Writer Jonathan Nolan: Batfleck Will Be 'Incredible'

Ben Bussey
17 April 2014
Writer Jonathan Nolan: Batfleck Will Be 'Incredible'

Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' has praised the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman, saying he will be "incredible" in the role.

Taking questions from social media in an interview with Larry King, Nolan was asked whether he was surprised by the casting of Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman crossover for Warners/DC.

Nolan insisted, "No - Warner Bros. has a fantastic relationship with Ben. He's a fantastic filmmaker and a phenomenal lead. I think he's going to be an incredible Batman."

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Jonathan Nolan co-wrote the screenplays for the last two 'Dark Knight' movies with his director brother Christopher, neither of whom have any involvement in the still officially untitled 'Man of Steel' follow-up.

He also scripted 2006's 'The Prestige,' and wrote the short story on which his brother's breakthrough film 'Memento' was based, and has subsequently collaborated with his brother again on the upcoming 'Interstellar' starring Matthew McConaghey. He also created the TV series 'Person of Interest.'

Asked whether he would revisit Batman, Nolan said, "I'd love to go back twenty years from now. I'd love to go back and revisit that character in a different part of my life. But that was 10 years of my life, and we were very proud of the films that we made."

Nolan also concurred with Larry King's point that Batman's status as a superhero without superpowers is what makes him interesting.

"His superpowers were rage and money, and there was nothing extraordinary about it. It's just the ordinary man, sufficiently p***ed off to want to go and turn his life into a symbol and go out and fight crime in the middle of the night."

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Nolan also gave an interesting anecdote from the writing of 'The Dark Knight,' relating to The Joker - the character whom the Dark Knight trilogy has perhaps most drastically redefined in the popular consciousness, thanks in no small part to Heath Ledger's performance.

"One of the fun things about writing on 'The Dark Knight' was, we got all the way through the drafts, and DC would send us a box of comics every time we started to write on one... [and] we realised that neither my brother nor myself had read the first appearance of The Joker.

"So we finished the first draft of 'The Dark Knight,' and I went back to look at [The Joker's introduction]... and I couldn't believe it, but it had so many story beats that were the same as the film that we'd just written.

"That's when we knew we'd done honour to that character."

And who knows how long it will be before DC will dare try to present The Joker in live action again...?

Do you agree with Jonathan Nolan about Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, or do you still think it's the worst idea since the Bat-nipples? Let us know in the comments section below.

Ben Bussey is a freelance writer and comic book movie/sci-fi fantasy/horror enthusiast, who had some issues with 'Man of Steel' but is cautiously optimistic about 'Batman vs. Superman' (or whatever they wind up calling it).

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