April 17, 2014

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Batman “Arkham City” reveals Mr. Freeze trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How many villains will the anticipated Batman video game “Arkham City” actually have?
With each new marketing piece released ahead of the October release date, we hear more and more about bad guys the Dark Knight faces off against. We’ve heard plenty about Catwoman’s involvement in the game, and have even seen game-play footage of the feline fighter in action. Two-Face reportedly will be in the game, while Game Informer magazine dropped the news in its most recent preview that The Penguin would play a vital role, explaining that the game designers were taking a more realistic approach to the criminal. There also has been a Riddler trailer. And you know The Joker will show his clown face at some point.
And now, a new trailer reveals the presence of Mr. Freeze. Is it criminal overload? Or are you looking forward to taking on all of these classic baddies once the game hits shelves on October 18?
If “Arkham City” is half as good as its predecessor, “Arkham Asylum,” then we are in for a glorious treat. And watch the clip below. Tell me the snow flurries don’t remind you of the Pittsburgh footage we have been seeing from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” film.
Talk about synergy.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed for Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We now know for sure that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join his “Inception” director Christopher Nolan on the set of the Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Who he’ll be playing is another matter, altogether.
Back when Gordon-Levitt was caught up in the Batman rumor mill, fans speculated that he’d play The Riddler in Nolan’s third and reportedly final Batman film. But we now know, through the director, that the villains in “Rises” will be Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway) and Bane (played by Tom Hardy).
Perhaps JGL will play an ally of Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne in his fight to clean Gotham’s streets? We don’t know, and the Variety story confirming Gordon-Levitt’s participation is mum.
But the story adds that “Cracks” star Juno Temple is up for a small role as a street-smart Gotham chick in the sequel. This cast is bursting at the seams, when you make room for regulars like Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.
“The Dark Knight Rises” will be in theaters on July 20, 2012.
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Batman, “Dark Knight” talk from co-star Michael Caine

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Caine has never shied away from commenting on camera about Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, often giving rabid fans cannon fodder that, at times, works out but also can miss the mark. Wasn’t it Caine who once suggested that Nolan wanted Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Johnny Depp to play the Penguin and the Riddler, respectively?
Well, Caine has been talking again about the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” and what he’s saying isn’t revelatory, but it has raised the anticipation level for a picture that’s already burning across everyone’s radars.
“‘The Dark Knight Rises’ starts at the end of May,” Caine told Access Hollywood. “But [Nolan] hasn’t finished his script yet. I talked to him last week. … He’s still working on the script.”
That’s not too much of a surprise. No doubt Nolan and his team will be polishing this script right through the shoot. They’ve got the idea down pat, reportedly, and now it’s just about trimming the hedges. We hope.
As for the film’s villain (or one of them, anyway), Caine was able to comment on Tom Hardy, who has been cast as Bane for Nolan’s third and allegedly final Batman installment, and said, “Tom Hardy is one of my favorite British actors. I saw him maybe four years ago in a show on British television, and I was stunned at this guy.
“This is the toughest guy in British movies,” Caine continued. “He’s obviously playing a tough character because he is.”
Tough enough to break Batman’s back? We can only wonder at this point, and count down the days until “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012.
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Batman speculation “Rises” as Nolan reveals sequel details

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Internet speculation ran rampant once Christopher Nolan announced that his third Batman film would be titled “The Dark Knight Rises,” and that The Riddler would not be the main villain.
“We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan told Hero Complex, finally opening up about the sequel that’s scheduled to begin shooting in April.
The phrase “same characters” immediately prompted fans to wonder if Nolan meant that Aaron Eckhart’s tragic hero, Harvey Dent, could be resurrected despite the fact he clearly fell to his death at the end of “The Dark Knight.” The director always said the phrase “Dark Knight” referred to Dent’s Two-Face as well as Christian Bale’s Batman, so the “Rises” certainly fits.
It couldn’t possibly mean The Joker would be recast … could it? Probably not. Nolan said a while ago he wouldn’t try and fill Heath Ledger’s shoes, so he likely just means Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman’s characters – regulars of the franchise — will return.
As for villains, MTV started running through other villains from Batman’s catalog that could be considered by Nolan and co-screenwriter David Goyer. Catwoman was mentioned. Because “Inception” star Tom Hardy has been announced and Louisiana is a location, some fans are clinging to the idea that Nolan might try Killer Croc.
And then there was reaction to the title. Few loved it. Most just shrugged it off. Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere hated it the most, saying it “really sucks eggs.”
We are balancing on the tip of the Bat-iceburg, people. Expect plenty more in the weeks and months to come.
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Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” has a title … eliminates a villain

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan has revealed the title of his third “Batman” film … and revealed a few of his cards regarding Batman’s next foe.
“It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan told Hero Complex in an exclusive interview, where he also said that the title of the anticipated sequel will be “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan said in the interview.
More great news from the interview. Nolan will not be filming in 3D (great!!) and will continue to explore IMA the way “The Dark Knight” did.
So while we do know “Inception” star Tom Hardy will be joining Nolan in the “Batman” realm, we don’t know yet what role he’ll play.
What do you think of the title? Are you sad Nolan isn’t bringing The Riddle into the fold? Let us know, and check back later for more details on “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Ed Norton wants to riddle moviegoers in ‘Batman 3′

