The Dark Knight Rises: third Batman film will not feature The Riddler
The new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will not have The Riddler as one of its main villains, its director Christopher Nolan has disclosed.
Dismissing Hollywood's current wave of 3-D movies, the 40 year-old said he was not planning to shoot the film in the popular format, instead using Imax and high-definition cameras.
The film, due in cinemas next summer, will also have new characters.
After the director disclosed the film's new name, Warner Bros confirmed the new title for the third adventure about the DC Comics vigilante.
While declining to disclose many of the new film's details, he did confirm The Riddler, one of the key bad guys in the comics and past film and TV Batman tales, would not feature.
The character was played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever, the 1995 film that was panned by critics.
"It won't be The Riddler," the British director told the Los Angeles Times.
"We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along and we'll be introducing some new ones.
"This is not starting over, this is not rebooting."
He said he wanted "the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before".
Tom Hardy, the British actor who starred in Nolan's latest film Inception, is tipped to play a villain in the new movie.
Sir Michael Caine, who played Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in the first two films, also seems likely to reprise his role.
The previous release in the Batman franchise, 2008's The Dark Knight, is the seventh highest-grossing film of all time.
Warner Bros agreed with Nolan's argument that the sequel should resist the 3-D craze, he told the paper's Hero Complex blog.
Earlier this year, Nolan said he would not resurrect the Joker, the cackling villain played by Heath Ledger, the late Australian actor, in "The Dark Knight."
Ledger won a best supporting-actor Oscar for the role, a year after he died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
The new film is due out on July 20 2012.