"Batman 3" Rumors: Possible Villain, Plot, and Marketing?

riddlerbatman3A post at FirstShowing.net claims that the third installment in Chrisopher Nolan’s Batman saga will re-introduce a familiar and beloved Gotham villain into the film continuity: The Riddler. Not only is the infamous Edward Nigma said to be making an appearance in the much-anticipated sequel to THE DARK KNIGHT, but rumor has it that INCEPTION’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt is “interested” in the role. The possibility still exists that additional villains may be thrown into the mix as well, including Catwoman, the Penguin, and/or Killer Croc.
But wait, there’s more. ComicBookMovie.com purports that they’ve uncovered a possible plot synopsis for the film:

Bruce Wayne buries himself in work as Batman and leaves his Bruce Wayne persona behind as their is nothing left for him no more and hasn’t been seen for 6 months in public and is said to be locked away in the newly built Wayne Manor.

This fits in with rumors that Warner Brothers recently purchased a whole host of internet domain names, including WheresBruceWayne.com. Could this be another viral marketing campaign similar to the “I Believe in Harvey Dent” site that accompanied THE DARK KNIGHT? At the time of this writing, the URL returns no result yet, but we’ll be monitoring it closely.
Now, once again, this is all rumor. But it certainly is something to think about!

All IMAX for "Batman 3"?

Pfister and Nolan
Pfister and Nolan

After THE DARK KNIGHT wowed audiences with its stunning visual sequences shot in IMAX format, director Christopher Nolan and his director of photography Wally Pfister are considering shooting the third installment in their series entirely in IMAX.
According to MTV, Pfister called the idea “my preferred, amazing goal,” adding, “I like IMAX more than I like 3-D.” Nolan voiced a similar opinion in June, saying that he was “not a huge fan of 3-D.” Personally, I’m with Pfister. While films made specifically for 3-D, like AVATAR and TOY STORY 3, are often visually striking, I still see 3-D as a kind of gimmick on the whole. I prefer a high resolution 2-D picture over a mediocre 3-D picture. If more high profile films would go the 2-D IMAX route instead of the second rate 3-D route (I’m looking at you, CLASH OF THE TITANS), the film industry could find itself in a much better place in the near future.
Obviously any final decision regarding the way “BATMAN 3” is shot will be the ultimate decision of Warner Bros., but it is interesting that Pfister and Nolan are even considering this. If they can provide Warner with a successful proof of concept, we might be seeing more all-IMAX films in the coming years!

'Batman 3' Casting?

Riddle me this: When is a News story like a
Tennant without a lease?
Answer: When it’s an unsubstantiated Rumor!

Hollywoodlife.com reports that an unamed source “close” to director Christopher Nolan that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN), is the director’s first pick to play The Riddler in the next BATMAN film.

Gordon-Levitt, who’s one of the stars of Nolan’s latest film, INCEPTION, is reportedly “the director’s first pick to play The Riddler in the next installment of the Batman franchise.”
The source is quored as saying: “There was a joke at first between them that Joseph wanted to read for Batman 3 and things heated up as filming continued.”
Not too sure what to make of this, as Christopher Nolan has previously claimed that the third film in his Batman series probably wouldn’t feature one of the caped crusader’s best known foes.
The article does point out that’s it’s pre-mature to say that the young actor will play the Riddler, as the film is still in the process of being written (by Nolan, brother Jonathan, and David Goyer).
The as yet untitled third Batman film is already scheduled for a July 2012 premiere.
INCEPTION will open this July 16th, from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers.

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….

New Batman 3 Info

Still from The Dark Knight
Still from The Dark Knight

Cinematical have been talking to Wally Pfister, DoP for both BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, about the progress with Christopher Nolan’s (THE DARK KNIGHT, THE PRESTIGE) BATMAN 3. Pfister spoke about the possibility of shooting BATMAN 3 in 3D, IMAX or digitally.

Jonathan Nolan, Christopher’s brother and script writing partner, is currently hard at work writing  BATMAN 3 which will hopefully bring the BATMAN trilogy to a fitting close. Meanwhile Pfister has been quick is discount the possibility of a 3D BATMAN sequel,

“I did it [IMAX] for one shot of The Dark Knight because Chris said, ‘You have to say you did it,’ and literally I had this strapped to my shoulder and I was carrying it. But I think he is game for doing something interesting like that. Lord knows that the 3D fad might pass by the time that summer comes around”.

He then added,

“I know one thing about the film that Chris is adamant about is that he wants to shoot on film. He doesn’t want to shoot on video, and I’m the same way”.

So it’s a possibility Nolan will shoot some scenes of BATMAN 3 in IMAX (as he did with THE DARK KNIGHT) but won’t be going anywhere near 3D or purely digital camera technology. I’d say all three pieces of information are a blessing; BATMAN 3 doesn’t need to be in 3D as story has always come first for Nolan’s interpretation of the comic book character and I’d personally take film over digital any day.
BATMAN 3 is long a way off yet, with the studio probably looking at a release sometime in 2012, but stay tuned for more information on the highly anticipated sequel as Nolan embarks on the INCEPTION press tour, in which he’s more than likely to let some details slip.