“We went in the next day”: Christopher Nolan’s Frustration With Christian Bale’s Final Batman Movie Birthed Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel to Kickstart the DCEU

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Well, the title does sound like a Christopher Nolan movie but the case is indeed true. From having writer’s block for Christian Bale’s The Dark Knight Rises, the visionary director ended up being the producer of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in the DCU (formerly DCEU).

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While working on the sets of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and screenplay writer David S. Goyer were quite frustrated. Going over a few plot points, the duo couldn’t seem to figure out how to give Christian Bale a proper send-off. Taking some time off, the duo came up with the story of Man of Steel, and Nolan placed some calls wanting to be a producer. And that is how Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel came to be!

Christopher Nolan on the sets of The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan on the sets of The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan’s Frustration Resulted In Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel!

The 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most acclaimed movies ever made by director Christopher Nolan. Not really diving into the superhero genre, the director planned a proper trilogy for Christian Bale’s Batman for the DC Universe.

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With the movie requiring a plethora of sacrifices, the director and screenplay writer David S. Goyer had to get creative. Noting that there were some plot points that needed a rechecking, Nolan and Goyer were left scratching their heads. It was Nolan who finally decided to take some time off the project (a few weeks) and David S. Goyer wanted a way out of the writer’s block.

Zack Snyder on the set of Man of Steel with Henry Cavill
Zack Snyder on the set of Man of Steel with Henry Cavill

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In an interview with Collider, the screenplay writer told that to overcome writer’s block, he started reading some old comics of DC. Goyer started writing down some important points for the character of Superman and before he knew it, a rough screenplay for Man of Steel had been made!

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“I was wasting time and procrastinating and took out an archive edition of some of the original Superman comic books, action comic books and started re-reading them because I couldn’t figure out this plot point on Dark Knight Rises. I just randomly sat down one afternoon and wrote up some ideas for Superman,”

The screenplay writer further continued that when Christopher Nolan saw the piece of work, he immediately called Jeff Robinov, who was the head of Warner Bros. and they had a meeting.

“So I told him and he literally called Jeff Robinov, who’s the head of Warner Bros, while I was sitting there and said, ‘Jeff, Dave just told me this take on Superman and you need to hear it. I’d like to produce it. Can we come in?’ And we went in the next day,”

Christopher Nolan, being Nolan has created several iconic movies over the years. One particular movie that still seemed to baffle the audience’s mind was Inception. Talking about the ending of the movie almost after 13 years, the director clarified his take on whether it was real or not.

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Christopher Nolan Clarifies Inception’s Ending

Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy along with Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from Inception
Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy along with Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from Inception

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Fans might remember the infamous ending of Inception. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb spins his token at the end and if it stops then they are in the real world. Well, the screen cuts to black as soon as the top starts to dangle just a little bit and fans are left wondering whether they are dreaming or alive (or if life is just a dream?).

Well, director Christopher Nolan took the courtesy of organizing the chaos by simply stating that the end doesn’t matter. According to the director, the only thing that matters is that Cobb had moved on and was with his kids so the reality or the dream doesn’t really matter!

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“I mean, the end of Inception, it’s exactly that. There is a nihilistic view of that ending, right? But also, he’s moved on and is with his kids. The ambiguity is not an emotional ambiguity. It’s an intellectual one for the audience.”

The director is currently traumatizing people with his latest magnum opus Oppenheimer which seems to be too brutal for the people to witness. The movie is currently screening in theaters across the world and according to the critics, it’s a Christopher Nolan must-watch!

Source: Collider

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.