“The Dark Knight Rises” has been unveiled as the title for the third Batman film in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the movie franchise. The title was unveiled in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Nolan also provided Batman fanboys with a host of other updates about the upcoming film, which will most likely hit theaters in 2012. Much internet chatter has been devoted to the question of who will be the next Batman villain. Recently, many have questioned whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who recently collaborated with Nolan on Inception, would end up playing the Riddler.
As it turns out, the Riddler will not be the featured villain, but another Inception alumnus has been cast in the film. Actor Tom Hardy has reportedly been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, but in a role that has not yet been revealed. Some of those who are close to Nolan have revealed that he has also been conducting interviews with a host of young female starlets, leading many to speculate that the new characters will be Dr. Hugo Strange (perhaps played by Hardy), and Catwoman.
To date, there aren’t any particular actresses tied to the Catwoman part, though I’d like to throw in a personal suggestion of Anne Hathaway, whose performance in Rachel Getting Married certainly suggests that she’s capable of a dark and brooding film.
Nolan also confirmed with the LA Times that fans shouldn’t expect to see Batman battling the Penguin or Mr. Freeze any time soon. Though a reinterpretation of the Penguin holds some intrigue, it may be that the characters are simply too comical for a realist’s take on Batman.
Nor should they expect to see the Joker make another appearance. His departure in The Dark Knight was left deliberately ambiguous, and it certainly would be easy to work the Joker’s return back in to the story line. But one gets the sense that Nolan simply isn’t comfortable with recasting the role that was so quintessentially Heath Ledger’s.
Beyond casting news, Nolan revealed that the film will not be shot in 3-D, but will be shot in an IMAX format. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to movie buffs familiar with Nolan; he has frequently noted his distaste for the 3-D fad. Nolan tried to avoid outright criticizing the technique though, simply stating that it wasn’t compatible with the overall look and feel of Gotham as presented in his interpretation.
“Nolan: Dark Knight Rises Finds Future in IMAX, Not 3-D.” http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/10/27/nolan-dark-knight-rises-finds-the-future-in-imax-not-3d/. Accessed 10/28/2010.
“Christopher Nolan Reveals Title of Third Batman Film.” http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/10/27/christopher-nolan-reveals-title-of-third-batman-film-and-that-it-wont-be-the-riddler/. Accessed 10/28/2010.