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Christopher Nolan Confirms Batman 3
Exclusive: Nolan says he's set to direct

29 September 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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You may have guessed, you may have assumed it, but until now we hadn't had confirmation from the studio or the man himself that Christopher Nolan would be back to direct Batman 3 / The Dark Knight 2 (or whatever we're calling it). But our Dan Jolin talked to the man himself earlier today, and got it straight from Nolan himself.

"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."

Hang on, that's not 100% clear: so we can safely assume you're directing?

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

So as of right now, Nolan will return. You may also have spotted the "getting it all figured out" there: when we asked Nolan what he was busy with as we called, the answer was that he's working on Jonathan Nolan's script for the film. In other words, there is a script! Things are slowly taking shape!

Express your excitement below, and permit yourself a moment's indulgence in wildly speculating about villains and themes this time around. Just a moment, though: we don't want to get carried away.


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RE: Title Suggestion
I reckon joboffski is closest to guessing what we can expect from the third installment. I have to say though, while I'm looking forward to seeing what Nolan does with it, my enthusiasm is diminished a little bit.  I really don't expect the darkness that a lot of people are simply because they've never really conveyed the tortured psychology of the character, like they did in the Burton films, which Keaton played so well. In Nolan's universe he is The Dark Knight by reputation al More

Posted by The Todge at 14:42 on 08 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
Even though it's not much of a surprise, delighted he's back on board to complete the trilogy so to speak. Not terribly bothered who is or isn't involved villain-wise, as whoever he and his brother decide on I'm sure will be the right choice. In Nolan we trust! More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 12:04 on 08 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
it will be the riddler people, face it, just look at the colour system of the past two films, begins had a very brown feel to it, almost red, the dark knight was very much blue, the opening logos and final confrontation scen with the joker. The next in line is green! like the lord of the rings box sets, colour systems!! More

Posted by Butlerbert at 17:36 on 07 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
I might be totally off here, but is Harvey actually dead? I mean he had his face burned off and walked away from a massive car crash, and though we saw him unconscious after the fall we never saw anyone check his pulse or anything. Given he looks like a nightmare in flesh and has gone absolutely crazy it would stand to reason that they would tell the public he is dead because if they told the truth then it would destroy all the good work he did to have everyone know even the best of them can fa More

Posted by davidkclark at 15:42 on 03 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
led across this article a while ago via a youtube video.  It has some interesting ideas and takes on how the film should be finished.  It talks about the effectiveness Nolan might gain by using a time jump.  It would certainly would give time for Gotham to further fall apart and would explain the absence of the Joker. It also gives it the best title I've heard yet: (Taken from a portion of the article)p;   "Nolan's Batman Trilogyver, and isn't, meant to be More

Posted by jes5348 at 19:30 on 02 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
L: Emyr Thy King I couldn't be satisfied unless Nolan and co round off the film series with a trilogy. I think the second film may feel less awkward for me once I know what happens to Bruce Wayne and Batman after the tragic events of the second film. I think the Nolans (no sorry Andy Luke; "the brothers Nolan realise that after the second film which was an ensemble with a very dominant Joker. A more introspective film will be required to re-focus the drama on Bruce Wayne and Batman. There More

Posted by norman365 at 00:05 on 02 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
I couldn't be satisfied unless Nolan and co round off the film series with a trilogy. I think the second film may feel less awkward for me once I know what happens to Bruce Wayne and Batman after the tragic events of the second film. I think the Nolans (no sorry Andy Luke; "the brothers Nolan realise that after the second film which was an ensemble with a very dominant Joker. A more introspective film will be required to re-focus the drama on Bruce Wayne and Batman. There has to be some so More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 23:24 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
Ok, I am hoping for a things with this film... 1- No crazy, over-the-top, circus freak villain, ie. no penguins. 2- No new mushy love interest. Nolan is no good in that dept. 3- No going too far into the "dark and gritty", we're already far enough, thank you. 4- Yes to the Batmobile! I know it broke in TDK, we need another one! 5- No catwoman. 6- Yes to Harley Quinn. At least give her a cameo appearance! 7- No unnecessary deaths. A lot of people died (or at least pretended to) More

Posted by Goddamnitsaveme at 23:06 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: bats
L: jobloffski Nolan will also be able to have his cake and eat it, by going dark at the START of Bat3 in order to (remembering his penchant for logical narrative flow and thematic development) portray the character descending into his darkest hour just before the dawn. I really, really can't see an apocalyptic ending coming. I see the culmination of the (re)creation of a character with the character being as iconic and shining as Bruce wanted him to be. The road to that ending can still More

Posted by Alistair at 19:12 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Go with Penguin..........
sorry dont know long Halloween and dark victory. I take it there comics? More

