Some good news has hit for fans longing for a return of their favorite gruffly-voiced Caped Crusader. In an interview with Empire, director Christopher Nolan has officially confirmed that he will return for his third outing at the helm of the Batman series. While this may seem like expected, somewhat procedural news, Nolan's commitment to the upcoming project has actually been somewhat ambivalent over the past few years. Giving no clear indications about his plans, speculation was starting to mount that, not unlike past Bat-directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, he was ready to jump ship from the franchise after just two outings. (Although with Schumacher, it was probably under threat of violent fan insurrection with torches and pitchforks.) For all the phenomenal success of The Dark Knight in 2008, talk of its follow-up has since been restricted to loose rumors, tabloid concoctions, and vague language. Now, for the first time -- maybe ever, we have a substantive commitment on the creative end for this film.
According to Nolan:
"It’s becoming inevitable, I’ll put it that way. I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing so… If I haven’t announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I’m doing it."
However, when called-out on the vague language and asked if we can assume the answer is "yes," Nolan would then add unequivocally: "I think you can at this point, yes."
With Warner Bros. recently announcing a July 20, 2012 release date, it seems that table is finally being set. Along with possibly a video game adaptation of his latest masterpiece Inception, Nolan is filling a co-writer's role with the upcoming reboot Superman: Man of Steel (rumored to be directed by his brother Jonathan,) all of which, will share his priorities with Batman 3. In fact, Nolan told Empire that he's currently working (in a duo that gave us The Dark Knight and Memento) with Jonathan on the Batman 3 script as we speak. So, slowly, but surely, we'll again be seeing "the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs."
2012 is still quite a while away and buzzes can wear thin real quick, especially with the field of comic book films growing massively. Do you think you'll still be psyched for a return to Nolan's gritty version of Gotham? Moreover, are you still even excited enough, as it is now?