New Batman film to be shot in Pittsburgh

Christopher Nolan is gearing up to start production on the third and final installment of his Batman series, and it looks like this one is going to be filmed in Pittsburgh.  Nolan says he chose Pittsburgh because it had the architectural styles he was looking for, as well as a wide range of locations where he could film different types of scenes.

Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravensthahl is said to be thrilled with the announcement, adding that there will be red carpet treatment for the cast and crew.  If Ravensthahl is lucky, he might even get abuse shouted at him by Christian Bale, who knows.

The Oscar Nominations are in

This year’s Academy Award nominations have been announced, and there are some expected names there as well as a few surprises.  No one was shocked to hear that The King’s Speech, True Grit, and The Social Network got the most nominations, but the appearance of Toy Story 3 in the best picture category was a surprise to many.

No doubt Christopher Nolan was bewildered at not getting a nomination as best director for Inception, and Andrew Garfield also failed to get a nomination for best supporting actor in The Social Network.  Javier Bardem, however, had a pleasant surprise, as he’s up for the best actor award for his role in the dark drama Biutiful.

Batman 3 Release Date Announced for 2012

The next Batman movie release date has finally been announced! Warner Bros. has scheduled the sequel to The Dark Knight for July 20, 2012. Director Christopher Nolan will helm the film, which is still untitled.

Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight' (Warner Bros.)
Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight' (Warner Bros.)

No official casting news has been announced yet for the Batman 3 film. However, Christian Bale previously stated he has signed on for a third film. Other main characters are also expected to return for the new installment of the series. Emily Blunt is also rumored to be interested, possibly for the role of Catwoman.

Little is known about the plot of the upcoming Batman sequel, although Nolan has said the villain in the film will not be Mr. Freeze. Comments from Nolan about the upcoming movie have implied that this may be the last Batman film he takes on.

“I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters.” Nolan told the Los Angeles Times last month. “The key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” Nolan said. “And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story.”

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Christopher Nolan Tapped to Mentor New Superman Movie

Warner Bros has reportedly tapped filmmaker and producer Christopher Nolan to mentor development on the studio’s next Superman movie. Nolan is not expected to actually direct the film, but will instead serve as the ‘mentor’ behind the project.

Christopher Nolan (Photo: Zoso Jade - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Christopher Nolan (Photo: Zoso Jade - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

According to, Warner Bros hopes Chris Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will be able to steer the new Superman movie into the kind of box office success enjoyed by his Batman franchise films.

Warner Bros. is reportedly still trying to find a clear direction for the film after the studio’s previous Superman remake, Superman Returns, failed to make much of a splash. An unidentified insider reportedly told the new film will “not be a follow-up” to Warner Bros. previous Superman attempt, which makes it likely the new Superman movie will go in an entirely new direction. Word is so far that Brandon Routh may or may not be showing up in the next film. We hope it’s not, because frankly he was such a generic guy that he bored us to tears. We don’t need Christopher Reeves light, we need a new, darker, tougher kind of Superman.

Considering Christopher Nolan managed to make the Batman franchise into a huge success at the box office and his fondness for the whole ‘dark, tough’ vibe, we’re excited to see what he can do with Superman in a ‘mentoring’ capacity. We’d rather see him actually directing the new film, but we’ll take Nolan any way we can get him when it comes to making awesome movies inspired by legendary comic book characters.

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