Batman 3 Titled ‘The Dark Knight Rises’; No Riddler, No 3D

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During an interview just published on Hero Complex, Chris Nolan has revealed the title of Batman 3: it will be called “The Dark Knight Rises and it WON’T be shot in 3D (they’ll shoot in IMAX format instead).

In the same interview, Nolan announced something that Batman movie fans have been debating and speculating about, ever since the end credits rolled on The Dark Knight: Nolan has stated that The Riddler will NOT be the villain featured in The Dark Knight Rises.

Check out the quote from Nolan himself that should put an end, once and for all, to all of the Riddler rumors and faux casting announcements that have stretched on for years and included everyone from Johnny Depp to Edward Norton to comedian Eddie Murphy. Said Nolan:

“It won’t be the Riddler.”

So, can we all agree that this riddle has now been solved? (Sorry couldn’t help myself.)

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Nolan didn’t reveal much else to Hero Complex, opting instead to play things close to the vest as usual, but did give the following vague and cryptic piece of information:

“We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,”

Hero Complex‘s Geff Boucher speculates whether or not that answer could leave room for a surprise return by Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart), which is a question we asked you about more than a year ago. Guess that debate is free to start all over again.

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As for the more recent rumors of female leads being auditioned for Batman 3, Tom Hardy joining the cast and Killer Croc being the possible villain? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see what develops. [We now know Bane and Catwoman will be featured in the film. More on that HERE.]

UPDATE: We may be able to clear up those Killer Croc rumors, at least, as our friends over at Think McFly are reporting that The Dark Knight Rises is in fact going to be shooting in New Orleans, the same location where DC/WB had such success shooting the upcoming Green Lantern movie.

Think McFly has clarified that Nolan and Co. will be shooting only interior set pieces at the New Orleans location, with the city of Chicago still serving as the exterior representation of Gotham City. These Killer Croc rumors rose primarily out of the assertion that Batman 3 would be using the city’s Bayou locale as the basis for the Croc story; since we now know that we won’t be seeing Batman combing the swamplands, having Killer Croc as the featured villain seems even more unlikely than it initially did.

The Dark Knight Rises… I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say I’m disappointed in that title. The great thing about Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is that their titles are indicative of two standalone stories which each had their own respective themes and identities.

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Indeed, there’s been much debate in the years since TDK where fans have expressed their pleasure/displeasure with the differences between the two films – and there is certainly a strong contingent of Batheads who felt TDK was completely different in feel than BB, and favored one film over the other.

I say all that to say: The Dark Knight Rises feels like a straight-up sequel, rather than a standalone entry in the Nolan Batman universe. That’s not to say the finished film will be that way, but for now, that is the implication I’m getting. Silver lining: if  Catwoman turns out to be the villain, we’ll have plenty of “Dark Knight Rising” jokes to crack icon wink Batman 3 Titled The Dark Knight Rises; No Riddler, No 3D .

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How about you: do you like the title The Dark Knight Rises? Do you think the movie sounds like your average sequel rather than a new Batman experience? How do you feel about the Riddler being out of the mix?

TDKR will go into production next year and is slated to hit theaters in the summer of 2012.

Source: Hero Complex

Update Source: Think McFly

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  1. There will be no return of two face so you can kill that rumor now. Aaron ecotage stated on the conan obrian show that he talked to Christopher Nolan and he isn’t in it. And just because Nolan states that the riddler won’t be in it could be a clever ploy to divert your attention elsewhere. Finally as for the reprisal of the joker role there is rumor that near or at the end of the film they will use audio from the extra scenes of TDK to possibly make a final scene of Heath ledgers joker at arkham asylum.

  2. They should have given it a unique title like; GOTHAM

    • I heard years ago that, that was the rumored title of the movie. I really like that as a title and they should go with it if it was true…

  3. That actually wouldn’t be bad.

  4. If you look at what chris nolan has done with the first two films he has tried making it feel like it can all be possible and based in real life, hence the focus on batmans villains being of the gangs and mafia. So if you think about it logically bane is quite a good choice because he is basically a hired gun who has incredible strength through drugs. We all know that people and athletes in the past and present have occaisionally boosted there performance through drugs like steroids so its plausible the same could be said for bane. Also further down the line bane got rid of the VENOM drugs and re-built his imense physique through extensive training, perfect examples of this are seen at the mr universe competitions in real life and the past two films are about re inventing character perseptions and perspectives so bane is actually a really good character casting.
    And lets also not forget that the penguin could come back into it as a rival gangster, as well as rupert thorne, re occuring batman villain ras al ghul, the great white shark and even black mask. All these characters either are members or have been affiliated in the comics with gangland crime rings and/or crime syndicates, the two major crime bosses of gotham at the minute being black mask in gothams underground and the great white shark operating out of arkham which is a key focal point of gotham city and batman begins. So effectively if arkham is involved then it could bring the movies back full circle.
    I have also thought that with the view point of putting a new spin on classic characters mr freeze could be brought into the equation as a gangster that is known for freezing hi victims with nitrogen or something, its a new take on an original batman foe.
    And the title could be seen like it was said in an earlier post as batman rising to be gothams protector again after he was cast out at the end of the dark knight but personally i think it should be one of his titles from the comic books like the dark knight was. I think the new movie should have been named GOTHAM KNIGHT. It shows that he’s both gothams protector as well as still being the dark knight that the criminals have come to fear…

  5. Nolan should change the name to “The Caped Crusader” because it’s also an additional name for batman and it doesn’t sound like a sequel.

