It looks like the summer of 2012 is going to be one hell of a big blockbuster bonanza, especially in the comic book arena. Not only has Sony already announced it will release its Spider-Man franchise reboot on July 3rd of 2012, but Warner Bros has finally announced today that they will be releasing the third installment of the Batman franchise from Christopher Nolan on July 20th, 2012. And since The Dark Knight had about a year and a half of production/post-production between shooting’s commencement in January of 2007 and its release in July of 2008, there’s a good chance Nolan will start shooting this final sequel early next year.
Sooner than later I’m sure that a script, at least the first draft, will be turned in and we can start the rampant speculation on who the villain will be, not to mention casting rumors that will spawn as we slowly but surely move closer to the start of shooting. No one new has been cast yet, so rumors of Eddie Murphy and Johnny Depp are obviously total BS. Of course, like a whole plethora of films just announced by WB, this will be an IMAX release, and though cinematographer Wally Pfister said he’s skeptical about shooting in 3D, there’s a better chance that the whole film could be shot in IMAX. Only time will tell, so stay tuned. Who’s excited?