We reported yesterday that director Christopher Nolan gave some tidbits about his new Superman project and now the director has cleared the air about another sequel he's working on. ObsessedWithFilm.com has gotten a hold of the same Empire magazine which featured an interview with Nolan and the director said that The Joker will definitely not return for Batman 3.

"No", says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, "I just don't feel comfortable talking about it."
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Since there is very little that is known about Batman 3, there were rumors of a potential presence by The Joker in the third film, but it seems they're moving on. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further details on Batman 3 as soon as we have more information.