Despite its heavy subject matter and extensive runtime, Christopher Nolan’s historical drama “Oppenheimer” has emerged as an unbridled success as it approaches the $1 billion mark in box office sales. As for what’s next following his latest triumph, the filmmaker seems open to just about anything. “Ideas come from everywhere,” he said. “I’ve done a remake, I’ve made adaptations from comic books and novels, and I’ve written original screenplays. I’m open to anything.”
While the writer-director is malleable about his next project’s focus, he does have some ground rules for what he’ll be doing next. “But as a writer and director, whatever I do, I have to feel like I own it completely,” Nolan explained. “I have to make it original to me: The initial seed of an idea may come from elsewhere, but it has to go through my fingers on a keyboard and come out through my eyes alone.”
Even if Nolan never returns to the world of comic book adaptations for the rest of his career, it’s unlikely he’ll ever stop getting asked about Batman in our current entertainment landscape. After all, even among the cavalcade of new and upcoming comic book stories, The Caped Crusader has constantly been among the most popular of these characters.