I read a lot of blogs about Batman, and in particular about The Dark Knight Rises, the forthcoming final entry in the Batman film trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. What I have learned the last few months is that the only thing that is definitive about that film right now is that nothing is really definitive.
We know the key cast members are back – Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman – and we know that Tom Hardy has been cast in an undetermined role, but that’s about it. What this does is give random bloggers (like me) license to not only speculate on the villains and storyline, but in some cases to actually write out script ideas.
We do know that neither the Riddler nor Mr. Freeze will appear in TDKR (per Nolan himself), but the rest, as I noted, is pure speculation. Some have suggested the film could be based on the Prey story arc (1990-91) from the Legends of the Dark Knight books. That would make sense, as in it Batman is being pursued by the law, with Gotham police enlisting the help of a psychiatrist named Dr. Hugo Strange. This story line also includes Selina Kyle/Catwoman, which plays into the rumors that Nolan has interviewed a number of female actors for two unspecified roles.
But if we know anything about Chris Nolan, it’s that he does his own thing. Sure, we might see pieces of the Prey storyline, but no chance in Hades will he rewrite that story and turn it into a film. Nolan channeled small pieces of Batman: Year One for the film Batman Begins, as well as some elements of The Long Halloween for The Dark Knight, but that usage was more homage than anything else. You know, to throw the fanboys a bone or two.
Which brings us right back to where we started: speculation.
Word is that an official announcement by Time Warner is due soon. Until then, let the speculation continue – but take it all with a grain of salt. I mean, seriously, at one point there was a rumor that Eddie Murphy would be cast as the Riddler. Um, not gonna happen.
OK, so maybe there are a FEW things about TDKR that we can be certain about …