With more and more actors filling out the ranks of Christopher Nolan's third and likely final Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," the ever-expanding roster — particularly with regard to the additional and suspected villains on the list — leaves little room for any extras. Back in December we learned that Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent/Two-Face would not be in the third film, news that Nolan delivered to Eckhart himself, by way of an odd beach meeting.
When we caught up to Eckhart recently during the press day for his big alien adventure flick, "Battle: Los Angeles," we asked him for his thoughts on the new crop of villains and if his "heartbreak" over not being in "Dark Knight Rises" is mending.
"I just saw Chris the other day, Chris Nolan, and you know, what can I say? The guy didn't put me in the [third] movie," he said, with genuine sadness in his voice.
"It’s fine," he added. "Actually, I wouldn’t have it any other way because with Heath [Ledger], 'The Dark Night' is Heath’s movie, it stands on its own and there’s no reason to do any more with that and it’s a natural thing too."
"I have total confidence in Chris," he said. "Chris is going to come up with a brilliant script and these people will be as good as they ever were in it."
Of course, we had to ask whether his recent chats with Nolan involved a certain other superhero movie: the reboot of the "Superman" franchise Nolan is producing.
"I tried to get Jonathan [Liebesman] to direct 'Superman,' the director of ["Battle: Los Angeles"]," he said. "I thought he would have been a great director for this."
"I probably will just go back to my little hovel and go surfing until somebody calls me," he said with a smile.
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