Director Christopher Nolan revealed in an interview with Hero Complex | LA Times that his The Dark Knight follow-up will be called The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan also debunked recent rumors surrounding the villain in the film, telling the site that The Riddler will not be in the film and also ruled out the use of 3D, preferring instead to film with High-Def and IMAX:
As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s intention to keep his Bruce Wayne trilogy tightly stitched together. “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan said cryptically. I had an odd thought: What if Nolan somehow brings back Harvey Dent? The only reason I even mention it is because, back during post-production on the second film, Nolan told me that the title “The Dark Knight” was just as much about Dent and his fall from the status of shining-knight civic crusader. Dent was plainly dead at the end of the last film, though, and Nolan has been intent on keeping his Gotham City film firmly rooted in a gritty gangland realism– this isn’t a franchise that has veered off into the supernatural or even much super-science.
The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.