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Christopher Nolan gives the final word on that whole Joker issue...

Jun. 4, 2010by: Niki Stephens

Let's just go ahead and throw this out on the table...

I'm pretty sure you already knew this but, the Joker will NOT be in the third BATMAN film.

Christopher Nolan confirms this in the latest issue of Empire magazine. He says emphatically and unhesitatingly, and I quote, No". Then understandingly does not elaborate because, I just dont feel comfortable talking about it.

There you have it. You knew it wasn't going to happen. Nolan had created a very close friendship with Ledger during filming of THE DARK KNIGHT. To him, Ledger embodied the character and therefore, in his BATMAN series, will not be replaced.

Nolan also says that he still hasn't jumped on board for the film either, "No I haven't. There is a point where you're just being precious about it and people get annoyed, but the God's honest truth is I work on one movie at a time. I'm only capable of doing that, so my head will continue to be firmly in [INCEPTION] for another few months."

ComingSoon reported some details about the next SUPERMAN film that Nolan will be overseeing, also covered in Empire mag.

Empire talked with Nolan about starting at the beginning with the two characters, "What you have to remember with both Batman and Superman is that what makes those the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who those characters were when they were created and when they were first developed. And you can't ever move too far from that." He confirms that his brother, Jonathan will be writing the Supes script.

The final bit of info addresses a Batman/Superman crossover, "Marvel are doing what they do and people will respond to that really well, or they won't. It's not something I ever really applied a blanket rule to, but Marvel characters are very different to DC characters, and the key DC characters are very different to the minor DC characters. You've got to go back to that element of, 'What do I see when I close my eyes and think of Batman? What do I see when I close my eyes and think of Superman?' And for me a big part of that is their individuality. They are extraordinary beings in an ordinary world. And the reason I think the two are fascinating is because Superman is very specifically superpowered and obviously otherworldly; Batman is very human and flawed. They're two very different characters, but there's an elemental feeling of power in the iconography of those characters. To me that's originally because they stood alone. I need to hang on to that in my imagining of them."

I now leave you with the cover of that very issue of Empire Magazine.

Extra Tidbit: Christopher Nolan's take on filmmaking, "We should be doing it the hard way."

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8:46PM on 06/07/2010

cont..

I can't stop thinking about this. Riddler seven style killing people and planting evidence as if batman did it. Learns bats identity, kills alfred, is captured. Goes to arkham walks in to lunch room and the joker is sitting there (back facing camera) with scarecrow a figure that looks like the penguin possibly (or two-face) and waves the riddler over. Riddler walks over and says "is this the losers table?" Joker says "do you think I didn't mean to be captured... its all part of the
I can't stop thinking about this. Riddler seven style killing people and planting evidence as if batman did it. Learns bats identity, kills alfred, is captured. Goes to arkham walks in to lunch room and the joker is sitting there (back facing camera) with scarecrow a figure that looks like the penguin possibly (or two-face) and waves the riddler over. Riddler walks over and says "is this the losers table?" Joker says "do you think I didn't mean to be captured... its all part of the plan... this is my army"
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9:45PM on 06/08/2010
theres a reason you don't write scripts.
theres a reason you don't write scripts.
11:48AM on 06/07/2010

Joker doesn't need to be in it to have a role...

He could send batman fucked up love letters...a worthy nod without tarnishing the awesomeness of Ledgers Joker. What I'd love to see though is a 3 hour film akin to the Knightfall series (Bane...perfect guy? Nathan Jones w/ a tan). John and Chris would have to rework the story to make it more realistic of course, maybe Batman could be healed through stem cells and in his absense, instead of Azrael (which would be awesome to see but may not work for the movie) have Gotham City learn that they
He could send batman fucked up love letters...a worthy nod without tarnishing the awesomeness of Ledgers Joker. What I'd love to see though is a 3 hour film akin to the Knightfall series (Bane...perfect guy? Nathan Jones w/ a tan). John and Chris would have to rework the story to make it more realistic of course, maybe Batman could be healed through stem cells and in his absense, instead of Azrael (which would be awesome to see but may not work for the movie) have Gotham City learn that they NEED bats help so that when he does come back and kick some ass the story ends with him finally the champion of gotham. Call me Nolan, we'll talk :)
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11:54PM on 06/06/2010
Yea it sucks that Joker isn't returning, but I guess it's for the best. Who could replace him anyway? Does Ledger have any brothers that are actors? Could they audition? Then again if I was Ledgers brother I don't think I would want to play a role knowing people are just watching because I look and sound like him.
Yea it sucks that Joker isn't returning, but I guess it's for the best. Who could replace him anyway? Does Ledger have any brothers that are actors? Could they audition? Then again if I was Ledgers brother I don't think I would want to play a role knowing people are just watching because I look and sound like him.
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8:01PM on 06/06/2010

