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For only the fourth time in movie history, a movie has surpassed the $1 billion mark in box office receipts.
According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood, The Dark Knight surpassed the $1 billion dollar in box office take on Friday. This is only the fourth movie to ever do so, sharing the honors with Titanic ($1.8 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.1 billion), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.066 billion). None of these numbers are adjusted for inflation, but it is still an impressive haul for any film to make.
This will surely add to Warner Brothers, the studio behind the franchise, to want director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale to return for a third film. For now Mr. Nolan has been hesitant to confirm his attachment to a third outing in Gotham City due to his claim that he is lacking in story ideas at this point in time. He has not completely ruled out doing another, but he wants to be sure it is a story worth doing.
I have to agree with him at this point that while Batman has interesting villains, very few of them are capable of carrying a movie like the Joker could. The only other one who I would immediately say could would be Two-Face, but that is no longer an option after the events of the last film.
So, who does this leave us with?
As you can see, not many more of his core villains would work, but you can take a look through his Rogue’s Gallery and see if there any that you think would work in the inevitable third film. Who would like to see? Who do you think would work? And will a third film make as much, or was it Heath Ledger’s doing?