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Michelle Pfeiffer to return to Bat-franchise?
Sunday, July 27, 2003: I know that I am two days late on this, so you all are going to have let it slide this time. I was out of town and didn't hear about this until I got back today. Anyway....DARK HORIZONS--via a scooper Garth considers reliable--says that former BATMAN RETURNS star Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks with WB about returning to the franchise in the Chris Nolan helmed Bat-flick. But the role could just be that of Selina Kyle, not Catwoman. Here's why DH reported:

"Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to reprise her role as Selina Kyle - possibly outside of the leather costume - for Chris Nolan's Batman film. Nolan still wants to link the film to the others in the series it seems, but only the first couple - so word is he'd like to have Selina Kyle involved, albiet briefly, and possibly some other familiar faces. Was told the only reason Pfieffer didn't want to do another Bat flick- after Returns - was that she hated wearing the costume, so the deal this time might involve letting her reprise the role, but only as Selina, not as Catwoman."

Just last week, IGN FILMFORCE's "Stax" reported that the character of Selina Kyle was rumored to have a part in the Nolan Bat-flick--perhaps nothing more than a cameo. Could this be what WB/Nolan wants Pfeiffer for? Is the Nolan film a sequel to the previous four films? There have never been any indications that the Nolan film was a restart/origin film--people just assume this. And there are also those rumors saying that Michael Gough would return as Alfred. Remember, THE FRIGHTENING was clearly a sequel, and the word is that the David Goyer-penned Bat-script would be based on it. If WB wanted to go with a restart or prequel, they most likely would have went with the Darren Aronofsky/Frank Miller YEAR ONE project. The only thing BOF has heard that seemed to indicate a restart, was that Nolan was interested in a 20-something Batman. You have to keep in mind that WB could go with a "sequel," but in name only--not with the look and tone of the previous films. All of this is interesting to say the least. Late. (Thanks to "Stax" for the head's up!)

Kutcher still in the BAT-mix?
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 (second update): IGN FILMFORCE has run a story which mostly deals with Mc G and SUPERMAN, but does mention Nolan's BATMAN. And Ashton Kutcher. Here's the Bat-blurb:

"'Ashton Kutcher met with (President, Domestic Production, Warner Bros. Pictures) Jeff Robinov and McG to have an informal chat about Superman recently,'"says the FILMFORCE source. "'No offer was made, as far as we know, but Kutcher apparently reiterated his preference for Batman over Superman.'

Kutcher is the preferred choice of Warner Brothers for either franchise because he might attract teenage girls to go see a superhero movie, a niche audience that many comic book movies don't land. Besides, Kutcher seems hellbent on being taken seriously now as an actor (although one wonders how wearing a rubber cowl or blue and red spandex might accomplish that).

Our sources also informed us that fans and the press should only expect to hear from Warner Brothers when they're denying a published report or have a formal announcement to make. After the very public flame-outs of both Batman vs. Superman and Superman, Warner Brothers apparently won't 'say anything about their Big Three [Batman, Superman, Catwoman] until they are in a position where they have a manageable budget and are good to go. The emphasis is on preparing these movies and making sure everyone is comfortable with the direction they are heading, not rushing into it panicking."

This news is consistant with the BOF reports recently indicating that Kutcher is still in the mix for BATMAN. Word is that WB likes Kutcher and would like to see him in one of these roles. Sources also indicate that Nolan is not keen on casting Kutcher as The Dark Knight. In addition, MOVIEHOLE also says that Kutcher is still in the running. "Rumours are surfacing that Ashton Kutcher might not be out of the Batman contenders comp as rumoured." Stay tuned....Warner Bros. video has released the third BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES DVD titled, BATMAN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS. Here is the description of the DVD, via a WB press release:

The legendary exploits of Gotham Cityís cowled crusader continue in four spectacular episodes from the award-winning Batman: The Animated Series.
Prowling the night in his relentless quest to protect those who cannot protect themselves, Batman pits brains, brawn and Bat-technology against archenemies including the fowl-tempered Penguin and the double-barreled threat of the diabolical Two-Face. From Gothamís towering spires to the cityís thug-infested alleys, itís explosive superhero action as only the Dark-Knight can deliver!

You can add this video to your Bat-collection by clicking on the picture of the DVD cover to the right.

BATMAN: DEAD END info
Wednesday, July 23, 2003: If you want to see the much talked-about BATMAN: DEAD END, THE FORCE.NET has made it available in Quicktime format....A lot of you emailed me asking why BOF didn't promote this film beforehand. Well, we don't to protect the guys making these "fan films;" even one done as professional as this one was. Warner Bros. doesn't take too kindly to people using their characters in unofficial films--it's a copyright infringement. So while BOF is in no way against fan produced Bat-films, we don't want help bring these movies to the attention of WB. It is as simple as that. Oh, AICN has a Q&A with B:DE's director.

Pearce says no to BATMAN?
Monday, July 21, 2003 (third update): (From
MOVIE POOP SHOOT) According to interview with Guy Pearce, he has no interest playing Bruce Wayne--not even with pal Chris Nolan directing:

JH: You starred in Christopher Nolanís acclaimed film, MEMENTO. Now word is he may direct a BATMAN film. Have you two talked about you possibly trying on that character. Would that hold any interest for you?
Guy Pearce: I donít think so. (laughs)

JH: Not in your nature to do a superhero movie?
Guy Pearce: Not at this stage in my life. If I was ever going to do it, Chris Nolan would be the person I would do it with. But no we havenít had any of those discussions.

Of course, I don't think he would actually fess-up right now, ya know? But I do believe that the 30-something Pearce is a bit old for what Nolan is looking for in his Batman.

More on The Cat and The Bat
Monday, July 21, 2003 (second update): "Stax," over at IGN FILMFORCE, has written a fantastic story that hits many of the rumors regarding CATWOMAN and how it could affect Chris Nolan's BATMAN--or vice versa. The story does further lend legitamacy to the BOF stories indicating that there is concern how a solo CATWOMAN film will affect Nolan's BATMAN--namely will it eliminate the use of the character in the Bat-franchise:

"The executives are also concerned because the original Catwoman character, Selina Kyle, will apparently have a supporting role (it could be as small as a cameo) in the next Batman film, which will be directed by Christopher Nolan and scripted by David Goyer. (This confirms a rumor reported earlier by Batman on Film [with the help of our friend "LSOK" and other sources--Jett].) This is a conflict because Warner Brothers doesn't want to cross-pollinate their film franchises."

