The Oscars are coming and the press junkets are out in full force. With its nomination for Best Film, Inception is back on the mind and Christopher Nolan is doing the press rounds to drum up support for his film. The buzz is also drawing attention to his next project, the final instalment in his interpretation of the Batman story, The Dark Knight Rises. With a tentative July 2012 release date, the film is already hotly anticipated. It's also been subject to false reports. Fake press releases have been creating waves of spurious reports on celebrity gossip sites and rumours are flying hard and fast. So what is and isn't true? Read on for what has been confirmed and what so far is only tabloid speculation. The Dark Knight Rises - but only once With the first two films an unqualified success both with the critics & at the box office there have been suggestions that Christopher Nolan will direct another Batman film outside of the original trilogy he signed on for. However, Nolan has been adamant that this is not the case. Talking to Entertainment Weekly about the wild success of Inception, Nolan made it clear that The Dark Knight Rises will be -œthe last chapter of our Batman saga-•. He also commented that the [success] of Inception will let him film the final instalment -œwithout any sense of obligation or duty to the studio-¦I'm able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way-•. No doubt Nolan and his production team will go out with a bang. Who Has Been Cast - The Truth First for the truth. Christian Bale will be reprising his role as the man in black. We'll also see the return of favourite cast members Gary Oldman, Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman as Commissioner James Gordon, Alfred and Lucius Fox. It's also been confirmed that actor Tom Hardy, last seen muscling around Inception, will be playing the film's primary supervillain, Bane. In the DC universe, Bane is physically powerful, a hulking juggernaut who comes to rule Gotham's criminal underworld. Anne Hathaway has also been cast as Selina Kyle. Fans have taken note that unlike Tom Hardy, her character is pointedly referred to by her civilian name and not her better known title, Cat Woman. We can only speculate. Who Has Been Cast - The Lies There's been a lot of buzz that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard will be joining the cast. But this might just be celebrity news-mongering as it was quickly revealed that the news had come from a bogus press release stating Cotillard had signed up as Batman love interest Talia al Ghul and Gordon-Levitt would be set to play Black Mask. The latest official word is that both actors are in talks. That's the latest then on The Dark Knight Rises. Be sure to keep an eye out on celebrity news though. With Michael Caine stating that the script will be done in two weeks, there will no doubt be more rumours confirmed or denied as the project moves into production. Related Articles - Christopher Nolan, Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Christian Bale, celebrity gossip, celebrity news, film news, movie news, comic news, DC, Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!