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Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be in The Dark Knight Rises, and word on the script

02.01.2011

The INCEPTION reunion continues!

Long before any official details surfaced, internet conjecture pegged Christopher Nolan's dream extractor Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the sequel to THE DARK KNIGHT, possibly as mischievous villain The Riddler.

We'd later learn that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES would instead have INCEPTION's Tom Hardy as villain Bane -- a perfectly acceptable alternative. But now, bonus! Deadline is reporting that Gordon-Levitt is indeed now in talks to join the stellar cast of the trilogy-topper, as his post-LOOPER schedule will be free when the Bat suits up again.

Deadline is unsure of what role the actor would play, so feel free to speculate away. A colleague (like perhaps non-Robin Dick Grayson)? A new nosy reporter? Another villain? Maybe we'll see Riddler after all? Will Batman be running the gauntlet through his colorful gallery of rogues?

Meanwhile, Nolan's Bat-cinematographer Wally Pfister was recently interviewed on the Kevin and Josh Movie Show (via Nolan Fans), and had this to say about the script: "I read the script two weeks ago, and he's [topped TDK]. Plain and simple — he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT again. When I watched those I had read the script for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and was like, 'dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures — and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better."

Pfister also says that Anne Hathaway "looked phenomenal in the wardrobe" of Selina Kyle. Rowr.

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Extra Tidbit: If Nolan hadn't pretty much already dismissed the possibility, JGL sure would be a ringer for a replacement Joker...
Source: Deadline

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1:10PM on 02/03/2011
This movie keeps sounding better and better! I really really hope Nolan was just pulling our legs and JGL is stepping in as the Joker in a few key scenes. It really just seems like too obvious of a choice.
This movie keeps sounding better and better! I really really hope Nolan was just pulling our legs and JGL is stepping in as the Joker in a few key scenes. It really just seems like too obvious of a choice.
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10:56AM on 02/03/2011
First, Nolan NEVER said there would be a CATWOMAN, just Selina Kyle ! And About JGL, he could be Thomas "hush" Elliot, coming back to Gotham to repair Wayne's Back after his first confrontation with Bane... A way of introducing him, just like Selina, for the Nolan-less-future of the franchise...
First, Nolan NEVER said there would be a CATWOMAN, just Selina Kyle ! And About JGL, he could be Thomas "hush" Elliot, coming back to Gotham to repair Wayne's Back after his first confrontation with Bane... A way of introducing him, just like Selina, for the Nolan-less-future of the franchise...
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3:21AM on 02/03/2011

I love JGL

i want JGL will play Black Mask in batman!
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2:47AM on 02/03/2011
While I do like the idea of JGL as the riddler i just cant see Nolan making the mistake of placing too many villains into this movie...The Dark Knight mostly foused on Joker as it is so I dont see Dark Knight Rises overshadowing Batman this time around.. also any fanboy knows Nolan does not want Robin anywhere near this franchise & i agree because Robin is just not that important of a character for this version of batman. Nolan would have to take essential screen time to explain Robin's
While I do like the idea of JGL as the riddler i just cant see Nolan making the mistake of placing too many villains into this movie...The Dark Knight mostly foused on Joker as it is so I dont see Dark Knight Rises overshadowing Batman this time around.. also any fanboy knows Nolan does not want Robin anywhere near this franchise & i agree because Robin is just not that important of a character for this version of batman. Nolan would have to take essential screen time to explain Robin's origins & that would greatly slow down the film. Who actually knows the role JGL will play but he is a well established actor to where it won't just be a small character or even reduced to a cameo. I have enough faith in Nolan that it will be a huge role or else why bother casting him.
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1:21AM on 02/03/2011
All signs point to Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Hugo Strange. Never really got into the Batman books, but I read it on and off. Somehow never read many Hugo Strange stories though...so I wiki'd him and under recent adventures there's a crime story involving Cat Woman and the Venom that made powers Bane. A basis Christopher Nolan could easily turn into quality movie.

I wonder if Batman is gonna get his ass handed to him early in the film by Bane... breaking his back may be a bit excessive
All signs point to Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Hugo Strange. Never really got into the Batman books, but I read it on and off. Somehow never read many Hugo Strange stories though...so I wiki'd him and under recent adventures there's a crime story involving Cat Woman and the Venom that made powers Bane. A basis Christopher Nolan could easily turn into quality movie.

I wonder if Batman is gonna get his ass handed to him early in the film by Bane... breaking his back may be a bit excessive but bringing him close to death?

This is gonna be cool!
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9:04PM on 02/02/2011
I was reading about this on yahoo, and they mentioned that Robin Williams has signed on to play Hugo Strange
I was reading about this on yahoo, and they mentioned that Robin Williams has signed on to play Hugo Strange
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8:47PM on 02/02/2011
I think people are getting out of control thinking JGL will be robin/nightwing or another villian. I'd bet he would have an extended cameo, like Ken Wantenabe in Begins or William Fincher in Dark Knight. That extended may be joker, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Nolan's too smart to squeeze too many characters in a script.
I think people are getting out of control thinking JGL will be robin/nightwing or another villian. I'd bet he would have an extended cameo, like Ken Wantenabe in Begins or William Fincher in Dark Knight. That extended may be joker, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Nolan's too smart to squeeze too many characters in a script.
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8:46PM on 02/02/2011

JGL as The Riddler!!! PLEASE!!!!