Anyway, I won't say anymore. Just click HERE to read it....Also, make sure you check out the new BOF STORE section. Every little purchase--of some great Bat-stuff--helps keep BOF up and running. Late.

Berry: No ties between The Cat and The Bat
Monday, July 21, 2003: (From DARK HORIZONS) That lucky SOB Garth got a chance to talk to Halle Berry at the SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION, and she confirms that her CATWOMAN film will have not ties to BATMAN--past or future:

"In regards to CATWOMAN she confirms there'll be no connection to the BATMAN franchise and its 'absolutely independent, and when asked what she's aiming to do with the movie she responded 'I think we're going to try new things with the costume, I think it'll be something that you haven't seen before - and because it really is her story about how she became Catwoman, she's not just a sidekick in a Batman movie now - its really her journey, I think you'll learn some interesting things about the character for people who don't know much about how she came about'."

Look, I am willing to give the film a chance. However, once the film is made, then she should be scratched from the BATMAN series--unless they do a crossover and Berry appears in a Bat-film. Which, frankly, I don't think will ever happen. I'm expecting one more bit of news regarding CATWOMAN later today, then that will be the last story on that film here at BOF. Hey, Halle said it herself that it has no connections to the Bat-franchise, so BOF doesn't need to cover it, right?

Some BATMAN takes and musings
Sunday, July 20, 2003: Here are some takes, thoughts, and musings of various BOF sources regarding WB, Nolan's BATMAN, and CATWOMAN. Remember that these are rumors--for the most part--that these insiders have heard, and their opinions of what is going on at the studio/with the projects/etc....There is a rumor going around--and told to BOF by more than one source--that there is concern that using the Catwoman character in her own film series, will take away the possibility of using her in the new BATMAN series. Rightfully so, in BOF's opinion. Catwoman is an important character in the Bat-universe and should make an appearence in the new series--if it is indeed a restart. Having two versions of the character in two different film series just doesn't make sense and could be quite confusing for movie audiences. Now, I am not against seeing Catwoman in her own film. I'd just rather see her in a Bat-film down the line--and as Selina Kyle, not Patience Price. So if this film does get made--which WB is insisting it will--then just forget about using the character in a future Bat-film. That's just the opinion of BOF. CATWOMAN is slated to start filming September 10--we'll soon see what happens....Ashton Kutcher. He's been a hot topic among Bat-fans lately, due to the talk of him being cast as the new Bruce Wayne. The overall take among BOF sources is that he ultimately will not get the role. WB may have liked him at one time--they may still like him in the role. But the word is is that Nolan will not cast him for a variety of reasons....Ah casting. Always the hot topic. Frankly, I'm hoping that this one is not true. There is some scuttlebutt that there are "differences of opinion" over casting. I'm not going to say who the parties are or over what role, but there is talk that casting is becoming an issue. We can only hope that another "Ratner" situation is not brewing. BOF certainly hopes not.

Best BATMAN film ever, huh?
Saturday, July 19, 2003: That's the word coming from the SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION. Titled BATMAN: DEAD END, it is being hailed by many as the best on screen version of Batman yet. The flick is short film written & directed by filmmaker Sandy Collora. Click here to check out THE HYPE's description of the film--which includes a cool pic of The Bat, and here for the AICN breakdown. I'd heard nothing of this beforehand to honest with ya'll, so that is why there has been nothing on it at BOF. I'd LOVE to see it--hint, hint (Thanks to the MANY of you who sent in the head's up!)....Perhaps we can put the CATWOMAN-is-dead rumors to rest. For now. THE HYPE is reporting that the film WILL begin filming Wednesday, September 10.

Follow-up to a previous BOF story
Friday, July 18, 2003: Back on July 5, BOF ran a story from a source that said--more or less--that there was no way in hell that Ashton Kutcher would get the role of Batman. In no uncertain terms, this source said that director Chris Nolan has no interest in Kutcher for a variety of unflattering reasons. A WB insider has responded to BOF that WB denies the rumor. They found the description of Ashton Kutcher by this source untrue and nothing more than a fabrication. While WB will not confirm or deny that Kutcher is the running for the role, they utterly deny the Kutcher rumor as posted by BOF. Frankly, it tore Kutcher a new ass. While this scooper's take was and is not the official stance of BOF--that of a scooper only, BOF stands behind previous stories indicating that Kutcher will not get the role.

CATWOMAN still on?
Thursday, July 17, 2003 (third update): According to SUPERHERO HYPE!, their WB source says that there is no truth in the demise of CATWOMAN. As BOF has said, there have been rumblings of this, as this project has been a difficult one on route to the big screen. But it does seem that things are moving along at a pretty good pace right now, heading towards a fall shooting schedule. I guess we soon shall see.

Conflicting CATWOMAN reports
Thursday, July 17, 2003 (second update): BOF questioned one of our better sources regarding the report from earlier this morning. According to them, CATWOMAN is "still moving forward for all I know. But it wouldn't surprise me if they [WB--Jett] did pull the plug. It might have something to do with 'Batman.' If they use the character [Catwoman--Jett] in her own series, that will all but take her out of any future 'Batman' films. And there are some people at Warner Bros. against that." Nonetheless, over at SUPERHERO HYPE!, they are reporting that all is ago with the film. According to SHH, choreographer Anne Fletcher (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) "has now joined the production." The Hype also reports that a Teamsters site has additional information on filming dates. And they report, via the British Columbia Film Commission, that Thierry Argobast (The Fifth Element) will serve as CATWOMAN's director of photography while Jean Rabasse (Asterix & Obelix) is the film's production designer. Anyway, this morning's report from CINESCAPE should be taken as "unconfirmed rumor," as the website itself suggests. If WB indeed does plan to put the 'ol kabash to the movie, we should know something official soon. Frankly, I couldn't care less. I neither was fired up for it, nor did dislike the prospect of the film. I'd rather see the character of Catwoman in a Bat-film, but that's just me.

