Christopher Nolan sure has done some incredible work with the Batman franchise. With the financial and critical success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, it wasn’t a question of if a third movie would happen, it was when.
Well, as Slashfilm.com reports, Batman 3 was announced Wednesday as part of a deal IMAX made with Warner Bros. which featured 20 to-be-produced films. Fans of the films were excited to know that a third installment was on its way.
Although the details are slim and it unclear if there is even a screenplay completed, Warner Bros. was confident enough to set a date. Earlier today Warner Bros. announced the official release date of Batman 3.
Mark it down—July 20th 2012 is the date to remember.
It seems as though the studio is going for a similar scale of release as 2008’s The Dark Knight as the new film will be out on the exact same weekend.
If the production schedule is anything like that of The Dark Knight, as Slashfilm.com reports, shooting will likely need to get underway around mid-2011.
The performance by the film is not surprising. With amazing 3D animation, a solid plot, and all star cast of voices, “Dragon” was destined to beat the box office. The movie would have even done better at IMAX theatres if it weren’t for a continual strong showing by “Alice in Wonderland.”
Our own Jordan Bortolotti saw the film prior to the release and was brought to tears (and he doesn’t cry easily).
The 3-D and IMAX versions of the movie will continue to be shown in theatres. All versions of the movie had originally been scheduled to run into mid-February. The 2-D version is more popular because it costs less money to go see.
China Film Group, the country’s state-run film distributor, confirmed that it is ordering the 2-D Avatar off screens by Saturday (Jan. 23). It is said to be doing so at the request of the censorship authority.
While no specific reason for the Chinese censor has been given, the pulling coincides with this week’s release of the highly anticipated biopic of Confucius, played by Asian superstar Chow Yun-fat, which opens Thursday (Jan. 21). The film about the famous philosopher was backed by the Chinese government.