Nearly two years after the release of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. announced today that the third Batman film will debut in theaters and IMAX July 20, 2012. Although no details regarding the film have been released, it’s safe to assume Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman will be reprising their respective roles and that it will be the final Batman film by Nolan.
For comparison, The Dark Knight was officially announced on July 31, 2006. The title and Heath Ledger as the Joker were included with that announcement. Details for the next film are expected to release in the coming months, with a title and a villain hopefully by the end of July.