<i>Batman 3</i> Gets A Title, Riddler Needs A New Job

At long last, we can stop calling it Batman 3. Christopher Nolan has announced that the title of his third film starring the Caped Crusader will be The Dark Knight Rises, and to the surprise of some, he'll have no role for The Riddler.

Nolan spilled the beans in a brief interview with The Los Angeles Times, saying that The Dark Knight Rises won't involved the classic Batman rogue -- "It's not the Riddler," he said definitively -- but that the film would make use of "many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones."

Tom Hardy is one of those new Batman actors, though his role remains unidentified.

Nolan also said that The Dark Knight Rises won't be filmed in 3D. Instead, the comic book adaptation will make use of other filmmaking techniques that better serve the IMAX format.

So, there you have it: The Dark Knight Rises. I'm not over the moon with the title, but I'm intrigued by its implications -- the Rises aspect indicates that Batman is front and center for this latest film, a welcome change after the character took a back seat in The Dark Knight to other notable faces including the Joker, Harvey Dent and, heck, even Commissioner Gordon.

What do you think? Are you excited by the title? Are you disappointed by the lack of Riddler action? Get your rabble rabble rabble on in the comments section below!

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