Nolan Puts Batman 3 on Hold for Inception

It’s official: Christopher Nolan is going to wait a few more years before he even puts his mind to another Batman film. How many more years? At least one more, now that The Hollyood Reporter has confirmed that Nolan has inked a deal with his producing partner in crime Warner Bros. to make his next movie, a sci-fi actioner called “Inception”. (We’re going to be following the movie via our sister site, so you can follow it over there as well if you are so inclined.) But as THR pointed out, it’s not as if this is new for Nolan — he took three years to make “The Dark Knight” after the phenomenal success of “Batman Begins”, so why wouldn’t he take just as long to make the third one?

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Given the billion-dollar bonanza Nolan delivered with “Knight,” one would suppose a treatment based on some poems he wrote in his fifth-grade journal would have gotten the green light. The writer-director-producer has done well by the studio, with “Insomnia,” “Batman Begins” and “The Prestige” bringing in close to half a billion in additional theatrical revenue.

“Inception” is described as “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.”

This pushes back any potential filming on a new Batman film, but three years — and “The Prestige” — passed between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” Nolan has also long been attached to direct a big-screen adaptation of the British TV series “The Prisoner” for producer Scott Stuber at Universal.

Plus, with that whole Christian Bale brouhaha, the smart move is probably to let anything associated with Bale as a sympathetic leading man cool down first. In any case, maybe this will slow down all those crazy Batman 3 casting rumors. Cher as Catwoman? Really?

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