Release Date for Batman 3 Confirmed

The late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
The late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Warner Bros’ distribution chief, Dan Fellman, recently sent out an email confirming the release date for Christopher Nolan’s (THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION) BATMAN 3 and it’s the 20th of July, 2012. While this isn’t too surprising (given that both of the previous BATMAN reboots were released on that date and INCEPTION is due out on the 16th of July this year) it’s good to know that the film isn’t too far off.

BATMAN 3 will be going up against a lot of stiff competition in 2012 as THE AVENGERS, SPIDER-MAN, BATTLESHIP and STAR TREK 2 are all also being released in two years time. Very little is known about the third BATMAN reboot, it doesn’t even have a name yet, but we know that Nolan’s brother is working hard on the script and that most of the main cast are contracted for a third film.
Now let’s get writing our villain wish lists….

The Dark Knight in Person

It was not so very long ago that Christian Bale was just an actor, not a movie star. Rather famously, he almost lost out on the title role of AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) when the production company briefly flirted with hiring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was considered a much bigger box office draw, coming off the mega-success of TITANIC. Well, all that changed with BATMAN BEGINS (2005), which led to high-profile roles in this year’s 3:10 TO YUMA and I’M NOT THERE.
Acknowledging this success, the American Cinematheque will be hosting a Christian Bale marathon this Saturday at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Bale will attend in person, and there will be an all-evening buffet to help you get through all four films on the quadruple bill: 3:10 TO YUMA, I’M NOT THERE, BATMAN BEGINS, and AMERICAN PSYCHO.
Only the last two titles fall into the realm of cinefantastique, but they are worth checking out, especially if you have not seen them on the big screen.
The show starts at 6:30pm. Get more info here.

Bale goes from Psycho to Cyborg?

EW.Com has posted a scoop: that Christian Bale (BATMAN BEGINS) has been cast in TERMINATOR SALVATION. Unfortunately, there is no official word on what role he will play. We’re hoping he gets to be a terminator. The guy is good at playing homicidal characters, judging from AMERICAN PSYCHO; it would be fun to see him take it up a notch as an unstoppable cyborg assassin.
EW also tells us that the story will be a departue from the films starring Arnold Schwarzengger, but details are being kept secret.