While all the hype surrounding superhero movies lately has been because Marvel Studios recently announced their epic plans for the next five years which include ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ don’t forget that DC Entertainment has some huge projects in the pipeline to shape their own cinematic universe such as ‘Suicide Squad,‘ ‘Shazam.’ ‘Cyborg,’ and ‘Justice League.’ However, it looks like one key person linked to DC & Warner Bros’ comic book movies is keeping the capes and cowls in his rear view mirror for now.
Notable filmmaker Christopher Nolan revitalized DC Comics’ film adaptations when he went back to the Caped Crusader’s roots with ‘Batman Begins.’ Gone were the memories of Joel Schumacher’s delightful debacles because audiences clamored for the new era of the Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan then went on to serve as a producer on ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ in order to assist in creating a whole new shared continuity for DC’s iconic characters. But now, it looks like he and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, will be moving on from superhero movies for the time being. In an interview with Coming Soon, Jonathan mentioned that neither he nor his brother would be contributing to the foreseeable future of the DC Cinematic Universe:
“I love those guys and my brother was involved in ‘Man of Steel’ with Zack [Snyder] and David [Goyer]. I kind of feel like that chapter for us is closed. To be continued somewhere farther down the line? Maybe.”
Regardless of if they’re directly attached to any DC projects currently or not, the influence that they left behind is unmistakable. Thanks to the Nolan brothers, the company’s superhero films have taken a much more dark and gritty tone that hadn’t previously been seen in superhero movies before. Combined with Zack Snyder’s style from ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Sucker Punch,’ it’s hard to see that influence leaving any time soon.
As for what Christopher Nolan has coming next, the award-winning filmmaker’s latest opus ‘Interstellar’ will hit theaters on November 7th. So while we wait and see what he has up his sleeve for his first film without a superhero in it since ‘Inception,’ let us know what you think about Nolan’s departure from the DC Cinematic Universe in the comments below.