Batman 3 gets a title, nixes 3-D and rules out the expected villain

Director Christopher Nolan has revealed the title of his highly anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight—and knocked the odds-on favorite Bat-villain out of the running.

The Dark Knight Rises, as Batman 3 will now be called, won't see the Caped Crusader facing off against Edward Nygma, better known as the Riddler. Nor will he don the Bat-thermals to take down Mr. Freeze. Ever-elusive, all Nolan would say was "We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones."

If the title The Dark Knight was, as Nolan has said, about Harvey Dent as much as it was Bruce Wayne, maybe the new title is a hint toward the resurrection of Two-Face ...

Nolan won't be shooting The Dark Knight Rises in 3-D—he's convinced Warner Brothers that his current plan of using high-definition and IMAX cameras is the prudent course for the 2012 release.

At least one A-list director isn't drinking the 3-D punch.

(via Hero Complex)