Holy sequel news Batman!

Don't you just hate it when people still put 'holy' jokes into Batman stories? Anyway, this is an extract from a very exciting press statement from Warner Bros:

As a follow up to last year’s blockbuster Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight, written by Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. Additionally, Christian Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne and Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has been cast as The Joker.

Ledger, eh? I had my heart set on Paul Bettany, but I can imagine Ledger doing a pretty good job of it. Just thank God it isn't Robin Williams.

Not sure about Brother Nolan doing the script - he's a bit of an unknown quantity. Apart from writing the original short story that Memento was based on, the only filmly thing he's written is The Prestige, which isn't out for a few months yet.

(One Prestige-related thought: how cool would it be if Nolan found a role for Mr Bowie in The Dark Knight? I've no idea who he could play, but I'm sure it could be done. Maybe Harvey Dent? We always think of Dent being a contemporary of Wayne, but maybe he could be an older mentor figure. And who'd be better at portraing Two-Face than the Bowie? I'm now fantasy-casting, which is extremely geeksome and boring, so I'll close these brackets and get back to the post …)

I love the title - although don't be surprised if it becomes Batman: The Dark Knight so as not to confuse people.