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BOF MAILBAG: BATMAN 3
Author: Jett
Thursday, May 8, 2008

As I’m writing this, we are approximately 70 some odd days away from the premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT.

Actually, it’s 71 days, 12 hours, 39 hours, and 2 seconds, but who is counting? Anyway...

So do y’all think it’s too early to start talking about the next Batman film?

Hell no!

What I’ll do today is answer the most common BATMAN 3 questions I get “BOF MAILBAG” style.

“Will Chris Nolan return and direct a third BATMAN?”

JETT SAYS: You know how Chris is, right? He’s coy as hell when asked that question. “I’m not thinking about a sequel right now. My total focus is on this film,” is how it usually goes when Mr. Nolan answers questions about his Bat-future. BUT…

If I were a betting man, I’d put all my chips on the table on Chris returning to helm a third -- and final -- Bat-flick.

I believe that the intention has always been to do three -- a “Bat-Trilogy” if you will. David Goyer has said as much and The Batman himself, Christian Bale, is on record saying that he “very much” would like to do one more and complete the story.

So yeah, I think Mr. Nolan will be back -- one more time.

"Will Christian Bale return to play Batman in another film?"

JETT SAYS: Well, he’s under contract to do three and he’s only done two, so do the math.

But in all seriousness, it’s well know that Christian wants to “complete the trilogy” that was started with BATMAN BEGINS and continues in THE DARK KNIGHT. So yeah, Christian will don the cape and cowl again…

IF Chris Nolan’s directing. ;)

"If there is another film, when’s it coming out?"

JETT SAYS: Summer 2011. Take it to the bank.

"Two Face is going to be the main villain in BATMAN 3, right?"

JETT SAYS: Maybe.

I haven’t seen THE DARK KNIGHT yet to know whether Harvey Dent survives. However, one would think that Two Face is not killed off and will return in the next film. In fact, I’ve heard that Aaron Eckhart’s deal was for two BATMAN films, so you gotta figure they were planning ahead when they signed him to play Harvey Dent.

Two films. Two Face. Coincidence? I think not.

"What new Bat-Villain do you think will see in BATMAN 3?"

JETT SAYS: Catwoman.

I’ve heard whispered that if the filmmakers can come up with something fresh, Catwoman will return to the big screen. And I’ve got to say, the fans are REALLY desirous of Ms. Kyle’s inclusion in the next film.

However, I would like to see Mr. Nolan and the Batman movie team take a look at some of the other great members of Batman’s great rogues gallery. I’d like to see Nolan’s take on The Riddler, The Penguin, and some of the others we’ve yet to see “ON FILM.”

Jett, any chance Robin will be in the next BATMAN?

JETT SAYS: In a Chris Nolan-directed BATMAN? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

OK, I'm kidding...sorta.

I’ll take Mr. Nolan for his word when he said “No Robin -- he’s in his crib somewhere.”

Now, I do sort of like the way that BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK ends, y'all know what I'm saying'? However, I don't know if Chris would "force" Robin on the next director if BATMAN 3 ended with Bruce Wayne (and Selina Kyle -- one can hope, right?) going to the circus.

"Do you think The Joker will return?"

JETT SAYS: *Deep sigh*

Man.

*Deep sigh*

I don’t know.

This is a damn tough question.

My first initial thought would be no, but I keep asking myself how significant a role was planned for The Joker in a possible third film? Only Christopher Nolan and a select few know that answer.

Now, the rumor is that the late Heath Ledger was signed for two films and the plan was for him to return in BATMAN 3. How big of a role, I have no clue. Some say it was sizeable, some say it was to be a cameo. Like I said, only Nolan and company know the answer.

The dilemma I see revolves around the late Mr. Ledger. From what is being said by those who know, his performance as The Joker in TDK is absolutely brilliant. I mean, they are already talking Oscar here, OK? Would anyone want to follow Heath as The Joker?

Let’s say that they decide that The Joker’s presence in the film is absolutely necessary. If that were to be the case, I think they’d have to find a “Johnny Depp” or a “Daniel Day-Lewis” -- someone with a pedigree -- to do it. Someone who would not be intimidated by -- or only provide an impersonation of -- Heath’s Joker. Someone who can make the role his own, yet honor his predecessor at the same time.

In my opinion, I say no Joker in BATMAN 3 unless it is absolutely vital to the story for The Joker to be in the film. While I’d prefer not to have The Joker return, I wouldn’t consider it “disrespectful” if the part were indeed recast.

The bottom line here to me is how essential is it to the proper completion of this “Trilogy” to see The Joker again? If it is imperative -- an absolute must -- then recast the part with a quality actor. If not -- meaning the story can go on and be finished as intended -- then no Joker.

Alright, that should do it for the time being. We'll get back into all the BATMAN 3 rumors later on this year, no doubt about it.

In the meantime, let's enjoy all the hype and hoopla surrounding the release of THE DARK KNIGHT...

...in 71 days, 10 hours, 21 minutes, and 45 seconds.

"Jett" is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of BATMAN ON FILM.

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