2007 In Review (Part 1)
Posted by: Jett
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
It’s almost here my dear BOF‘ers, what we’ve all been looking forward to! And exactly what is it?
In just a little over six short (let’s hope) months, Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT, starring Christian Bale as The Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker, will hit theaters. I don’t know about you, but I can not wait to see this film. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we’re in for something very, very special.
Anyway, 2007 was a pretty good year for fans of The Dark Knight, so let’s take a quick look back with the spotlight focusing in on the cinematic version of our beloved fictional character….
2007 started off with a lot of buzz about the next Batman film, THE DARK KNIGHT. Fans wanted to know everything they could about the Chris Nolan-helmed sequel to BATMAN BEGINS; such as:
What characters would be in the film?
Who would be part of the cast?
Would there be a new Bat-suit and if so, what would it look like?
And of course, what would Heath Ledger look like as The Joker?”
Maggie Gyllenhaal cast to replace Katie Holmes (Yes!) as Gotham Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes...
Aaron Eckhart wins the coveted role of Gotham D.A. Harvey Dent -- who of course eventually becomes the classic Bat-rogue Two Face. A number of actors were rumored to be after the part, such as Ryan Phillipe, Jaime Fox, Josh Lucas, Matt Damon and Liev Schrieber, amongst others. (BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 50)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Rachel Dawes"),
Aaron Eckhart ("Harvey Dent")
All hell brakes loose as the crew of THE DARK KNIGHT descends upon the city of Chicago. Production takes place downtown in and around the “Old Post Office,” as the movie’s PROLOGUE was shot. The Joker himself, Heath Ledger, is front and center and fan’s are able to snap several, albeit crappy, pics of Ledger in costume…
Eric Roberts is cast as mobster Salvatore Maroni, while William Fichtner appears in the PROLOGE in a cameo role as the manager of “Gotham National Bank.” (BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 51)
William Fichtner ("GNB Manager"),
Eric Roberts ("Salvatore Maroni")
Warner Bros. releases the first stills from TDK...
Director Chris Nolan oversees Heath Ledger
filming a scene as The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT
TDK production moves to the UK…
The OFFICIAL SITE goes live with the film’s official logo…
Cillian Murphy will return as The Scarecrow...
Colin McFarland returns to reprise his role of Commissioner Loeb…
The first TDK viral site, IBELIEVEINHARVEYDENT.COM goes live, giving us our first look at Aaron Eckhart as Dent…
Aaron Echart as Harvey Dent
On May 20th, the very first image of Heath Ledger as The Joker is released on the viral site, IBELIEVEINHARVEYDENTTOO.COM. We also learn that something related to The Joker is coming in December via The Joker’s cryptic message: “See you in December.” Hmm…
1st image of Heath Ledger as The Joker
Anthony Michael Hall joins the cast. Rumors swirl that he is to play Edward Nigma, AKA The Riddler (Hall is actually a reporter named “Engel”)…
AMH is playing "Engel" in TDK
It is announced that Nolan would be filming several scenes in IMAX -- including the big reveal of The Joker (BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 52)
The TDK crew returns to the U.S. and the city of Chicago…
On the 15th of June, Warner Bros. releases the very first picture of Christian Bale as Batman -- in his new costume nonetheless…
1st image of Christian Bale as The Batman
Melinda McGraw will play Jim Gordon's wife, Barbara. Nestor Carbonell ("Batmanuel") is playing the mayor of Gotham City.
Melinda McGraw and Nestor Carbonell
June 18th -- Fans get a look at Batman’s new ride, The Batpod. (BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 52)
1st image of "The Batpod"
Jai White joins the cast as “Gambol,” a leader of yet another criminal gang in Gotham…
BOF reveals that there will not be a TDK panel featuring the cast and crew at San Diego’s Comic Con International in late July…
Viral campaign in action, San Diego, CA (July 2007)
While there is no panel, the viral marketing campaign for TDK is there in full force (CLICK HERE for the SDCC recap)! The viral website WHYSOSERIOUS.COM, goes live, which leads fans on a huge scavenger hunt in downtown San Diego. The “prize” is the release of the very first TDK teaser trailer and an image of The Joker (Heath Ledger) with Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
TDK Teaser, Summer 2007
Monique Curnen is playing "Detective Ramirez" in TDK -- a part very similar to Rene Montoya in the comics.
