[Update: Batman 3 might shoot in Louisiana, but don't expect to see Killer Croc. See post for details.]
The Batman 3 rumor mill is running at full speed again and this time we have a new potential villain. If the rumor is true, the "reality-based" foundation of Nolan's Batman franchise will be put to the test.
Speculation has surrounded a potential New Orleans shooting location and one classic Batman villain fits right in. The Southern location, and recent murmurs from Mark Millar, have brought Killer Croc to the speculation forefront.
That's right, Killer Croc. /Film is pushing the possibility that the deformed crocodile wrestler, formerly known as Waylon Jones, might be the villain in Batman 3. Born with a skin disorder, Jones lives his life with enhanced physical traits - such as a tough skin that some bullets can't penetrate. In addition, Killer Croc has super-strength, regenerative abilities, an enhanced sense of smell, and can move at exceptional speed - especially underwater.
There are a number of comic book adaptations of Killer Croc, employing varying levels of reptilian qualities. While Killer Croc might be a stretch for Nolan's Batman universe - he's not entirely outside of plausibility. Recent adaptations seem most relevant, where Waylon Jones' skin is scaly and hardened - and his reptilian qualities are more limited.
Comic writer Mark Millar recently tweeted a pair of intriguing comments that could support the rumor.
"Oh, wait. Con gossip: I know who the villain(s) are in Batman 3 and the big scene outside Gotham sounds awesome. Totally timely locale."
"One of the villains is from my favourite childhood run on the character. Again, very unexpected."
If it is gossip that Millar overheard, then forget the grain of salt - bring the entire bag. Even if Millar is reporting this himself, it is still a stretch. But this entire theory is in the rumor stage, which makes every little comment plausible.
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight spent most of their stateside production in Chicago, using downtown to create Gotham City. Batman 3's move to New Orleans was made for a number of reasons - some of which we may never know. The tax incentive is ridiculously high there and Warner Bros. just had a successful shoot with Green Lantern at their New Orleans studio.
I do not expect New Orleans to replace Chicago as the template for Gotham City, but the first tweet from Millar brings up my original assumption - a secondary plot location in the swamps of Louisiana. Don't expect Nolan to replace his legendary private hangar in England where he has shot many staged sequences from both Batman films and Inception. He has previously mentioned the Gotham City set is still intact for the third film.
Update: Our friends at TMT have learned that Batman 3 (The Dark Knight Rises) will be shooting in Louisiana - but only interior shots created on the WB sound stages that were recently used for such films as Green Lantern. Exterior shots will still be filmed in Chicago, the city that was used to create Gotham City in The Dark Knight. Knowing that Batman WON'T be tromping around Louisiana swamps, it suddenly becomes hard to believe that we'll be seeing Killer Croc in the film.
Frankly, I'd love to see Killer Croc, but only under Christopher Nolan's direction. I remain hopeful for a storyline involving Catwoman and The Riddler. But recent rumors that my personal favorite for Catwoman, Marion Cotillard, won't be donning the tight leather makes Killer Croc even more intriguing.
What do you think of the potential for Killer Croc in Batman 3. Would you like him to be the main villain or a secondary one? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Batman 3 hits theaters on July 20th, 2012.
Update Source: TMT