It’s a slow news week, and when legit news isn’t filling the frame there is room for rumor to grow. There are two big ones today: that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being primed to appear in Batman 3, perhaps as the Riddler, and that the big villain of Spider-Man will be the Lizard. Read More »


Briefly: I’m not sure why this would even be a question, but apparently there has been some lingering curiosity about whether Christopher Nolan might bring back — i.e. recast — the Joker in Batman 3. You can officially lay any curiosity to rest at this point, as Nolan said the following to Empire in response to questions about the character’s return:

“No”, says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it”.

There has been supposition that we might see a shadowy Joker presence, or some other partial appearance of the character in Nolan’s next Batman film. But given what we know about Nolan, the way he works and how he feels about his close cast and crew, I can’t see how anyone would think that he would even consider recasting the late Heath Ledger. In any capacity. Let’s hope this is the end of that line of questioning. [via Obsessed With Film]

Batman 3 Gets An Official Release Date

The Dark Knight

Last week, IMAX announced that they had signed a 20-film deal with Warner Bros. One of the most interesting parts of the news was that Batman 3 was listed as one of the films which might be released sometime between 2011 and 2013. For a project which had not yet been officially greenlit or announced publicly (Nolan had said that he was working on a story/script with David Goyer and brother Jonathan Nolan), it sure got fans excited.

Well, Warner Bros has just now announced an official release date for Christopher Nolan‘s Batman 3. When can we plan to see The Dark Knight return to the big screen with a new installment? Details after the jump.

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UPDATE: According to THR, the Hobbit date listed in IMAX’s press release is a mistake. The first film in the two-part release is set for December 2012, and the second for December 2013, according to the trade. Original article follows:
Warner Bros. and IMAX have had a successful partnership over the last few years, and now the two companies have announced that they will work together on up to twenty more films through 2013.

As part of the announcement, there are a few details on notable films. One is a release date for The Hobbit (December 2013) and another is the first ‘official’ acknowledgment of Batman 3, which is mentioned as one of the ‘additional 15 films’ to be released in IMAX between 2011 and 2013 alongside Superman and Dark Shadows. Note that this press release comes from IMAX, not Warner Bros., but this still reveals a window of release for the new Batman and Superman films.

Details in the full press release after the break. Read More »


The fact that there will be another Batman film in Christopher Nolan‘s presumptive trilogy is assumed by just about everyone, despite the fact that there has been no formal announcement of the film. But in the runup to the release of Nolan’s Inception, which opens on July 16, there is already some talk about what the next Batman film might look like.

Wally Pfister is the cinematographer responsible for all of Christopher Nolan’s features from Memento on, and his photography was one of the things I liked best about The Dark Knight. He captured Chicago-as-Gotham with a simplicity and clarity that was very uncharacteristic of most superhero films. Now he’s talking about possibilities for the third film, including the option of 3D. Hint: don’t expect Batman 3D. Read More »

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One of the other notable things Warner Bros head Alan Horn said at the ShoWest presentation today involved how the studio hopes to fill the void that will be left by the studio’s most successful franchise. After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II hits theaters in July 2011, that will conclude the biggest box office franchise in cinema history. How does Warner Bros hope to fill the hole left by this profitable series?

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Remember when DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson denied that Christopher Nolan was overseeing the new Superman film? It’s stories like this that make the movie rumor business so sketchy, because an official denial doesn’t always mean that something isn’t true. We know now that Nolan is overseeing Superman for WB as David Goyer writes the script based on a story by Nolan and Goyer. We know this because Nolan is talking about it. The director promises good things for the next Superman, and his wife, producer Emma Thomas, denies a few other recent rumors.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Nolan is ‘now doing the hard work’ on a script for Batman 3, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and Goyer. Read More »


You’re going to be seeing this one everywhere today, so let’s get it out of the way quick. In a report about David Goyer leaving FlashForward, Nikki Finke pegs script duties on the third Batman movie as one of the primary reasons he walked away. The direct quote from Goyer was pretty vague (“As my feature projects have started ramping up again, I felt I was being pulled in too many directions”) and Finke spins that directly into a statement about Goyer and Jonathan Nolan writing Batman 3. (“Goyer’s feature career is really heating up, since he co-wrote Batman Begins, and penned the story for The Dark Knight, and is now writing the third Batman installment with Chris Nolan’s brother Jonah.”)

Without any further confirmation, don’t get too excited about that yet. Goyer has a lot of feature projects in the fire, and while Finke has had a lot of good info lately, this one sounds like she’s spinning a broad statement into something too specific. There may be work of some sort going on, but read this one as unsubstantiated for now.


I thought we were done with the crazy Batman 3 rumors, but it seems like the recent release of the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next film, Inception, has excited the rumor mill.
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The Dark Knight

During the Book of Eli presentation at Comic-Con 2009, Gary Oldman was asked when we would be seeing a third Batman movie. I, like many others, were expecting the standard answer “we’re waiting on Chris…” But we got something else entirely. According to Oldman, a sequel to The Dark Knight is not only happening, but it begins shooting in 2010.

“The next batman is next year, so I think it is two years away. But you didn’t hear it from me.”

It didn’t appear that Oldman was joking, nor did it appear that he was speculating. As far as we know, Christopher Nolan has yet to commit to a third film. We’ll keep you updated.