Nolan =

Class act. I'm glad he's not replacing the Joker, I would not wanna be the poor bastard who has to the fill those shoes.
Class act. I'm glad he's not replacing the Joker, I would not wanna be the poor bastard who has to the fill those shoes.
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5:53PM on 06/06/2010

Is it me...

or would that cover of Empire make a awesome poster.
or would that cover of Empire make a awesome poster.
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4:46PM on 06/06/2010

The Joker will be back, and here's why

If Nolan didn't want to bring back The Joker, he wouldn't have said:

I just dont feel comfortable talking about it.

Okay. If he's already decided not to have The Joker in the film, what's there to be uncomfortable about then? Doesn't make sense.
If Nolan didn't want to bring back The Joker, he wouldn't have said:

I just dont feel comfortable talking about it.

Okay. If he's already decided not to have The Joker in the film, what's there to be uncomfortable about then? Doesn't make sense.
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3:29PM on 06/06/2010
I still think they were planning on doing a sort of Arkham Asylum(the Morrison/Mckean book) style story and really go into Batman's psyche. Part of reasoning being the first film is based around Batman year one, the 2nd Long Halloween and Killing Joke, so the next book that comes to mind is Arkham Asylum. But obviously the Joker would have to play a huge part in this, so I think the might have had to come up with a totally new story. That's just what I think....
I still think they were planning on doing a sort of Arkham Asylum(the Morrison/Mckean book) style story and really go into Batman's psyche. Part of reasoning being the first film is based around Batman year one, the 2nd Long Halloween and Killing Joke, so the next book that comes to mind is Arkham Asylum. But obviously the Joker would have to play a huge part in this, so I think the might have had to come up with a totally new story. That's just what I think....
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2:51PM on 06/06/2010

Understandable, but...

the nature of Nolan's Batman universe is not wholly cohesive with the main established comic book timeline, however, the Joker in both universes is still a mystery. Given his many origins, why not introduce a replacement Joker who is more a copycat but doesn't attempt to emulate Ledger's Joker. They could even make him look a little more like the traditional comic book Joker, adding more layers to Nolan's universe. Couple him with Michael Emerson as the Riddler, and you've got a film I'm sure
the nature of Nolan's Batman universe is not wholly cohesive with the main established comic book timeline, however, the Joker in both universes is still a mystery. Given his many origins, why not introduce a replacement Joker who is more a copycat but doesn't attempt to emulate Ledger's Joker. They could even make him look a little more like the traditional comic book Joker, adding more layers to Nolan's universe. Couple him with Michael Emerson as the Riddler, and you've got a film I'm sure I'll love!
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1:26PM on 06/06/2010
I have never liked the Riddler, but the Idea of him as Serial Killer (7even style) who finds out Batmans identity sounds interesting. Maybe he kills Alfred near the end and is then captured. Final scene shows the Riddler meeting the Joker in Arkham...
I have never liked the Riddler, but the Idea of him as Serial Killer (7even style) who finds out Batmans identity sounds interesting. Maybe he kills Alfred near the end and is then captured. Final scene shows the Riddler meeting the Joker in Arkham...
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9:28AM on 06/06/2010

and that is precisely why...

wb and dc should give this dude any thing he wants to stay in the comics genre. fuck bryan singer
wb and dc should give this dude any thing he wants to stay in the comics genre. fuck bryan singer
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1:59AM on 06/06/2010

Best in the biz...

