The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Well, we can stop calling it Batman 3, as director Christopher Nolan has announced that the title of his third “Batman” film will be The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan revealed the title in an interview with Hero Complex, a title that both honors the highly successful comic book adaptation while offering a glimmer of hope with the added word “rises.” But even as he elevates optimism in the third “Batman” movie’s title, Nolan’s shooting down the hopes of fans of the Riddler — according to the director, the puzzling villain will not be featured in The Dark Knight Rises.

“It won’t be the Riddler,” said Nolan, effectively pulling the leading villain candidate completely out of the pool.

So, who will be the next Batman villain? There’s some compelling evidence to suggest that Catwoman at least has a role in the threequel, but there’s still no concrete word on her involvement. Indeed, Nolan won’t say much about “The Dark Knight Rises” except to add: “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.”

The Dark Knight Rises is set to begin filming next April in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nolan recently confirmed himself as the director of the film, which is eyeing a release date in July of 2012. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are expected to return for the third film in Nolan’s “Batman” series, and Inception star Tom Hardy was added to the cast earlier this month.

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