planning?

'You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,' Snyder told Nolan. After a silence, Nolan said, 'Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].'

'I think he found it a little bit hard,' Snyder admits. 'I would feel the same way.'

I would hardly call that the green light Snyder was looking for, but it's enough cover for him to go ahead and do something with the Batman. Nolan is right. These aren't characters that can be put on the shelf. Someone is always going to want to do something with them, whether it's for creative reasons or financial reasons. So, if you have the opportunity to have them in your hands and you can do something worthwhile with them, might as well take your shot, right?

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9:20PM on 01/28/2016
Snyder: "Is it cool if I get your blessing to do Batman?"
Nolan: "Sure, as long as it gets me out of producing these damn DC movies"
Snyder: "Sweet"
Snyder: "Is it cool if I get your blessing to do Batman?"
Nolan: "Sure, as long as it gets me out of producing these damn DC movies"
Snyder: "Sweet"
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9:07AM on 01/28/2016
Nolan did his version of Batman movies, and had about 2.7 out of 3 turn out excellent - kudos to the guy, but I'm definitely of the opinion that comicbook characters and their associated films are very much open to reinterpretation - it's like a comic series shifting from Grant Morrison to Frank Miller - you're still getting Batman, just a different perspective, and I think you'd be hard-pressed to build a satisfying cinematic superhero universe from Nolan's very specific take than something
Nolan did his version of Batman movies, and had about 2.7 out of 3 turn out excellent - kudos to the guy, but I'm definitely of the opinion that comicbook characters and their associated films are very much open to reinterpretation - it's like a comic series shifting from Grant Morrison to Frank Miller - you're still getting Batman, just a different perspective, and I think you'd be hard-pressed to build a satisfying cinematic superhero universe from Nolan's very specific take than something more 'broad strokes' like one assumes we're getting from Snyder.
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6:55AM on 01/28/2016
Sounds like a bit of an awkward conversation for Zack Snyder
Sounds like a bit of an awkward conversation for Zack Snyder
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3:16AM on 01/28/2016
I'm interested to see how this film is gonna play out, especially with Batman. I feel one of the criticisms of this film could be in his beef with Supes being around the carnage he created in MOS only to be part of the same carnage himself in this film. Don't get me wrong I'm excited to see WW and a darker more f**d up Batman but I hope this film doesn't become a carnage CGI fest. I'm a MOS take it or leave it guy, I have it on DVD and I'd have to be really in the mood to watch it but if it's
I'm interested to see how this film is gonna play out, especially with Batman. I feel one of the criticisms of this film could be in his beef with Supes being around the carnage he created in MOS only to be part of the same carnage himself in this film. Don't get me wrong I'm excited to see WW and a darker more f**d up Batman but I hope this film doesn't become a carnage CGI fest. I'm a MOS take it or leave it guy, I have it on DVD and I'd have to be really in the mood to watch it but if it's on TV it's the sort of film I'd be lazy enough to leave on. I'm calling it now as well that I think Eisenberg is gonna come up smelling of roses as Lex
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9:25PM on 01/27/2016
Snyder: so Chris, buddy, i'd like to ask you something.
Nolan: how did you get my number? and it's Christopher.
Snyder: oops, sorry bro. i mean Christopher, may i have your blessing to redo Batman?
Nolan: no.
Snyder: ....
Nolan: ....
Snyder: well, WB wants me to do it. they're backing it up with tons of money. but tell me if you don't want me to do it. er.... i mean, tell Kevin Tsujihara he made a bad call. he's financing Dunkirk, right?
Nolan: well, we don't own these
Snyder: so Chris, buddy, i'd like to ask you something.
Nolan: how did you get my number? and it's Christopher.
Snyder: oops, sorry bro. i mean Christopher, may i have your blessing to redo Batman?
Nolan: no.
Snyder: ....
Nolan: ....
Snyder: well, WB wants me to do it. they're backing it up with tons of money. but tell me if you don't want me to do it. er.... i mean, tell Kevin Tsujihara he made a bad call. he's financing Dunkirk, right?
Nolan: well, we don't own these characters.
Snyder: right?
Nolan: you're gonna fuck it up. and when you're done making Batman movies, someone else will fuck it up more. so whatever, i'm over it.
Snyder: cool if i tell everyone i have your blessing?
Nolan: no.
Snyder: too late. the power of twitter.
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3:09AM on 01/28/2016
Class - like it very much. Id have like Nolan to throw in some digs too
Nolan: you gonna CGI abs on these characters and shoot slo-mo scenes
Snyder: fuck you Chris, suckerpunch was a masterpiece
Class - like it very much. Id have like Nolan to throw in some digs too
Nolan: you gonna CGI abs on these characters and shoot slo-mo scenes
Snyder: fuck you Chris, suckerpunch was a masterpiece
2:33PM on 01/28/2016
Haha. Yes.

In Snyders defence though, Watchmen is good.
Haha. Yes.