Christopher Nolan thanks for being badass.
Christopher Nolan thanks for being badass.
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1:27AM on 06/06/2010
As long as Nolan can complete his vision without the Joker, I'm okay with this. If Joker was integral to what he had planned, I think they should replace the Joker with someone just to tell the story. Story IS the most important thing here, to me at least.
As long as Nolan can complete his vision without the Joker, I'm okay with this. If Joker was integral to what he had planned, I think they should replace the Joker with someone just to tell the story. Story IS the most important thing here, to me at least.
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9:34PM on 06/05/2010
I wouldn't of wanted them to replace the Joker with another actor so for that I totally admire Nolan.
I wouldn't of wanted them to replace the Joker with another actor so for that I totally admire Nolan.
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6:54PM on 06/05/2010
Totally understandable about not wanting to go on w/ the Joker w/o Heath, but on the other hand having a cameo (Yes, I too think JGL is the prime choice) isn't gonna hurt. Just keep it a cameo, nothing more, like an ode to his work. But IMO, have a Se7en-like twist with the Riddler (still for Michael Emmerson) making him a clue leaving serial killer. After Bats get worn out mentally/physically, enter Bane, and breaks his back. Fade to black.
Totally understandable about not wanting to go on w/ the Joker w/o Heath, but on the other hand having a cameo (Yes, I too think JGL is the prime choice) isn't gonna hurt. Just keep it a cameo, nothing more, like an ode to his work. But IMO, have a Se7en-like twist with the Riddler (still for Michael Emmerson) making him a clue leaving serial killer. After Bats get worn out mentally/physically, enter Bane, and breaks his back. Fade to black.
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12:56AM on 06/06/2010
Not even in Nolan's world would the Batman trilogy end with him breaking his back. It's dark and disturbing, sure, but the true ending to this series would be to see Batman become an absolute. His physical strengths were portrayed in Begins, his intellect and principles in TDK, so Batman 3 will focus on the final aspect of Batman, making him complete. That's how I see it anyway. Michael Emmerson = awesome. Just hope it doesn't feel like Benjamin Linus as The Riddler. Plus guess who's the mayor
Not even in Nolan's world would the Batman trilogy end with him breaking his back. It's dark and disturbing, sure, but the true ending to this series would be to see Batman become an absolute. His physical strengths were portrayed in Begins, his intellect and principles in TDK, so Batman 3 will focus on the final aspect of Batman, making him complete. That's how I see it anyway. Michael Emmerson = awesome. Just hope it doesn't feel like Benjamin Linus as The Riddler. Plus guess who's the mayor of Gotham...Richard Alpert of all people!
1:25PM on 06/06/2010
I don't know... all this talk of "the end of the trilogy, not an infinite blowing up" and "where the character ends" ...I think they might be killing Batman at the end of this thing. He'll probably die a martyr, but still.
I don't know... all this talk of "the end of the trilogy, not an infinite blowing up" and "where the character ends" ...I think they might be killing Batman at the end of this thing. He'll probably die a martyr, but still.
6:44PM on 06/05/2010
I'd like to see Bane and only Bane, lets see a villain that hasnt been done before .. and dont say that shit in Batman and Robin counts. Nolan could make it another serious crime mafia flick with Bane. Riddler could be nice also though being Batmans background as a detective which has yet to be truly explored in either movie.
I'd like to see Bane and only Bane, lets see a villain that hasnt been done before .. and dont say that shit in Batman and Robin counts. Nolan could make it another serious crime mafia flick with Bane. Riddler could be nice also though being Batmans background as a detective which has yet to be truly explored in either movie.
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6:31PM on 06/05/2010
well at least from this we can see he's not going to go for a dark and depressed Superman, so that's good.
well at least from this we can see he's not going to go for a dark and depressed Superman, so that's good.
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5:07PM on 06/05/2010

I understand.

