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"Batman 3" Coming July 2012

By Garth Franklin Saturday May 1st 2010 01:01PM

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a July 20th 2012 release date for the upcoming third "Batman" feature following on from 2005's "Batman Begins" and 2008's "The Dark Knight".

The date is no major surprise - 'Dark Knight' opened July 18th 2008 while director Chris Nolan's upcoming thriller "Inception" opens July 16th this year and both are day-and-date international releases which the next "Batman" is extremely likely to be. Warners didn't confirm that Nolan was returning with the announcement, only the date itself was revealed.

The July 20th date puts the opening two weeks after Sony's "Spider-Man" reboot on July 3rd and three weeks after Paramount's "Star Trek" sequel on June 29th. Marvel's high-profile "The Avengers" also opens earlier that Summer on May 4th.

IESB added to the report indicating that the studio's planned upcoming "Superman" reboot is targeting a Christmas 2012 release and adds a more dubious but interesting claim of tying in it, "Green Lantern" and the existing Nolan "Batman" films much like Marvel is doing with "The Avengers".

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