Christopher Nolan attended the BAFTA: A Life In Pictures event in London tonight, and Deadline was there to report on some highlights. While speaking at the event, Nolan noted that he was given the “privilege and a luxury” of time when developing his Dark Knight Trilogy.
“That’s a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore,” Nolan said. “I think it was the last time that anyone was able to say to a studio, ‘I might do another one, but it will be four years’. There’s too much pressure on release schedules to let people do that now but creatively it’s a huge advantage. We had the privilege and advantage to develop as people and as storytellers and then bring the family back together,” he said.
Batman Begins came out in 2005, The Dark Knight in 2008, and then The Dark Knight Rises four years later in 2012. Those kinds of gaps are something you don’t see in the superhero world anymore. Studios are more concerned with cranking out sequel after sequel as quickly as possible. Just look at Batman v Superman. It came out last year and just this month we got its follow-up, Justice League.
Do you think that studios should go back to affording directors the privilege and luxury of time that Nolan was able to have for his Dark Knight Trilogy? Let me know in the comments below.