CATWOMAN dead? Selina to be in Nolan's BATMAN?
Thursday, July 17, 2003: CINESCAPE is reporting from a very reliable source, that WB may have pulled the plug on the upcoming CATWOMAN starring Halle Berry. I have heard some talk of this in the past--nothing of any substance--and I didn't think there was a need to report it. Click on the CINESCAPE link to read the full article....Could WB--if they did indeed send the film into turnaround--have done this to appease Chris Nolan? Does Nolan want to use Selina Kyle in his Bat-film? Could WB be so anxious to please Nolan and keep him in the Bat-mix, that they would pull the plub on an upcoming film? This from BOF's "unofficial" reporter "LSOK." "A while ago (must've been March/April) a source said that Nolan was thinking of using a pre-Catwoman Seline Kyle as Bruce's love interest in his 'Batman', says LSOK. "I wouldn't bet the house on it, but I guess it is a possibility that WB will pull the plug [on CATWOMAN--Jett] if they think it'll infringe with Nolan's film." Now, this is one of those "take with a grain of salt" rumors. But there is some smoke here. And where there's smoke....

How 'BOUT them DC COMICS properties!
Sunday, July 13, 2003 (second update): How 'bout those Astros! First place going into the All-Star break! Never would have thought it. That and The Tuna going to work on AMERICA'S TEAM here in less than 2 weeks, things are pretty good for the Jettman right now--sports-wise....2005. Didn't I say a while back something about The Bat in 2005? Check this out from VARIETY:

Of course, it's an open question as to whether the world would be a better place with more comic-book movies. But Kevin Tsujihara, an exec VP for business development and strategy for Warner Bros. Entertainment, says Warners is aware it could lose an entire generation of comic book fans simply by not making movies for them. "We're not going to let that happen," Tsujihara insists, "we're going to hire someone soon."

So, to keep the world safe for comic-book lovers, he and installed-last-year DC prexy and publisher Paul Levitz are hunting for someone to manage Hollywood creative relationships -- and they want to do it quickly.

A recent analysis of Warners by investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners called DC a "hidden asset" that is "buried" within WB. Can it be unearthed and unlocked? Many in Hollywood believe so.

"There is no reason why the DC stable of characters can't outperform Marvel's," says Don Murphy, a producer of graphic novel-based movies "From Hell" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

And so, DC is hurrying big-budget movies into production:

-"Catwoman," which stars Halle Berry and will be directed by French f/x vet Pitof, starts lensing in September.

-Director Francis Lawrence's "Constantine" also starts production in September, with Keanu Reeves starring.

-David Goyer, who penned "Blade" for Marvel and New Line, has adapted a new take on "Batman" that should hit theaters in 2005 under the helm of Christopher Nolan.

-"Wonder Woman" is being dusted off and developed. "Smallville" scribe Philip Levens is scripting, "Matrix" producer Joel Silver is producing with original TV show producer Leonard Goldberg.

-Even "Superman" may fly again, with "Charlie's Angels" helmer McG being eyed to direct.

-There's one DC Comics character, Shazam, in development, with William Goldman adapting it.

How 'BOUT them DC COMICS properties!!! MARVEL SUCKS! (Just kidding! While I've always been a "DC guy," I do dig SPIDER-MAN and most of their films!) Late. (Thanks to our 'ol friend 'Super85" for another head's up!)

Goyer talks BATMAN
Sunday, July 13, 2003: THE WEEKLY DIG recently ran a piece on comicbook-based films, which included a blurb from Bat-scribe David Goyer:

"You can make mistakes being too slavish to the source," says Goyer, who recently finished a script for the next Batman film (directed by Memento's Chris Nolan, not to be confused with Batman: Year One, the Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) helmed project about Batman's origin, which is now pushed back indefinitely). "You have to change things, collapse certain characters. We got a free pass with Blade. There's less of a burden to adhere to the mythology, since he didn't even have his own comic at the time. But then with Batman there's been TV shows and movies, so in terms of public consciousness the canon was already set. [Director] Chris Nolan and I had to meet with [DC President] Paul Levitz and other high-ups, to make sure we didn't break the core rules of the character."

Make sure you click the link and check out the entire article. Good stuff. (Thanks to "Super85" for the head's up!)

More from the "Fuel-Man"
Saturday, July 12, 2003: You know that story I did earlier in the week? The one titled "More fuel for the Bat-fire?" The one everyone got so fired up about? Well, the "Fuel Man" is back with some clarification for people who doubted the story--including one of BOF's better sources. Again, this guy is someone who works for a company that is in the running to do work on Nolan's BATMAN. I know what kind of work, but I'm still not saying out of respect for this source--and he didn't tell me not to; that's just how BOF operates (So all of you high level/in-the-know WB people out there who want to give it up, your ID is safe with BOF!). Anyway, here is more of what "Fuel Man" had to say:

Wow.....it seems like you are George Dubbiya on Iraq; you seem to be catching heat for our report. I'm sorry for your having to defend the posting; I appreciate that you do, however. I thought I was clear on the circumstances, that is, everything is "in the works," & thus subject to change. YOU seemed to have no trouble understanding; yet, as I re-read the post, I can see where some people might go w/ this. I will try to clarify our circumstances for YOUR benefit; you can post/ not post what you wish.

As I stated before, we are a small XXXXX & XXXXX design firm. We are chasing leads into the movie industry with a small but talented crew. Our meetings w/ WB have been low level. What that means is we have been meeting w/ low to mid level executives & assistants, NOT Nolan himself. They have notes (I referred to them as memos) from THEIR meetings with Nolan or his assistants. These memos are guides for need-to-know info for vendors & designers. So, if you were to apply for a job at Microsoft, Bill Gates would not interview you, Human Resources would do it. Same deal here.

The CONTENT of the meetings? The design elements mentioned I believe will come to pass. Again, even if we get the contract, the costumer, Miniature builder, set builder, CGI studio will all most likely be submitting their own stuff....The info we got from WB was feedback to help w/[the work we want to do on the film.

