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Oh thank God!

According to Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, there will be no headache inducing 3-D in the next Batman movie because he Nolan and Pfister both hate it. Even better news, the next film could be shot entirely in IMAX. Pfister says:

“I must say I’m a huge IMAX fan. I like IMAX more than I like 3-D,” he explained. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Nolan hasn’t jumped on the 3-D bandwagon either, saying in June, “I’m not a huge fan of 3-D.” Still, any decisions about how to shoot “Batman 3” will ultimately involve Warner Bros. and will certainly wait until Nolan and Pfister sit down and have a discussion similar to the one they had in the run-up to “Inception.”

Thanks to Avatar, there’s a big push for every studio to have their movie in 3-D now. Studios are like little kids jumping up and down thinking 3-D will be their savior. Plus, they get to add an additional $6 to each movie ticket. I imagine at the studio meetings all the execs will ask Nolan if he could have a fist, a bat fist if you will, punching through the screen in 3-D. The appropriate response to that is “no,” followed by a swift kick to the nuts.

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