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. ...