Posted by richie fingers at 17:25 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: bats
Still feel, as I've said many times before, that Nolan will complete the character development of Batman. He has taken him from how he begins, into the darkness of the night, and I feel that acceptance by Gotham of the fully fledged Caped Crusader after he comes to the rescue of Gotham in Bat3 will be how it goes. This will allow Nolan to bow out having explored all the aspects of the character, and having left WB with options at any time to go dark, because the precedent has been set. More

Posted by jobloffski at 14:49 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: bats
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Posted by DazDaMan at 12:29 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Batman 3
L: Alistair This is excellent news. And for Nolan to appear enthusiastic about a story he must have a stunning conclusion in store for us. I think Nolan must have felt a bit distant from Batman for a while after Ledger died. Some people might say that Nolan 'takes a break' in-between Batman films to explore other projects. I don't think this is the case /i]. I don't think he has ever worked with the intention of making another Batman film. This is why The Dark Knight was su More

Posted by JIm R at 09:20 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

Batman 3
This is excellent news. And for Nolan to appear enthusiastic about a story he must have a stunning conclusion in store for us. I think Nolan must have felt a bit distant from Batman for a while after Ledger died.   Some people might say that Nolan 'takes a break' in-between Batman films to explore other projects. I don't think this is the case /i]. I don't think he has ever worked with the intention of making another Batman film. This is why The Dark Knight was such a great More

Posted by Alistair at 09:03 on 01 October 2010 | Report This Post

Don't kill him!
I don't like the suggestion that Bruce Wayne should be killed off. Perhaps people are wondering how Bruce Wayne can cope with all that's happened and he'll either a) implode due to emotional and psychological traumaor b) have to sacrifice hmself to save Gotham. Fine but it just feels cowardly to me. I think some may feel awkward and clueless as to how to progress the character beyond the third film -- hence the "let's off him" suggestions. I think a more creative decision would be preferable, s More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 23:57 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: No Catwoman!
L: Cyberleader Some say a girl dressing as a cat is just as silly as a guy dressing as a clown (the Joker). But the clown make up wasn't a gimmick! t was ironic, a cold, permanent grin. Seeing how mad the World really is...anarchy, blah, blah....Dressing as a cat?! No. And no, she wasn't done realistically in The Long Halloween (great as she and that graphic novel are) so how would you do a realistic version exactly? And Angelina Jolie? Really? In a Nolan Batman film? I vote Penguin. An More

Posted by norman365 at 22:13 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
L: ashkam How about Knightfall? The title comes from a 1993 Batman comic with Bane (a stupidly unrealistic character). I really can't see Bane being part of Nolan's Batworld because, as we know, Nolan is all about intellectual conflict. The Riddler will test Batman's detective skills and perhaps Nolan can borrow from the Bane story and The Riddler can be 'The Man Who Broke The Bat' y I don't think Nolan will title it 'The Dark Knight Returns' because Batman isn't supposed to hav More

Posted by norman365 at 19:20 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Unbelievable!
I say make Alfred the villain. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 18:56 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: re title suggestion
We'd be grateful if posters could ensure they don't copy spam addresses when replying to posts - please take care to edit post title. More

Posted by elab49 at 17:36 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

re title suggestion
It's a bit obvious but I'll be happy to see The Riddler and Catwoman in the third movie. My favourite internet rumour for ideal candidates for the roles of the villains is Casey Affleck for The Riddler and Megan Fox for Catwoman.... Whatever happens I just hope Nolan doesn't drop a bollock! More

Posted by From_Hell at 17:29 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
L: Fedz Hang on, Coleman Reece... But wasn't The Riddler's original name Mister Reece or something? I'm no aficionado of the comics, so this could quite easily be an urban myth I'm re-spouting... but I'd be willing to place a hefty sum that he'll play a part in some leg of this story. Can someone who knows a little more than me explain why Nolan wouldn't want to do another, as has been stated, has he suggested this? sp; fedz to the forum :-)t="trebuchet ms"] u say Nolan didn't w More

Posted by JIm R at 16:54 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
Hang on, Coleman Reece... But wasn't The Riddler's original name Mister Reece or something? I'm no aficionado of the comics, so this could quite easily be an urban myth I'm re-spouting... but I'd be willing to place a hefty sum that he'll play a part in some leg of this story. Can someone who knows a little more than me explain why Nolan wouldn't want to do another, as has been stated, has he suggested this? More

Posted by Fedz at 16:37 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
L: ashkam I honestly can't see how anyone can make Bane fit into The Nolan world. He is so clever that he works out Batman's identity within one year and speaks 10 languages. And if they tone him down I think it's just anything for fan boys to moan about and another person the majority of audience's won't recognise. It's silly. I can see Nolan mixing parts of the Bane story with The Riddler. Let's remember, this is a movie for the masses. Fanboys can read the comics.aying customers has no More

