Since there are already tons of seperate threads on Batman 3 rumors (some of them dating all the way back to 2008 before even The Dark Knight came out) I figured why not start an official Batman 3 thread and keep everything in one place from now on. Especially since Warner Brothers has officially announced that the Batman 3 release date is July 20, 2012 and just yesterday Michael Caine (Alfred) told reporters that production on the film is set to begin in April 11th. Because there's so little real news and a ton of rumors (remember Cher as Catwoman and Eddie Murphy as The Riddler?), I'll do a quick run down of things we know already and also very strong rumors from good sources. We should start to get a lot more news in the next few weeks such as confirmed casting and also which characters will/won't be in the film as Nolan doesn't like to talk about future projects until he's done promoting the movie (in this case Inception) he had been working on which comes out tomorrow. What we know: -Production begins in April '11 for a release date of July 20, 2012 -Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer (same 3 guys that wrote Batman Begins & The Dark Knight) are currently working on the script -The Joker character will not be recast -Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman all have contracts for a 3rd film (but none are officially confirmed yet) -The Batman crew has been scouting locations in both Chicago and London -Aaron Eckhart signed a 2 movie deal and although Nolan has confirmed multiple times that Harvey Dent/Two Face did die at the end of The Dark Knight that doesn't mean Harvey won't make a cameo in a flash back but nothing is official -This is most likely Nolan's last Batman film as he has stated in dozens of interviews he wanted to make a Batman trilogy and he and his writing team have come up was an ending for his series Very strong rumors: -The Catwoman is almost a lock to be in the 3rd film as Bruce/Batman's love interest -No Robin, Mr. Freeze or another superheroes such as Superman will be in this movie In my opinion if you want solid Batman 3 news head to batmanonfilm.com, that place is an awesome site and the owner of the site has a lot of solid sources and in the past has broken a lot of casting and other news in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. That site, however, will not post any spoilers so if you're looking for a leaked script or plot details you won't find it there. Anyway I know we have a lot of Batman fans on this site so hopefully we can keep this thread strong up until and through Batman 3's release date. So feel free to post any thoughts, rumors, news and hopefully in a year or so pictures from the set! Enjoy.