Most fans and critics alike would agree that Christopher Nolan redefined what a superhero movie could and maybe should be with his epic The Dark Knight trilogy. He also helped bring Man of Steel to the big screen, serving as a writer and producer. While the Superman reboot helped launch Warner Bros. and DC's new Cinematic Universe, don't expect to see him or his brother Jonathan Nolan, who helped penned the screenplays for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight, back to continue their work on the two-part Justice League movie or its standalone and spinoff movies.
While doing press for Interstellar, which Jonathan co-wrote with his brother, the younger Nolan confirmed that he and Christopher Nolan are done with the big screen world of DC. At least for the moment,
"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."
Jonathan Nolan does not completely rule out ever returning to the superhero genre for DC and Warner Bros., though that may be very far along in the future.
"To be continued somewhere farther down the line? Maybe."
Do you think this is a good or bad thing for Warner Bros. and DC? Christopher Nolan does have an executive producer credit on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he is not actively involved with the film on a creative level. And in February, when Warner and DC issued their official press release confirming Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Christopher Nolan's name was suspiciously absent.
Warner Bros. has made no secret that they are trying to distance their upcoming slate from Christopher Nolan's name, and you're not likely to hear his name mentioned as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continues its way to the screen for a March 2016 debut. Christopher Nolan himself has stated that he is no longer interested in superhero movies. This might mean a lighter tone is in store for Justice League and its spinoffs, but as far as we know, DC still has a 'no jokes' rule in place when it comes to telling these stories. Christopher Nolan has left a firm handprint on what we will see in the future from Warner Bros. and DC, and for awhile at least, these movies will linger in his shadow.