When “The Dark Knight” boomed into theaters in 2008, movie-goers were reminded why filmmaker Christopher Nolan should be taken seriously. Comic book fans and mainstream moviegoers alike have patiently waited for an announcement regarding a third Nolan-helmed “Batman” film (“Batman Begins” was the first) ever since the closing credits on the most recent examination of Gotham City’s gritty streets. Thankfully, Nolan himself is beginning to think about his “Dark Knight” follow-up as well.
At a press junket promoting Nolan’s latest project, “Inception,” the upcoming psychological thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the filmmaker told MTV News that he’s already thinking about “Batman 3″ — well, sort of.
“Yes and no I suppose would be the answer,” he said. “We know we’re aiming for 2012 [as a release date]. That’s been talked about. We’re just working on the script, really. My brother [Jonah Nolan] has been hard at work on it for quite some time. It’s based on a story that myself and David Goyer have written.”
Nolan has previously said that the Joker won’t appear in the film, effectively ending speculation that the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning role would be recast. But beyond speaking about the project in general terms, Nolan isn’t ready to discuss “Batman 3″ in too much detail — too busy promoting Leo DiCaprio in ‘Inception’.
One person who is ready to talk about ‘The Dark Knight” sequel is funnyman Robin Williams. Williams recently revealed in an interview to Empire Magazine that he’d be willing to don the question mark.
“I would work with Chris again in a second, playing anyone in anything. I’d play The Riddler in the next Batman, although it would be hard to top Heath [Ledger] as the villain, and I’m a little hairy for tights… I’m using this article as an ad. Chris, call me, I’ll do anything. I could be a great character – or some weird little man in the background in Arkham Asylum.”
Now whether he’s serious or not remains to be determined. However, Williams and Nolan have a history of working together on ‘Insomnia’ and the often manic actor was pretty creepy in ‘One Hour Photo’.
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