Batman Begins sequel gets a title

Thank God!!!! I love Batman Begins, its an amazing movie. I don’t even compare it to the Tim Burton Batman movies which are amazing on there on, this is a more comic book movie, characters look exactly what they looked like (or at least closer to it then the Tim Burton movie (Lt. Gordon) and the story resembles more of a comic book). I’m glad that they finally got a title for this movie.

From (about a week ago):

It’s Official: “Batman 2” Gets A Title
Posted: Tuesday August 1st 2006 12:40am
Source: Dark Horizons
Author: Garth Franklin

It’s confirmed, the next feature film installment of “Batman” will use the moniker “The Dark Knight”. “Batman Begins” helmer Chris Nolan is locked in to direct again and Heath Ledger is confirmed to be playing the role of The Joker. Here’s the press release:

“As a follow up to last year’s blockbuster Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight, written by Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. Additionally, Christian Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne and Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has been cast as The Joker. The announcements were made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Christopher Nolan revamped the Batman franchise in 2005 with the immensely successful Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, which chronicled the early years of the superhero. Nolan first garnered attention from critics and fans in 2000 with the groundbreaking drama Memento, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct the thriller Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and recently wrapped production on The Prestige, with Hugh Jackman and Bale.

Bale was most recently seen in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick’s The New World. His other credits include Little Women, Portrait of a Lady, Metroland, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, which was his first starring role.

Ledger most recently earned Oscar Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the award-winning drama Brokeback Mountain. His other credits include Casanova, Monster’s Ball, Lords of Dogtown, The Brothers Grimm and The Patriot.

“Chris’ unique vision is what made Batman Begins such an outstanding film and we could not imagine anyone else at the helm of The Dark Knight,” said Robinov. “We also can’t wait to see two such formidable actors as Christian and Heath face off with each other as Batman and The Joker.”

“I’m excited to continue the story we started with Batman Begins,” added Nolan. “Our challenge in casting The Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented but fearless. Watching Heath Ledger’s interpretation of this iconic character taking on Christian Bale’s Batman is going to be incredible.”

I like the title, I wasn’t thrilled at first, but Batman is the Dark Knight and its a very fitting title, better than the Live Free or Die Hard title for Die Hard 4, I actually prefered Die Hard 4.0.

The fifth Batman movie that was never made (and ultimately became the new Batman franchise starting with Batman Begins) was supposed to be called Batman Triumphant, I wonder if they’ll ever use that title…or do they think its tainted? I guess only time will tell.


PS Heath Ledger has some big shoes to fill with Jack Nicholson who played it in the 1989 Tim Burton (now a) classic. But I think, like Batman Begins, I think this Joker is going to be more like the comic book character. I hope that he is more violent then the Nicholson character, not that he wasn’t violent, he killed a lot of people, but the Joker in the comic books seems to be more free and open to do whatever he wants. I think that out of everyone out there, Heath Ledger is a great actor, I remember when he played Mel Gibson’s (which is a completely different story right now, I think Mel Gibson fucked himself! last week with his comments) son in The Patriot, he will pull off a comic book character come to life.

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