‘Dark Knight’ Producer Talks ‘Batman 3′ Casting, Status

'Chris [Nolan] and David Goyer are talking and thinking,' Chuck Roven tells MTV News.

While “The Dark Knight” amasses a Batcave full of award nominations — and fans of the flick anxiously wait to see if it will get the attention of a fella named Oscar — we here at MTV News continue to look toward the future of the franchise: “Batman 3.”

So, naturally, when we caught up with “Dark Knight” producer Chuck Roven on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet, we simply had to ask for an update on the film. The good news is, it looks like director Christopher Nolan could be officially on the project (after months of online speculation that he was still on the fence). But no one — not even the producers — know what’s in store for the third, ridiculously anticipated film.

“I know that Chris [Nolan] and [writer] David Goyer are talking and thinking,” Roven said. “We’re hoping, of course, that they find and rest on something that they’ll find is worthy to do, but we don’t know anything more than you do right now.”

Meanwhile, fans are also dying to know what villain — or villains — the Caped Crusader will possibly face off against in the follow-up to 2008′s box-office titan and, also, what actors will be playing the parts. Again, the Internet has been ablaze with rumors regarding possible rogues and casting — some good, some bad and some downright laughable — so we checked to see if Roven had any ideas.

“All I can say — because I really don’t know more than you do — is that I see no reason why, tonally, Chris would do anything different than he’s done in the first two films,” the producer said.

As Hollywood buzzes with speculation regarding a possible posthumous Academy Award nomination for Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker, it’s nearly impossible to talk “The Dark Knight” and not bring him up. And while Ledger has managed to become synonymous with the role — and considering that viewers were left with the impression that the Joker may indeed show up in future Batman films — we wondered, considering the tragedy of Ledger’s untimely death , if the producers would’ve done anything differently regarding that character.

“We have to separate the actors from the role,” Roven said. “On a personal level, Heath was a friend of mine. We had worked together before ‘The Dark Knight,’ but I still think that ‘The Dark Knight’ is its own thing, and we have to separate them. So I guess the answer is, I think we still would’ve done the same thing.”

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