Design: this movie is particularly challenging as Batman has a solid "look" in place for both the films AND comics. The challenge here is to make Batman look fresh & different, yet remain faithful to the look of the character. So, to wit, the comments on the costume, Batmobile, etc., are the strongest elements that come to pass, either from us or another designer, will most likely happen.

Casting: as in any conversation, talk will drift to all parts of a subject. The names we got were from WB employees. Any "Fanboy Wishing" is coming from them. As you know, a casting agency will handle the bulk of the casting beyond the leads; to my knowledge there is not one yet in place, and if there is we don't know who it is. It's because of that that suggestions are springing up. It's an open field, & WB staff are as hopeful as anyone to see this movie get made. The names mentioned were mentioned, and that is all. I'm not privy to how these people are signed up.

Ashton Kutcher: our impression was, at first they loved him, now they want him gone. I'm sure you have noticed how much he has been in the news of late.

Superman/Batman: since WB is trying to get both franchises up & running, efforts are being made to have the franchises work with each other. For example, if Batman comes out in '05, the best idea would be to have Superman come out in '06, or stagger summer/holiday releases, that sort of thing. It's hoped that the abandoned BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN can get made; it makes more sense to establish the actors first. That's why there is hope to have them be near each other in age, (& young to get more mileage out of the actors), to establish cameos/crossovers, etc.

The McCoughnehay/Bale thing was mentioned, again, as a possible example of this; hence the unofficial title. I know nothing of any actual attempt to contact these actors. Of the possible supporting roles, the impression WAS given that some of these actors would be contacted. But, It also could have just been a list as to who would fit where.

Our biggest impression is that a lot of behind the scenes stuff is going on; meaning, they are evaluating the script. After that, If Nolan is happy, & stays w/ the project, the film will get made

I hope this clarifies things. Perhaps you can shoot down any crap you get over the last post. Good luck, great site. Thanks for sticking up for our post.

Walker not scripting Nolan's BATMAN
Friday, July 11, 2003 (third update): According to the IMDB's full description of the cast and crew of Nolan's BATMAN 5, Andrew Kevin Walker is one of the screenwriters. Ain't true--and you can take that one to the bank. "[Walker], did not ever work on Nolan's script, only met with him a handful of times. He only wrote the BvS script, which I still think is fantastic! But, no he never actually wrote anything for [Nolan's] BATMAN. He met with Nolan, and when it was discussed the direction Nolan wanted to go, he backed off. Nolan wanted a 'younger, earlier' Batman, and he did not like the lines of that, so walked from it," this coming from a source who has 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt credibility with BOF. And according to this source, Nolan wanted to start from scratch with a script--not rewrite or revamp another. "If he would have worked with Nolan, he wanted it to be from scratch...it was to be original, not a re-write." Now Goyer got the gig not long after Walker's meeting with Nolan, so I assume the job would be under the same conditions. So I say whatever it is that Nolan intends to do, is new and original (as I have said before--Jett) and NOT a revamp or rewrite of a Bat-script already in WB's possession....The other names mentioned as part of the crew in the IMDB listing included, David Julyan (music), Wally Pfister (cinematography), and Dody Dorn (film editing). Checking these people out, they have all worked with Nolan before--so they could be working on BATMAN 5, or it could be assumptions made by IMDB.

A reminder from BOF
Friday, July 11, 2003 (second update): BOF does not post every bit of "news" that comes our way. Trust me--I get A LOT of so-called "scoops" daily. As meticulous as BOF is when it comes to sorting through and reporting Bat-news to you, not everything reported here is gospel. Remember the disclaimer: "unless otherwise noted, all news should be considered rumor and treated as such." Listen, don't I tell you when you can take something to the bank? Remember when I said that Akiva Goldsman was hired to rewrite Bvs? People said that BOF was full of you-know-what on that one, remember? And who was right? Anyway, the point is that I'll tell you when something is "bet the house on it" truth, as well as "take it with a grain of salt" rumor. It seems that a lot you were upset with the last report posted by BOF. Really, I didn't want to rain on anyone's parade or, frankly, piss anyone off. I am not totally discounting the news I brought to you all last Tuesday (July 8). There exists reasons why some of my other sources--including the one I quoted in the previous report this morning--may not have heard the stuff the "scooper" did. According to the dude, he works for a company that is in talks--along with of other of the like--with WB to do work on Nolan's BATMAN. It is possible that because of that, his company may be privy to information that my other souce would not. So, I am not telling you to discount the original "scoop," but have some guarded optimism....Now with that said, I keep getting emails and I have seen on the net, certain things that are "confirmed." Nothing is confirmed except that WB has hired Christopher Nolan to develop and direct a BATMAN film, and that David Goyer is doing the screenplay. That's it. Anything else should be considered rumor--period. No matter how strongly BOF stands behind a bit of "news," right now, it is nothing but conjecture. For example:

*Ashton Kutcher--It is only rumor that he is in the running, and it is not confirmed that he is out of the mix either. I am sure that there are several actors in consideration. That list could or could not include Kutcher.

*Chris Lloyd as The Scarcrow--Rumor and nothing more. It is not even confirmed that The Scarecrow is going to be the villain in the film.

*Micheal Gough to return as Alfred--More rumor. Again, nothing confirming this.

My point again is at this stage, everything should be considered nothing more than rumor. And while I firmly believe that BOF is the BEST, and most reliable source for BATMAN news there is, all what you read here is not set-in-stone gospel. Late.

Your parade is being rained upon
Friday, July 11, 2003: I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade. Really, I don't. I got A LOT of email in regards to the last BOF update. 99.9% positive. So here's the rain....One of BOF's best sources--someone we know and has given us proven info--told me to tell ya'll not to get your hopes up about that last update. "Fanboy wishing. That's what it sounds like to me. While some of it rings true, most of those people are not in the mix. Haven't been and will not. But I'll say this, WB should listen." This source agrees with past BOF news saying that Christian Bale is not in the running for the role of Batman in the Nolan Bat-film. He also agrees with other scoopers who have said that Ashton Kutcher will not get the role. And--in his opinion--Matthew McConaughey ain't going to be The S-man. Could his name have been brought up for it? Sure. But a lot names have. "This 'scooper' offers nothing that you [BOF--Jett] haven't already reported. Just a bunch of names; and any fanboy could have come up with those," says this highly regarded BOF source. He does offer this to all of you, "Hey, I hope he's right."

