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Last Updated: Tuesday August 01 2006 13:30 GMT

Batman set for new film in 2008

Here's the news Batfans have been waiting for since Batman Begins came out last year - the caped crusader is set to have a sequel.

Reports say the movie, called The Dark Knight, will start filming in 2007, and will most likely be out in 2008.

Christian Bale should return as the Bat, and he'll be facing the Joker, his most famous foe, apparently played by Aussie actor Heath Ledger.

It'll be directed by Chris Nolan, who shot the most recent Bat-movie.

Heath Ledger
Laugh it up: Heath is the Joker

Film website Empire reports that Chris said: "Our challenge in casting The Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented but fearless.

"Watching Heath Ledger's interpretation of this iconic character taking on Christian Bale's Batman is going to be incredible."

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