Christopher Nolan has announced the title to his third Batman movie is “The Dark Knight Rises”, and has eliminated two villains from consideration. Nolan told Los Angeles Times reporter Geoff Boucher that Mr. Freeze and The Riddler won’t make appearances in the next movie installment.
So who will be the big bad? Someone we haven’t seen in films before? Someone who many thought was dead, but really isn’t (Harvey Dent)? Is Killer Croc still on the list? What about Hugo Strange?
While the villain will reveal a great deal about the direction Nolan will take in wrapping up his Batman trilogy, the title indicates Batman will find himself rising up from the hunted vigilante to a hero of Gotham City. We could speculate that in order for the Dark Knight to go from zero to hero, something big… something massive… is going to have to put the citizens in great peril to the point their only hope is Batman. In addition to a major villain, what if there was some natural catastrophe that hit, and Batman needed to fend off those who would prey on the weak?
Interestingly, TheDarkKnightRises.com and DarkKnightRises.com have not been claimed by Warner Bros. but it looks as those both domains have been parked.