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Description: Producer Charles Roven talks about the next Batman film.

August 12, 2006

Producer Charles Rovins talks about "Dark Knight"

Now that it has been announced that Heath Ledger is playing the Joker, can confirm any news about Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin?

Charles Roven: Well, one of the things that we have always done, as we did with "Batman Begins", is that we don't comment on any rumors because it takes all the fun away. We're really thrilled about Heath Ledger playing the Joker. As Chris Nolan said, the great thing about Heath is that he commits himself fully and totally to everything he does. He's just a brilliant, brilliant actor and this Joker is a very interesting dark fellow.

Can you comment on any of the returning characters like Luscious Fox or Jim Gordon?

CR: Certainly, Christian Bale is going to play Batman and Bruce Wayne. We are hoping, depending on everyobody's schedule and other aspects on what it is that they want to do with their careers, that we are going to get most of them if not all of them, back in the movie. That is the characters that are alive. Also, the script is in the process of being written. There isn't a screenplay that exist right now so I can't really tell you much more than that.

Are you going to be shooting the film next year?

CR: We are supposed to start shooting what we call a pre-shoot, which we know what that is, in January and the main body of the film will start in March.

In most superhero films and in previous Batman films, the love interest tends to change, will you follow the same suit?

CR: The script is not written yet, so I can't tell you who's coming back. I know that there is a desire to bring back as many characters as possible. I know Chris is working. I don't think that he'll do it in a way where it's hamfisted. It's got to be naturally progressive in the movie or not. There are of course availability issues and contractual issues. It's not just a "Yes, I'm coming back".

What was the reason to go with the "Dark Knight" title?

CR: It was a title that Chris (Nolan) suggested and everybody really embraced. We thought it was a really good natural progression from "Batman Begins".

Was The Joker cast in the film from the beginning?

CR: I think from the time that Chris ended the first film and it had that Joker card until the time that he came up with the concept of what the next chapter was going to be that he was thinking about the Joker. That's why we were able to know that there's going to be a significant part for that character in this film.





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