Batman 3: Villains

September has been filled with much news and many rumors, both official and unofficial. The latest rumors can always be found at the IMDB.

Official: The Dark Knight will be released December 9, 2008. There will be three versions of the film released on DVD: A Blu-Ray single-disc, a single-disc DVD, and a two-disc special edition DVD.

ONE THING IS DEFINITE: Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are all under contract for three films.

Michael Caine has revealed his thoughts on the villains of Batman 3…. Johnny Depp as the Riddler, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penquin. Caine did admit that he had read the news in the tabloids, but had confirmed the news with the studio. Later responses indicate that Hoffman has personally denied the rumor.

Director Nolan includes small but symbolic details throughout Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, most knowticed only by the avid comic fans. Some of these details may have already revealed the next installments villains:

  • Two Face: Some have claimed that 2 or 3 breaths from Dent can be seen after the fall, incentuating that the fall may not have killed Dent. Gordon and Batman never explicitly state that Two-Face is dead. Even Gordon says “Whatever chance you gave us of saving the city dies with Harvey’s reputation,” which is only saying that Dent’s reputation has been destroyed, and not Dent himself.
  • It has been rumored by an unconfirmed source that there is some extra footage of Heath Ledger’s Joker that can be used in the next sequel. This does sound likely, and could open up the possibility of Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist who treats the Joker at Arkham Asylum but she winds up falling in love with him to becoming his girlfriend. However, she is no match to Batman without the Joker.
  • Mad Hatter: Dent kidnapps and interrogates Jervis Tetch (alias the Mad Hatter), whom was posing as a guard during the Mayor’s assassination attempt. Batman stops Dent from abuse of power, and notes that Jervis was as insane inmate at Arkham.
  • The list of symbolized villain possibilities could go on and on….

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