Christopher Nolan's upcoming dramatic thriller Inception is a little over a month away, but the buzz on the director's next project is already heating up.
Today, we're hearing rumors of a possible start date for Batman 3 filming - March 2011. At first glance, that might seem a bit quick for the follow-up to one of the highest grossing, and most critically acclaimed films, in recent history - but, a March 2011 start date would actually give the Batman sequel plenty of room for its proposed July 20, 2012 release.
The word comes from a recent comment made by LA Times columnist Geoff Boucher, while prepping his readers for an upcoming interview with Nolan:
"On Saturday at the Hero Complex Film Festival, we'll hear Christopher Nolan discuss his filmmaking accomplishments between our screenings of the underrated 2002 thriller "Insomnia" and billion-dollar blockbuster "The Dark Knight," but don't think that the discussion won't be forward-looking as well -- the future looks fascinating for this 39-year-old auteur, and I plan to ask him about the third Batman film, which starts shooting in March, and his plans to produce a Superman revival with his partner and wife, Emma Thomas."
Of course the knee-jerk line in question, "I plan to ask him about the third Batman film, which starts shooting in March" certainly provides room for plenty of speculation - Did Boucher get a Batman 3 scoop while prepping for the Hero Complex Film Festival interview? Was Boucher misinformed? Is Boucher, in fact, Batman himself?
With industry readers and pundits descending on the comment like starved jackals, it's interesting to note that the article hasn't been updated, taken down, or clarified - leading some to speculate that the comment has no substance or, more importantly, an official start-date will be announced shortly (maybe by Nolan at the Hero Complex Film Festival).
Filming for Batman Begins started in March 2004, with the film releasing June 15th 2005. Similarly, shooting for the Dark Knight was expected to begin in March 2007 but was later pushed to April, with the film arriving on July 18th 2008. So, the rumor does appear to have some grounding, based on Nolan's past scheduling.
That said, it's unclear how a similar bat-time-line could be affected by Nolan's work on the upcoming Superman reboot The Man of Steel, which is also slated for a holiday 2012 release. Nolan is listed as a producer on the film - so he'll at least be somewhat involved in the day-to-day development process of bringing one of the most iconic comic book characters in the world to the big screen - following a poorly received 2006 reboot.
For the time being, we'll just have to wait for more official announcements - we're looking at you San Diego Comic Con.
What do you think about a March 2011 shooting start? What are you hoping to see in Batman 3?
Batman 3 is scheduled for a July 20th 2012 release.