After masterminding The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-12) — the Batman films widely regarded as the gold standard in superhero filmmaking — Christopher Nolan maintained a key creative role as an architect of the DC Extended Universe, pitching Warner Bros. the initial idea for and producing the 2013 Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
The writer-director played a lesser role as an executive producer on the 2016 crimefighter clash Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Nolan had revealed a year earlier that he and his cowriter/brother Jonathan Nolan would be stepping away from the DCEU.
“I did and I loved it,” the filmmaker told Yahoo Movies at the Los Angeles press day for his new Warners-released WWII thriller, Dunkirk (watch above).
“I mean, I watch the films,” he continued. “I enjoy films very much as a moviegoer these days. I spent 10 years of my life dealing with one of the greatest characters in popular fiction. It was a great honor and a privilege to work with that, but there’s a time to pass it on to new people.”
Dunkirk opens July 21. Stay tuned for our interview with Nolan about the film.
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