Christopher Nolan Back for Third Batman Film

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Christopher Nolan Back for Third Batman Film

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The director of Batman Begins and the smash hit The Dark Knight has finally confirmed that he will direct a third Batman movie.

It's been the source of rumor and speculation ever since The Dark Knight was released, and after Nolan's success with this summer's Inception, it was never a sure deal. But Nolan has decided that he will not follow in the footsteps of Batman directors before him, namely Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, by bowing out after two films. There is no word on what the third Batman film will be about or what villain will take center stage, but at least we know that the series is still in good hands.

Of course, getting him to confirm it took some doing from the interviewer at Empire. "It's becoming inevitable, I'll put it that way," says Nolan. "I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I'm pretty excited about what we're doing so. If I haven't announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I'm doing it."

So, what? Can we say that you are you doing it or not?

"I think you can at this point, yes."

Ok, good. Whew.

Nolan also hinted that he is working on the script now with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, who wrote the screenplay for the Dark Knight, as well as the short story that was the basis of Nolan's first film, Memento.

With Warner Bros. announcing a 2012 release date back in May, it finally seems like a third Batman might actually happen. Now it just has to compete for our attention with Avengers, Thor, Nolan's own Superman: Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Antman, Green Hornet, Spiderman, Deadpool, X-Men: First Class, R.E.D. ...

Source: Empire

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Damn, a lot of super hero movies coming out, huh?

Best. News. Today.

I will sleep easy now!

Great news indeed.
And yeah...that's a lot of superhero movies.

Anyone else excited for the avengers film?

If the third one is as good as the Dark Knight I'll be pretty damn happy.

I think it's going to fail. I don't expect anyone to top Heath Ledger's performance, and I doubt the third can survive without such strong star power.

Who the hell are they gonna make the villain in a 3rd batman movie, I dont think Mr.Freeze and the Penguin will catch the eyes as much as the Joker did

Well, at least from someone we can trust. Look forward to it

This is most grand news.

Hubilub:
I think it's going to fail. I don't expect anyone to top Heath Ledger's performance, and I doubt the third can survive without such strong star power.

I agree but I hope that it will be just as good.

At the very least, the cinematography will be good. At this point, I really doubt anyone can top the Joker. I mean, he is essentially Batman's greatest enemy, and he got handled in The Dark Knight. Anyone beyond that is most likely going to be underwhelming.

Also, for the love of God, Mr. Nolan, get Mr. Bale to stop the damned growling. Please.

Please, please, please, find a way to work in the Shark Repellent Bat-Spray!

well i have mixed feelings about this announcement. The dark knight will be hard to top with heath's performance as the joker. now i wonder if there are any truth to the rumors that the villian will be the riddler played by johnny depp

Hell yeah!

The Dark Knight remains possibly my favourite film of all time.

Whether it will live up to the standards of TDK remains to be seen though. Still, Batman is awesome so (Y)

crimsonshrouds:
well i have mixed feelings about this announcement. The dark knight will be hard to top with heath's performance as the joker. now i wonder if there are any truth to the rumors that the villian will be the riddler played by johnny depp

That wouldn't be bad.

Well, thats good news. He's a great director.

YAY!

Best news all day, I just rewatched Begins last weekend, a 3rd one will definitely be kick-ass. They might have a problem trying to make the movie as awesome as the Dark Knight though, I'm hoping they can bring it through. I'm expecting great things from this...

Arkhangelsk:
Damn, a lot of super hero movies coming out, huh?

Batman isn't a superhero.

Yeah, there seems to be a lot of (super)hero films rolling out in the next couple of years. I'd imagine that they'd take a break after the avengers though. They've been mostly Marvel films after all.

OT: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!

I can't wait. It's going to be awesome.

Although I don't understand why anyone would think it's going to "fail," even relative to TDK. Sure, Ledger was a fine actor, but he embodies the Joker, not "every possible villain in the live-action Batman universe." There are plenty of equally excellent actors available and plenty of material to dig through, SOMETHING from both departments is inevitably going to line up.

I figured he would come back. Now he just has to make a movie that's even better than the dark knight or the fanboys will tear him to shreds.
No sweat.

I love this revelation but I do hope there is a new and smaller Batmobile. Don't get me wrong, I love the Tumbler as a batmobile but it just doesn't seem like something to stick with. Especially with the notoriety that Bats is going to be trying to shed coming in this next story.

Darkgoosey666:
Anyone else excited for the Avengers film?

I'm keeping my enthusiasm down but I feel confident it will at least be a fun watch. E-specially with the chance of Chris Evans sharing the screen with Robert Downey, Jr, in polar opposite roles. Thinking about that gives me the shivers. Don't know Chris Evans? Just watch the first Fantastic Four and the Losers. Then you can see what kind of Steve Rogers we are in for.
This may just help bring Civil War to the big screen. Hero vs Hero.

