Looks like it's bad news for impatient Batman fans as the next scheduled appearance isn't until 2010.
Of course, the economy crisis could bring him back sooner and Bruce could help give the United States a helping hand but it looks like 2010.
So it appears that the Dark Knight sequel is at least two years away.
Director Christopher Nolan has inked a deal with Warner Brothers based on his own screenplay. The sci-fi action film "set within the architecture of the mind" aims to begin shooting this summer and hit theaters in summer 2010, according to the studio and the New York Post.
In case anyone's brain has been frozen in the recent ice storms in America and snowstorms in Britain and they've forgotten, Dark Knight was a box-office monster, scoring the second-highest gross of all time. Additionally, deceased star Heath Ledger has scored a Best Supporting Actor prize in nearly every awards show this season, with only the Oscars to go.
Most predict there will not be anymore of the Joker in the future. But never fear, there's at least two dozen other villians to take up the slack.