While Batman 3 still technically lives in limbo, The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart wouldn't object to a return to the franchise, should Christopher Nolan officially decide to make it. There's only one issue: Eckhart's character, Harvey Dent a.k.a Two-Face, fell off a construction site, and, sort of, well, died. Eckhart explained to MTV that Two-Face's death complicates his return.
As far as I'm concerned, my character's dead. I've sort of just gone on with my life. I don't have any expectations of being in the next Dark Knight, if there is a Dark Knight.
Still, Eckhart would return, if Nolan wanted him to.
If Chris called me, I would certainly do it. I would do anything for Chris. If Chris wanted me to ... I don't know, bring his tea or something like that, I would do it. I had such a good time making that movie, and he's such a great filmmaker.
It isn't too hard to see how Eckhart could return. Considering Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon fakes his death in The Dark Knight, Eckhart's Two-Face could do the same, opening up the possibility of a return. However, Eckhart thinks that Batman 3 may focus instead on new villains.
I think [Dark Knight] was always Heath [Ledger]'s movie, and Heath wasdefinitely the motor and the vehicle that was to continue on. I'm not sure that it's not better just to start all over and find different characters for the [next] movie. Posted 09.11.09 by Ryan
AICN reports that should Christopher Nolan return to direct the third installment of the Batman series, which is becoming closer to reality, that Nolan may shoot the entire movie in IMAX.
This, of course, is merely rumor. However, in the past Nolan admitted to USA Today that he has a deep, burgeoning love for IMAX, even shooting four action sequences in The Dark Knight in the complicated format.
There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way. It's more immersive for the audience. I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way.
Nolan has wanted to shoot an entire movie in the format for some time, but hasn't done so yet because of the difficultly and expense of the IMAX process, not to mention the "loud" volume of the cameras which makes shooting dialogue scenes complicated. Nolan has described a plan where he would shoot action scenes in the IMAX format and dialogue scenes in the traditional, 65mm format as a solution. Yet, besides the four scenes in Dark Knight, he has yet to carry out that plan.
For now, Nolan is immersed in working on his mysterious thriller Inception, a movie that AICN speculates Nolan chose to do before Batman 3 for a good, IMAX-specific, reason.
Part of the reason that Nolan went forward with Inception first — besides taking a creative break from the cape and cowl adventures ... was possibly to create a few new IMAX cameras made to his specs. Once again — the cost of shooting an entire feature film on IMAX ... the stock, the time it takes to reset, to load, to move the cameras ... is daunting, but as Nolan proved with Dark Knight — the difference is stunning.
No word on whether Inception will include any use of the IMAX format, or if Nolan will indeed return for Batman 3. Posted 08.27.09 by Ryan
Christopher Nolan was set to direct a big-screen adaptation of the British TV series The Prisoner back in 2006, and it was believed that he would start work on The Prisoner after finishing The Dark Knight. When Nolan chose to direct Inception after Dark Knight, it was assumed that The Prisoner would be next, except that Prisoner producer Barry Mendel told CineFOOLS that Nolan has dropped out:
Chris Nolan has dropped out of it, but we have a first draft by David and Janet Peoples who wrote Twelve Monkeys and David wrote Unforgiven and it's a good draft and we're working on the script right now.
Could Nolan be clearing his schedule for Batman 3? Fans are hoping so, though Nolan isn't saying a word. The director is hard at work on his extremely secret Inception, for which so little is known that some Paris-set photos and discovering the characters' names are the only revealing items outside of a curious synopsis that describes the movie as "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind."
More will hopefully be revealed about Inception when the trailer plays before Inglourious Basterds, but Nolan's involvement in Batman 3 will remain a secret. Posted 08.21.09 by Ryan
Gary Oldman dropped a bomb on the crowd in attendance at SDCC during a panel discussing for the upcoming Book of Eli. According to IGN Oldman announced that a third Batman is in the works and will start filming next year. He said the movie will be released in two years.