It would be a GREAT suprise if JGL would play The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises. I can definitely see him in that role.
It would be a GREAT suprise if JGL would play The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises. I can definitely see him in that role.
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8:40PM on 02/02/2011

Alberto Falcone

JGL plays Falcones son, and is trying to bring his family back to the dominance it once had before batman took down his father. His group also is responsible for guning down Selina Kyles husband.. which in turn, turns selina into a vigelante..
JGL plays Falcones son, and is trying to bring his family back to the dominance it once had before batman took down his father. His group also is responsible for guning down Selina Kyles husband.. which in turn, turns selina into a vigelante..
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8:14PM on 02/02/2011

JGL for Joker

I suggested way back in October '08 that JGL should take up the mantle of the Joker. He'd be perfect to pick up where Heath left off. If this really is the final film, to completely write the Joker out wouldn't make any sense.
I suggested way back in October '08 that JGL should take up the mantle of the Joker. He'd be perfect to pick up where Heath left off. If this really is the final film, to completely write the Joker out wouldn't make any sense.
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7:33PM on 02/02/2011
I so hope that he is. Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy are two of the best actors of their generation. Those comments have got me so pumped, need to calm down though, it's so far away still at the moment. But I guess with some films it's hard not to get intensely excited!!
I so hope that he is. Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy are two of the best actors of their generation. Those comments have got me so pumped, need to calm down though, it's so far away still at the moment. But I guess with some films it's hard not to get intensely excited!!
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5:28PM on 02/02/2011

Awesome

I called this back in '08. JGL will take over the roll of Joker. The fact he was inception sealed the deal. But don't expect to see him with facepaint. This joker will be in Arkham.
I called this back in '08. JGL will take over the roll of Joker. The fact he was inception sealed the deal. But don't expect to see him with facepaint. This joker will be in Arkham.
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5:03PM on 02/02/2011

dont get your hopes up!

he's not gonna be joker. he's not gonna be nightwing. he'll prob just be some lawyer or cop that isn't even character from the comics. it's all about expectation management.

however.... i do see the opposite of what many people are saying here. i bet if heath ledger didn't die, it would have been HIM in inception and not JGL (apparently nolan like to reuse actors).
he's not gonna be joker. he's not gonna be nightwing. he'll prob just be some lawyer or cop that isn't even character from the comics. it's all about expectation management.

however.... i do see the opposite of what many people are saying here. i bet if heath ledger didn't die, it would have been HIM in inception and not JGL (apparently nolan like to reuse actors).
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7:23PM on 02/02/2011
Nope. James Franco was Nolan's first choice for Arthur. But Franco had conflict schedule.
Nope. James Franco was Nolan's first choice for Arthur. But Franco had conflict schedule.
4:54PM on 02/03/2011
had Heath been alive though, he may have been the choice over Franco.
had Heath been alive though, he may have been the choice over Franco.
4:50PM on 02/02/2011

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4:10PM on 02/02/2011

JGL all the way

I know it could work he really does look pretty much exactly like Heath. But I think Nolan wants to respect heaths family by not replacing him.
I know it could work he really does look pretty much exactly like Heath. But I think Nolan wants to respect heaths family by not replacing him.
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4:06PM on 02/02/2011
No complaints here, whatsoever. Always thought Strange was perfect for Nolan's bat-verse. Was thinking all along he might be the main villain. Also, I'm still prepared for Hathaway to only be playing a pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle.
No complaints here, whatsoever. Always thought Strange was perfect for Nolan's bat-verse. Was thinking all along he might be the main villain. Also, I'm still prepared for Hathaway to only be playing a pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle.
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3:54PM on 02/02/2011
ive been sayin it since "10 things i hate about u" haha, he looks like heath. it'd be nice to see the joker in arkham, even if for just a moment.
ive been sayin it since "10 things i hate about u" haha, he looks like heath. it'd be nice to see the joker in arkham, even if for just a moment.
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1:17PM on 02/02/2011

Can see where this is going...

I have always been very much opposed to the idea of the Boy Wonder on film, especially in Nolan's universe. Portraying him on film as a young boy would come off cheesy and wrong. The one thing that Batman Forever got right was introducing Robin as a 20 something young man. Essentially Robin in Batman Forever WAS NightWing.

I can definitely see Nolan doing something like this with TDKR. JGL would be PERFECT as Nightwing. We all know that this film will be the end of the Nolan films. We saw
I have always been very much opposed to the idea of the Boy Wonder on film, especially in Nolan's universe. Portraying him on film as a young boy would come off cheesy and wrong. The one thing that Batman Forever got right was introducing Robin as a 20 something young man. Essentially Robin in Batman Forever WAS NightWing.

