Speaking of sequels … Batman 3 starts shooting in 2010?

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.”

tdklogoIt’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.

2 thoughts on “Speaking of sequels … Batman 3 starts shooting in 2010?

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    Though I hate to sound like some kind of uppity movie snob, I just don’t see how “Batman” is going to work without Nolan. He brought a whole new vision to the series; he brought it back from the dead. I’m sure there are plenty of talented directors out there who could do a good job … but can they do a great one? Also, new directors mean a new style. Even if the characters are there, the tone is going to change, and that will be jarring and disconcerting to those of us who fell in love with Nolan’s very dark, poetic, epic style. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something, ANYTHING, will convince Nolan to stick with “Batman.”

    M. Carter at the Movies

    1. rtm

      Yup. Nolan’s done a tremendous job elevating the latest Batman movies to the level they are now, so to have somebody else butcher it would just be dreadful! I hope that he’d eventually agree to do it for the sake of keeping the trilogy intact. Because you know what, WB will make it with or without him, as they only care about the profits, not the VISION. [SIGH]

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