Chances are that you and yours are keeping an eye on the world of Christopher Nolan and his movement (or lack thereof) on the next film in his Batman franchise. After the tour-de-force that was The Dark Knight, who can blame you? We’re keeping an eye on it as well. And by we, I of course mean everyone who writes about movie on the internet. Thus, this may not sound like news to many of you. But follow along anyway, lest ye be strapped with the dull-drums of your real life.
Yesterday, Nikki Finke reported that Dark Knight writer David Goyer was leaving his current position as the showrunner of ABC’s FlashForward, leaving it with 5 episodes still to shoot. This marks the second time the show has lost its leader, after Marc Guggenheim left in October.
But that’s not the news. The news is a small statement that Finke buried in the article. After quoting Goyer, who said “As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions. I’m proud of the show and excited about the relaunch. It’s in great hands.” Finke went on to say that “is now writing the third Batman installment with Chris Nolan’s brother Jonah.”
Of course we find this interesting, as Finke has long made her name on knowing things that the rest of us don’t. However, I wouldn’t exactly throw on your Batman underoos and start chanting in the streets just yet. Beyond being an assumption, there’s no evidence that Goyer and Jonah Nolan are working on another script. Then again, there’s no evidence that they aren’t. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise at this point if they were already working on a story. Everyone knows that Warner Bros. wants another Batman movie, and that they want Christopher Nolan to direct. And it stands to reason that Nolan probably wouldn’t direct another Batman movie without his team of writers.
Furthermore, it fits with the Chris Nolan timeline of the past. He made Batman Begins in 2005, then took a break and made The Prestige in 2006. Then he went back to Batman in 2008 with The Dark Knight, only to then take a break and make Inception. And now, with Inception in the home stretch, there’s a chance that he’s getting ready to go back to Batman a third and final time. It’s not exactly science, but it makes sense.