Christopher Nolan, director of the latest Batman trilogy, recently commented on the future of Gotham and Anne Hathaway, who played Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
“Anne is incredibly precise and articulate about the psychology of the character. She’s really built it from the ground up, it’s just a delight to watch her perform,” Nolan told Access Hollywood.
“She’s an incredible character and we’re very excited to see her, and hopefully we’ll leave people wanting more. For me, Gotham and these character, I’m done. I’ve told our story and I’m moving on… [but] I certainly think she deserves it, she’s incredible.”
In an interview with Digital Spy, Hathaway responded to Nolan’s praise, saying that “it would be lovely to see more of her but only if it’s with the right people.
“She lives in this Gotham City and so it would have to be established by the people who have made this Gotham City. For me, at least.”
She doesn’t specifically say that Nolan himself would have to be involved, only seeming to specify that it would have to be the same canon story-world that Nolan developed for his trilogy.
How likely that is remains to be seen, if neither Nolan nor Bale are returning to the story, then how would that work? Would another director take up the same world? Even Nolan thinks this is a bad idea, saying in an earlier interview that whoever next does Batman should “ignore” what he did, and do their own thing.
Of course, it’s always possible that Nolan could change his mind about returning to the franchise. After all, Transformers director Michael Bay swore he would never return to direct another Transformers film after he finished with his trilogy, but when the studio offered him funding for a pet project in exchange for signing up to direct another Transformers flick, he changed his mind pretty quickly, and now Transformers 4 is in development under his direction.
Hathaway also commented on her preparation, and comparisons to previous Catwoman actors. “I didn’t want to focus on the other people’s interpretation of it because I didn’t see where that would get me; it would only be a rehashing of something already done – and done very well,” she explained. “I thought it was probably best to focus on being a part of Chris Nolan’s Gotham City.”
You can check out the rest of the interview, in which she discusses her personal methods, and her relationships with the other actors in the film, here:
There are currently no announced plans underway to develop a new Batman film, in Nolan’s Gotham or otherwise.