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Younger brother of famous writer/director Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, may be coming into his own with the “Justice League” film. Producers are still looking for the right person to fill the director’s chair and Jonathan’s name is on the short list. In a recent online interview with Jonathan Nolan, the Academy Award nominated writer discussed Bane, Batman, and beyond. This is what he had to say about “The Dark Knight Rises” and how daring the film was.
“The fun thing about writing in that environment is, with Emma [Thomas] and Chris and Wally [Pfister] and their team, whatever you want to do with a scene they would be able to achieve it. The beauty of that is you don’t have to sit there saying to yourself, ‘Well they’re not going to be able to do that!’ After Inception, Chris can do anything. You can write a sequence as huge as you like.”
Jonathan talked about how both the Joker and Bane were both captured in order to further their plans.
“Well, the Joker did that gag in The Dark Knight and that’s one of my favorite scenes in The Dark Knight! But I’m sure we were inspired by what went before — probably Bond movies or something else. There’s something great about it: in the face of certain defeat they have actually engineered the whole thing. There are similarities between Bane and The Joker in that sense. With both you think the shoe is on the other foot, and then you realize that the entire encounter has been engineered for them to get something they want. But The Joker has a particularly municipal aim. With this one, Bane’s out to do something really big. He is completely in charge of that situation. And unafraid, almost absurdly fearless. You’re never in any doubt with Bane. He is completely what he is. He’s absolutely… Out-of the box thinking. He does not take into consideration his fear.”
Nolan elaborated on the complex plane sequence at the beginning of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“Yeah, I was actually surprised it made it into the film. It was like that moment in The Dark Knight where The Joker hides the cell phone in the man’s stomach. But it is important to the story. Bane is taking his enemies’ strength and using it against them, namely the CIA’s forensic capabilities. He knows they will check the wreckage and they find the body and they will think it’s him [Dr. Pavel.] I always say, if you’ve got a good idea throw it in there!”
When asked about the Robin character and how he figured into the Batman universe, Nolan explained there was only one way to pull it off right.
“It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in that universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe’s character is very important to the story. In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe’s character is that character for this film. One of my favorite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It’s like that scene in The Prestige where the little kid sees through Christian’s trick. Little kids, they don’t have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there’s a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there.”
Nolan wrapped the interview by discussing “Justice League” and how Batman would function as part of a super team.
“I’m incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked. I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he’s kind of the black sheep of that family.”
“Justice League” is scheduled to begin production sometime in 2013 for a 2015 release. Will Beall wrote the screenplay. No director has been assigned at this time.
Sources: Empire, IMDb