I can definitely see Nolan doing something like this with TDKR. JGL would be PERFECT as Nightwing. We all know that this film will be the end of the Nolan films. We saw Batman's birth, we saw Batman become the villain, now we are going to see the end of the Batman. Why else would Bane be the villain? I can definitely see Nolan ending this by having Batman's back broken by Bane. Batman would still defeat Bane and redeem himself in the public's eye but Bruce Wayne will no longer be able to carry on the Batman title. So Nightwing is born, or JGL taking on the title of Batman without the public ever knowing. That way Nolan's story is complete but also leaves it open for more movies with JGL as Nightwing.
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8:52PM on 02/02/2011
No way can he play Nightwing! It would leave the complete origin story of Robin (Grayson) out...plus Grayson wasn't the first to take up the mantle of Batman after Bruce was put out of comission after the Knightfall arc...too many holes for that to happen. Let's hope for The Joker or The Riddler!
No way can he play Nightwing! It would leave the complete origin story of Robin (Grayson) out...plus Grayson wasn't the first to take up the mantle of Batman after Bruce was put out of comission after the Knightfall arc...too many holes for that to happen. Let's hope for The Joker or The Riddler!
12:42PM on 02/02/2011
......Joker?

I get it, no one wants to step on Heaths toes... but I wouldn't see it as being disrespectful.


I can totally understand not doing something like CGI Heath or deleted footage of Heath, but allowing someone else to take on the role would be ok.

I mean, even if it's only for a scene or two at Arkham.

That being said, I know that Nolan wouldn't do that. We won't see Joker again until another director takes over.

I can see him either being the Riddler, or Julian Day aka
......Joker?

I get it, no one wants to step on Heaths toes... but I wouldn't see it as being disrespectful.


I can totally understand not doing something like CGI Heath or deleted footage of Heath, but allowing someone else to take on the role would be ok.

I mean, even if it's only for a scene or two at Arkham.

That being said, I know that Nolan wouldn't do that. We won't see Joker again until another director takes over.

I can see him either being the Riddler, or Julian Day aka The Calendar Man.
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12:25PM on 02/02/2011
I seem to recall Nolan answering the Robin/Nightwing question to the effect of "In our universe, he's still in a crib somewhere," and I hope he'll keep it that way. I'm glad that JGL is going to be in it, but I'd rather see him as a crooked cop or a bent politician that's pulling the strings of Gotham's criminals rather than Dick Grayson.

Or just shave his head and let him play Mr. Zsasz as a cameo appearance in the film's opening.
I seem to recall Nolan answering the Robin/Nightwing question to the effect of "In our universe, he's still in a crib somewhere," and I hope he'll keep it that way. I'm glad that JGL is going to be in it, but I'd rather see him as a crooked cop or a bent politician that's pulling the strings of Gotham's criminals rather than Dick Grayson.

Or just shave his head and let him play Mr. Zsasz as a cameo appearance in the film's opening.
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12:13PM on 02/02/2011
If not him, then Jude Law. (see Imaginarium of Dr Parnassis) Why not also add Leo DiCaprio for ?? (you guys would know better)
If not him, then Jude Law. (see Imaginarium of Dr Parnassis) Why not also add Leo DiCaprio for ?? (you guys would know better)
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12:03PM on 02/02/2011
When Nolan manages to make a bad movie I'm sure people will be less enthusiastic about every bit of Nolan news. Until then... I'm geeking out.

As for JGL, my money is on Harvey Bullock, Firefly, or Deadshot. Maybe Black Mask. I think we're at a point in Nolan's Batman-verse where there will be no more 'traditional' criminals like Maroni or Falcone. Any new 'lesser villain' will also be a 'freak.'
When Nolan manages to make a bad movie I'm sure people will be less enthusiastic about every bit of Nolan news. Until then... I'm geeking out.

As for JGL, my money is on Harvey Bullock, Firefly, or Deadshot. Maybe Black Mask. I think we're at a point in Nolan's Batman-verse where there will be no more 'traditional' criminals like Maroni or Falcone. Any new 'lesser villain' will also be a 'freak.'
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1:10PM on 02/02/2011
Harvey Bullock?! What ARE you on about?
Harvey Bullock?! What ARE you on about?
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11:54AM on 02/02/2011
pathetic and sad how every news about anything nolan related gets only positive opinions - because well, that's the current hype and that's what you have to do to go with the flow.
pathetic and sad how every news about anything nolan related gets only positive opinions - because well, that's the current hype and that's what you have to do to go with the flow.
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11:35AM on 02/02/2011

Not the Riddler...

But possibly Edward Nigma? I'm thinking maybe they are going to go the route that the Spider-man movies went with Dr. Connors. Even though Lizard never showed up, Dr. Connors was quite present. Maybe he will do that with JGL/Edward Nigma, possibly leaving it open for whoever takes on the next set of Batman films. I wouldn't mind a quick cameo of him as the Joker either as some of mentioned below
But possibly Edward Nigma? I'm thinking maybe they are going to go the route that the Spider-man movies went with Dr. Connors. Even though Lizard never showed up, Dr. Connors was quite present. Maybe he will do that with JGL/Edward Nigma, possibly leaving it open for whoever takes on the next set of Batman films. I wouldn't mind a quick cameo of him as the Joker either as some of mentioned below
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11:31AM on 02/02/2011
My theory/idea is JGL to be the re-imagined Calendar Man. From WIKI: Batman: The Long Halloween, where he is portrayed as a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, offering insight in Batman's search for Holiday, a serial killer who uses holidays as his modus operandi. Like Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Calendar Man knows who the killer is and keeps this information to himself, choosing instead to taunt the heroes with cryptic clues.

