Anyone who doesn’t think The Dark Knight is about to become the biggest box office hit of 2008, is probably in my Fantasy Moguls Box Office league and couldn’t afford to purchase The Dark Knight for their studio. I am one of those people. Hey, I wanted The Pineapple Express, ok? But fantasy competition aside, this thing is going to be huge, and that means a sequel of some sort is already all but guaranteed.

Recently writers Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer sat down with the guys over at Movieonline, where they talked a little about who they’d like to use for Batman 3, when the inevitable becomes reality. They seem determined to do something unpredictable. Goyer says, “We’re not going to tell you other than to say Batman has been published for 70 years. In the first movie we used Ra’s Al Ghul and the Scarecrow who had not been in the movies before and had not been in the 60s TV show and there are dozens, if not hundreds of other characters that fit that bill. Everyone says you have to use the Penguin or Catwoman. Well, I completely disagree.”

I see what he’s saying, it makes sense. They’ve already been done, and in the case of Catwoman and Penguin I think done pretty well. Batman has a huge rogues gallery, the best bunch of villains in any comic book character’s history. Why not explore some of those? I’d love to see Clayface for instance. Or maybe Nolan could finally do Mr. Freeze properly, so we can all forget about the horrible things Arnold Schwarzenegger did to them. It’s nice to hear anyway, that they’re considering new pathways, even though they’ve gone back to the Joker for this particular film.

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