I’m starting today’s post with a news that might disappoint: Christopher Nolan is far from returning to Batman 3.
Although the source for this news is what one might describe as being a fansite, Batman-On-Film is a reliable 11-year-old source stating the following:
* The death of Heath Ledger in January of 2008 rocked Mr. Nolan hard. So hard that Chris was convinced that TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film.
* The Joker was going to return in BATMAN 3.
* “You are correct in reporting that he is developing story ideas with [Jonathan Nolan] and David Goyer, but it will be until AT LEAST 2012 before we see the Caped Crusader back [in theaters]. And that is only an EARLY ESTIMATE at best right now. They are even saying it might not be until 2013.”
* Basically, the BATMAN film franchise is back to square one. As far as a story or a BATMAN 3, “Right now, there is none,” says our guy.
If Warner Bros. do change directors, I highly doubt they would re-reboot the franchise so soon after Batman Begins.
On the other hand, continuing on Nolan’s Batman legacy is a pretty big challenge.
I’m thinking either a fake sequel through a new take on Batman, or some kind of spin-off movie…or nothing at all for a decade.
Perhaps a whole new set of characters save for Batman and Alfred, since basically almost everyone seems to be gone by the end of Dark Knight.
Moving on to TV news, Battlestar Galactica‘s Rick Worthy is in talks to join next season’s Heroes as Matt Parkman’s new partner in the police (yes, he’s going back to being an LA cop).
After ABC and FOX, it’s also now time for The CW to announce its fall premiere dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 8
8:00-9:00 p.m. “90210” (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “MELROSE PLACE” (Series Premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 10
8:00-9:00 p.m. “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “SUPERNATURAL” (Season Premiere)
Monday, Sept. 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. “ONE TREE HILL” (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “GOSSIP GIRL” (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 16
9:00-10:00 p.m. “THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TBL” (Series Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 p.m. “SMALLVILE” (Season Premiere)
I’m most likely watching a whopping 0% of those shows this fall.