Replace Holiday with Bane and don't have to do holiday stuff
My theory/idea is JGL to be the re-imagined Calendar Man. From WIKI: Batman: The Long Halloween, where he is portrayed as a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, offering insight in Batman's search for Holiday, a serial killer who uses holidays as his modus operandi. Like Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Calendar Man knows who the killer is and keeps this information to himself, choosing instead to taunt the heroes with cryptic clues.

Replace Holiday with Bane and don't have to do holiday stuff and interwove it with other storylines.
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11:30AM on 02/02/2011

Nolan knows how to use his villains properly

Nolan had four villains in Batman Begins (Ras Al Ghul, Scarecrow, Carmine Falcone, and Mr. Zsasz) the same with The Dark Knight. Plus, people should take into account that Rachel Dawes is no longer in the picture so that already gets you an additional 30+ minutes. Catwoman isn't even necessarily a villain, Bane is the supposed main villain, and hopefully Levitt is another villain, I've wanted him to be the Riddler, but as long as he's someone I don't really care.
Nolan had four villains in Batman Begins (Ras Al Ghul, Scarecrow, Carmine Falcone, and Mr. Zsasz) the same with The Dark Knight. Plus, people should take into account that Rachel Dawes is no longer in the picture so that already gets you an additional 30+ minutes. Catwoman isn't even necessarily a villain, Bane is the supposed main villain, and hopefully Levitt is another villain, I've wanted him to be the Riddler, but as long as he's someone I don't really care.
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11:20AM on 02/02/2011

I think this movie is gonna be in the future

I think this part will be set in future where Batman has already defeated many of his enemies and is having sort of an Affair with both Catwomen and her alterego...and Joseph Gordon might be the dick grayson a.k.a The RObin a.k.a the Nightwing and then a.k.a The Batman( for a little time)....
I think this part will be set in future where Batman has already defeated many of his enemies and is having sort of an Affair with both Catwomen and her alterego...and Joseph Gordon might be the dick grayson a.k.a The RObin a.k.a the Nightwing and then a.k.a The Batman( for a little time)....
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11:11AM on 02/02/2011
a year and a half is way too long of a wait
a year and a half is way too long of a wait
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10:51AM on 02/02/2011

"...the wardrobe"...

...of Selina Kyle. what an odd spelling of "catwoman".
...of Selina Kyle. what an odd spelling of "catwoman".
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10:39AM on 02/02/2011

I know Nolan's avoided the supernatural

in his Batman trilogy, but JGL could be explained as a young Ra's al Ghul who barely managed to get into the Lazarus Pit after his comeuppance in Batman Begins.

But either way, Christopher Nolan hasn't steered us wrong yet.
in his Batman trilogy, but JGL could be explained as a young Ra's al Ghul who barely managed to get into the Lazarus Pit after his comeuppance in Batman Begins.

But either way, Christopher Nolan hasn't steered us wrong yet.
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10:26AM on 02/02/2011

if there was one movie

i had to pick to watch before i die. it'd have be THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. hands-down.

oh btw i hope nolan doesn't pull off a spiderman 3 and have 3 villains.
i had to pick to watch before i die. it'd have be THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. hands-down.

oh btw i hope nolan doesn't pull off a spiderman 3 and have 3 villains.
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9:44AM on 02/02/2011
Hell, I'll be happy if TDKR does a decent job with Bane - his main function within the Batman universe is 'breaking the Bat' and yet he's being introduced into a series where Batman is still, relatively, a new hero. I'm sure Nolan has something cool in mind, but I'd still say there's a lot for Bats to do before Bane. The Nolan version of the Batman universe is pretty different, but I'd still like to see Bane's story arc done right on film.
Hell, I'll be happy if TDKR does a decent job with Bane - his main function within the Batman universe is 'breaking the Bat' and yet he's being introduced into a series where Batman is still, relatively, a new hero. I'm sure Nolan has something cool in mind, but I'd still say there's a lot for Bats to do before Bane. The Nolan version of the Batman universe is pretty different, but I'd still like to see Bane's story arc done right on film.
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9:31AM on 02/02/2011

Wait

Didn't Nolan also say he wasn't going to use Catwoman? Didn't he flat out dismiss the idea of having Catwoman in one of his movies?

I think JGL will appear as the Joker in a cameo. That way there is continuity between TDK and TDKR just as Scarecrow's appearance in TDK heightened the continuity between that movie and BB.
Didn't Nolan also say he wasn't going to use Catwoman? Didn't he flat out dismiss the idea of having Catwoman in one of his movies?