I understand and respect his decision. BUT, if there is a fourth movie, Joseph Gordon Levitt needs to make a cameo at least, as The Joker. You CANNOT continue with the franchise without Batman's arch-nemesis. I agree that Ledger was PERFECT, but the character needs to continue on, and I'm glad Nolan didn't make the same mistake Burton did and kill him off.
I understand and respect his decision. BUT, if there is a fourth movie, Joseph Gordon Levitt needs to make a cameo at least, as The Joker. You CANNOT continue with the franchise without Batman's arch-nemesis. I agree that Ledger was PERFECT, but the character needs to continue on, and I'm glad Nolan didn't make the same mistake Burton did and kill him off.
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2:12PM on 06/05/2010
I never thought Cillian Murphy as the "Scarecrow" had enough screen time in Batman Begins or Dark knight. It was a waist of a great actor and cool bad guy. If I was Nolan I would bring back Scarecrow and use "Black Mask" as the main bad guy in the third Batman installment.
One could imagine how sadistic they both would look on screen at the same time.
I never thought Cillian Murphy as the "Scarecrow" had enough screen time in Batman Begins or Dark knight. It was a waist of a great actor and cool bad guy. If I was Nolan I would bring back Scarecrow and use "Black Mask" as the main bad guy in the third Batman installment.
One could imagine how sadistic they both would look on screen at the same time.
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10:40AM on 06/05/2010
Wow, imagine: an acclaimed director who's humble, thoughtful, and is reportedly not a screaming douchebag on set. Are you reading this, Cameron, Bay and Spielberg?
Wow, imagine: an acclaimed director who's humble, thoughtful, and is reportedly not a screaming douchebag on set. Are you reading this, Cameron, Bay and Spielberg?
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10:16AM on 06/05/2010
Now there is a Director who has class, when he speaks he's always so eloquent and intelligent. That's why I am such a huge fan of his movies. He is my favourite Director out there at the moment. We've seen the Joker so let's move on and try something else, The Riddler could be messed up or have James Gandolfini play the Penguin as a psycho Gangster.
Now there is a Director who has class, when he speaks he's always so eloquent and intelligent. That's why I am such a huge fan of his movies. He is my favourite Director out there at the moment. We've seen the Joker so let's move on and try something else, The Riddler could be messed up or have James Gandolfini play the Penguin as a psycho Gangster.
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4:56AM on 06/06/2010
I Like cheese?
I Like cheese?
6:19AM on 06/05/2010

Always wanted The Joker to return...

"This is a bad idea" not because of Nolan (I love his movies), but because this is really sad news for me. I always knew Heath's passing would leave a dent (or gaping hole) in the trilogy, but I always figured that Nolan would recast when the time came. Joseph Gordon Levitt would have been a solid replacement. I don't see why recasting would be disrespectful to Heath. If anything, it would be an honor to step into the shoes and take up the challenge of LIVING UP to the iconic portrayal of one
"This is a bad idea" not because of Nolan (I love his movies), but because this is really sad news for me. I always knew Heath's passing would leave a dent (or gaping hole) in the trilogy, but I always figured that Nolan would recast when the time came. Joseph Gordon Levitt would have been a solid replacement. I don't see why recasting would be disrespectful to Heath. If anything, it would be an honor to step into the shoes and take up the challenge of LIVING UP to the iconic portrayal of one of pop-culture's most popular villains. I dare say that The Joker was meant to have a crucial role in Batman 3. So the Batman 3 we see will not be the original idea, and what a shame because we'll never get to really see what the Nolans had envisioned for the series IF tragedy had not struck.

Anyway, I'm sure Batman 3 will be a fantastic piece of work. But to leave The Joker out after the kind of chaos he caused in TDK would 'cut the flow' a lil', and I doubt any villain could match the sheer intellect-physicality connection The Joker had with Batman. Lets see how this goes. Nolan could always change his mind. Heath Ledger was awesome, no disrespect whatsoever, but I'm sure someone like Gordon could blow us away with his performance if given the chance.
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10:53AM on 06/05/2010
That's a pretty damn fine argument there sir!
That's a pretty damn fine argument there sir!
11:31AM on 06/05/2010
i agree x 10. couldn't have said it better myself
i agree x 10. couldn't have said it better myself
11:35AM on 06/05/2010
NOpe, JGL would have been a piss poor replacement. No one can replace Ledger.
NOpe, JGL would have been a piss poor replacement. No one can replace Ledger.
2:06PM on 06/05/2010
Terminal_83...really? Piss poor? JGL's a solid actor. I'm open to you not wanting The Joker to be recast, to each his own, but to say JGL would be a piss poor replacement...that's a lil' much.
Terminal_83...really? Piss poor? JGL's a solid actor. I'm open to you not wanting The Joker to be recast, to each his own, but to say JGL would be a piss poor replacement...that's a lil' much.
3:41AM on 06/05/2010
GOOD. The Joker served his purpose storywise, there's nothing left for him to do. Let's move on. Can't wait for whatever film Nolan serves us next.
GOOD. The Joker served his purpose storywise, there's nothing left for him to do. Let's move on. Can't wait for whatever film Nolan serves us next.
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6:25AM on 06/05/2010
Disagree. I always envisioned (or wanted) to see Batman "seek The Joker's help" in Arkham...sorta like a Hannibal thing. Batman faces trouble with The Riddler (a delusional, psychotic madman with a million dollar brain), and knows that the only one who can outsmart someone as sick as The Riddler is the MORE delusional, psychotic madman, The Joker. The chemistry in that scene with the all-famous "I'm only in here because I choose to be" like would be explosive, to say the least. Like a nod to
Disagree. I always envisioned (or wanted) to see Batman "seek The Joker's help" in Arkham...sorta like a Hannibal thing. Batman faces trouble with The Riddler (a delusional, psychotic madman with a million dollar brain), and knows that the only one who can outsmart someone as sick as The Riddler is the MORE delusional, psychotic madman, The Joker. The chemistry in that scene with the all-famous "I'm only in here because I choose to be" like would be explosive, to say the least. Like a nod to the interrogation scene, the comics, and to fans. Gordon Levitt could have pulled it off...with help from makeup and smart lighting since the prison cell is dark. Just saying.
12:42AM on 06/05/2010