"But you didn't hear that from me," said Oldman some guy. Posted 07.24.09 by Ryan
We've got a curious case of mixed messages. While on the junket promoting their mobster flick Public Enemies, mega-stars Christian "Batman" Bale and Johnny "Rumored Riddler" Depp were asked about their participation in the continuing Batman movie franchise.
Bale seemed oddly down on doing a third flick — especially without director Christopher Nolan at the helm.
Johnny Depp, who is the number one fan favorite to play villain The Riddler, showed interest, saying, "I'd definitely juggle it." Posted 06.22.09 by reelz
The possibility of Christopher Nolan returning for Batman 3 was in question this week when a report revealed that Nolan would need much convincing to come back.
IGN spoke with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight writer David Goyer, who gave a brief and positive disclosure that Nolan would return to the Batman franchise.
Well, I believe he said if we can find the story that he's happy with, that he would return. And unfortunately, respecting Chris... You know, talk to him after he finishes Inception, which he's shooting right now. That just started shooting.
What Goyer means by "unfortunately, respecting Chris..." is anyone's guess. It's best to concentrate on the "he would return" part. Posted 06.19.09 by Ryan
Christian Bale has already bemoaned that he is contractually obligated to return for Batman 3 whether Christopher Nolan is involved or not. While Nolan and writer David Goyer have been discussing possible story ideas for some time, Bale may be without the director that revitalized the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
According to a source speaking with Batman-on-Film, it took a lot of convincing to bring Nolan back for The Dark Knight, but after Heath Ledger's tragic death, it may be impossible to convince the director to come back again. The source confirmed that Nolan, Goyer, and Jonathan Nolan have discussed story ideas, but had originally intended for the Joker to return in Batman 3, creating a problem they have not been able to solve. So far, no decisions have been made regarding the story for Batman 3, pushing the movie's release until 2012 or, possibly, 2013.
Nolan is currently working on Inception, his sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Obviously, fans would love to have Nolan return for the third Batman, but until Nolan's involvement is official, they will have to find solace in a report from February that said Nolan's studio deal for Inception included an agreement to make Batman 3. Keep your fingers crossed. Posted 06.17.09 by Ryan
Looks like the adaptation of Green Lantern is doing better than "moving forward." It's going into production. Apparently, the movie will start shooting in mid-September in Australia. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct the movie, which is based on the DC comic book about a test pilot named Hal Jordan who receives a ring of limitless power.
This is good news for DC, who only has few comic book movies in the works (Suicide Squad, possibly Wonder Woman, and another Batman movie whenever Christopher Nolan is ready to make one). DC is also vying to compete with Marvel, who has several Avengers movies in the works.
A casting decision on Hal Jordan has yet to be made. However, IESB reports that Star Trek's Chris Pine is on the "short list" of candidates. Posted 03.19.09 by Ryan
Looks like Lynda Carter may have been on to something after all. IESB reports that movement on a Wonder Woman movie is now "finally getting the go ahead."
With Green Lantern now a legitimate project that is going into production this year, and a Batman movie years away, Warner Bros. is hoping for another superhero movie and so have been listening to pitches the last few weeks in their search for screenwriters for the Wonder Woman project .
No word as to whether they will pick up Joss Whedon's script or use any of the two years he put into the project. Just remember, Warner Bros., Carter is ready to help "groom" your next Amazonian princess. Posted 03.17.09 by Ryan
Rumors about the third Batman movie are nothing new, and with director Christopher Nolan hard at work on his sci-fi thriller Inception, it's hard to believe anything written about a Batman 3 until Nolan or Warner Bros. make an official announcement. However, the Herald Sun reports that instead of Christian Bale returning as Batman, it could be his Terminator Salvation co-star Sam Worthington in the black cowl for the next movie.
Why Bale would require replacing is curious, but the Herald Sun speculates that Bale's angry, expletive-filled, on-set outburst may have damaged his profile, necessitating a change. Of course, Worthington, like the Herald Sun, is Australian, so perhaps they're just creating a rumor to help boost what could be their country's next breakout star, with Worthington not only opening Salvation this May but also James Cameron's Avatar in December.
What do you think? Should Bale get replaced? Posted 03.12.09 by Ryan