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'Batman 3', 'The Dark Knight Rises' , won't get 3D release, Christopher Nolan says

10/29/2010 by Corinne Heller

Christian Bale appears in a scene from 'Batman Begins.' (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. / DC Comics)Christopher Nolan says his upcoming third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will not be shot in 3D.

"We want the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before in the first two films," the Los Angeles Times quoted Nolan as saying. "There was a large canvas and operatic sweep to The Dark Knight and we want to make a film that will carry on with that look and feel. Theres an intimacy at times and we didnt want to lose scale."

The second film in his series, The Dark Knight, was released in 2008 and made more than $1.1 billion worldwide. The late Heath Ledger earned a posthumous Oscar for his chilling performance as the villain the Joker.

"Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun," Nolan said. "This is not starting over, this is not rebooting. Were finishing something, and keeping a consistency with whats come before has real value. Were looking to do something technologically thats never been done before. Our ambitions are to make a great movie."

James Cameron's 3D 2009 sci-fi film Avatar, the most successful movie to date, spurred many studios to release a slew of films in 3D format in 2010, although critics have often said the quality has not been worth the extra cost in ticket sales.

The villain for the The Dark Knight Rises has not been revealed and Nolan has said it will not be the Riddler. Jim Carrey played the character, who sends Batman riddles about his evildoing and dons a green costume with question marks peppered all over it, in the 1995 movie Batman Forever. The film was directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Val Kilmer as the superhero.

Nolan and his brother are penning the screenplay for the third Batman movie, which is set for release on July 20, 2012. Christian Bale and Michael Caine are expected to reprise their roles as Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, and his assistant, Alfred, in The Dark Knight Rises.

Caine, 77, said in early October that he assumes he is in the third Batman film. In the movie business you never believe anything, you assume. But I've been in the last four Chris Nolan pictures."

Another anticipated movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, the first of the final two films in the franchise starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young wizard, will also not be released in 3D. Its studio, Warner Bros Pictures, said it was unable to complete the format conversion in time for the movie's November 19 release.


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