Will we know more about Batman 3 sooner rather than later? A rumor is currently circulating that Warner Bros. will make some sort of official announcement in January on the status of the heavily-discussed sequel to The Dark Knight. The discussion originated from a Batman fansite called Batman-on-Film, that claims the breaking news from their "solid and longtime source."
While Batman 3 may already be the top source of Internet blog chatter, the drama surrounding whether director Christopher Nolan will return for this third film has been a fruitful source in its own right for much of the rumor mills. According to BOF's source, Warner is (understandably) a bit anxious to get this franchise sequel off the ground, and if Nolan drags his heels too long, they may just move on without his directorial talents.
However, as others seem to be accurately pointing out, the rumored announcement would coincide quite conveniently with the beginning of the promotional campaign for the July 16 release of Nolan's film Inception. Nolan (at least, according to imdb) doesn't seem to have any other projects on the horizon, other than his still-rumored attachment to an "Untitled Batman Project." Nonetheless, doubts still linger. According to BOF:
"Our source also confirmed the obvious -- there’s going to be a BATMAN 3 with or without Nolan. And although they’re operating under the assumption that he will return, they do have their ducks in a row -- just in case."
To not have Nolan return would definitely take something away from the series. It could potentially affect the output of the film both creatively and in the performances themselves. As Christian Bale was on record as saying last April regarding his own commitment to the film:
"The fact is, I have to! I've signed up! Chris [Nolan] doesn't. So I'm in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn't want to!"
In the end, I think the film being cast like a shotgun wedding will prove untrue. Given the look of the field, Nolan's return to series seems all but imminent. (And that seems to be the general consensus among writers.) If this bit of news does indeed pan out, it will be nice to finally have something substantive to grasp in regards to Batman 3. For a year and a half now, we've seen this ultra-popular series become the source of some of the most ridiculous BS the Internet and Tabloid press ever produced. Come January which, according to Roland Emmerich, will be 2 years from the apocalypse, we will at least be able to put that subculture to rest. (And enjoy the last few years we have. **sniff, sniff**)