I'm starting an FAQ for this board, due to the fact of some constant repition of posting things that have threads already made. Along with who or what is confirmed for the sequel, and which direction it's moving in. Hopefully, alot of the new people who come here wil refer to it before posting. Let's start with some frequent questions. What will the sequel be called? Along with the confirmation of Ledger, being cast as Joker, the announcement for the sequel was that it would be called, The Dark Knight. UPDATED: When will filming begin, and what is the release date? Nolan is currently working on Prestige like I've said. Pre-production may begin in the next few months, with filming beginning early next year. The release date is believed to be summer of 2008. Who is writing the sequel? Nolan's brother Jonah is currently writing the screen play based on an outline that was done by David Goyer and Nolan. Who from the Batman Begins cast is returning? Currently, these are the only ones known. Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne/Batman Michael Caine/Alfred Pennyworth Gary Oldman/James Gordon (Commissioner) Morgan Freeman spoke about reprising his role again as Lucius Fox, but there has been no official word on whether or not he's returning. The idea of bringing in Selina Kyle has been brought up. Linus Roache has also been rumored to be returning for more flashback scenes as Thomas Wayne, along with showing Bruce as a boy again. Tom Wilkinson also spoke about returning as Carmine Falcone but his is the same case as Fox's. The same goes for Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson for Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul. Will Robin be in the sequel? Nolan talked about Robin having a future in his films, due to various reports that the character may be involved. The answer is no, he's not interested in bringing him in yet for the sequel and neither is the studio. But he never said that there wasn't room for him and future films, while he's still with the franchise. Heath Ledger will be playing The Joker. UPDATED: Bale recently gave his thoughts, about the casting of Ledger. UPDATED: Nolan recently spoke again about what kind of interpretation of Joker we'll see in TDK. UPDATED: First look at Heath as The Joker: Aaron Eckhart will be playing Harvey Dent/Two-Face. UPDATED: First look at Eckhart as Harvey: Maggie Gyllenhaal will be playing Rachel Dawes. Which villains and new characters can we expect to see? There have been many reports stating that there will be a lot of characters from the comics brought into the sequel. But not one has been confirmed. The list consists of: Joker (confirmed) Harvey Dent (confirmed) Black Mask/Roman Sionis (unconfirmed/rumored) Talia Al Ghul (unconfirmed/rumored) Leslie Thompkins (unconfirmed/rumored) Dr. Harleen Quinzel (unconfirmed/rumored) Dr. Jeremiah Arkham (unconfirmed/rumored) Salvatore Maroni (unconfirmed/rumored) Sara Essen (unconfirmed) Flass (unconfirmed) Loeb (unconfirmed) Notes about the rumored characters. Black Mask/Roman Sionis: His involvment is rumored to be about him having rival companies with Wayne Enterprises, while becoming the Black Mask come night fall. Though, it is stated that Roman Sionis will be more of a threat to Bruce Wayne, then Batman. Actors such as Karl Urban and Guy Pearce have been rumored for the role, stilll no confirmation. Talia Al Ghul: Rachel Wiesz has been rumored to be attached to the role, due to the report that hit websites a couple of months back. Her part may be to get her revenge on Batman for killing her father, Ra's Al Ghul. Though it's believed that he may not be dead, again no confirmation. Dr. Harleen Quinzel and Jeremiah Arkham: There were reports months back of Emily Watson being attached to the role of Quinzel, though no details of the characters participation has been given. While Brad Dourif is rumored to be involved for the role of Jeremiah Arkham. Leslie Thompkins: Vanessa Redgrave is another name attached to the role, as the character may serve in flashback sequences of Bruce or be currently used in the present time. Both are an option at the moment, but the character herself has only been rumored, not confirmed. Salvatore Maroni: Rumors circulated that Bob Hoskins's name was with Maroni, who would be Gotham's new crime boss with the departure of Carmine Falcone. UPDATED: Melinda McGraw and Nathan Gamble have been confirmed to be joining the cast. McGraw will play Gordon's wife, while Gamble will play their son. UPDATED: Eric Roberts has joined the cast, and is believed to indeed be playing Salvatore Maroni. It's still yet to be determined. UPDATED: Anthony Michael Hall has been cofirmed to be joining the cast, but who he'll play has yet to be revealed. UPDATED: Recently, there's been an update about where filming might also be taking place for TDK. The location may be Hong Kong. Can we expect a third film? Most likely yes. With Bale being under contract for a third and Goyer already having the plot of using Two-Face, though as I've said that could change. There was also that one time rumor where both the second and third would be filmed back to back, like the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. It seemed to me like a good idea, only if they didn't rush the films and did them right. It would also keep most of the actors young to return for even more films. But at this point, it hasn't been brought up again and with the way everything is going, it looks like the sequel/third will be filmed on there own. Right now, the sequel should be the main priority instead of already thinking ahead of a third when filming on this one hasn't even begun yet for this one. Will Batman still have the Begins suit in TDK? Yes, and half way through the film, the suit will change to the new armored one. Why this happens is a major plotpoint: As of now, I've listed a lot of the questions that have been asked on the board regarding the sequel. If you have any other questions, tell me and I'll edit this post each time one is brought up. To all posters, I hope this helps some of our regulars and new people who've joined. Please make note NOT to go off topic on this thread, no arguments should be started either. Enjoy your new FAQ.