Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, The Dark Knight producer Chuck Roven has implied that, despite the inevitability of Cher's casting as Catwoman, director Christopher Nolan may not actually be signed on for a third Batman:
Warners and Legendary are both interested in doing a third in the series, but all involved say it will be up to Nolan to come to them with a story and a plan.
"There are a lot of us who emotionally would love to do it," Roven says. "But it's really Chris' call. Chris is the kind of filmmaker who just doesn't think about the next movie before he has completely finished the movie he is working on."
For now, Nolan is taking a well-earned vacation.
Says Roven, "When he comes back, we will see how he feels."
Does this mean Cher herself will be directing in Nolan's absence? I'm pretty sure that's what they're saying. So there it is: Nolan is leaving, Cher is stepping in, and this guy is the new Batman, making Ledger's Joker suddenly seem far less disturbing.