Empire revealed that before going ahead with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder reached out to Christoper Nolan, director of the Dark Knight trilogy for his blessing.
“You tell me if you don’t want me to do it,” Snyder told Nolan. Nolan said, “Well, we don’t own these characters. When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
Here’s the thing, why in god’s name does Snyder need or even want Nolan’s blessing for a Batman movie? The only reason I can think of is to further satisfy Dark Knight fanboys into watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The fact of the matter is this: Batman fans who bash on Batman v Superman will go in their droves to watch Snyder’s epic even if they spend an hour every day arguing and complaining about the casting and the footage.
And this notion that Christopher Nolan needs to sign off, albeit unofficially, on a next Batman project is not only stupid but completely infuriating. Don’t get me wrong; I love the Dark Knight trilogy. Batman Begins is often overlooked but it is a terrifically engrossing origin story, The Dark Knight speaks for its epic self whilst The Dark Knight Rises, for all its plot holes, is a grand adventure. But guess what? They came out, audiences watched them, they made their money and they’re in the past now.
Batman is a character that anyone can adapt. Hell, Warner Bros even let Joel Schumacher direct the caped crusader in a film featuring Bat credit cards, ice-skating action sequences, and icy puns.
And for all the hate Snyder and Affleck has gotten, I find it hilarious and fitting that said hate has gone decidedly mute after some actual evidence showed that you don’t get Batman wrong when so much is riding on the line.
I also hate the idea that Nolan has some sort of authority over Batman. This is a character that has been adapted hundreds and hundreds of times over the past 76 years. Did Bruce Timm sit down with Frank Miller before writing Bruce Wayne? Did Nolan reach out to Frank Miller or Bruce Timm before he took Christian Bale to the night? What about Scott Snyder or Geoff Johns?
Look, everyone loves that Nolan brought Batman back from the dead but to say you asked his permission, even if it was out of courtesy, really touches a nerve.
Do whatever you want with the character. The only thing you have to make sure is that you get him right. Nolan got Bruce Wayne to a tee, his Batman, on the other hand, is still up for debate.
It’ll be interesting to see what Snyder’s Batman throws our way.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th, 2016.