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Christopher Nolan on Superman: “We have a fantastic story” + Talks Batman 3

For the first time since news broke that Warner Brothers had tapped Christopher Nolan to come on board the studio’s Superman project in a mentor/Godfather role, Nolan is talking about the project, telling the LA Times that they have come up with a “fantastic story” for the film:

“A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do,” Nolan said, emphasizing the idea that Batman exists in a world where he is the only superhero and a similar approach to the Man of Steel would assure the integrity needed for the film. “Each serves to the internal logic of the story. They have nothing to do with each other.”

More excerpts after the jump.

In the article, Nolan says that the idea for doing Superman was actually brought to him by writer David S. Goyer after he and Christopher’s brother Jonah had reached an impasse on the third Batman film:

Still, it was a frustrating moment in the Batman franchise that led to this new Superman revival. Nolan and Goyer, a key collaborator on both Batman films, were at a story impasse on the third Batman film (which is now picking up steam as well) when, as a distraction, Goyer gave the filmmaker a daydream version of how he would tackle a story about the last son of Krypton.

“He basically told me, ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman,’” Nolan recalled. “I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.”

Nolan is also talking about Batman 3, but unfortunately, not with any specificity:

And that third Batman film? Jonathan Nolan is “now doing the hard work” of writing the script based on the story by his sibling and Goyer. “My brother is writing a script for me and we’ll wait to see how it turns out…. He’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be.”

“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” he said. “And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story.”

Head on over to the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog to read the complete interview.  Nolan’s next film, Inception, hits conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, 2010.