BATMAN ON FILM, since June 1998!

A 2006 BAT-YEAR IN REVIEW
DATE: 12/29/06
Author:
Jett

I guess it’s that time of the year to do a “Year In Review” type of thing. Since everyone else seems to be doing one, I suppose I should do one for BOF as well. So, here we go….

On the Batman movie front, we learned, well, not much. And the lack of news about the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS had legions of fanboys flipping out worldwide. But actually, there was some rather big news, like:

Learning the title of the sequel: THE DARK KNIGHT

In late July, we found out that Aussie actor Heath Ledger had been pegged by Chris Nolan to play The Joker. The casting of Ledger was rather unexpected and shocking to both Batman fans and the mainstream…

Warner Bros. officially announced what most people already expected: Christopher Nolan would return to helm his second Batman film…

Christian Bale would again don the cape and cowl and be the first actor since Michael Keaton to reprise the role of The Batman for a second film…

And, Warner Bros. set a release date for THE DARK KNIGHT: July 18, 2008. This would make it the first live-action Batman movie -- the Warner Bros. ones -- not to hit theaters in June.

Even though 2006 was a fairly quite year for, well, Batman on film, the website BATMAN ON FILM had a pretty good year. Here are a few highlights:

BOF‘s subsite, BATMAN IN COMICS, got up and running and was quite successful…

Tons and TONS of TDK casting and plot rumors...

I got to read literally thousands of y'alls email and answered many of them in the new, and popular, BOF MAILBAG. I personally enjoy that quite a bit...

Paul J. Wares interviewed Chris Corbould, the F/X coordinator of BATMAN BEGINS

I had the chance to talk to actor Lachy Hulme (who was in the mix to play The Joker), Matt Wagner (artist/author of BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK and BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN), and Steve Englehart (former writer of DETECTIVE COMICS and writer of BATMAN: DARK DETECTIVE)…

BOF‘er Gregg Bray shared the visit the great Denny O’Neal made to his students at SUNY New Paltz…

BOF covered the San Diego Comic Con and had one hell of a time! Got to meet director Darren Aronofsky and that was cool as hell...


Jett at the 2006 SDCC

Personally, I read more Batman comics books, TPB's, and graphic novels in 2006 than I had in YEARS...

Speaking of The Batman in comic books, DC exorcized "A-Hole Batman" from The Batman -- much to many a fan's approval. Not everyone, but most...

Grant Morrison took on BATMAN while the great Paul Dini became the regular writer on DETECTIVE...

On the TV front, Robin was introduced in THE BATMAN animated series...

And finally, BOF became more of an all-around Batman site under the umbrella of THE DARK KNIGHT FANSITE and now covers just about all things Batman.

So, what do we have to look forward to in 2007? A whole hell of a lot! For instance:

Official casting announcements -- FINALLY!! At long last well find out which actors will be part of the cast, which characters will be included in the film, and who in the hell is playing Harvey Dent…

The start of principle photography on THE DARK KNIGHT in March…

The official TDK website will go live -- early in 2007. At least it better…

We’ll get our first look at actors in character -- maybe even Heath Ledger as The Joker…

In July, THE DARK KNIGHT will make a big splash at the San Diego Comic Con. If not, ALL BAT-FANBOY HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE…

We’ll get the first teaser this coming summer (SPIDER-MAN 3 and/or HARRY POTTER?!) and a full trailer at the end of 2007...

Hopefully, BOF will have the honor of visiting the set of TDK as we did with BATMAN BEGINS. And of course, report back to all of you...

And if 2007 is anything like 2004 when BATMAN BEGINS will filming, we’ll be getting tons of reports form spies and scoopers!

So there you have it, 2006 in retrospect from a BOF POV. And if you are like me, you’ve got to be looking forward to 2007 and THE DARK KNIGHT!

And do keep those cards, letter, and hate emails coming!

Bill Ramey, AKA "Jett," is the founder and editor in chief of
BATMAN ON FILM, BATMAN IN COMICS, and ON-FILM.NET.

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