Christopher Nolan Rules Out the Joker’s Return, Penguin, and Mr. Freeze for Batman 3

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If Christopher Nolan has his way (and he’s gonna, the studio would be nuts to not to let him have his way every which way he wants it until the cows come home, or at least until his films stop making $100 million bucks in its opening week, which is probably not anytime soon with “Inception” on the horizon), then the Joker’s return for “Batman 3″ (with someone else replacing the late Heath Ledger) is completely and absolutely out of the question. He also adds that the Penguin and Mr. Freeze have not been ruled out of “Batman 3″, but there isn’t any mention of Catwoman, which gives us all hope Rachel Weisz might eventually show up in skintight pleather some day.

Talking to the UK’s Empire Magazine (via Dark Horizon), on newsstands now for you reading types, Nolan also confirms that he has not officially signed on to “Batman 3″, though his brother Jonah is actively working on the script with David Goyer and one presumes that means it’s only a matter of formality.

According to Nolan, his third “Batman” movie won’t just be a stand-alone film, filler material if you will, but the third entry in what he envisions as a trilogy that will bring Batman full circle from “Batman Begins”, which certainly sounds like he intends for this to be his final film in the series.

And finally, he also talks about the upcoming “Superman” reboot, which Nolan has famously been attached to as a “Godfather”, meaning he’ll probably end up producing and having a huge say in the script, which his “Batman” writer David Goyer will be the frontman on. He also seems to indicate that Goyer’s pitch for the reboot, which Warner Bros. has set them to develop, will be going the “Batman Begins” route, with a darker version of the Man of Steel than we’ve seen before onscreen. I still don’t know how that would work (Supes ain’t nicknamed “The Big Boy Scout” for nothing, you know), but I’m sure if anyone could make it work, Nolan is probably your best bet.

As for those hoping for a Batman-Superman crossover — you can forget about it. Nolan doesn’t think it would work, and has no plans for it.

Meanwhile, Nolan is finishing up his obligations to “Inception”, which he envisions as taking another few months. It’s only after that’s done that he says he can start working on his next project, which is likely “Batman 3″.

'So, yeah, I'm probably coming back for part 3, guys. Probably. Maybe. I'm sure. Well...'

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  • Stalin means Man of Steel

    I was just thinking if your going to make a new batman movie why not put in say The Riddlers Riddle Games!

  • Teekay_the1

    Ventrillaquist/Scarface and Riddler. The ventrillaquist has a schizophrenia and a multiple personality disorder through his puppet scarface (appropriate choice for a realistic batman world) and the Riddler, (played much darker and serious then Jim Carry's interpretation) would be perfect to torture Batman with Riddles and mind games, while Gotham City is, in the meantime, falling apart.

  • Undercarraige

    How bout this….Jospeh Gordon levitt ends up playing the joker?? Look into the ties with the money spenders…u never know

  • Juggernaut

    Eddie Nashton aka The Riddler(Guy Pearce), is the best hitman money can buy! He is the source of a bidding war between Gotham’s new mafia elite. With the fall of Sal Maroni(Eric Roberts) and the other mob bosses in TDK,Three new mob heads have emerged in Gotham. Tony Zucco(Ian McShane) along with Roman Sionis(Daniel Day-Lewis), dubbed The Black Mask, and the enigmatic Hush(Rufus Sewell). Nashton promises to finish the job started by Batman’s deadliest foe,The Joker. With the help of his underworld ties (arms dealer Oswald, disfigured explosives expert Waylon Jones and corrupt psychiatrist Hugo Strange) he stages a prison break from Arkham Asylum and prepares to strike Batman amidst the chaos. With these new threats and the entire GCPD on his trail how can thee dark knight prevail?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Those are all great ideas. Very well thought out and great casting. I’d have Wayon Jones still be more like hired muscle than an explosives expert. Have you read Brian Azzarello’s “Joker” graphic novel? They had a perfect version of Croc in there, where he was a big black guy, with deformed skin that looked like scales. He filed his teeth, and was canabalistic. Not to the point of eating people alive, but his hideout was a meat locker, and he had pots of “stew” with human remains.

  • Juggernaut

    Eddie Nashton aka The Riddler(Guy Pearce), is the best hitman money can buy! He is the source of a bidding war between Gotham’s new mafia elite. With the fall of Sal Maroni(Eric Roberts) and the other mob bosses in TDK,Three new mob heads have emerged in Gotham. Tony Zucco(Ian McShane) along with Roman Sionis(Daniel Day-Lewis), dubbed The Black Mask, and the enigmatic Hush(Rufus Sewell). Nashton promises to finish the job started by Batman’s deadliest foe,The Joker. With the help of his underworld ties (arms dealer Oswald, disfigured explosives expert Waylon Jones and corrupt psychiatrist Hugo Strange) he stages a prison break from Arkham Asylum and prepares to strike Batman amidst the chaos. With these new threats and the entire GCPD on his trail how can thee dark knight prevail?

  • Vat2nike

    Im glad Nolan is being very careful about the 3rd installment since many sequels don’t work. And I agree, a superman/batman movie would suck.

  • Vat2nike

    Im glad Nolan is being very careful about the 3rd installment since many sequels don’t work. And I agree, a superman/batman movie would suck.

  • JACSFRIEND

    YOU SEEM TO BE FORGETTING THE SUPERVILLIANS LIKE CLAYFACE, THE BRAIN, POISON IVY, KILLER CROC, AND THE BOOKWORM.

    CHRIS NOLAN MAY HAVE ONE OR TWO OF THESE VILLIANS IN MIND FOR “B” 3