'Batman 3' release date set for 2012

batman-the-dark-knight-320.jpgThe next time Batman hits Gotham will be in two years.

Warner Bros. announced that July 20, 2012 as the official release date for "The Dark Knight" sequel, says The Holywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

Beyond Christopher Nolan's return as director and trying to work out a story with David Goyer, there are no details about the third film yet.

It's been two years since "The Dark Knight" premiered. It won two Oscars: One for the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker and best sound editing.

Nolan is currently finishing up post-production on the sci fi thriller "Inception" starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It debuts in theaters on July 16.

Other films already crowding the 2012 summer movie landscape include "The Avengers" (May 4), "Battleship" (May 25), the "Star Trek" sequel (June 29) and the "Spider-Man" reboot (July 3).

Which villain would you like to see go up against Batman next?

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