Some major news about Christopher Nolan's third installment of his Batman franchise hit the Interwebs today, and while we learned some details, a lot is still shrouded in mystery.
The biggest tid-bit of information had to do with the title of the film, which is going to be The Dark Knight Rises. I have to admit that I don't love the name because it has a cliched feeling to it similar to Superman Returns, but it is better than you typical numerical based title which could have been tricky. Would it be Batman 7, The Dark Knight 2, Batman Begins 3? I would've liked something a bit more original, but I'm sure I'll warm up to TDKR.
Another big announcement was made regarding the films villain, which apparently will not be the Riddler. I was more disappointed to find out that Edward Nigma would not be in TDKR than I was about the title. The Riddler seemed like a natural progression within Batman's Rouge Gallery, and I was all for Joseph Gordon Levitt being cast in the role. Ah well.
Speculation about who the next Batman Baddie will be is going to dominate some forums, but now we know that the Riddler's out and Tom Hardy's character will more than likely be the main antagonist. Who could it be? While I'm not well versed when it comes to the Batman mythos, one bad guy has always seemed intriguing to me...Hush.
While Hush has ties to the Riddler, which could now be problematic, he also has connections to Scarecrow who is a part of Nolan's Batman Universe. I can actually see Hardy as the boyhood friend of Bruce Wayne who then becomes obsessed with destroying him. It also doesn't hurt that the character fits within the more realistic world that Nolan's created. Unfortunately, Hush might be too unknown for casual fans.
The addition of Catwoman wouldn't shock me either, but I'd be more interested in seeing her as an anti-hero/ally than a baddie. Everyone knows about the complicated relationship between Batman and Catwoman, and it could actually be an interesting plot device in the film, especially since Bats has fallen from grace due to the events of TDK.
Regardless of which direction Nolan ends up going, I'm excited for this newest installment. While I didn't think The Dark Knight was Oscar worthy, it was still a great film and Nolan's take on the Batman tale has been one of the best adaptions in a long time. Surely, The Dark Knight Rises will not disappoint