Christopher Nolan Sneaks Into 'Man of Steel' Screening
This story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Yes, that was The Dark Knight auteur Christopher Nolan looking very self-conscious as he slipped into the ArcLight in Hollywood on the afternoon of Saturday, June 15, to watch -- what else? -- his latest production, Man of Steel.
Nolan needn't have worried: Almost nobody recognized him as he took a seat in the second row of one of the smallest theaters, along with wife Emma Thomas and kids.
At least the film's writer-producer stuck to his principles: A vocal critic of the stereoscopic format, he opted for the 2-D version of the movie. He once told a crowd at the 2010 L.A. Times Hero Complex Film Festival: "I'm not a huge fan of 3-D."
Nolan, who tested 3-D for his film Inception, decided not to use the format because "we didn’t have time to do it to the standards that I would be happy with."
He added, "The truth is, I think it’s a misnomer to call it 3-D versus 2-D. The whole point of cinematic imagery is it’s three-dimensional. … You know, 95 percent of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution, color and so forth, so the idea of calling a 2-D movie a ’2-D movie’ is a little misleading."