extra tidbit

thats how directors should make movies. all of them.
thats how directors should make movies. all of them.
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11:38PM on 06/04/2010

I'D LOVE TO SEE JOKER ON SCREEN AGAIN SOMEDAY

But let some time pass, Maybe have him return when the franchise goes to another director/cast (my vote David Fincher) for now there's so many places to take the story and Batman has no shortage of great villian's to choose from.
But let some time pass, Maybe have him return when the franchise goes to another director/cast (my vote David Fincher) for now there's so many places to take the story and Batman has no shortage of great villian's to choose from.
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11:49PM on 06/04/2010
Well there is kind of a shortage when you look at how Nolan wants realism and lets be honest, about 90% of the villains are far from realistic
Well there is kind of a shortage when you look at how Nolan wants realism and lets be honest, about 90% of the villains are far from realistic
12:26AM on 06/05/2010
There are quite a few like RIDDLER, CATWOMAN, PENGUIN, VENTRILIQUIST and SCARFACE, BLACK MASK, TWO-FACE, SCARECROW, MAD HATTER, HUSH, Mr.ZASZ, BANE, TALIA AL GHUL all of which have no superhuman qualities about them or couldn't be tweaked a little like Joker or RAS AL GHUL were and Nolan said he only plan's to do one more anyway so RIDDLER and CATWOMAN could be cool, Maybe PENGUIN in a crime boss Kingpin role like FACONE or MARONI.
There are quite a few like RIDDLER, CATWOMAN, PENGUIN, VENTRILIQUIST and SCARFACE, BLACK MASK, TWO-FACE, SCARECROW, MAD HATTER, HUSH, Mr.ZASZ, BANE, TALIA AL GHUL all of which have no superhuman qualities about them or couldn't be tweaked a little like Joker or RAS AL GHUL were and Nolan said he only plan's to do one more anyway so RIDDLER and CATWOMAN could be cool, Maybe PENGUIN in a crime boss Kingpin role like FACONE or MARONI.
11:31PM on 06/04/2010
I love Nolan. Can't wait for Inception and Batman 3.
I love Nolan. Can't wait for Inception and Batman 3.
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11:26PM on 06/04/2010

Curious

I hope Nolan keeps it going, with Dark Knight he really pulled something special together with Bringing his brother on as writer. Hope this is just as good.
I hope Nolan keeps it going, with Dark Knight he really pulled something special together with Bringing his brother on as writer. Hope this is just as good.
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11:09PM on 06/04/2010
Joker is my favorite villian, loved Heath's portrayal, but I dont wanna be 40 next time the character graces the big screen. Too much time passes between iconic portrayals
Joker is my favorite villian, loved Heath's portrayal, but I dont wanna be 40 next time the character graces the big screen. Too much time passes between iconic portrayals
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10:33PM on 06/04/2010
Very cool mag. Wish they'd make an American version so that it wouldn't be so goddamn expensive.
Very cool mag. Wish they'd make an American version so that it wouldn't be so goddamn expensive.
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11:13PM on 06/04/2010
Empire is a free magazine given out by the Empire movie theaters. If someone is charging you an expensive amount, you are being scammed out of money.
Empire is a free magazine given out by the Empire movie theaters. If someone is charging you an expensive amount, you are being scammed out of money.
9:57AM on 06/05/2010
It's not free in the states; not by a long shot.
It's not free in the states; not by a long shot.
12:13PM on 06/05/2010
Empire Magazine is a British Magazine that isn't free. There is the Empire magazine at Empire theatres in Canada but that's quite different. Empire is a great magazine. The non Free one that is. The one without the horoscopes.
Empire Magazine is a British Magazine that isn't free. There is the Empire magazine at Empire theatres in Canada but that's quite different. Empire is a great magazine. The non Free one that is. The one without the horoscopes.
10:28PM on 06/04/2010

