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Why Christopher Nolan Never Made The Dark Knight 4

Batman has had so many different adaptations of him in live-action. But none of them matches the Dark Knight trilogy. It has set a really high benchmark for Batman adaptations that follow as they cannot escape the comparison. Also, Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises are among the top 50 highest-grossing movies of all time. Though this could’ve been a good reason to make the fourth film, Christopher Nolan was against the idea.

The Batman was released this year and did well at the box office with great reviews. Despite Robert Pattinson is the new face of Batman, Ben Affleck will return for the role in The Flash. This means the fans love to see various adaptations of the superhero still and the director can come back with a fourth film.

Christopher Nolan is against the idea of Dark Knight 4

In an interview with Toronto Sun, Christian Bale shared Christopher Nolan’s mind, “Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three we would stop. ‘Let’s walk away after that.'” he said. “Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a No. 4?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’ dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent go for a fourth.'”

Christopher Nolan is against the idea of Dark Knight 4
Christopher Nolan is against the idea of Dark Knight 4

It is a trend for superhero movies to usually go beyond just two or three movies. Even, Matt Reeves‘s The Batman seems like the first film of a series, though it is a standalone movie in the DCEU. But the views of Christopher Nolan were that he wrote each movie as if it was the last. Bale added, “We never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. That’s something that Chris always would talk about. He’d say, ‘This is it. We’re making one film. That’s all we’ve got.'”

Christopher Nolan wrote each movie as if it was the last
Christopher Nolan wrote each movie as if it was the last

Despite the huge success of each film, Christopher Nolan was unsure if they’d be able to complete the trilogy. Christian Bale in the same interview had shared Nolan’s response to the offer of the fourth film.  “When they came and said, ‘You want to go make another?’ It was fantastic, but we said, ‘This is it. We will not get another opportunity.'” Each movie was made like it was the last.

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie

Though we would not be getting another movie to the Dark Knight, here is the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie you can watch, Oppenheimer. The movie releases on July 21, 2023. It is based on the biography of Robert J. Oppenheimer, American Prometheus, written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. He has also produced the film along with Emma Thomas and Charles Roven.

Christopher Nolan's upcoming movie Oppenheimer
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy is in the lead role, playing the theoretical physicist. Oppenheimer is among those who are credited as the “father of the Atomic bomb” for his contribution to the Manhattan Project during World War II. We will also get to see Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Robert Downey Jr. in the movie.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.