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“Inception” is out. Can we officially start talking about Batman and Superman now?

By Sean O’Connell Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception” finally made its way to theaters last weekend, confusing audiences on its way to a healthy $60 million box office take.

But with one film crossing the proverbial finish line, Nolan fans understand the green light has just been lit (unofficially) on the director’s next anticipated film — “Batman 3” — and chatter, of course, already has begun in earnest.

Nolan actually has his finger on two comic book properties: Batman and Superman. And with Comic Con getting underway later this week, we expect some news to leak out regarding each of these announced blockbusters. MTV gets the ball rolling by catching casual fans up with the state of each project.

On “Batman 3,” which is not the official title, MTV reports that Nolan’s third trip to Gotham with Christian Bale in tow will “bring this latest cinematic arc to a close.”

“My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff,” says Chris, referring to screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, who frequently contributes to his brother’s projects. “Viewing it as an ending — that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling.”

Filming is expected to begin in March. Regular co-star Michael Caine said in a recent interview that they’d get going in April. Either way, we know Nolan’s third “Batman” film will be in theaters on July 20, 2012.

Superman, in the meantime, is a little more vague. Chris is attached as a mentor after he and collaborator David Goyer hatched a clever concept for a modern Superman reboot. And rumors have Jonathan Nolan potentially directing, though this would be a massive-scaled blockbuster, and a lot for a first-time director to handle. Then again, the Superman franchise could only benefit from fresh blood. We’ll see.

MTV goes on to speculate on a possible Justice League film, similar to Marvel’s massive Avengers film. Though with Batman and Superman projects in the immediate future, we’re guessing Justice League is a long way off. If Warner is smart, they’ll see how Marvel handles its “Avengers” adaptation — which already has had a handful of hiccups on its way to the big screen — and try to learn from their mistakes.

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