  6. How does nobody come up with the thought that JGL should be Robin? The second i saw Inception thats what i figured.

    • Because Robin sucks and no one wants him in this movie.

  7. i understand why the riddler wont be in this movie, maybe he doesnt want his films to be like the other batman films. i think he wants to intodruce new villians especially the ones from the long halloween series comic book.Maybe Nolan will put the riddler in this film, but probably he’ll make his role be like in the Batman: Arkham Asylum Game. as for the title i hope he just said Dark knight rises as a temporary title so all of us could shut up and try to be happy wit the title. i know nolan is better than that, he’ll surprise us watch. And How will TwoFace be in the third film, unless they come up wit some crazy back story to his revival, which would be dumb… thats why i like nolan’s batman films cuz they’re as real as they get!!!! ( For SuperHero Movies)

  8. Has any thought that The Dark Knight Rises may a prequel to The Dark Knight, and therefor the title is perfect for the film….

  9. Sorry…anyone thought that The Dark Knight Rises may be a prequel…

    • Considering the cliff-hanger ending of the last film, and the fact they already did Batman Begins I’d say not a chance.

      Vic

  10. i really worry for the quality of the next batman film, i cant believe nolan can top the villians he had in TDK! he clearly wanted the joker in his follow up movie as he was not killed off in TDK. i am not too bothered about the name off the next film as i believe the quality of the film will reflect the title. i have alot of faith in nolan as a massive batman fan………….. but he has his work cut out!

  11. so, batman wont be in 3d? now that’s a relief! who else thinks that overall quality of 3d movies sucks? they only pay attention to visual effects and not the plot. when i watched tron legacy i was so sad, i almost cried

  12. yeah 3d is for 2 bit sellout movies that have to use the 3d effects to take your mind away from a pathetic and usually lame story and second class acting performances. nolans batman movies are first class across the board (plot, acting, directing etc etc) there is no need for 3d.
    i hope they use arkam as the setting for some of the scenes in this movie. it would fit in very well with the dark feel of the nolan films and also would be a perfect place to throw in some cameo’s of the villians that did’nt otherwise make it into the trilogy.

  13. I’m looking forward to it.
    Nolan never disappoints and the new world of his batman is unbelievable.
    I’m worried about sitting thought two hours worth of catwoman……bane maybe but not catwomen..but back before the dark knight there were many questions on the performance Heath would give and look what we got….amazing performance by Heath.
    Lets see what happens the last two are amazing and think of nolans vision now after seeing what he did with inception..

  14. I can’t wait for it, but if it lacks any of the things we all love about Batman (Severe butt kicking and the Batmobile crashing through stuff) then I will be strongly disappointed. I love all the Batman movies -new and old- and TDK was amazing! It had everything from the perfect villian to HUGE explosions that made you leap out of your seat and then pretend you didn’t just ruin your pants.
    Batman has a history of being just god-damn awesome! But by the sounds of it, this up coming movie might not be as good as its predecessors. If it does turn out to be just a sequel to TDK then I think a lot (If not ALL) Batman fans are going to be strongly upset by this. It would be heartbreaking to see something as great as Batman not living up to the excellence we are all accustomed too.
    Here’s hoping it’s as good as we all wish it to be.
    Good Luck Nolan

  15. Im kinda half happy the riddler is not in it. A too much like the Joker. B too easy to do in this dark knight (more real) series. we all know Nolan never dissappoints so nuff said there. i think the extended break on the project is a major help from creating a “Sequel” to writing a whole seperate story like TDK was to BB. onto villains. nolan said it best that the penguin would b tough to do in the “real” sense but in my opinion Tim Burton did it perfectly so no need to touch on that. catwoman as a lead has kinda been played but who would ever complain on another sexy CW in the mix. anne hathaway OTOH. from her hx of doing kid roles i think she would overact this role too much like HB did so maybe CW being a side villain. i love the idea of Bane again side villian. Killer Croc would b easy to do in the real sense but again not a real LEAD role for me. i think DR. Strange would be a good one to do if anyone agrees. i would deff like to see 3 villains not over the top like B&R but within good taste which i trust nolan to acomplish that one

    • I agree but no catwoman and no sidekicks. Its batmans story not some stupid sidekick. That was Batman forevers and B&R mistake. Plus no more than two villians but only one lead villian. Too many would ruin the pace of the movie. O and keep all the actors from BB and TDK.

