Wednesday, June 17, 2009

NEWS: Batman 3 Not a Given With Nolan At The Helm...

This does come as quite a surprise, and not a good one, at least for fans of the Caped Crusader.

IGN is reporting that the rumor mill is a blaze with suggestions that Christopher Nolan's involvement with the inevitable sequel to The Dark Knight may not be 100%.

A trusted industry source for Batman-on-Film claims that it is going to take a herculean effort on the part of Warner Bros. to sell Nolan on doing a third Bat-film, confirming an old rumor that the studio has indeed compiled a short list of replacement candidates. So why is Nolan reportedly iffy on directing the film?

"The death of Heath Ledger in January of 2008 rocked Mr. Nolan hard. So hard that Chris was convinced that TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film," according to BoF's source, adding that the Joker was envisioned as the villain in the third film.

Their source did also confirm that BoF was indeed correct when they reported that Nolan is currently developing a story for the film with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and David Goyer, but we are still waiting until at least 2012 until Batman will be in theatres again, and maybe not until 2013.

BoF's source went so far as to say that, as of now, there is no story for Batman 3 though.

Tis is all bad news. Just look at the Spiderman and X-Men franchises for why a third Batman film is bound to dissapoint, particularly in the case of X3, when they also ended up switching directors. This is about as good of news as hearing that you are getting a root canal from a toddler with a katana. Just not something you want to hear as the night ends.

Who do YOU think should take over this franchise? I'm hoping this goes into the hands of Zack Snyder, who is on WB's short list. What about you?

Go see something good!

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