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September 25, 2006 - Filmmaker Christopher Nolan says the reason was "more circumstances than anything else" for why his writer brother Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan was tapped to write the screenplay for The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins. Jonah served in a consulting capacity on the 2005 film.



"When [Batman Begins co-screenwriter] David Goyer and I sat down about a year ago to hammer out the story treatment for another Batman, he was going off to direct a film [The Invisible] and I was going off to direct a film [The Prestige]," Chris Nolan recalls in the Sept./Oct. issue of Creative Screenwriting magazine.

He continued, "Jonah seemed the most obvious choice for someone to crack on the script and see if our story held any water. You sit there with your cue cards [note cards], but till you have to write a screenplay you never actually know what you've got. So we pulled the pin and tossed the grenade."

Jonah credits Chris with turning him onto Batman in the first place after buying him Frank Miller's graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns for his 14th birthday. "I have loved and cherished that character from that point, but through the lens of Frank Miller: Batman: Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One."

Jonah also draws comparisons between Batman and the magician protagonists in The Prestige. "What's cool about Bruce Wayne and these magicians is that they are a stand-in for the filmmaker. They recognize that it's a normal world, and so they build a more interesting one."

In related news, Michael Caine says on his official site "that in March I reprise my Butler roll [as Alfred] in the second Batman again directed by Christopher Noland starring Christian Bale. This one is 'The Joker' and the Joker is Heath Ledger. Great casting."


http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/734/734989p1.html
 
Jonah has been a Batman fan since he was 14 - that is very, very good news.
 
StorminNorman said:
Jonah has been a Batman fan since he was 14 - that is very, very good news.

The bad news: he's now 15.

just kidding :)
 
Superlative news!
 
Even though it's nepotism this is still probably good news. One Nolan is extremely talented. Why couldn't the other be?
 
Far Out News, Man...
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Not that surprising news :huh:.
 
lets just hope jonah isnt drawing inspiration from all-star batman and robin
 
KingOfDreams said:
Even though it's nepotism this is still probably good news. One Nolan is extremely talented. Why couldn't the other be?
We already sorta know Jonathan's extremely talented. He did come up Memento's whole story.
 
Lpilgrim said:
lets just hope jonah isnt drawing inspiration from all-star batman and robin

Let's hope he isn't drawing inspiration from Goyer. :cwink:
 
CConn said:
We already sorta know Jonathan's extremely talented. He did come up Memento's whole story.

Did he? I didn't know that. Well, any doubt I had is now swept away.
 
So, Chris was already converting people into Bat-fans long before BB, hehe...His brother, no less.
 
lujho said:
The bad news: he's now 15.

just kidding :)

I resent that remark. I'm in the process of writing a sequel to Batman Begins and i'm 15.

And its damn good, too.:o
 
Why does Michael Caine insist on calling this movie "The Joker"? He's at it again!

Anyway, the guy wrote Memento. I'm not worried. :up:
 

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