The Dark Knight rises again in 2012, when Batman 3 comes out. But The Dark Knight Rises is now a more official name for Batman 3, as Christopher Nolan unveiled the film’s title today. At this point, even the slightest bit of news for the next movie is headline making, as even rumors are subject to massive scrutiny. Given the anticipation for this film, and how Nolan is so selective with teasers, it has been a hard wait for more concrete details. But in addition to revealing The Dark Knight Rises as the new title, Nolan almost narrowed down the list of potential villains.
Nolan gave the news to the blog Hero Complex, as he is now making more progress in getting the film off the ground. Now that Inception is finished, he is putting his full attention on the most anticipated comic book film since his last one.
The Dark Knight Rises basically adds one more word to the title of the last movie. But perhaps it is a sign that Batman will actually get to win this time, after the Joker thoroughly defeated him and Harvey Dent two years ago. With Batman taking the blame for the rampage of Two-Face, he could use some kind of triumph.
In addition to revealing the title, Nolan also raised eyebrows by revealing that the Riddler isn’t in the movie. From the beginning, most expected the Riddler to be the next villain in the series, with fans hoping for Johnny Depp or Joseph Gordon-Levitt to take the role. Yet Nolan is going in a different direction, although he still won’t reveal where.
Having the Riddler follow the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises may have been a bit obvious, and perhaps too much for the Riddler to handle. Whoever the next villain is, he or she will have an impossible task to match the Joker, or to at least not be a big step down. Therefore, Nolan will have to choose the villains carefully – along with who will play them.
Whoever goes up against Batman will only do so in two dimensions, however. Nolan also disclosed that the movie will not be in 3D, as he talked Warner Brothers out of it. Instead, Nolan wants to use IMAX technology, as he did in the last film.
With all of these new details on The Dark Knight Rises, it probably means that Nolan won’t have anything else to say about it for a while. But with the Riddler out of the running for the villains, fans will be more than busy reviving their predictions.
Yet fans have to feel more excited, since Nolan is now fully under way in planning the film at last. With Tom Hardy signed on in some capacity, and with script work in full swing, a clearer picture will form soon. Of course, the history of “threequel” comic book movies suggests that fans should still be cautious.
There’s still a year and a half before The Dark Knight Rises in summer 2012, to either continue the legacy or tarnish it.
Hero Complex- “Christopher Nolan reveals title of third Batman film and that ‘it won’t be the Riddler'”