More "fuel" for the Bat-fire!
Tuesday, July 8, 2003 (second update): So much for being on "standby," huh? This excellent bit of news really sheds some light on what direction Nolan's Bat-film is taking and what it could look like. Now for the disclaimer: This guy can not give away his ID, nor the ID of the company at which he works. This company is in the running (among others) to do some work on the Nolan Bat-film. I know, but I won't say for the sake of protecting the ID of this source. And this is a new source, so BOF does not vouch for the 100% validity of this info. However, I have done this long enough to weed out most of the BS that comes along (daily, trust me on that). And he sent me something that tells me he does what he says he does. And with that said, here's the latest....

ANYWAY, this is some of the info gleaned from our many meetings--

Ashton Kutcher- definite interest, but those pushing for him quickly lost ground. Nolan has a vision & tone for the film. Not so much "Dark," as the character is obviously that, but SERIOUS; Nolan wants to do a comic adventure w/ real world feel. Kutcher won't get past Nolan, & WB won't mess up their relationship w/ Nolan. Read: KUTCHER'S OUT.

Costume-Look for the new bat-rig to be more faithful to the comics, as in not all black. Also, look for the sculpted "rubber" look to go away, a la Spiderman.

Batmobile- smaller, sleeker; think dodge viper crossed with a small dragster.

Villain-Scarecrow is the front-runner; he may not be the one, or the only one. There is talk of introducing a NEW villain via the movie!

Casting-Open field, but Nolan DOES have prospects in mind. It won't be hard to cast this film. There was discussion about Christian Bale, unofficially, because Matthew McCoughnahey is a name being pushed for Superman. Both were teamed in Reign Of Fire. WB wants to coordinate the casting of their premiere properties, as they want to re-launch both for a trilogy-plus run, with an eventual cross-over/team-up. Bale would be a solid Bruce Wayne, having the look, build, & height, as well as the talent for the role.

Whoever gets the nod for both roles is hoped for a 3 picture deal. This will mean a 25-30 something star for each film. THIS ALSO means younger versions of Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, & Harvey Dent, than in the previous films. Alfred will be in his fifties; Commissioner Gordon will be in his forties, & more along the lines of Miller's "YEAR ONE" Gordon. A teen-age Barbara Gordon, Gordon's niece, may make a non-Batgirl cameo. (not Alicia Silverstone's Barbara PENNYWORTH from Batman & Robin).

Logic would dictate that the same treatment would be given to the Flying Grayson's Although all involved say Robin WILL NOT be part of the plot. Harvey Dent WILL NOT be Two-face, solidifying the thought that this is a restart to the franchise. This is significant, as this opens the door for an appearance by The Joker, either in this or future films. Dent will be a contemporary of Wayne's; look for him to be in his mid thirties. Names for the part include Noah Wiley from ER, David Duchovney, & Dougray Scott (also mentioned for Bruce Wayne)! Gordon has no names attached, but agents for Dennis Quaid, Sam Neil, Patrick Swayze (?!) & Dylan McDermott(?!) have all been contacted. WB/Nolan want Gordon to be a significant role in the upcoming franchise. Look for him to be a grizzled, hard as nails cop that begrudgingly befriends Batman.

This is all I can tell you at this point. Any more will endanger our bid. I'm sure none of this is NEWS to you, but now you can see the framework of the ideas forming at Bat-camp.

I'm sorry that I can't tell you my name or our ######### name; we are in the crucial phase of negotiations for this contract.

Great work on your site....good luck.

Some damn good stuff, right? As I said, keep in mind that non of this is confirmed, and therefore should be treated as rumor. But if true, it looks as if WB is being very cautious to make sure this thing is done RIGHT. Late.

Kutcher re-ups for more THAT 70s SHOW
Tuesday, July 8, 2003: Jett here, back in the great Lone Star State. DARK HORIZONS has reported that Ashton Kutcher has resigned to be Michael Kelso for two more years on THAT 70s SHOW. And this rules him out--time and schedule-wise--of nabbing the role of Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Bat-flick. I actually first heard this traveling home from the airport on THE TICKET--a sports-talk radio station in Dallas. BOF has been reporting that while Kutcher is considered a candidate for the role, actually getting it is unlikely. We've even had a couple of reports saying it will never happen. BOFs official take: Kutcher will not nab the role and we're pretty confident in saying that....As far as that report I posted from Minnesota last Saturday, I still can't confirm the validity of that report. So I again warn that that story should be taken with a large grain of salt and be considered nothing but rumor at this point. With that said, much of it is consistant with what BOF has been hearing....As far as the other casting news--Christopher Lloyd as The Scarecrow (first brought to you here at BOF) and Michael (not "Al") Gough returning as Alfred--should also be considered nothing but rumor at this time. While both could actually pan out, there has not been any official casting as of yet. And it is not been confirmed that The Scarecrow will even be the villain in this film. But again, there is a lot of "chatter" saying that these guys will be cast in those roles. Time will tell....With all that said, BOF is returing back to "standby" mode through the remainder of July. Despite all the "news" we have been getting over the last few weeks, new generally runs slow during the summer. So we'll keep a watch out for all Bat-news and BOF will be the first to bring it to you....Please make note of the new BOF email. All comments and news should be sent to batmanmovienews@msn.com....So until the next "big" Bat-story, Jett out!

Role of The Batman wide open...Bruce Wayne to be on SMALLVILLE
Wednesday, July 2, 2003: Patrick Sauriol, news editor at CINESCAPE, has put together a recap of the recent BATMAN 5 rumors--including some of the news you've already read here at BATMAN ON FILM. However, one of the website's own sources has chimed in saying that "...the role is still anyone's to grab. Supposedly the decision about who will play the new Batman is contingent on the director [Christopher Nolan--Jett] and senior WB personnel, which makes sense." Obviously, Kutcher is not the done deal as some websites have reported. BOF has long maintained that other actors would be tested and considered before a decision is made....ZAP 2 IT is reporting that a young, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne will appear on SMALLVILLE this upcoming season. For details, click on the previous link and read the entire story.

