Christopher Nolan Knows Why DC Is Struggling to Make Good Superhero Movies

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Ever since Christopher Nolan completed his Batman trilogy in 2012, DC has struggled to produce good movies in its interconnected entertainment universe. Though Wonder Woman proved to be the exception to DC's consistently bad superhero movies, Warner Bros. followed that up with the exceedingly horrible Justice League.

As Nolan said in an a conversation at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London, the problem is DC not giving filmmakers the time to be creative. When he made Batman Begins in 2002, Nolan took seven more years to release both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

“That’s a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore, 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.”

In just five years since The Dark Knight rises, DC has released five movies in its entertainment universe, with a stand-alone Aquaman movie scheduled for 2018. And that's part of reason why the entertainment is crumbling, and Warner Bros. is rethinking its entire strategy.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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