Monique Curnen is "Detective Ramirez" in TDK
Warner Bros. announces that an animated Batman miniseries done “anime-style” is to be released a few weeks prior to THE DARK KNIGHT. It will be set during the time period between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT…
Various members of TDK‘s cast and crew -- including, Chris Nolan, Jonah Nolan, David Goyer, Chuck Roven, Emma Thomas, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, front and foremost -- attend a panel at WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO on August 11th. Director Chris Nolan screens about 3 minutes of the film for fans and the panel takes questions from the audience (CLICK HERE for the BOF WWC TDK Panel recap)...
Jett models the TDK T-shirt given away at WWC '07
It’s revealed that Sarah Jayne Dunn and Richie Coster have joined the cast as “Wayne arm candy” and “Chechen” respectively…
Sarah Jayne Dunn and Richie Coster
TDK finishes shooting in Chicago and heads back to the UK. (BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 53)
News leaks of a TDK PROLOGUE shot in IMAX that will arrive in theaters in December.
WHYSOSERIOUS.COM is updated with an image of a Batman-themed jack-o-lantern with a slow-melting candle within...
THE LONG HALLOWEEN anyone?
TDK finishes up production by filming for a few days on location in Hong Kong…
Another huge scavenger hunt (CLICK HERE FOR THE RECAP) on Halloween leads to the reveal of another picture of Heath Ledger as The Joker…
Heath Ledger as The Joker revealed in the TDK Halloween Scavenger Hunt 2007
EMPIRE and WIZARD both feature The Joker (Heath Ledger) on the cover of their magazine.
TDK on the covers of EMPIRE and WIZARD
Several viral websites go online that mostly revolve around Gotham City. (Visit BOF's TDK CAST & CREW page for a full list of the viral sites.)
The first U.S. TDK one sheet is released…
1st U.S. TDK one sheet (December 2007)
THE DARK KNIGHT PROLOGUE is premiered in New York and Los Angeles and then plays regularly in front of the I AM LEGEND IMAX screenings…
French magazine CINELIVE features Batman (Christian Bale) on its cover…
CINELIVE TDK cover
Warner Bros. releases a few more images from TDK…
Two shots of Heath Ledger as The Joker and "The Batpod"
Two "International" TDK one sheets are released…
Batman and The Joker "International" one sheets
The second U.S. TDK one sheet is
"Why So Serious?"
The first full trailer for TDK hits theaters and the Net.
The first full-length TDK Trailer (December 2007)
See, 2007 was a pretty good year for Batman, on film that is. As much as some complain about the lack of “marketing” (BOF TRANSLATION: “’Wah, wah, wah!‘ I don’t get to see every damn thing I want to see when I want to see it!”), Batman fans were pretty much fed a steady diet of TDK info. Furthermore, the viral campaign has been flat-out exceptional.
Here’s the deal BOF‘ers, THE DARK KNIGHT is still six-plus months away from hitting theaters, right? I bet y’all there’s a TON of good, cool stuff on the horizon! Therefore, I predict that 2008 will be one of the best years for Bat-Fans to date!
All I’m hoping, wishing, and even praying for is that THE DARK KNIGHT is marketed like FANTASTIC 4 was back in ‘05. If so, all is good.
I’m so kidding.
As long as DC doesn’t kill off Bruce Wayne (Grrr! -- Guys, if y’all do that, I’m done with comics and that’s what A LOT of fans tell me via email!), 2008 is shaping up to be an alright year for those who have an affinity for The Dark Knight.
By the way, we’ll get into that “killing off Bruce Wayne” nonsense in Part 2.
NEXT: 2007 Batman comic books, TV, video games, and more.