Excl: Batman sequel news

I don't have all of the details just yet, but Mike Sampson and Johnny Moreno just called me with this update a few minutes ago, so here's what I know so far. Being in SHOWEST, they were able to speak to many different people and apparently a WB rep told them that several "big things" would be announced during this Thursday's WB press conference regarding the next BATMAN movie and that not only is Christopher Nolan returning behind the camera, but a few other choice nuggets as well:

- The film will be titled: BATTLE FOR GOTHAM. I can't say that I'm crazy about the title, but maybe they'll change it by the time the film is released in 2011. It will apparently be the final part of the Nolan trilogy though and hopefully it will be a massive scale fight for the city...

- Johnny Depp is officially discussing the possibility of coming on board as The Riddler (apparently he and Bale got really close during the filming of Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES last year). This isn't 100% just yet, but it's close...

- TITANIC director James Cameron will apparently attend the BATTLE FOR GOTHAM press conference on Thursday, which had led to rumors about possibly bringing back the Joker in a small cameo (flashback) and get this...it would be a computer-generated version of Heath Ledger as the Joker using ultra-realistic texture-mapping and advanced personality algorithms designed by Cameron's company...

- The film will apparently be a much darker, grittier version and seems geared to feature the fall (& rise) of Gotham City, and would therefore be looking for a R-rating...

We're gonna be getting a lot more details tomorrow (or click on the link below for more specific details), so stay tuned to JoBlo.com for that, but for now, I'm pretty damn stoked about all this news, as a darker version of BATMAN including Depp and possibly even an "homage" to Ledger would be pretty damn awesome, if you ask me.

I'm not crazy about computer-generated "people" in movies, but according to many folks, James Cameron has apparently perfected "CGI human beings" for his next feature AVATAR and assured everyone that his firm would be able to re-create Ledger and his actions (respectfully) for the next film. Technology rocks!


Previous related articles can be accessed here, HERE, here, HERE, here, HERE and here.

Extra Tidbit: Don't you hate when that happens?
Source: JoBlo.com



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