Gary Oldman let it slip at the SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) that The Dark Knight sequel is definitely in the works! He told a fan who asked him about what’s happening with Batman 3,
“I think the next Batman is next year. We start shooting next year. You didn’t hear that from me.”
It’s unclear whether Christoper Nolan will be back at the helm though. So far he has not signed on the dotted line yet and from the start, he wasn’t too keen in making a Batman trilogy. Reportedly he’s still so shook up by the death of Heath Ledger who was originally going to be back as the Joker (read the detail report on Batman On Film). Nolan is currently working on Inception for Warner Bros, which is billed as a contemporary sci-fi action thriller starring Leo DiCaprio, backed by a strong ensemble cast that includes indie darlings Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, as well as Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine who were both in Nolan’s Batman films. Since WB is the same studio that released The Dark Knight, there’s a possibility of some kind of agreement to bring Nolan back. However, in case that doesn’t happen, reportedly Zack Snyder is a strong contender. Wow, if he got this gig, Snyder is one busy guy working on both 300 and Batman 3 at the same time! It remains to be seen how he can pull this off though. Watchmen wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be—definitely didn’t live up to the hype—and 300 was not even remotely in the same league as The Dark Knight.
Meh, without Nolan’s extraordinary vision, I’m not as interested in this project. Not even sure if Bale is either, given his strong rapport with the British director. I guess I’m more intrigued by Inception, especially with Nolan also writing the script.