Work continues to take place on “The Dark Knight”, the follow-up to 2005′s “Batman Begins”. Director Christopher Nolan will be behind the camera once again, this time working from a screenplay written by himself and his brother Jonathan. Christian Bale is reprising his role as billionaire Bruce Wayne and costumed crime-fighter Batman, the vigilante protector of Gotham City. Also returning are Michael Caine as Wayne’s butler and confidant, Alfred; Gary Oldman as crusading cop James Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, the developer of Batman’s arsenal of weapons and vehicles.
Three new cast members are joining the movie. Heath Ledger, the hunky star of “A Knight’s Tale”, has already been cast to play Batman’s arch-nemesis, The Joker. Close to signing a contract is Aaron Eckhart (“Thank You for Smoking”) in the role of Two-Face, the scarred villain that bases all of his decisions on the flip of a coin. Finally, Maggie Gyllenhaal (“World Trade Center”) is rumored to also be close to joining the cast to take over the character of Rachel Dawes, the love interest for Bruce Wayne. Katie Holmes played the character in the earlier film.
Filming on “The Dark Knight” commences next month in Chicago and you will be able to see the movie in theaters in the summer of 2008.