Posted by JIm R at 14:20 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
batman begins, the dark knight, the caped crusader, the dynamic duo! :o More

Posted by shongage at 14:20 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
I honestly can't see how anyone can make Bane fit into The Nolan world. He is so clever that he works out Batman's identity within one year and speaks 10 languages. And if they tone him down I think it's just anything for fan boys to moan about and another person the majority of audience's won't recognise. It's silly. I can see Nolan mixing parts of the Bane story with The Riddler. Let's remember, this is a movie for the masses. Fanboys can read the comics. Most paying customers has no interest More

Posted by ashkam at 13:55 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: oh the joys of speculation
I cannot wait for this film. Absolutely loved the last two. L: Dr Science I also think there's a strong possibility that Bruce Wayne will 'die'. r Science I completely agree - I don't think Nolan would want to do anymore and I hope that they will not just bring in another director if there is the a fourth. This is his interption of that world - and my god is it amazing. More

Posted by dvdking at 13:18 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: We can trust Greatness After Heath¢¾¢¾¢¾¢¾
sly jumping to the asumption quote but Nolan on green background in photo = Riddler for Batman 3 More

Posted by JIm R at 09:14 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

Any one else think...
that Nolan will kill Batman off at the end of this one? And no that doesn't mean the end of the franchise. Nolan almost definitely won't direct a fourth so WB will probably wait a few years before they reboot the franchise again. I can see it happening. More

Posted by Scruff at 03:16 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
What about somehow utilising the word 'reckoning'? That sounds suitably epic for a concluding chapter dealing with the theme of comeuppance. Batman Reckoning? (Maybe too familiar to the first franchise's wording.) Batman's Reckoning? (A bit blunt like Batman Begins.) The Knight's Reckoning? (My personal favourite.) The Dark Knight's Reckoning? (Hammers home it's a sequel but a bit long and inelegant.) More

Posted by Concise_Statement at 01:55 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Title Suggestion
L: ashkam How about Knightfall? The title comes from a 1993 Batman comic with Bane (a stupidly unrealistic character). I really can't see Bane being part of Nolan's Batworld because, as we know, Nolan is all about intellectual conflict. The Riddler will test Batman's detective skills and perhaps Nolan can borrow from the Bane story and The Riddler can be 'The Man Who Broke The Bat' y I don't think Nolan will title it 'The Dark Knight Returns' because Batman isn't supposed to hav More

Posted by Giddysamurai at 01:46 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

Title Suggestion
How about Knightfall? The title comes from a 1993 Batman comic with Bane (a stupidly unrealistic character). I really can't see Bane being part of Nolan's Batworld because, as we know, Nolan is all about intellectual conflict. The Riddler will test Batman's detective skills and perhaps Nolan can borrow from the Bane story and The Riddler can be 'The Man Who Broke The Bat' y I don't think Nolan will title it 'The Dark Knight Returns' because Batman isn't supposed to have gone anywhere. More

Posted by ashkam at 00:51 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: All Nolan Alumni
I do like that idea. It makes a lot of sense. I just don't think the guy who played Coleman Reese has it in him to have a major role in the film. I really think Bane is a wholly unrealistic character who would be at odds with the realistic backdrop of Nolan's Batworld. More

Posted by ashkam at 00:35 on 30 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Rather it was left alone
L: norman365 personally I think DK has the perfect ending for Batman as Bruce has fulfilled his wishes; by taking the fall for Harvey he makes him the white knight for gotham to gather itself together just as his father's death was, and seeing as the only guy who knows who Bats actually is would keep stum considering Bruce saved his life (or so you would assume) he can be a fugitive and slip away quietly.o, not for me. I think the use of "Dark Knighto conclude the series would be both cow More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 23:05 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
L: intelandroid In the real-world Gotham City that Nolan has created, there isn't any room for many of the most famous Batman villains: the Penguin and the Riddler, for example, are just too silly for the new Batman. The lesser-known villains, on the other hand, might be a better fit-- Man-Bat, Anarky, Azrael, et. al.-- but perhaps.not enough of a box-office draw. Whichever way the Nolans decide to go, however, I'm sure it'll be great... as long as they avoid the dreaded superhero dise More

Posted by CU@theOscars at 22:52 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Time to get real
@Campbell1847 You sound very much the pessimist. Everyone said that he wouldn't top Batman Begins before The Dark Knight was released. let's wait and see before we take on the attitude of, 'You can't top it so don't bother!!' I don't think Nolan will go full on A List casting for the Box Offiice Draw. WB might pressure him to do so but his Billions should have earned him creative control. I can picture the main plot of the story being a purely intellectual battle between Batman and Th More