I think JGL will appear as the Joker in a cameo. That way there is continuity between TDK and TDKR just as Scarecrow's appearance in TDK heightened the continuity between that movie and BB.
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12:42PM on 02/02/2011
JGL would make an awful Joker.
JGL would make an awful Joker.
9:27AM on 02/02/2011

AWESOME NEWS

JGL is easily one of my favorite actors right now and him being in DKR is just.fucking.awesome!! This cast is amazing.
JGL is easily one of my favorite actors right now and him being in DKR is just.fucking.awesome!! This cast is amazing.
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9:24AM on 02/02/2011

Hmmm...interesting

It seems that whenever Christopher Nolan works w/ a cast member from "10 Things I Hate About You"...epic awesome-ness is sure to follow!
It seems that whenever Christopher Nolan works w/ a cast member from "10 Things I Hate About You"...epic awesome-ness is sure to follow!
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9:10AM on 02/02/2011
One of my favorite movie memories of all time has to be when a friend of mine came into my job to show me the photo he printed out of the first shot of Heath Ledger as the Joker. In Nolan we trust.
One of my favorite movie memories of all time has to be when a friend of mine came into my job to show me the photo he printed out of the first shot of Heath Ledger as the Joker. In Nolan we trust.
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8:57AM on 02/02/2011
Honestly, I cannot remember a film that I was anticipating more than this one. I am not going to compare it to The Dark Knight; if you take that approach, you will likely be disappointed. Just anticipate a great movie from one of the best filmmakers currently working.
Honestly, I cannot remember a film that I was anticipating more than this one. I am not going to compare it to The Dark Knight; if you take that approach, you will likely be disappointed. Just anticipate a great movie from one of the best filmmakers currently working.
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8:09AM on 02/02/2011
This movie is going to end with a bang! Can't wait.
This movie is going to end with a bang! Can't wait.
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8:09AM on 02/02/2011
I've been secretly hoping that Nolan would introduce Nightwing. Good call with the non-Robin Dick Grayson
I've been secretly hoping that Nolan would introduce Nightwing. Good call with the non-Robin Dick Grayson
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8:01AM on 02/02/2011
I'll be happy if this ends up being only better than good. TDK caught everyone by surprise, so my expectations aren't as high as everyone else's. Nolan+Batman=great by default
I'll be happy if this ends up being only better than good. TDK caught everyone by surprise, so my expectations aren't as high as everyone else's. Nolan+Batman=great by default
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7:58AM on 02/02/2011
oldman: Hardly. Nolan used the imax in select scenes so he could capture the widest possible angles. Most of the rest was just done with the standard cameras. It is possible though to upconvert it to imax though but trust me unless the whole movie was shot in imax you wil start to notice a heavy drop in picture quality in some spots in the movie.

oldman: Hardly. Nolan used the imax in select scenes so he could capture the widest possible angles. Most of the rest was just done with the standard cameras. It is possible though to upconvert it to imax though but trust me unless the whole movie was shot in imax you wil start to notice a heavy drop in picture quality in some spots in the movie.

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7:36AM on 02/02/2011
Oh crap, I totally forgot why I even responded to this article in the first place. This caught my eye:

"And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT again."

So wait, Batman Begins in IMAX. Did they go back and remaster the film or something because I don't think it was originally in IMAX. If they did remaster the film or whatever, does that mean we may be looking at an IMAX re-release of Batman Begins in theaters. That would be awesome.
Oh crap, I totally forgot why I even responded to this article in the first place. This caught my eye:

"And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT again."

So wait, Batman Begins in IMAX. Did they go back and remaster the film or something because I don't think it was originally in IMAX. If they did remaster the film or whatever, does that mean we may be looking at an IMAX re-release of Batman Begins in theaters. That would be awesome.
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6:59AM on 02/02/2011
If Bane is involved it'd be awesome if JGL plays Azrael, whoever he plays he's welcome just the same. If anything the cinematographer digging the hell out of the script must mean that some great action sequences are planned.
If Bane is involved it'd be awesome if JGL plays Azrael, whoever he plays he's welcome just the same. If anything the cinematographer digging the hell out of the script must mean that some great action sequences are planned.
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4:36AM on 02/02/2011

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Y'know these tidbits never cease to amaze me with their lack of thought and downright idiocy. Perhaps you should start calling them 'TITbits'...
Y'know these tidbits never cease to amaze me with their lack of thought and downright idiocy. Perhaps you should start calling them 'TITbits'...
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4:11AM on 02/02/2011
My guess is this film is gonna break some opening weekend box office records. Just sayin'!
My guess is this film is gonna break some opening weekend box office records. Just sayin'!
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3:50AM on 02/02/2011

Ace

At the risk of stating the obvious - I, like many here, am super excited about the third instalment/finale'!

With the inclusion of Levitt and, reading most of the comments below, it occurs to me that perhaps Levitt would play Dick Grayson after all. Perhaps Batman will meet his end/retire and Nightwing will 'take his place' at the very end. I feel they would skip the Robin aspect altogether and throw him in as Nightwing. More than likely a humourous reference will be made to the idea of
At the risk of stating the obvious - I, like many here, am super excited about the third instalment/finale'!

With the inclusion of Levitt and, reading most of the comments below, it occurs to me that perhaps Levitt would play Dick Grayson after all. Perhaps Batman will meet his end/retire and Nightwing will 'take his place' at the very end. I feel they would skip the Robin aspect altogether and throw him in as Nightwing. More than likely a humourous reference will be made to the idea of Robin as an unsuitable name within the script - we will all chuckle and thank Nolan for sidestepping the awkward Robin sidekick story, which, I cant see happening in the movies.

It would leave a whole new franchise open or a suitably legendary 'what if' the story continues. Would be nice if it never did. Could round it off nicely. Maybe. Actually - this sounds ridiculous. Sorry.
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3:28AM on 02/02/2011
Love Levitt and I'm sure the movie will be fantastic. Although I am worried that this is getting into too many villains territory, I trust Nolan and his decision making.

