Everyone wants and expects another Batman after the greatness that was The Dark Knight, however director Christopher Nolan is not the sort of director who just does things for the money. He has said a number of times that he would only do another film if he had a story to tell (which many believe he has). However, both him and writer David Goyer intended to make The Dark Knight a standalone film, so that there would be no loose ends should a third movie never come.
Well, buried at the end of The Hollywood Reporter’s article on the marketing of The Dark Knight is a small update on the status of a third Batman film:
Warners and Legendary are both interested in doing a third in the series, but all involved say it will be up to Nolan to come to them with a story and a plan.
“There are a lot of us who emotionally would love to do it,” Roven says. “But it’s really Chris’ call. Chris is the kind of filmmaker who just doesn’t think about the next movie before he has completely finished the movie he is working on.”
For now, Nolan is taking a well-earned vacation. Says Roven, “When he comes back, we will see how he feels.”
If I were Nolan I wouldn’t rush myself. After Batman Begins Nolan took time out from the Batman world and made The Prestige. I think he should do the same this time by making another movie over the course of 2009 and then start working on the third Batman film for 2011.