With the announcement a week ago that Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was set to direct Inception this summer from a script Nolan wrote himself, it seemed like any Batman sequel would have to be put on the back burner. However, Batman-on-Film reported days later that "three sources" said the Inception deal includes "an agreement between the studio and the acclaimed director to helm his second sequel to Batman Begins". This backs up the story by referring to their December report that Nolan himself mentioned he and David Goyer were discussing a third story that they both liked.
MTV News then brought the Batman-on-Film report to a Nolan rep, who denied the report was true.
"He is doing Inception next. We haven’t announced any deal or anything on the next Batman as that is all speculation," said the rep. We get it, wait for an announcement from Nolan.
Inception, described as a "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind," should start shooting this summer for a summer 2010 release. Posted 02.18.09 by Ryan
Despite recent statements from The Dark Knight producer Chuck Roven that work on a sequel was limited to "talking and thinking" stage, apparently a script is indeed in the works.
Citing an "extremely reliable source," ReelzChannel's Jeff Otto, representing IESB, went to Roven for confirmation, to which Roven replied: "The creative driver of the project at this point is Chris [Nolan]. There's really nothing more for me to say about that. When he feels that he's got something to talk about, then we'll be able to talk about it."
Furthermore, Roven told Access Hollywood: "Chris Nolan is the guy who's had the vision of 'The Dark Knight' andthis incarnation of Batman and we know that he's thinking about [it] --if he can think all the way through what another one would be like. We'll know if he's gotten to the end of that process when he tells us." Perhaps Roven doesn't realize that IESB heard about the script from an "extremely reliable source."
IESB claims they've "double-checked" and that the script is indeed happening. As usual, we remain cautious on Batman rumors until official word is released. Check back to ReelChannel.com for more updates. Posted 01.30.09 by reelz
Earlier in the month, a Dark Knight producer said Batman 3 was moving forward, and now another Batman producer, Michael Uslan, told New Jersey's Courier-Post that he estimates the sequel will arrive in theaters in by 2011.
As for who will be the villain, Uslan wouldn't say. "It's one of those deals where if I told you, I'd have to kill you," he said.
Could it possibly be Liam Neeson, returning as Ra's al Ghul? Neeson told MTV: "You never know." Aaron Eckhart has also hinted at a return. Posted 01.28.09 by Ryan
Aaron Eckhart, the actor who portrayed Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, was interrogated by MTV at the Golden Globes about a possible resurrection of the villain in the next Batman movie, and while he does an admirable job of holding his tongue, it's what he DOESN'T say that makes one wonder whether he actually knows something we don't -- and is just not letting on. Check out the clip and let us know if you think Two-Face will return for the sequel. Posted 01.13.09 by reelz
It's easy to get caught up in the rumors swirling around a possible Batman sequel, but finally it looks like director Christopher Nolan is working on the project. MTV spoke to Dark Knight producer Chuck Roven who said: "I know that Chris [Nolan] and [writer] David Goyer are talking and thinking. We're hoping, of course, that they find and rest on something that they'll find is worthy to do, but we don't know anything more than you do right now."
As far as whether Nolan will keep the next Batman villains as real as before: "All I can say -- because I really don't know more than you do -- is that I see no reason why, tonally, Chris would do anything different than he's done in the first two films."
That means no more Eddie Murphy as Riddler rumors, everyone. Posted 01.09.09 by Ryan
A casting rumor started by British tabloid The Sun, reporting that Eddie Murphy had been picked to play The Riddler in the next "Batman 3" has now been thoroughly debunked by the comedian's publicist.
Even though head honchos at Warner Bros. had recently let it be known that nothing about the project has yet begun, like a working script, it still hasn't stopped the Internet rumor mill from putting forth character and casting choices.
Many previously reputable news sources have begun picking up spurious spoilers of late, and some even knowingly proffering fakery themselves.
But finally, due to some actual investigative reporting at ABC has put to bed the Batman debate by asking Eddie Murphy's publicist for confirmation.
What's the final answer? "Not true." Posted 12.23.08 by reelz
With yesterday's "news" that Eddie Murphy would star as The Riddler, we thought it was time to separate truth from fiction regarding the reports about "Batman 3." Posted 12.19.08 by reelz