There has been a lot of excessive chatter lately about Christopher Nolan's upcoming plans in regards to The Dark Knight sequel, which is currently being called Batman 3, and his mentoring work on The Man of Steel, a proposed follow-up to Superman Returns. The director recently talked with The LA Times and said of Clark Kent, "It's very exciting, we have a fantastic story. And we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right."
Nolan, who is currently focusing most of his energy on getting his latest film Inception into theaters, revealed that The Man of Steel would have no ties to the previous Superman films. Acting as a producer, he revealed that it will stand alone in the cannon, "A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us. That's what I know how to do." It was while David S. Goyer and Nolan were struggling to come up with a new story for Batman 3 that Goyer revealed his daydream version for Kent and his alter ego, "He basically told me, 'I have this thought about how you would approach Superman.' I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I've never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma (Thomas, Nolan's wife and producing partner) and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way." Goyer is currently writing the screenplay, while a director hasn't been confirmed at this point.
Nolan also refuses to confirm himself as director of Batman 3 at this point, but he did say of the project, "We're approaching it in a not dissimilar way in terms of trying to find an incredible story in a way that audiences can engage with it the way they engage with contemporary action films. I think David's approach is a very good way of doing just that. My brother is writing a script for me and we'll wait to see how it turns out...he's struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be. Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story."
The director also confirmed that most of his cast would be returning for this final film, "We have a great ensemble, that's one of the attractions of doing another film, since we've been having a great time for years. I'm very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we've done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don't go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we're telling. And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That's what we do."