Batman 3 Finally Named: The Dark Knight Rises

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British director Christopher Nolan poses for photos while promoting movie "Inception" in Rome on September 21, 2010.

Ready the popcorn. The third installment of director Christopher Nolan’s much-touted Batman franchise will be named The Dark Knight Rises, a continuance with the dark themes of the second film The Dark Knight, which thrust late actor Heath Ledger into the Oscar spotlight with his brilliant sinister performance as The Joker. No word yet on who exactly will terrorize Gotham in the film expected to hit theaters in summer 2012, but Nolan did say fans can rule out The Riddler. Read more from the L.A. Times.