What’s the story with Batman 3?

With Marvel Comics launching into their Avengers franchise in the coming years, many comic book fans are wondering what DC is up. You’d think that with the success of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight film, there would be word about his next Batman project. The press has attempted to keep the story alive with rumors on what actors will be playing which supervillains from Eddie Murphy as the Riddler or Paul Giamatti as the Penguin (both of which have been debunked), but Chris Nolan hasn’t said a word.

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It has become clear that there are problems with a third Batman film to continue the most successful comic book character franchise.

Batman on film has some answers:

  • The death of Heath Ledger in January of 2008 rocked Mr. Nolan hard. So hard that Chris was convinced that TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film.
  • The Joker was going to return in BATMAN 3.
  • “You are correct in reporting that he is developing story ideas with [Jonathan Nolan] and David Goyer, but it will be until AT LEAST 2012 before we see the Caped Crusader back [in theaters]. And that is only an EARLY ESTIMATE at best right now. They are even saying it might not be until 2013.”
  • Basically, the BATMAN film franchise is back to square one. As far as a story or a BATMAN 3, “Right now, there is none,” says our guy.

While this may sound like bad news, Batman on film has a positive closing statement.

Despite the bummer vibe that permeates this report, let me remind you of the positives. One, Warner Bros. has not officially announced that Chris is done and the search is underway for a new Bat-director. Secondly, Nolan himself has admitted to “musing” with David Goyer about the storyline of a third film. Third, back in February, IGN reported that Chris is the only screenwriter attached to B3 per the WGA. And finally, the same industry scuttlebutt that produced today’s story also says that Chris’ deal with WB for INCEPTION included at least a handshake agreement for BATMAN 3.

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