Yet MORE damn BATMAN news!
Tuesday, July 1, 2003 (second update): You know, this stuff is coming in non-stop it seems. Here's DARK HORIZONS ' Bat news o' the day. Of course, it is mostly a bunch of stuff that you're 'ol buddy Jett here at BATMAN ON FILM has already brought you. Ok, here it is....Ashton Kutcher is *SHOCK!* WB's top choice for the role of Bruce Wayne, but he ain't Chris Nolan's. Seems (and where have I heard this before...?) that Nolan may want an "unknown" and will continue to screentest several actors--maybe even up to 20+. And he's got until the end of the summer to present the new Dark Knight to the head honchos at WB....As far as Guy Pearce is concerned, "I wouldn't hold my breath," the DH source says. "I think that was mostly rumor that he was going to pull a 'Burton' and cast an actor he recently worked with and has a good relationship with. He's looking in the 25-30 range as far as actors go." Remember, BOF has said that Nolan wants to go young, so this seems to fit the bill. Yes, we did say that it could be "18 to 25 year old young," as a source told us previously. I think this was the time that Andrew Kevin Walker met with the director, prior to the Goyer hiring. The key thing is that Nolan wants to go young--as reported first to you by your friends here at BATMAN ON FILM....And who broke the story about Chris Lloyd? "Chris Lloyd as Scarecrow," the DH source continues, "yes, he has been spotted around the backlots. No, we don't know for sure what for. He was spotted with Nolan twice, and then alone the other 3 times. I read a report that he was seen shaking hands with Nolan and had a script in his hand [uh, I wonder where...?], I can't confirm this, but I will try to look into it to see what I can get out of the situation. Take that last bit with a grain of salt. A damn big one at that." I think I said to take that grain of salt a few days ago, right? Nevertheless, there must be something to it....Now as far as the Micheal Gough, not Al Gough (Or is this guy talking about Al Grogh, former head coach of the New York Jets--and protege of current Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells--and now the head man at the University of Virginia?), here's a bit more on him returning as Alfred Pennyworth: "Al Gough as Alfred again? You're on the money. He is both Nolan's and WB's first choice, and will most likely get the role, even though the film is a restart of the franchise. (This is just a way to pay homage to the previous films and keep some familiarity with audiences, because almost nobody else from previous films will be cast)." Just more Bat-news for all ya'll BOF fans.

Yet more BATMAN news regarding Bat-casting
Tuesday, July 1, 2003: MOVIEHOLE has contacted one of their "highly reliable" studio sources attempting to get to the bottom of the BATMAN casting rumors. He addresses the Christian Bale-as-Batman rumor, and--GASP!--it is damn near the exact thing that BOF has been telling you. "To answer your question - tough one [regarding casting, particularly Bale--Jett]. Everyone is up for BATMAN. Anyone who has a half-decent agent and is in the Batman profile is going to try to keep their name on the list. Christian was only interested in the Aronoksy[sic] Batman Year One project which has since been shelved. When we think about the WB Batman project, it's a wild card," so says their source. Let me point out this statement: "Anyone who has a half-decent agent and is in the Batman profile is going to try to keep their name on the list." People, this is spot-friggin'-on. A lot of the names that you--and I for that matter--hear, is a result of agents trying to get their guy's name in the mix. Try to get a little buzz going. Don't think for a minute that sites such as BATMAN ON FILM aren't used to gauge public response to potential Bat-actors. You can take that to the bank.

The report goes on to mention Hollywood super-agent Patrick Whitesell, who represents Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and several other hot 20/30-something actors. Many of whom would love to be the next Bruce Wayne. "Whitesell has a track record in getting his clients cast in big movies. Whitesell also represents James Marsden who was unhappy with his begoggled role in X-Men [Cyclops--Jett] and would love to get more face time as Bruce Wayne. So would Joaquin [Phoenix] (but he's unfortunately short). So Whitesell has a lot of candidates to forward for WB's consideration. Bale is one of them but he has the handicap of being box office poison. Also, after Reign of Fire tanked, Bale has been loathe to touch another big SPFX movie," so says the MOVIEHOLE source. He also mentions a left-field candidate--Freddie Prinze Jr. Now I'd rather have Ashton Kutcher than him, personally. Nevertheless, some pretty good stuff coming from this report. This is a HOT role and I am positive that there are many actors who want it and agents who are trying to get it for them. Stay tuned, I expect the final casting of The Batman to take place before the fall....Oh by the way, you can be assured that BATMAN ON FILM does not consider, nor will ever report that "Gilbert Gottfried" is up for the role of Batman nor Superman--even though some jackhole forum moderator on a particular superhero website suggests BOF will. And he can take all those "dimes" that he's saving and shove them up...naaah. I'll let it go. BOF is beyond such petty nonsense. Late. (Thanks to "LSOK" for directing BOF to this story.)

Gough to return to BATMAN?
Monday, June 30, 2003: DARK HORIZONS has recieved a bit of Bat-info from one of it's scoopers regarding the BATMAN situation--mostly the same stuff, but something new as well. First the new stuff, "...still Nolan, still Goyer, still Kutcher as the frontrunner, though nothing official yet [which explains the recent denials such as those to E! Online]." OK, nothing you haven't heard here at BOF. Now the new stuff. According to this DH scooper, it is a "possilbility" that Micheal Gough may reprise his role as Alfred in the film. If true, that indicates to me that this is a sequel--and THE FRIGHTENING script is clearly a sequel. And of course the rumor is that Goyer is revamping the storyline of the script for the Nolan film. Interesting to say the least....Got a bit of news from one of the absolute best BOF industry sources. Now this is mostly SUPEMAN info, but it sheds a bit of light on why Nolan's BATMAN is likely to it the big screen first. Basically, the Bat-project--with a solid director, screenwriter, and producers--has it's stuff together. And he tells me just who WB may be "sniffing around" to play the Last Son of Krypton.

