Batman Title Revealed: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’


Hero Complex Blog was able to scoop us some heavily sought-after information. Thanks to them, we now have the official title of the third “Batman” film coming at us in the summer of 2012. We are excited to learn the third and final (?) Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movie will be called “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Pretty great title considering where we last left our hero. He took the burden of blame upon himself for Two-Face’s crimes and became a fugitive. He truly hit rock-bottom. How will he rise again and earn the trust of the masses? This title can definitely send us all into different tangents and wild speculation-filled conversations.

Another interesting bit of information was cleared up in the piece — despite the majority of fans and media assuming the villain of the second sequel to be the Riddler, it’s not. Nolan himself set the record straight by flat out denying Riddler is the villain.

Now, we can begin the speculation of who the next villain will be. Will an old one return? It is possible as some other sites are saying they could bring back Aaron Eckhart’s Two-face/Harvey Dent, who was believed to be dead at the end of “The Dark Knight” — though I felt it was inconclusive. Could he be the rising knight and not Batman?

We need not worry, though; the list of Batman villains is pretty extensive. Some really popular ones still available include Catwoman, Penguin and Killer Croc.

Personally, I see Penguin as the best choice in this dark realistic Batman universe Nolan has created. No crazy scientific experiments gone wrong, or cat-enchantments to explain. The Penguin can just be a violent, smart, and persistent mobster, who may have earned that name because of his size. I picture him to be something like Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas.” No need to actually make him be a penguin, or a freak of nature as the route some “other” directors and writers chose to follow. Just a short, yet super tough, criminal. Though a machine gun umbrella would be a great touch. What star today could pull play the perfect mobster-psycho?

Catwoman would be a great opportunity for just the right star. But so many things would need to go right for it to work, in my opinion. The script must be so precise, and the female star so talented, that we would need another Heath-Ledger-perfect performance for it to be realistic. What actress do you feel could pull it off? Should she be young, or middle aged?

Well, the possibilities are endless and the secrecy is great. And Nolan’s team is a vault; in fact, I am actually surprised we got the title this soon. I bet they were really pushing, or more like begging, Nolan to reveal it. Now, that we know a little more, will those hold us off for a while, or did they fan some dangerous flames on the web? The debates are on everywhere you go online. But, I’m dying to know what you think.

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  1. Alexa M. #

    I can see someone like Rachel Weisz as Catwoman. If they go the Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox route I will not be pleased. And I think Philip Seymour Hoffman would make a boss Penguin. I read on another site that Nolan has been taking meetings with actresses in their late 20s-early 30s but he won’t reveal for which part. Maybe Harley Quinn, carrying on the Joker’s work while he’s locked up?

    I’m with you, the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where they end up going with this! I’m also curious who Tom Hardy is going to play. I wondered if he’d be the Riddler but I guess that’s out of the question now.

  2. moviefan #

    Not a bad title. Can’t wait to see where the story goes with nolan ending his take. I would have liked to see riddler but oh well. Can’t wait to see which villains they do use. Glad we will not get film in three d. Imax is just right for nolan.

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