The third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series has gotten a release date, but the script isn’t even finished yet.
Warner Brothers announced this week that the third Batman film would hit the screens on July 20, 2012, almost four years to the day after The Dark Knight, the second film in the series. The only problem is that the script is still being written, so that means no work can move forward yet even with a 26-month window now in place.
It was unclear for some time if this film would even happen because Mr. Nolan’s original plan had featured the Joker returning in the third film, but with the death of Heath Ledger, he was unclear how to proceed. Reportedly while working on his forthcoming movie, Inception, he was struck with an idea, and that is why he is returning to the series. David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, both of whom scripted the second film, are currently working on the screenplay.
Of course the biggest question mark at this time is who the villain will be. My personal vote is for Gotham City itself to be the antagonist. (re-watch the ending of the second film, it’ll make sense) But I’m sure the studio will want someone they can make toys of.
2012 is shaping up to be a busy year for comic book movies. Here is a run down of what to expect”
- May 4, 2012 – The Avengers
- July 3, 2012 – Spider-Man 4
- July 20, 2012 – Batman 3
- Christmas 2012 - Superman: The Man of Steel
Throw in Star Trek 2 on June 29th, and you have a year that is clearly going to be dominated by movies that cater to comic book and sci-fi fans.