"FYI: Heard a rumour that WB were sniffing around Hugh Jackman for 'Superman' -- better than any other suggestion I've heard so far. At least Hugh has the 'nice guy' appeal that Chris Reeve oozed, and Josh Hartnett sorely lacks. Having said that, you can bet that WB won't move ahead on Supes until they get a director that they're comfortable with. McG? Ratner? No way -- and you may recall that I said as much to you months ago.

Now, I didn't say Jackman was going to be the S-man. In fact, I seriously doubt it. But you can bet that if this source says WB was "sniffing around" Jackman for the role, then they were sniffing around the guy.

BOF update: I'll be in Dallas and Minneapolis from Wednesday through the Monday after 4th of July weekend. So, BOF will be completley on hiatus. Even if I find out some good Bat-news, I won't be able to pass it along to you until next week. So no updates from July 2 until July 8. And if nothing happens before then, all of you here in the States have a great and safe holiday. Late.

E! ONLINE confirms BOF Bat-news....Is Bale in the Bat-mix or not?
Saturday, June 28, 2003: E! ONLINE has run a story that's pretty much inline with what BOF has been reporting this past week. From E!:

So, we called Warner Bros. and asked them if Ashton Kutcher was Batman, and they said, "No." Naturally, we're hearing from everybody else that he is.

We also asked if the Batman 5 is about to happen and whether screenwriter David Goyer was, in fact, flying up to Vancouver, British Columbia--where Goyer's shooting Blade 3 this summer--to hang with director Christopher Nolan and talk about preproduction. Again, the answer was, "No."

So, we asked the basic "Is the movie shooting in Vancouver?" question. And, as they say, we were "met with static." So, when are these big announcements going to happen? When will we get that splashy pronouncement about the next Batman and the fact that it will likely roll out some time in 2004 or 2005? ('Nuff Said has already pieced this together.) When will it be too late in the summer to start shooting the movie?

Our sources report that the script is great, actually, and that everything is smooth sailing, except for the disagreement between the studio and Nolan over the casting of Bruce Wayne. The studio wants Kutcher, Nolan wants Guy Pearce or somebody who could actually play the role. Not always a bad thing. When Sony and Sam Raimi went to war in the Leonardo DiCaprio versus Wes Bentley Spidey fight, we got Tobey Maguire out of the deal, so why not? As long as Kutcher gets punk'd in the equation, we could care less.

Actually, it should be that they couldn't care less who gets the role besides Ashton. Anyway....Is Christian Bale in the mix for the role of Batman or not? BOF has recieved two conflicting reports--sort of--from two good sources. One sources says, "Bale is NOT in the running. His name associated with the role is nothing more than fanboy wishing." OK, while that source snuffs out any rumor of Bale as Bruce, another keeps the fire burning. "I've heard Bale's name in conjunction with 'Batman,' but so are a lot of others. But yeah, I'd say he at least is in the mix. But of course, that could have been only for 'Batman vs. Superman' [I think he is actually refering to Aronofsky's YEAR ONE--Jett] last summer." The saga continues. Enjoy (Thanks to "Steve" for the head's up on the E! story).

More on Nolan's BATMAN
Thursday, June 26, 2003 (second update): Head over to christophernolan.net for more on the BATMAN situation and perhaps WB's intentions for their DC COMICS-based films. Basically, the scooper tells the website that WB and Nolan have decided to extend the deadline for casting Batman until the end of summer (around the end of August). At that time it'll either be Kutcher--the studio's choice, or someone else of Nolan's liking. Apparantly, WB holds Nolan in such high regard, that they're willing to let the casting of Bruce Wayne be his call. Also, the scooper told the website that the 2005 release date first indicated by your's truly here at BATMAN ON FILM is on the money. Again, head over there for the entire article. (Thanks to "Steve" for the head's up)

"Doc Brown" in Nolan's BATMAN?
Thursday, June 26, 2003: This is from a new source, not a BOF regular, or long-time scooper. As a result, I'll have to attatch a disclaimer to it: BOF does not vouch for the total validity of this rumor, so keep that in mind as you read it. However, this bit of news from "Dan_Man" is interesting nonetheless. Let me give you a quick background of this dude and then I'll procede with his info. This dude dates a chick who works as a tourguide at Warner Brothers Studios. He and his girlfriend attended the showing of BLADE RUNNER at UCLA that was hosted by Chris Nolan--you know, the one in which it was announced that BATMAN would be his next project. Anyway, on with his scoop:

"Last week during lunch she [the girlfriend--Jett] mentioned to me that the director we saw at the 'Blade Runner' screening had been visiting Warner Bros. a lot (she had seen him various times walking around the office area ). I then told her that he ought to be visiting a lot seeing that he's directing the new 'Batman film.' She then proceeded to say, 'Oh yeah that's right, I wonder who Christopher Lloyd is going to play.' Evidently Mr Lloyd has been seen with Nolan several times in past week. last time my girlfriend saw him he had left what looks like a production office with a script. Nolan followed him out the door and they shook hands. Could DOC BROWN end up being the Scarecrow?"

"Word has it that Nolan...asked Warner Bros. to give him till the end of the summer to make his choice. Looks like he got his wish, Kutcher is basically in the role as far as Warners is concerned. But Nolan has a little over 2 months to find someone he fully likes and can convince the WB. I've heard from these people that Christopher Lloyd is basically locked in as The Scarecrow and has visited the studio more often than any of the other potential actors."

Christopher Lloyd as the Scarecrow? You know, that wouldn't be bad casting--if even true. While I have heard from reliable sources that Nolan plans on using THE FRIGHTENING script as basis for what David Goyer is writing, it is not a lock that The Scarecrow will even be the villain in the Nolan Bat-flick. So again, take this news with a grain of salt, but I am sure you'll find it interesting as I did. Late.