In Snyders defence though, Watchmen is good.
9:22PM on 01/27/2016
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't WB try to get Christian Bale back as Batman when this film was in the early planning stages? Pretty sure I read it on this site a year or 2 ago. Maybe that's why Snyder felt the need to ask him, for using "his" version of Batman, before they decided to go with a new version of the character.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't WB try to get Christian Bale back as Batman when this film was in the early planning stages? Pretty sure I read it on this site a year or 2 ago. Maybe that's why Snyder felt the need to ask him, for using "his" version of Batman, before they decided to go with a new version of the character.
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9:16AM on 01/28/2016
Yeah they did and they offered him an insane amount of money too. Also The first Man of Steel started with Christopher Nolan, he was the producer and came up with the story and he personally picked Snyder. It was meant to be set in the same world as Nolan's Batman films. Didn't think Man of Steel was too great either and I'm not expecting much of this one, but I do think it's funny how fast people forget stuff.
Yeah they did and they offered him an insane amount of money too. Also The first Man of Steel started with Christopher Nolan, he was the producer and came up with the story and he personally picked Snyder. It was meant to be set in the same world as Nolan's Batman films. Didn't think Man of Steel was too great either and I'm not expecting much of this one, but I do think it's funny how fast people forget stuff.
8:52PM on 01/27/2016
I don't understand why he had to ask Nolan at all in the first place. It's not like Nolan asked Burton to do a new interpretation nor is Nolan's trilogy the definitive version of Batman.
I don't understand why he had to ask Nolan at all in the first place. It's not like Nolan asked Burton to do a new interpretation nor is Nolan's trilogy the definitive version of Batman.
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3:11AM on 01/28/2016
I'm guessing it's more out of mutual respect given that Nolans trilogy is arguably one of the greatest of all time, and I mean that not just in terms of comic book trilogies. I think it still feels very recent as well, the comparison between Nolan and Burton is different given the length of time in between films
I'm guessing it's more out of mutual respect given that Nolans trilogy is arguably one of the greatest of all time, and I mean that not just in terms of comic book trilogies. I think it still feels very recent as well, the comparison between Nolan and Burton is different given the length of time in between films
8:08PM on 01/27/2016
Well, that's hardly a yes, Mr. Snyder. It's more like when you ask someone to pass the salt and pepper when he or she is done with them.
Well, that's hardly a yes, Mr. Snyder. It's more like when you ask someone to pass the salt and pepper when he or she is done with them.
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7:37PM on 01/27/2016

Who's the schmoe with no username that replied to comments on here?

He has no name on here. It's completely blank.
He has no name on here. It's completely blank.
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7:55PM on 01/27/2016
I have been ignoring him, but how is he able to post with no name and no profile to view? Like is he even registered?...I'm just confused.
I have been ignoring him, but how is he able to post with no name and no profile to view? Like is he even registered?...I'm just confused.
7:55PM on 01/27/2016
Now Paul Shirey's comment is gone...Did the troll with no name make that happen?
Now Paul Shirey's comment is gone...Did the troll with no name make that happen?
8:01PM on 01/27/2016
For a second I thought he got canned for using the word "fag" but his name appeared again. Trust me he's not the joblo.com phantom.
For a second I thought he got canned for using the word "fag" but his name appeared again. Trust me he's not the joblo.com phantom.
8:12PM on 01/27/2016
Nah, I'm just going through and escorting the riff-raff out of here. He'll be gone shortly.
Nah, I'm just going through and escorting the riff-raff out of here. He'll be gone shortly.
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6:46PM on 01/27/2016
Old news. Really old. Years already.
Old news. Really old. Years already.
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6:26PM on 01/27/2016
If this movie fails hard - I fear it has been rushed, has a kitchen sink mentality, and a desire to compete with Marvel instead of being a great Bats/Supes/DC film - I kind of hope everyone involved is banned from making films. And I'm a pretty big fan of Affleck, as well as Amy Adams and Terrio and there's quite a few other talented people involved in this, but this is too much to absolutely fail. I find a lot of faults with Nolans Bat films, I find all overrated, but none absolutely fail to
If this movie fails hard - I fear it has been rushed, has a kitchen sink mentality, and a desire to compete with Marvel instead of being a great Bats/Supes/DC film - I kind of hope everyone involved is banned from making films. And I'm a pretty big fan of Affleck, as well as Amy Adams and Terrio and there's quite a few other talented people involved in this, but this is too much to absolutely fail. I find a lot of faults with Nolans Bat films, I find all overrated, but none absolutely fail to any degree. Idk - I did like MOS though. I guess what's the bare minimum this movie needs to succeed?
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12:18PM on 01/28/2016
I doubt this will fail financially.
I doubt this will fail financially.
6:17PM on 01/27/2016

'I think he found it a little bit hard,' Snyder admits.

Oh BS.
Oh BS.
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