It'll work out guys. Don't worry about it.
Love Levitt and I'm sure the movie will be fantastic. Although I am worried that this is getting into too many villains territory, I trust Nolan and his decision making.

It'll work out guys. Don't worry about it.
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2:44AM on 02/02/2011

Seriously can't wait

I'm gonna do the Cartman thing and freeze my ass and wait for the Unified Atheist League to thaw me. They better have TDKR...
I'm gonna do the Cartman thing and freeze my ass and wait for the Unified Atheist League to thaw me. They better have TDKR...
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1:58AM on 02/02/2011
OH PLEASE, Riddler!! I think he could play a really good Riddler. And make us forget Jim Carrey.

I don't think it could be Robin. I don't think Nolan would ever go down that corny road...unless the Joker was still around to KILL HIM! that is..wich will sadly not happen before yet another Batman reboot in, let's say, 2015-16!?
OH PLEASE, Riddler!! I think he could play a really good Riddler. And make us forget Jim Carrey.

I don't think it could be Robin. I don't think Nolan would ever go down that corny road...unless the Joker was still around to KILL HIM! that is..wich will sadly not happen before yet another Batman reboot in, let's say, 2015-16!?
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1:50AM on 02/02/2011
OH PLEASE, Riddler!! I think he could play a really good Riddler. And make us forget Jim Carrey.

I don't think it could be Robin. I don't think Nolan would ever go down that corny road...unless the Joker was still around to KILL HIM! that is..wich will sadly not happen before yet another Batman reboot in, let's say, 2015-16!?
OH PLEASE, Riddler!! I think he could play a really good Riddler. And make us forget Jim Carrey.

I don't think it could be Robin. I don't think Nolan would ever go down that corny road...unless the Joker was still around to KILL HIM! that is..wich will sadly not happen before yet another Batman reboot in, let's say, 2015-16!?
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1:43AM on 02/02/2011
I could totally see JGL as Nightwing. Not that I think that will happen.
I could totally see JGL as Nightwing. Not that I think that will happen.
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1:41AM on 02/02/2011

they should make this movie 5 hours long

anybody deterred from seeing it i would make up for by seeing it over and over again
anybody deterred from seeing it i would make up for by seeing it over and over again
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1:19AM on 02/02/2011
Nolan said before he wanted to continue the Jokers story in the third film. Maybe he reworked the script, so he kept the concept that he had with the continuation of the joker story, only replaced the character? Like someone (Levitt I would hope) takes over where the joker left off? I mean, he obviously plans on keeping the films realistic, and if some psychopath waged a war on the city of Los Angeles, after he got locked up his following and ideals wouldnt just dissolve into nothing.
Nolan said before he wanted to continue the Jokers story in the third film. Maybe he reworked the script, so he kept the concept that he had with the continuation of the joker story, only replaced the character? Like someone (Levitt I would hope) takes over where the joker left off? I mean, he obviously plans on keeping the films realistic, and if some psychopath waged a war on the city of Los Angeles, after he got locked up his following and ideals wouldnt just dissolve into nothing.
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1:02AM on 02/02/2011

robin or riddler

well if they decide to hint at Gordon-Levitt being Robin, i think that they could pull it off. just because Levitt is one of the few actors who could do it without it being cheesy. and if they do plan to do so, i look forword to seeing Nolan's version of what robin would be. i'd love it to be riddler but then it might suffer from ramping it up to the point where they have too many villians and no time to do them justice.
well if they decide to hint at Gordon-Levitt being Robin, i think that they could pull it off. just because Levitt is one of the few actors who could do it without it being cheesy. and if they do plan to do so, i look forword to seeing Nolan's version of what robin would be. i'd love it to be riddler but then it might suffer from ramping it up to the point where they have too many villians and no time to do them justice.
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12:44AM on 02/02/2011

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Not sure if I can reply to replies (new here) or not but I couldn't figure out how so... this is in response to fury159's reply to my previous comment.

Anyways I'm not underestimating Nolan or his team, they've demonstrated they can really work some cinematic magic but it's not the directing, it's the content that's being directed that is dwarfed by the power of the content in TDK. When I say content I'm mainly referring to [link] behind those roles. I'm sure that it'll still be a real fun
Not sure if I can reply to replies (new here) or not but I couldn't figure out how so... this is in response to fury159's reply to my previous comment.

Anyways I'm not underestimating Nolan or his team, they've demonstrated they can really work some cinematic magic but it's not the directing, it's the content that's being directed that is dwarfed by the power of the content in TDK. When I say content I'm mainly referring to [link] behind those roles. I'm sure that it'll still be a real fun flick, but there is a very very small chance that it'll reach the level that TDK did simply because of what they're working with now compared to then.