  16. Well, maybe we think too much about the fact that the riddler was played by jim carrey in Batman Forever so he became famous. But I think that when he will be in B3 TDKR people will first think about the joker @ TDK. But for myself, if i’m honest, the riddler is one of my favorites because of jim carrey in B Forever, I was very curious about how Nolan will bring the riddler in B3 TDKR, and who shall played our green funny mysterious villian, but i’m happy that there will be a B3.

    • You are crazy! Batman Forever! Really? What part of that movie was good. The riddler in Spandex? Mr. Freeze being muscle bound or poison’s Ivy connection to Bain.. never done in the comics. I know it was that Bat girl was Alfred’s Niece and not Gordon’s daughter barbara, oh and a blonde? Never speak of Batman 4ever again.

      • Sage…

        Ummm, you DO realize you’re mixing two Batman movies together, right? “Batman Forever” was the Schumacher ” I spit on Batman” movie (with Two-Face and The Riddler). “Batman and Robin” was the Schumacher “Now, I’m just effing with Warner Brothers and dare them to stop me from bringing this abhorrent HELL into reality” movie (with Poison Ivy, Bane, and the screwed-up Barbara…Pennyworth).

  17. nolan did a great job in bringing batman to a whole new level by keeping it real , no hokus pokus or supernatural crap , if he brings catwoman back , please keep it real , no coming back to life or 9 lives crap , as for bane i don’t know , just don’t ruin the batman please , please don’t . putting batman on hold for inception come on man that is freaking stupid , dum movie, i’ve seen better low budget movies than this mainstream movie!

    • Jose…

      Sigh…I’ve agreed with a great many things you’ve said in various comments. This time–NO.

      “Inception” was a brilliant, inspired film that has given Nolan that much more credibility and influence in the normally staid Hollywood community. It is PRECISELY the reason we may feel confident that Nolan has a very high probability of completing his particular Batman trilogy the way he wants (the way WE want) and breaking the unfortunate curse of the third film.

      :)

  18. I enjoyed the first two Batmans, and I pray it continues…

    I did like how each Batman movie had their own unique title, but now with this third one just adding to the second one’s title, has given me pause for concern… I’ll have to wait and see how the movie is.

    I was also hoping for the Riddler and not Bane. The Riddler would have presented Batman’s amazing detective skills to us… what’s Bane going to do, more steroids? Ugh… I hope it is better than what my brain is imagining it to be…

    … and then a Catwoman… ugh… oh dear god I hope this dark awesome version of Batman doesn’t kill itself with this third version.

    I’ll wait and see… and pray… because if it does kill it… then I won’t be back for a fourth.

    • And I am a big fan of the Riddler of course, but, I didn’t like Jim Carrey’s version of it. I’m sure many did and do, I wasn’t one of them and was hoping to see what they would do with it in this style of Batman movie. When I heard the rumour that Johnny Depp would be doing the Riddler, I was overjoyed and thought they couldn’t have picked a better person, perfect fit for the role. But alas, it was a rumour, and now we are presented with… *cringe* Bane… le-sigh.

    • If Nolan sticks to the Bane of the comics universe than it should be good. In the DC universe Bane was actually intelligent and on a par with Batman. He deduced the guys identity and than went on to do what NO other Batman villain had been able to do, put the guy on the shelf for over a year! If they stick to that interpretation of Bane than all should go well.

  19. from what i understand from the comics, bane is supposed to be a super intelligent super strong roided up badass so i doubt it will just be one big fisty cuffs between him and batman. although there is certain to be at least one awesome punch up between them.

    • I hope so.

      I really hope it is just as good as the other two…

      But for some reason I have that feeling in my gut that gives me pause… we’ll wait and see.

      =)

  20. Bane is great!! This film ending with Batmans back being snapped! Hhmmmmmm?

    • Dear lord…NO!

      That would make for an awkward trilogy ending, to say the least.

