RDJ Quips: What if Nolan Directed?

Downey and Nolan's witty banter sparks imaginative cinematic possibilities.

by Nouman Rasool
RDJ Quips: What if Nolan Directed?

Robert Downey Jr. playfully speculated that the debut of Marvel's epic ensemble, the Avengers, would have faced considerable delay if meticulous director Christopher Nolan had been at the helm instead of Joss Whedon. In an enlightening joint interview with Wired, Downey and his director from "Oppenheimer", Christopher Nolan, were asked to imagine how the 2012 blockbuster hit, "The Avengers," might have appeared under Nolan's direction.

Nolan's Stark-Led Avengers Vision

Nolan, intrigued by the alternate reality, responded, "That's quite the multiverse proposition." Drawing from their collaboration on "Oppenheimer," Nolan humorously suggested that Downey's beloved character, Tony Stark, might have stolen more of the limelight.

"It'd likely feature too much Tony Stark, to the point of him running off with the movie," Nolan quipped. Downey, jumping in with a witty retort, asked, "As if I didn't?" causing Nolan to laugh. The director then pondered the practical implications of his known aversion to CGI.

He challenged Downey, "Would you be ready to strap on a real jetpack?" Downey, always quick with a quip, retorted, "If Christopher Nolan had directed 'The Avengers,' we would still be on set." The release of "The Avengers" in 2012 marked a cinematic milestone as moviegoers saw the iconic ensemble — Downey's Iron Man, Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye — unite on the big screen.

Their successful defense against Tom Hiddleston's mischievous Loki and his Chitauri minions led to three more world-saving sagas. While the prospect of Nolan directing a Marvel ensemble piece is purely hypothetical, he has certainly left his mark on the comic book movie genre with his lauded Dark Knight trilogy, featuring Christian Bale as Batman.

Earlier in the interview, Nolan discussed his preference for practical effects over CGI, a stance that would have significantly influenced the making of a CGI-laden movie like "The Avengers." Nolan elaborated, "While CGI is versatile, it often feels safe.

For a sense of real danger, even if it's a miniature or a fake prop in front of the camera, I believe it delivers a more convincing result."