Here’s a rumour that gets me excited: according to Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister, he really wants to shoot the entirety of the next Batman movie in IMAX. And he hates 3D.
Really, this is great news. 3D, in my opinion, is an annoying fad. But those scenes in The Dark Knight that were shot in IMAX, when seen on a real-deal IMAX screen, were absolutely stunning. An entire film shot that way, by Christopher Nolan? Yes please.
Here’s the entire quote by Pfister:
“I can’t say until I read the script, but it would certainly be my preferred, amazing goal to shoot the whole movie in IMAX. I must say I’m a huge IMAX fan. I like IMAX more than I like 3-D. Chris’ films are so densely layered and have so much going on visually in every way that IMAX helps enhance that because of the scope and the scale of it – it becomes a much larger canvas to paint on. That’s what we found on ‘Dark Knight.’ I’m not a big fan of 3-D. I liken it to my View-Master I had 40 years ago. Are you really getting more out of the story with 3-D? When you separate those different planes and you’re creating artificial depth, it looks phony to me.”
Add to that the fact that Nolan himself has gone on record about his distaste for what 3D does to movies, and it’s looking pretty clear that the next Batman won’t be 3D:
“On a technical level, it’s fascinating. But on an experiential level, I find the dimness of the image extremely alienating.”