  21. OKAY I READ ENOUGH ABOUT WHO YOU FOLKS LIKE AND DONT LIKE AND WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM MR. NOLAN ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT TRUE BATMAN FANS KNOW THAT THIS IS STILL BATMAN BEGINS THIS IS STILL BRUCE WAYNE AS SOLO VIGILANTE BECOMING A SUPER HERO IN BATMAN LEGEND THIS IS STILL YEAR ONE MAYBE YEAR TWO THIS IS ALONG THE LINES OF THE LONG HALLOWEEN I DONT KNOW IF THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR A REAL SUPER VILLAIN BECAUSE CHRONOLOGICALLY SPEAKING GOTHAM HAS TO BE BROUGHT DOWN TO RUINS BEFORE THE REAL SO CALLED SUPER VILAINS CAN TRULLY OVER RUN GOTHAM AND CREATE A NEED FOR BRUCE WAYNE TO BECOME THE FULL FLEDGED HERO WE KNOW HIM TO BE … YOU KNOW INSPIRING AND SPAWNING NEW HEROES SUCH AS ROBIN BATGIRL NIGHTWING … REMEMBER IT SUPPOSE TO BE MORE REALISTIC AND MORE DARKER THAN THE SMASH POW BANG BATMAN OF THE SIXTIES AND EVEN MORE COMPLEX AND HUMAN THAN THE BATMAN OF THE EIGHTIES AND NINTIES ALL SPECULATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE STORYLINE ALREADY WRITTEN I WOULDNT MIND TO MUCH IF MR. NOLAN SKIPPED RIGHT TO THE END OF BRUCE WAYNES CAREER AS THE BATMAN WITH A MONTAGE OF WOULD BE EPISODES OF DEFEATED VILLAINS I WOULD STILL SIT IN A THEATRE OR ON MY FRIENDS SOFA AND WATCH HIS RENDITION OF THE CAPED CRUSADER SOVING RIDDLES EVEN IF IT WAS IN CLAMATION 3D OR STICK FIGURES AND I AM SURE THE REST OF YOU WOULD CHUCK UP YOUR TEN DOLLARS AND STUFF YOU FACES WITH POPCORN SOFT DRINKS THROUGH THE WHOLE THING TOO BOOT

    • tl;dr.
      Ease up on the caps a little and zealotry, it will make it easier for people to read and understand you.

  22. In my opinion, I wish they would have done the riddler. Of course I can see why they wouldn’t do that. The second movie was the movie about testing the mind and pushing it to its limit. It displayed Joker as a more awesome serious character that really does play with peoples minds. So in order to establish a new identity for the new batman movie they had to ditch joker. I think Dr. Strange would be the most logical choice for the villain in the next movie. But, who would be the sub-plot villain?

  23. I just have a very wild guess at the way The Dark Knight Rises will end. This may shock you, but I think Christopher Nolan wouldn’t be afraid to do this…….. Batman dies (honorably), but Catwoman takes over in his place, spawning a trilogy about Catwoman on her own.

  24. I don’t mind the title but I think they should can catwoman and go with killer croc , never been done before enimies keep it dark .

  25. I am already counting the days until this comes. I love chris nolan, and i love the way he puts everything together. This is going to be a classic.

  26. It sounds to me like there are a lot of people that are lacking faith in Christopher Nolan. I know he’s really only got a handful of films under his belt, but I can’t think of a time he didn’t knock it out of the park, except for maybe Insomnia.

    I can kind of understand the fear of this 3rd installment being treated as a sequel, that’s fair I guess. But, to have concerns about Bane and Catwoman being done in a campy way and basically destroying the mood in this next film, I don’t fully understand. That simply is not Nolan’s style. If he wants to have a Catwoman and a Bane, I’m sure he’s got a plan for how to do it right, so that the villains fit in with his Batman. It’s not like he’s gonna go “Ah, ballocks!” and just crap out on this one.

    I do think that this last Nolan Batman movie won’t live up to the Dark Knight, but that’s to be expected. The second act, or second part of the story, is almost always the most interesting and entertaining. And that’s unfortunate, because people often end up going into the 3rd part with their expecations too high. The Dark Knight defined Batman and introduced The Joker, his number one enemy. You’re just not going to top that.

  27. What i wonder is will there be Joker i mean he was busted at the end of the dark knight but he is alive so how long wuld it take till he meets Harley Queen who help’s hi m get out of Ank or to terrorize and occupate Ank

  28. there’s no word on hugo strange as of yet.
    although i do think robin williams could pull it off.
    here’s an updated cast discussion:
    http://www.examiner.com/film-industry-in-houston/nolan-s-cast-for-the-dark-knight-rises

  29. umm okay im like in love with the 2nd film the dark knight and right now i’m sure that tom hardy is going to be playing bane,anne hathaway will be playing catwoman,i think thats a bad idea but i think a good catwoman should be keira knightly/natalie portman/or milla jovovich and joseph gordon levitt is gonna be on the 3rd movie of nolan,but no one knows who he is gonna be portraying,but i think he should be the joker because he looks similar to heath ledger http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6peofD1fs1qbw0w6o1_500.jpg <— thats the link,and anyways on the movie more than likely joker would be in arkham asylum and in the comic books jokers face is always covered with a shadow of some sort while hes in that asylum,agh scratch that josephs role will be "ALBERTO FALCONE" i think they're making a mistake with anne hathaway or joseph being alberto i dont really know tom hardy soo yea,hope you liked this post,right now im in posting this in my highschool journalism class hope this helps people

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