Earlier this morning I read a comment from a reader begging for an update on the follow up to The Dark Knight (Batman 3? Not sure what to call it…), so here you go.

Despite the fact that director Chris Nolan has been making some noises indicating he’s not sure he wants to do a third Batman movie the rumor mill is saying that it’s a done deal and he will indeed return.

A while back, in regards to a third movie Nolan said:

“Maybe there’s so much expectation to them. But I wouldn’t want to do one if it weren’t going to be as good as the first or second. That’s not respectful to the fans.”

This was in reference to the fact that generally speaking, the third film in a series (the second sequel?) is quite often inferior to the first two films – and he is leery of going there.

However according to E! Online the next film in the series is definitely on track:

“Despite some recent interviews in which he down-played the possibility of returning as director again, Christopher Nolan (who helmed Knight) will for sure be back directing the third flick, we’re assured by a production mole. Christian Bale will obviously rejoin his director pal, and we’re very pleased to report that he’ll be playing a ‘sexier’ Bruce Wayne. This is heaven-sent news, as, let’s face it, Bale couldn’t have looked any more constipated in that last flick.”

I love that last bit. simple smile Nolan Returning To Batman And Bringing Catwoman? However considering how they left off The Dark Knight (with Batman on the run from the law), I don’t know how “sexy” Bruce Wayne will be feeling. Then again if the next bit o’ news turns out to be true, it’ll go a long ways towards explaining just that:

“…certain Warners sources are leaking to us that Rachel Weisz is being considered for the Catwoman role”

This seems to be more certain than some of the other rumors that have been flying around like Angelina Jolie as Catwoman or Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Riddler and Penguin in the next flick. If you can’t place her, Rachel appeared in the first two Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser.

What do you think? Would you like to see Rachel Weisz as the next Catwoman?

E! Online via Batman-on-Film