'Batman 3' Will End The Story, Says Christopher Nolan

Batman 3 - The Dark KnightEarlier today, we told you about Christopher Nolan confirming his role in an upcoming Superman movie along with screenwriter David Goyer, but what about that other superhero he's been shepherding for the last few years? Along with offering quite a bit of info regarding the Man of Steel, the "Batman Begins" director also shed some light on the Dark Knight's return to the big screen.

“I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters,” Nolan told The L.A. Times. "My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling."

The filmmaker not only confirmed that his brother Jonathan Nolan was hard at work on a script for the third Batman film ("He’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be," he said), he also offered up some bites on who will be returning and which villain Batman won't be fighting in the film.

“It won’t be Mr. Freeze," he said, adding that the actors playing key characters in the first films would return for the next — but not going into specifics.

"The key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” he said. "And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story."

So, now the question becomes: Will Nolan's third Batman movie be just the end of the story... or the end of the franchise?

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