PayJ567:
This is most grand news.

Hubilub:
I think it's going to fail. I don't expect anyone to top Heath Ledger's performance, and I doubt the third can survive without such strong star power.

I agree but I hope that it will be just as good.

Continuing the franchise shouldn't have to diminish the work that has been done so far. I still enjoy Batman Begins just as much even after the spectacular effort put into Dark Knight. What will make the formula work is that there is every effort made not to emulate what was done in Dark Knight, but letting the story work on its own and whatever new performers that come in are not expected to be another Heath Ledger. That's one thing that let Batman Returns work: Danny Devito wasn't expected to outperform or emulate Jack Nicholson(number 3 Joker in my book, Mark Hamill being number 2), therefore allowing him to make a very memorable Penguin.
I, for one, think it is high time a certain catburglar(and I mean catburglar, not a neurotic 9 to 5 catlady) came on the scene. We can save the short umbrella collector for number four.

That's a lot of super movies...

icyneesan:
Who the hell are they gonna make the villain in a 3rd batman movie, I dont think Mr.Freeze and the Penguin will catch the eyes as much as the Joker did

Well he actually specifically said those two weren't possible as they couldn't be taken seriously :P

The rumours are it is the riddler, which they could do some really interesting stuff with.

As good as this news is, I'm not surprised. Nolan seems to be pretty well enamored with the whole Batman mythos, so I'd be amazed if he didn't want to make the 3rd movie. Still, with how phenomenal The Dark Knight and Inception were, I'm unimaginably excited to see this film.

icyneesan:
Who the hell are they gonna make the villain in a 3rd batman movie, I dont think Mr.Freeze and the Penguin will catch the eyes as much as the Joker did

It depends. Mr. Freeze is always going to be lame, but the Penguin could work out well. That is, if they use the original version of that villain. He was more like a gang boss than the ridiculous character he became in the cartoons and films.

Personally, I'm hoping Bane makes an appearance. He's one of the only villains, save the Joker, to ever actually defeat (and nearly kill) Batman.

The Ambrosian:

icyneesan:
Who the hell are they gonna make the villain in a 3rd batman movie, I dont think Mr.Freeze and the Penguin will catch the eyes as much as the Joker did

Well he actually specifically said those two weren't possible as they couldn't be taken seriously :P

The rumours are it is the riddler, which they could do some really interesting stuff with.

They should bring in Catwoman, and focus more on her burglary and less of her sexiness. The Riddler seems like a pretty realistic character to beginw with

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It's funny, I just had a dream that the 3rd Nolan Batman movie came out, for several weeks. Despite having watched TDK maybe a thousand times, I still hadn't seen it in my dream.

I predict this shall NOT be nominated for an Oscar, but will contain Nolan's usual level of detail and polish and stand proudly alongside Batman Begins as one of the best "gritty realism" superhero movies.

And man, are we ever reaching the end of the comic book movie era. It's not even news anymore. "There are fifty other comic book hero movies set for the same Friday."

what a good thing to home from work and read...thank you Escapist...thank you...

I think hell make a great film but you can tell from the Dark Knight that the Joker was supposed to be a major part of the third movie but we'll never know how great that could have been

icyneesan:
Who the hell are they gonna make the villain in a 3rd batman movie, I dont think Mr.Freeze and the Penguin will catch the eyes as much as the Joker did

Riddler, I'm sceptical but the Joker turned cool? The Riddler should be possible.

heath ledger did a good job with the joker, but its by no means the best acting i have ever seen. if they hire a good actor for the villain, im not worried about dark knight overshadowing this movie.

i loved dark knight but one thing really annoyed me about it, two face. i feel like they pulled a spiderman 3, where they introduce a popular villain for like the last 15 minutes, and then kill him off. that didnt detract from the movie, it was still the best movie ive seen in a long time. its just that two face is my favorite batman villain and i feel they could have done so much more with him. i think we can all agree that arnold schwarzenegger need to come back and play mr. freeze again, "do you know what killed the dinosaurs...? the ice age!" hahahahaha (please, no one take that seriously). or, he could just play a douchebag politician who's trying to kill video games

Considering I'm watching Batman Begins right now I think you can consider me pleased.

This is very good news indeed. I can be happy now the film is once again in the hands of a brilliant director.

My money is on Calendar Man for the villain!

Seriously though, I think that riddler seems like a good fit. Although I would love to see a Bane appearance...

Avengers, Thor, Nolan's own Superman: Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Antman, Green Hornet, Spiderman, Deadpool, X-Men: First Class, R.E.D. ...

I have to say that of these, Avengers is the only one I'm reasonably certain will be worth seeing. I have some hopes for Thor, and Nolan's a capable enough director that his Superman might be worth a look. As for the rest... Time will tell, but what we've seen on many of them doesn't exactly make me leap for joy.

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