Christopher Nolan has announced the title to his highly-anticipated follow-up to the wildly successful The Dark Knight.  The third Batman movie in Nolan’s trilogy is officially named The Dark Knight Rises.

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In the interview with the LA Times, Nolan also put to bed the long-standing rumor that the villain would be the Riddler with the succinct comment: “It won’t be the Riddler.”  There you have it.  Tom Hardy, who played a supporting role in Nolan’s Inception, is reportedly attached to play the unknown antagonist in a reunion with the director.

the-dark-knight-rises-anne-hathaway-catwomanThe interview also confirms The Dark Knight Rises — that title is going to take some getting used to — will not be in 3D, native or post-conversion.  Nolan and his longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister have been extremely vocal about the three-dimensional format/fad, which they deem a “distraction,” but also adamantly against shooting in digital, a necessity for native stereoscopic shots like those in Avatar.

Instead, Nolan and, by extension, Pfister hope to further utilize IMAX cameras, just as they did on several scenes in 2008’s TDK.  It’s unclear how much more will be shot in the widescreen format.  “We want the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before in the first two films,” Nolan said. “There was a large canvas and operatic sweep to ‘The Dark Knight’ and we want to make a film that will carry on with that look and feel.”

The Dark Knight Rises will begin shooting in New Orleans in April 2011.