HollywoodNews.com: Ed Norton seriously wants to be in another superhero film.
After losing out to Mark Ruffalo for the role of The Hulk in Marvel’s “Avengers” film, Norton wants a part in Christopher Nolan’s next “Batman” film.
“Chris Nolan’s making the best ones out there by far,” Norton said of the “Dark Knight” director. “I’d do one with him – he’s set a new bar for sure.”
If Norton had a shot at a villain role, it would be The Riddler. “Inception” thesp Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp have been buzzed for the role, which Jim Carrey played in 1995’s “Batman Forever.” Robin Williams recently said over the summer that he was definitely not linked to the part.
Norton next appears in Overture’s “Stone” alongside Robert De Niro on October 8. The film follows a convicted arsonist who taunts his parole officer by manipulating his wife.
Digital Spy scored the news.
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Robin Williams won’t be taunting ‘Dark Knight’

HollywoodNews.com: Putting fans at ease, Robin Williams verified that he isn’t playing the Riddler in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Dark Knight” sequel.
Williams exclaimed: “They’ve now made it seem like I’m lobbying to play the Riddler in the new movie.
“It’s not true. I was once offered the Joker, then they gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me the Riddler and they gave it to Jim Carrey. I’ve been punked twice, don’t punk me again!
“Now I get the angry people saying, ‘He should never play that part!”
Nonetheless, Williams would love to work under Nolan again. The director tapped Robin Williams and Al Pacino to face off against each other in his 2002 remake of the Norwegian crime drama “Insomnia.” The film which focused on a sleepless cop’s pursuit of a killer was set against Alaska’s season when the sun never sets. In that film, Pacino played the cop and Williams the killer.
Adds Williams: “It’s Chris’ call, man. But to work with him again – oh god, I’d love to, it was a great experience on Insomnia.”
The Sun had the news.
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Casting still remains open for ‘Batman 3′

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Everyone’s talking about “Batman 3,” the last part of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. He started with “Batman Begins,” and then followed up with “The Dark Knight.” So far the IMDb is reporting four actors who have roles:
Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Gary Oldman as Police Commissioner Jim Gordon; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox; and Michael Caine as Alfred, the butler.
But who should play Robin, the Boy Wonder, aka Dick Grayson? Catwoman? The Riddler? Mr. Freeze? Harvey Dent–if Aaron Eckhart doesn’t come back? And what about a love interest for Batman? Katie Holmes was in “BB.” And Maggie Gyllenhaal was a sexy pair of legs in “The Dark Knight.” Which femme fatale should come and sweep Bruce Wayne off his feet this time?
And who should do the music? Remember when Prince provided the soundtrack to the 1989 Tim Burton film called “Batman”? And don’t forget, Seal had a huge hit with “Kiss from a Rose” from “Batman Forever.” Is it time for Lady GaGa?
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Christopher Nolan not signed onto ‘Batman 3′ yet

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: As we await the Friday opening of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” here’s some news: Nolan has no actual directing contract for “Batman 3.”
You’d have thought after “The Dark Knight” that Warner Brothers would have sewn all that legal stuff up. Indeed, Nolan’s brother Jonathan and David Goyer are working on a “Batman 3″ script right now. Presumably, they have a contract–but you never know.
In any case, Chris Nolan is not signed to direct “Batman 3″ despite the fact that he’s talked about it in “Inception” interviews. A Nolan insider says, “One movie at a time. He’s focused on Inception right now.”
It’s hard to imagine what Nolan’s contract would look like after “The Dark Knight” was such a stunning success. But if “Inception” hits big time, Warner’s will be giving Nolan anything he wants and then some to direct “Batman 3.” Maybe Warner’s can strap him down, knock him out and get into his subconscious, and plant the idea to sign a “B3″ contract!
This also could go on for some time, because in interviews this week Michael Caine let it slip–perhaps intentionally–that “B3″ should start production next April. Also, as confirmed everywhere, The Joker will not be a character in the new movie. Expect instead The Riddler or Catwoman or maybe even The Penguin to rattle Gotham City.
But Nolan could wait out signing an actual contract for a number of reasons. One would be to pressure Warner’s to really push an Oscar campaign for him on “Inception.” Nolan was not happy in 2008 when he was overlooked for “The Dark Knight.” He listened patiently to a lot of people who explained that the Academy doesn’t really reward comic book movie adaptations.
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‘Batman 3′ to lense in April 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Michael Caine has spilled the beans: the third installment in the revamped Christopher Nolan “Batman” series will begin production in April.
The actor recently revealed this tidbit to Digital Spy at the London premiere of “Inception.”
Nolan, his brother Jonathan and David S. Goyer are still toiling away on the script. Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman are attached.
EW.com reports, “So far, Nolan himself has been reluctant to talk about the future of the caped crusader. Apparently he’s very much of the mindset that, until his current film, the critically-adored ‘Inception’ opens this Friday, he’s not interested in discussing details of his future projects.”
Warner Bros. has pegged a July 20, 2012 release for the third “Batman.”
A rumor on the blogsphere has been that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play the Riddler in the latest feature.
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