Christopher Nolan is bidding goodbye to the Caped Crusader—and, with the exception of a certain Man of Steel, superheroes in general.
With his epic Batman cycle coming to a close with the July 20 release of The Dark Knight Rises, the acclaimed director says he has no desire to take the reins on any additional installments, let alone Warner Bros.' long-rumored Justice League film.
"No, none at all," the 41-year-old Nolan was quoted by EW as saying while making the promotional rounds for the highly anticipated finale over the weekend. "We're finished with all we're doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on the character."
Sorry, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman and especially Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. There'll be no JLA for you—at least under the watchful artistic eye of this big-screen master. Despite the temptation to outdo the massive $1.4 billion in box office earned by rival Disney and Marvel's The Avengers, he's done with the series.
"I've got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project," he added, attributing the rumor to his role executive producing Zack Snyder's Man of Steel for Warner Bros.
While that film promises a fresh take on the iconic DC character, the future of Batman is a little less clear.
After putting his own uniquely dark stamp on Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the helmer confirmed he won't stick around to help shepherd any reboot—an inevitability given the combined $1.37 billion in worldwide grosses the first two Batman flicks made for the studio and the whopping amount The Dark Knight Rises is certain to rake in.
"Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they're going to do with him," said Nolan. "We've had our say on the character."
For his achievements with the Bat trilogy, not to mention several other groundbreaking cinematic works (see Memento and more recently Inception), the filmmaker meanwhile received the magnificent honor of placing his hand- and footprints in cement on Saturday at Hollywood's famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Attending the ceremony were Nolan's TDKR castmembers Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.