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12:38AM on 02/02/2011
Amazing news. Super pumped for this!
Amazing news. Super pumped for this!
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12:34AM on 02/02/2011
I honestly have no idea why some people are legitimately complaining about this news...
I honestly have no idea why some people are legitimately complaining about this news...
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1:56AM on 02/02/2011
not complaining about the news... just complaining about how this flick is shaping up. Arnie back as Mr. Freeze would've been a cooler choice than Catwoman. Pun intended... you know... cooler... Mr. Freeze...
not complaining about the news... just complaining about how this flick is shaping up. Arnie back as Mr. Freeze would've been a cooler choice than Catwoman. Pun intended... you know... cooler... Mr. Freeze...
3:08AM on 02/02/2011
Arnie back as Mr.Freeze?! My God man, you have got to be kidding me.
Arnie back as Mr.Freeze?! My God man, you have got to be kidding me.
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12:05AM on 02/02/2011

WELCOME TO THE SUCK

No, The Dark Knight Returns will not be as good as TDK. Why? The reason TDK was so great rather than 'really good' was because of the villain, because of the Joker and in that because of Ledger.

I'm sorry but Catwoman is not a compelling villain and while Bane will undoubtedly be cool as hell - he's not a villain that can carry a film to a higher quality than that of The Dark Knight.

JGL is a damn good actor though, my favourite role of his would be alongside Mickey Rourke and Tom Jane
No, The Dark Knight Returns will not be as good as TDK. Why? The reason TDK was so great rather than 'really good' was because of the villain, because of the Joker and in that because of Ledger.

I'm sorry but Catwoman is not a compelling villain and while Bane will undoubtedly be cool as hell - he's not a villain that can carry a film to a higher quality than that of The Dark Knight.

JGL is a damn good actor though, my favourite role of his would be alongside Mickey Rourke and Tom Jane in the underwatched (though flawed) movie Killshot. However his secretive role can either make the movie or break it (or in a sense, leave it where it is right now).

IF he comes in and surprises everyone as The Joker (or a sort of cameo of the Joker locked up) or comes in as The Riddler or something then the movie COULD possibly achieve the 'fun factor' that TDK did, if not and if he's just a reporter or whatever.. then no, while it could be a good movie, it still won't have a chance to be as good as TDK. And I'm not a TDK fanboy, far from it - it's a fun film but it's also flawed, in short it's not a masterpiece but that's beside the point.

And who knows the Joker COULD be back no matter how many people deny it. Sure it's unlikely after what happened, but if they figure out a respectful way to do it, then maybe they'll do it. This is Hollywood people, this isn't your mom or dad saying that it won't happen, this is more like that random dude on the street you've never really met telling you it won't happen. He can lie to you, he can change his mind and not tell you, or he can stick with his word. It's happened before, and it'll happen again.
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12:31AM on 02/02/2011
I dunno, I get the point you're trying to make, but at the same time, you're dismissing Nolan as a director and his brother (who is writing the script)). Of course, The Dark Knight was great, but have a little faith, my friend....
I dunno, I get the point you're trying to make, but at the same time, you're dismissing Nolan as a director and his brother (who is writing the script)). Of course, The Dark Knight was great, but have a little faith, my friend....
12:01AM on 02/02/2011

Sweet.

As long as he isn't Robin...
As long as he isn't Robin...
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11:52PM on 02/01/2011
Once again, if this is the LAST Nolan Batman film, why is Anne Hathaway only referred to as Selina Kyle? Is it really damage control from Halle Berry's "Catwoman"? Or...............
Once again, if this is the LAST Nolan Batman film, why is Anne Hathaway only referred to as Selina Kyle? Is it really damage control from Halle Berry's "Catwoman"? Or...............
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8:07AM on 02/02/2011
Yeah she must be getting into the PVC. Didnt we all originally think Dent would only be Dent in TDK for ages? Or was that just me?
Yeah she must be getting into the PVC. Didnt we all originally think Dent would only be Dent in TDK for ages? Or was that just me?
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11:52PM on 02/01/2011

Sweet.

This is going to be great. JGL is a real talent and a super nice guy. I hope he's indeed in this and continues an upward swing in his career. Nolan said "no" to the Joker in TDKR, so that can't be, but do you think whatever character Levitt plays it will be distracting to some given there's been 3 years of speculation/wishing that Levitt would replace Ledger as the Joker? I hope not.
This is going to be great. JGL is a real talent and a super nice guy. I hope he's indeed in this and continues an upward swing in his career. Nolan said "no" to the Joker in TDKR, so that can't be, but do you think whatever character Levitt plays it will be distracting to some given there's been 3 years of speculation/wishing that Levitt would replace Ledger as the Joker? I hope not.
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11:50PM on 02/01/2011
Wally just don't want to get fired cause he don't know how to film in 3D, so he's sucking up hoping to stick around for a few more films.
Amazing, a guy being payed to work on a film says it's great. Who woulda thunk it.
Wally just don't want to get fired cause he don't know how to film in 3D, so he's sucking up hoping to stick around for a few more films.
Amazing, a guy being payed to work on a film says it's great. Who woulda thunk it.
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1:20AM on 02/02/2011
Pfister is a four-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer. And you're a troll. Have fun sucking at life compared to him!
Pfister is a four-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer. And you're a troll. Have fun sucking at life compared to him!
3:04AM on 02/02/2011
Yeah, what Smalls said. Ignorant troll. It's people like you who allow Hollywood to keep churning out shitty 3D flicks every month.
Yeah, what Smalls said. Ignorant troll. It's people like you who allow Hollywood to keep churning out shitty 3D flicks every month.
11:49PM on 02/01/2011
This is great news. Best bet it is either going to be The Joker or The Riddler. You think Nolan would foreshadow Robin with Joseph Gordon Levitt in the last movie? Levitt has that fresh, but mature Robin look to him.