Posted by ashkam at 22:40 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
I think a real curve ball of a villain would be Clayface. Now I know everyone's immediate reaction is that it's a ridiculous idea but imagine a guy with a messed up face who is also some sort of prosthetics whizz. Maybe he gets messed up as a result of Batman's actions, or blames Bats, and gets to Batman through the guy who was on the news. I mean the whole city knows this guys knows who Batman is or claims to, so giving a villain the power of knowing the secret would be easy if you could get a More

Posted by davidkclark at 22:30 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
I say forget the villains entirely, it's the themes and story I'm interested in, the dark knight managed to fit in more substance than most of it's nearest peers put together, (sorry x2 I do love you but it's true), I don't think it will have anything to do with clearing the dark knights name, but I'd like to hear more of your thoughts. More

Posted by sleepwalker at 21:55 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: All Nolan Alumni
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Posted by darko18 at 21:35 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Go with Penguin..........
L: richie fingers The Riddler would be a stupid move as of the way the movies are going. It will take something special to make some twonk with riddles to be realistic and form to the movies mood/ setting. They pulled it of with Joker (cut up face / war paint to scare enemies blah blah) if they go riddling it will fuck up this franchise and revert it back to the old McDonalds happy meal movies. Having the Penguin can be a deformed man with bird like deformities, hidden away by rich soc More

Posted by norman365 at 21:32 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
L: intelandroid In the real-world Gotham City that Nolan has created, there isn't any room for many of the most famous Batman villains: the Penguin and the Riddler, for example, are just too silly for the new Batman. The lesser-known villains, on the other hand, might be a better fit-- Man-Bat, Anarky, Azrael, et. al.-- but perhaps.not enough of a box-office draw. Whichever way the Nolans decide to go, however, I'm sure it'll be great... as long as they avoid the dreaded superhero disease More

Posted by norman365 at 21:20 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Rather it was left alone
personally I think DK has the perfect ending for Batman as Bruce has fulfilled his wishes; by taking the fall for Harvey he makes him the white knight for gotham to gather itself together just as his father's death was, and seeing as the only guy who knows who Bats actually is would keep stum considering Bruce saved his life (or so you would assume) he can be a fugitive and slip away quietly. saying that, for the sequel you would probably have to look at either an amended Dark Knight Retur More

Posted by norman365 at 21:11 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: title
I'm thinking Riddler and Catwoman although i'd rather they didn't. I'll still be first in line mind. I'm a massive JGL fan but hoping he won't be Riddler. In fact i can't see Nolan casting any of the rumoured names, it'll be someone who everyone bitches about me thinks. My first choice for Riddler? JOHN CUSACK. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 20:47 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: title
There will be copyright issues from Frank Miller's 1986 graphic novel of the same name. Batman's 50 years old in that book. If they can get that title, it will be perfect! More

Posted by ashkam at 20:31 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: wow.
L: Snake-Eyes I can barely contain my excitement. Never saw this coming. I'll bet Christopher Nolan has never even read a BATMAN comic in his life. udging by Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, I doubt that. More

Posted by Deviation at 20:27 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Win!
Nolan's already said that Mr Freeze won't be in any of his films. Calendar Man or Girl could be interesting. Causing havoc. I haven't read a Black Mask comic but his profile seems interesting. I'd like to see Tom Hardy chewing up scenery as Black Mask. More

Posted by ashkam at 20:23 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

All Nolan Alumni
After consulting with my comic book geek friend and doing a lil research, here are my predictions: I can see there being two or three adversaries. The Riddler: Guy Pearce (Depp is too obvious and I think Pearce could do with a big blockbuster. I would like to see him take The Riddler to a more obsessive complusive direction without being psycho like the Joker. Think: more financial crimes rather than crimes against persons.) I think Joseph Gordon Levitt is more likely. Black Mask: Tom More

Posted by ashkam at 19:51 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
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Posted by darko18 at 19:28 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: No Catwoman (In Nolan's bat universe? Really?!!).
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Posted by darko18 at 19:23 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Villains
L: intelandroid In theorld Gotham Cityolan has created, there isn't any room for many of the most famous Batman villains: the Penguin and the Riddler, for example, are just too silly for the new Batman. The lesser-known villains, on the other hand, might be a better fit-- Man-Bat, Anarky, Azrael, et. al.-- but perhaps.not enough of a box-office draw. Whichever way the Nolans decide to go, however, I'm sure it'll be great... as long as they avoid the dreaded superhero disease, Toomanyvi More

Posted by Frank Castle at 18:34 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Win!
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Posted by darko18 at 18:02 on 29 September 2010 | Report This Post

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