Well, it’s not a huge surprise, but it’s good to know that as well as overseeing the next Superman film Christopher Nolan has just confirmed that he will be directing Batman 3.

Empire had the rather good fortune to catch Nolan in a chatty mood and here’s the all important confirmation,

I don’t know if it’s announced or if it’s not announced,” said Nolan. “It’s becoming inevitable, I’ll put it that way. I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing so… If I haven’t announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I’m doing it.”

Hang on, that’s not 100% clear: so we can safely assume you’re directing?

“I think you can at this point, yes.”

So, while we don’t all agree that Nolan is the best man for the job he is pretty much guaranteed a blank cheque given the success of the first two and the recent box office juggernaut Inception.

Who knows which villains and sidekicks Nolan will populate the third film with, personally I’m hoping Michael Caine suits up as a nice and unexpected twist on Robin.

Do you think this is a good thing for the Batman series? Would you have liked to have seen another director take on this project?