Riddler

This batman 3 needs to be about The Riddler. You can't try and top The Dark Knight's action so I say they have Batman really prove that he's the world's greatest detective. Se7en style. Get all intellectual, Chris.
This batman 3 needs to be about The Riddler. You can't try and top The Dark Knight's action so I say they have Batman really prove that he's the world's greatest detective. Se7en style. Get all intellectual, Chris.
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10:27PM on 06/04/2010

JOBLO!!!! (I'm not spamming)

You should post an article with the new trailer for Deus Ex Human Evolution. That is cinematic greatness! Really, check it out in HD and you'll see!

But yea Nolan is awesome. I love his Batman films and I hope part 3 is next when Inception is done.
You should post an article with the new trailer for Deus Ex Human Evolution. That is cinematic greatness! Really, check it out in HD and you'll see!

But yea Nolan is awesome. I love his Batman films and I hope part 3 is next when Inception is done.
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10:18PM on 06/04/2010
Nolan hasn't made a disappointing movie yet. So unless Inception tanks (I *seriously* doubt it!!) My stock in him just keeps on rising.
Nolan hasn't made a disappointing movie yet. So unless Inception tanks (I *seriously* doubt it!!) My stock in him just keeps on rising.
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10:13PM on 06/04/2010
Nolan's easily one of the best directors around right now, and it's great to see he's putting thought into these comic adaptions instead of making a typical action movie.
Also, this guy needs to write a bats comic, STAT.
Nolan's easily one of the best directors around right now, and it's great to see he's putting thought into these comic adaptions instead of making a typical action movie.
Also, this guy needs to write a bats comic, STAT.
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10:00PM on 06/04/2010

me again...

I hate to say it but really I hope there is no Catwoman. I mean to do her right would take more than one movie. If this is the end of his trilogy, then it needs to come full circle.
I hate to say it but really I hope there is no Catwoman. I mean to do her right would take more than one movie. If this is the end of his trilogy, then it needs to come full circle.
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9:54PM on 06/04/2010

Good.

Hate to be un-original, but Heath Ledger took that Joker role and totally made it his own. They could've had any prestigious actor stand in, but it just wouldn't be the same, just wouldn't sit right. Nolan has such a un-wavering common sense, something that Hollywood lacks so much these days.
Hate to be un-original, but Heath Ledger took that Joker role and totally made it his own. They could've had any prestigious actor stand in, but it just wouldn't be the same, just wouldn't sit right. Nolan has such a un-wavering common sense, something that Hollywood lacks so much these days.
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9:53PM on 06/04/2010
Good. I didn't really want them to bring back the Joker even in smaller capacity. I'm really thinking Catwoman.
Good. I didn't really want them to bring back the Joker even in smaller capacity. I'm really thinking Catwoman.
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9:11PM on 06/04/2010
I really think Nolan has got a lot of pressure from every direction about the next Batman movie that he might be annoyed by it. But I think he's right in a way; that he can make one movie at a time and at least it's gonna be quality-movie in the making. If he can't entirely focus on Batman movie then I don't get the point of doing it. Just give the man some time and the next Batman might even be the next Dark Knight movie. Aside from that, Inception - The Matrix meets James Bond on steroids!!
I really think Nolan has got a lot of pressure from every direction about the next Batman movie that he might be annoyed by it. But I think he's right in a way; that he can make one movie at a time and at least it's gonna be quality-movie in the making. If he can't entirely focus on Batman movie then I don't get the point of doing it. Just give the man some time and the next Batman might even be the next Dark Knight movie. Aside from that, Inception - The Matrix meets James Bond on steroids!! Can't wait to see it.
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9:04PM on 06/04/2010

