It’s called “Batman and the Giant Pile of Box Office Receipts”.

Okay, it’s really called THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Everyone has surely made a Viagra joke by now, and there was ours.

In an interview with Geoff Boucher of the LA Times, director Christopher Nolan also reveals that the big villain will not be ….The Riddler! So that’s Mr. Freeze and Riddler crossed off, then. Our own suggestion? Olga, Queen of the Cossacks!


Other things we do know: The story is by Nolan and David Goyer with a script by Nolan and brother Jonah Nolan.

Female casting is underway, suggesting that maybe Catwoman will be involved somehow.

Tom Hardy will be in it somehow, giving us many chances to post photos of him.


And it will NOT be in 3D.

Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that Warner Bros. had agreed with his argument that the film should resist the current 3-D craze and instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector.


  1. I’m not saying I’m pulling for Zsasz, but I could see Tom Hardy paying Zsasz, as he’s previously stomped around in the nude in BRONSON (if he is the villain, of course. He could be anyone).

    That said, I’m not surprised that the villain won’t be the Riddler. I’m very interested to see who they pick, but anyone’s guess is as good as mine.

  2. I was incredibly underwhelmed by the ending of The Dark Knight so Nolan is going to have to step it up big time for me to care about the third batfilm.

    I’m sure it will do huge numbers and be ultra successfull like the first 2 were. But I honestly can’t remember the last time I was bothered so much by the last 10 to 20 minutes of a movie.

  3. “Our own suggestion? Olga, Queen of the Cossacks!”

    I was kind of hoping for Egghead or maybe The Book Worm. I’d love to see what Nolan would do with one of the old TV villians.

  4. This is my glorious moment to say “I told ya so” and im sticking my guess: the return of Ras Al Gul and Tom Hardy as Ras a la the “Lazarus Pits”. Talia Al Gul will superficially fill in the void of rachel while the ventriloquist is running the mob as a sort of copy-cat joker.

  5. With Jeph Loeb’s THE LONG HALLOWEEN influencing Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Tom Hardy is portraying Hush.

    Perhaps with Talia al Ghul as the love interest/additional villain, which would bring the Nolan films full circle.

  6. I enjoy Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, but his Batman just doesn’t work, as the above photo shows. The costume’s headgear is too round and gives his mouth and surrounding area the look of a cat’s. It makes me chuckle. And then he starts in w/ that “gruff” voice, I actually laugh out loud.

  7. For some reason I am sensing a Hugo Strange inclusion in the movie. Someone very unJoker. Though Hush or Scarface would work as well.

  8. Adapting Moench’s “Prey” with Hugo Strange, Catwoman and the Night Scourge would make an excellent movie and follow pretty well from the previous two narratively and thematically.

  9. I think a lot of people would argue Bale’s Batman works just fine, to the tune of $1 billion +. And I believe the photo above is from the first film; I think the costume was improved significantly for the second. And I have no problem with the voice, I imagine that is what Bruce Wayne would actually do if he existed in the real world.

  10. I will be very disapointed if it would be killer croc giving Tom;s phsique, but i would hope it might be Man Bat, with memories of the Neal Adams Man Bat

  11. Hugo Strange would be a good villain … or Two-Face, if they decide to do it right this time.

    I always wanted to see (or write) a screenplay with Two-Face and Scarface/Ventrilioquist together. It would make an interesting pairing — they could start out as allies — until Batman managed to turn them against each other. A match made in Hell. Two different cases of split personality, with two very different outcomes.

    I didn’t care for DARK KNIGHT, but I’ll give the next one a chance just because Nolan has opted to eswchew the 3-D gimmick. By the time this film comes out, people will probably be tired of seeing things fly out of the screen anyway.

  12. mhhhm, tom hardy was to die for in inception. i hope his adorable british accent and mischevious nature are harnessed in the film