IGN Dishes Dark Knight Knowledge

Fellow film follower "Stax" over at IGN has compiled all the hard facts and rumor we know about Batman 6, otherwise known as The Dark Knight movie. Check out the highlights...
The Cast and Crew:

Director Christopher Nolan keeps the chair, and will helm the screenplay with bro Jonah. Word is that Nolan fleshed out the basic story for the sequel with his Batman Begins screenwriter David Goyer, but that Goyer will be credited on this project.

The officially confirmed cast members include Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Heath Ledger as The Joker; Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce's faithful manservant; and Gary Oldman as honest Gotham City cop and Batman ally Jim Gordon.

Katie Holmes, who played Bruce's childhood friend-turned-love interest Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins, has officially dropped out of the film -- or was never asked back, depending on which account you read. The role of Rachel, an Assistant District Attorney who served as Bruce Wayne's moral compass in Begins, will be recast.

There has been no word yet on whether or not Morgan Freeman will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne's employee and gadget master Lucius Fox. Calls to Freeman's reps at the William Morris Agency went unanswered at time of publish.

The key supporting role that Christopher Nolan himself confirmed to IGN would be in The Dark Knight is that of Harvey Dent, the new Gotham City District Attorney who one day becomes Batman's nemesis, Two-Face. This role remains officially uncast.

The Dark Knight will be produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan serve as executive producers. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are expected to return as composers, along with Oscar nominee Wally Pfister as cinematographer and Lindy Hemming as costume designer. Gary Page will work with Hemming in conjunction with costuming.

The Dark Knight is slated for release on July 18, 2008 and will most certainly carry a PG-13 rating.

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