Also it makes alot of sense that there would be one more villian, major villian probably. The idea of having Bane and Catwoman in the last Batman movie is kind of underwhelming.

And I believe Nolan really wanted to keep The Joker storyline going from The Dark Knight, so I
This is great news. Best bet it is either going to be The Joker or The Riddler. You think Nolan would foreshadow Robin with Joseph Gordon Levitt in the last movie? Levitt has that fresh, but mature Robin look to him.

Also it makes alot of sense that there would be one more villian, major villian probably. The idea of having Bane and Catwoman in the last Batman movie is kind of underwhelming.

And I believe Nolan really wanted to keep The Joker storyline going from The Dark Knight, so I could easily see Nolan recasting Levitt as The Joker. I mean him and Heath do look similarly alike.
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11:41PM on 02/01/2011
Woah, I hope this is true! JGL is awesome, and despite what Nolan has said, I would LOVE to see JGL step-in for The Joker, maybe for a 2minute cameo. That's all it would take to make this more awesome than it's gonna' be. And no, there's no disrespect to Heath Ledger. Why would there be? You have someone coming in to take on the role you revolutionized. That's an honor more than anything.
Woah, I hope this is true! JGL is awesome, and despite what Nolan has said, I would LOVE to see JGL step-in for The Joker, maybe for a 2minute cameo. That's all it would take to make this more awesome than it's gonna' be. And no, there's no disrespect to Heath Ledger. Why would there be? You have someone coming in to take on the role you revolutionized. That's an honor more than anything.
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11:33PM on 02/01/2011
Any news of JGL being cast is good news! Knowing this is the last of a trilogy (Perhaps the greatest trilogy ever??!) is a sad thing, but i got faith this flick will be bona fide bad ass... and if it's got JGL & Hardy & Hathaway & Bale & Freeman & Caine & Oldman... you really cant go wrong!
Any news of JGL being cast is good news! Knowing this is the last of a trilogy (Perhaps the greatest trilogy ever??!) is a sad thing, but i got faith this flick will be bona fide bad ass... and if it's got JGL & Hardy & Hathaway & Bale & Freeman & Caine & Oldman... you really cant go wrong!
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11:21PM on 02/01/2011

The Dark Knight Rises

i guess its okay depending on who he's playing. and hey is anyone hear absolutely sure selina kyle ( or possibly catwoman) is the female villain of the film ? there's still another female role to be cast and doesn't anyone else think it would make for sense to make Selina Kyle the love interest ? Sure the other role might be Talia al ghul but batman and catwoman also have a love thing going on.
i guess its okay depending on who he's playing. and hey is anyone hear absolutely sure selina kyle ( or possibly catwoman) is the female villain of the film ? there's still another female role to be cast and doesn't anyone else think it would make for sense to make Selina Kyle the love interest ? Sure the other role might be Talia al ghul but batman and catwoman also have a love thing going on.
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11:15PM on 02/01/2011

So hold on...

someone WORKING for the movie said that the movie will be GREAT?

That is so rare to see...wait no it isn't. I hope JGL isn't it honestly, you are already looking at 2 confirmed villains and now 2 rumored ones.
someone WORKING for the movie said that the movie will be GREAT?

That is so rare to see...wait no it isn't. I hope JGL isn't it honestly, you are already looking at 2 confirmed villains and now 2 rumored ones.
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11:31PM on 02/01/2011
Who says he will be a villain? Even the article gave other options?

Could be the new DA filling in for Harvey Dent. Or a Batman hating cop filling in as head of MCU since Gordon got promoted and all.
Who says he will be a villain? Even the article gave other options?

Could be the new DA filling in for Harvey Dent. Or a Batman hating cop filling in as head of MCU since Gordon got promoted and all.
12:11AM on 02/02/2011
Bullshit. Not what Man_among_Ants posted but by these 'minuses' he recieved.

-8 because he stated the truth?

Batman fanboy: "NO! This guy said that because its true! Not because he worked on it! Screw you dood! Its actually awesome I know it for a FACT! loser!"

lol
lets grow up kiddies
Bullshit. Not what Man_among_Ants posted but by these 'minuses' he recieved.

-8 because he stated the truth?

Batman fanboy: "NO! This guy said that because its true! Not because he worked on it! Screw you dood! Its actually awesome I know it for a FACT! loser!"

lol
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9:30AM on 02/02/2011
What do you douches expect Wally the DP of the films to say? Well I shot the fucking things and they are widely considered two of the best superhero films ever made (and Dark Knight one of the better genre films period) but I think they're complete shit! What is your point? You don't have one, that's where the minuses come from.
What do you douches expect Wally the DP of the films to say? Well I shot the fucking things and they are widely considered two of the best superhero films ever made (and Dark Knight one of the better genre films period) but I think they're complete shit! What is your point? You don't have one, that's where the minuses come from.
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11:12PM on 02/01/2011
cool but not too many villains now!
cool but not too many villains now!
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1:38AM on 02/02/2011
yeah Spidey 3 syndrome. No thanks.
yeah Spidey 3 syndrome. No thanks.
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