'The Dark Knight Rises': 3rd Batman Won't Include The Riddler

After much speculation from caped-crusader fans, director Christopher Nolan has finally revealed the title of his third Batman film. It's going to be called -- are you ready for this? -- The Dark Knight Rises.

Hmmmm. I'm going to deduct points for creativity, but concede Nolan probably did the smart thing for including the familiar title of the third highest grossing film of all time.

Nolan did an interview with Geoff Boucher over at Hero Complex, and the famously close-mouthed director gave him a cryptic hint about what's to come in the new Batman.


“We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones," he said.

Goucher muses that it's possible we'll see the return of Harvey Dent, since, in Goucher's words, "Nolan told me that the title 'The Dark Knight' was just as much about Dent and his fall from the status of shining-knight civic crusader."

Of course, that would mean bringing Dent back from the dead, or including some crazy deus ex machina, and I can't see Nolan choosing to do that.

Nolan also squashed rumors that this movie would feature The Riddler as the front-runner villain, and confirmed the movie would not be shot in 3D (I think I just heard Robert Ebert clicking his heels in joy).

So, who will be Batman's bad guy? Will there be a female lead? What role will Tom Hardy play? Only Nolan knows for sure, and he's not talking.

The Dark Knight Rises is expected to begin shooting in April 2011 and is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release. I know I'll be watching it, how about you?

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