Christopher Nolan on Marvel's Post-Credits Scenes: 'A Real Movie Wouldn't Do That'
Don't expect any post-credits scenes in the Batman v Superman franchise, at least as long as Christopher Nolan is involved. While he was a producer on Man of Steel, Nolan was told by director Zack Snyder that the studio requested a comedic post-credits scene in the style of Marvel. According to The Guardian, Nolan, who will also executive produce Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, responded, "A real movie wouldn't do that."
Like the rumor that Warner Bros. enforces a "no joke" rule in their DC superhero movies (although this anecdote in which the studio requested a comedy coda would seem to contradict that theory), this is yet another entry in the Marvel vs. DC debate. Both franchises (although arguably DC to a greater extent, as Marvel is more financially successful) are becoming defined by their distance from each other. Nolan's Dark Knight series made superhero movies a force to be reckoned with, both in popular culture and high-brow (or higher-brow at least) analysis. Marvel distanced itself from DC by making populist, relatively unobjectionable superhero movies that are light on philosophy and heavy on humor. DC then doubled down on its serious approach, as the last thing Warner Bros. wants to be is the studio that's "trying to be Marvel."
Both approaches have their merit, and will be sought by different people, or by the same people when they're in different moods. But one could argue that the best movies have a mixture of gravitas and humor. The Dark Knight, for example, was the best of Nolan's films, and while the tone was deadly serious, the presence of the Joker also rendered it the most humorous of the trilogy by far. It's possible that both studios, and all involved, could stand to take a middle-of-the-road approach, which is possibly where future Marvel movies are headed, especially with the weighty themes of the upcoming Civil War.
UPDATED: Christopher Nolan responded to The Guardian's article in a statement to Buzzfeed, "I would never say someone else's film isn't 'a real film. The quote is inaccurate." The Guardian added a footnote to their article which read, "Subsequent to publication, Nolan disputed the quote attributed to him by Snyder. According to Nolan, he had told Snyder, 'We shouldn't be chasing other movies, but stay true to the tone of Man of Steel.'"