Nolan is amazing

I continue to have more and more respect for Nolan. The man knows what he wants, and respects the people he worked/works with. It's very unfortunate Ledger had to pass, the guy had a very bright future ahead of him.
I continue to have more and more respect for Nolan. The man knows what he wants, and respects the people he worked/works with. It's very unfortunate Ledger had to pass, the guy had a very bright future ahead of him.
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8:59PM on 06/04/2010
I like where Nolan's at psychologically concerning the 3rd Batman film. Chris is Focused-not rushing...somewhat methodical in his approach to film making-though never predictable.
I like where Nolan's at psychologically concerning the 3rd Batman film. Chris is Focused-not rushing...somewhat methodical in his approach to film making-though never predictable.
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8:52PM on 06/04/2010

God, I love this man.

Everything he says is so reasonable, articulate and refreshingly decent. Hollywood has a way of pushing people into artistic compromises, but he's probably one of the very few directors out there who doesn't seem to give a shit, and the integrity of his pictures draws the crowds, imo. You won't get that with "Ghost Rider."

Having said that, my friend had a good idea for Batman 3. You could have the Joker's presence be felt without him being in the movie - a reference to him being locked up
Everything he says is so reasonable, articulate and refreshingly decent. Hollywood has a way of pushing people into artistic compromises, but he's probably one of the very few directors out there who doesn't seem to give a shit, and the integrity of his pictures draws the crowds, imo. You won't get that with "Ghost Rider."

Having said that, my friend had a good idea for Batman 3. You could have the Joker's presence be felt without him being in the movie - a reference to him being locked up in Arkham but having started a revolution on the streets with wacky criminals appearing. Kinda like he's become a cult hero for all these crazy people. And from there you can introduce The Riddler as a mastermind inspired by The Joker's reign of terror from the previous film. Good way to keep the essence of the character in the film without spoiling it or ruining Ledger's legacy.
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9:42PM on 06/04/2010
You should be helping write the script...because that's one of the best ideas i've heard so far for this.
You should be helping write the script...because that's one of the best ideas i've heard so far for this.
8:51PM on 06/04/2010

Thank god for that!

It's lame enough they had to pull a switcheroo with Rachel Dawes, and I'm really happy he's not bringing the Joker back. Replacing Ledger would have been in bad taste.
It's lame enough they had to pull a switcheroo with Rachel Dawes, and I'm really happy he's not bringing the Joker back. Replacing Ledger would have been in bad taste.
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8:39PM on 06/04/2010
Come on Nolan we already have a release date, you just don't want to talk about it that much, that's cool I respect that. I respect no Joker, only way to go from here is to end it the hard way Bring Batman back to the hero for Gotham then break his back and bring in Azrael. It may not be a popular ending but it would be going out with a bang for the Nolan series, this would make a clean break for the series.
Come on Nolan we already have a release date, you just don't want to talk about it that much, that's cool I respect that. I respect no Joker, only way to go from here is to end it the hard way Bring Batman back to the hero for Gotham then break his back and bring in Azrael. It may not be a popular ending but it would be going out with a bang for the Nolan series, this would make a clean break for the series.
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2:17PM on 06/05/2010
Say wha-? Seriously? Azrael? I mean really, Nolan's hellbent on everything Batman, not even wanting Robin (thank Heavens), and you think he'd bring Az in? No way. Plus that idea isn't even good to begin with...Batman breaking his back and all. Sounds silly.
Say wha-? Seriously? Azrael? I mean really, Nolan's hellbent on everything Batman, not even wanting Robin (thank Heavens), and you think he'd bring Az in? No way. Plus that idea isn't even good to begin with...Batman breaking his back and all. Sounds silly.
8:35PM on 06/04/2010

Poor guy.

He seems scarred after the tragedy of Ledger. I like how he admits he isn't even officially attached to the next Batman film.

I hope he does go through with his trilogy, I also have hopes for Superman.
He seems scarred after the tragedy of Ledger. I like how he admits he isn't even officially attached to the next Batman film.

I hope he does go through with his trilogy, I also have hopes for Superman.
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