Nolan's BATMAN: 2005?
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: (From various BOF sources) You know, I planned to slow things down here at BOF during the summer. Since I have been doing this, news, etc. tends to be a bit slower this time of year. Of course last summer, we had the whole BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN saga. Anyway, a few tidbits came in today....A longtime BOF source wrote in to give a possible timeframe for Nolan's BATMAN. "2005," says this source. "I feel pretty confident saying that the studio is shooting for a 2005 release for the Chris Nolan 'Batman' film. I'm sure it would get a holiday or summer slot, most likely the latter. Look for pre-production and filming to start in 2004." 2005 huh? While I hope like hell that this happens, I'll believe it when I see it (see BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN fiasco, c. 2002)....The former webmaster of PURE BATMAN 5 RUMORS, "Frosteey" (who now is part of the ARONOFSKY.NET website), dropped BOF a line saying that he watched a re-run of THE DAILY SHOW and it just so happened to be the one with Guy Pearce. He says that at no time did Pearce mention anything regarding BATMAN--despite reports to the contrary. I didn't see the show myself, so maybe this is the case. Could someone have just been trying to strir up some Bat-rumor about Pearce? "Frosteey" also confirms through his sources some things BOF has been hearing: while Kutcher is indeed a serious contender for the role--perhaps even the front-runner, there are other actors in the mix. That's it for now, so much for "down time," right? Late.

Nolan Bat-film has a producer?
Tuesday, June 24, 2003: (From various BOF sources) According to a few BOF sources, Edward L. McDonnell will produce Nolan's BATMAN. McDonnell most recently served at executive producer of SHANGHAI KNIGHTS. He also served as producer of THREE KINGS and Nolan's INSOMNIA. Also, Greg Silverman is the executive in charge of getting this thing rolling. And word has it that this project is on the extreme fast-track....BOF readers, I have several irons in the fire regarding this Nolan Bat-film. Things are starting to move, so stay posted to BOF. (Thanks to "LSOK")

CATWOMAN to film in the fall
Monday, June 23, 2003: (From DARK HORIZONS and FILM JERK) According to online reports, CATWOMAN will film from September to December. The film will star Halle Berry as the feline fatale, although the character's name changes from the comicbook Selina Kyle, to movie Patience Price. In addition, screenwriter Ed Solomon has been hired to basically rewrite the entire script, since the word is that WB honchos were not too keen on previous one. He replaces screenwriter John Rogers, who is no longer with the project, and whose draft was rewritten by John Brancato and Mike Ferris. This will be WB's first comicbook-based film since--and you guessed it--1997's BATMAN AND ROBIN....Oh, by the way, if you want to read some of the CATWOMAN script, click HERE and head over to IGN FILMFORCE. Once there, read the story and follow the links....You know, Ashton Kutcher has not even been cast for Nolan's BATMAN, ok? Yet. Anyway, the absolute insane response to his potential casting is friggin' hillarious! Just for fun, I checked out various message boards around the net--including the BOF MESSAGE FORUM, just to see what people were saying. And you would have think that Kutcher's casting would bring about the apocalypse! Now, there are some people who seem to be able to give Ashton a chance--if and when he is even cast. But most say they just can't see "Kelso" in the Bat-suit. And we're talking about threats of boycotting the film, starting petitions, refusing to ever pay to see a WB film again, etc, etc. You know, I think I have seen this reaction once before. Hmmmm when was it? Oh yeah, it was back in '88 when they cast an actor mainly known for goofy, comic roles. I think I remember people bitching and moaning about "Mr. Mom" being cast as Batman. People sent petitions against this dude being cast as Bruce Wayne to WB. They threatened to boycott the film. But WB went ahead and made the film with this comedian guy. How did that turn out anyway?

Kutcher rumor "legit"
Saturday, June 21, 2003: After I posted yesterday's story on BOF, I headed up to Big D (Dallas) to check out the Astros vs. the Texas Rangers (My 'stros kicked butt, btw!). But I did fire an email off to a longtime BOF source, hoping to get their take on this Kutcher-is-Batman rumor. Just got back into town, and here is the latest....BOF's source responded simply by saying that the "rumor is legit. This could actually happen." Ok, so I believe it is safe to assume that this is not some fan-boy, internet hoax....Over at DARK HORIZONS, Garth ran a story on the rumor that included info from one of his sources. Here's a bit of it"

"Essentially, the studio has had another 'Ratner' situation on their hands, because the director wants someone, and the studio wants someone else. That someone the studio wants is Ashton Kutcher. Thankfully, it's not as big a deal as the whole Superman thing [which has been madness], because in this place everyone gets along - and from what I hear Kutcher is the new Batman. Done deal."

This DH report obviously throws a bit more credibility to all of this. I'd suggest you sit tight, keep checking out BOF, and let's see how this all shakes out.

Kutcher IS Batman?
Friday, June 20, 2003: (From E! ONLINE) "Young and unknown." That was BOF's description of the actor who would be the next Batman. This is what director Chris Nolan was looking for, as he wants to explore The Bat young. As in "18 to 25 young," was how a BOF source depicted Nolan's take on the Bat late last year. Well, that indeed seems to be the case. Now this uh, dude (tounge firmly in cheek--Jett), is not a complete unknown, but he isn't a mega superstar and household name either. But he is young and would fit the bill as a young Bruce Wayne. And his name has been attatched to this project before, and he even tested for Brett Ratner for SUPERMAN when he was still attatched to direct that project. So who is it? Well, according to E! ONLINE, it is Kelso himself, Ashton Kutcher! According to the report, WB is fast-tracking the project with the latest script revision due soon. Remember, several sources related to BOF that Nolan wanted the script complete by this summer, so this is on-line with that timeframe. And the word is that WB is fast-tracking BATMAN. Here's a bit from the piece explaining how this could happen:

"When now out director Brett Ratner got close to casting SUPERMAN this year, he tested and retested Kutcher, who apparently did well. The 'known mostly as a comic actor and that's even a stretch' Kutcher seemed to want Bats over Supes (who wouldn't?) and is now close to being announced as the lead in the flick to be directed by Christopher Nolan."

Before you go on a Kutcher-as-Batman-induced-bender, let BOF remind you all that once upon a time, a dude mostly known for his comic work was cast as Batman. That was 15 years ago when Michael "Mr. Mom" Keaton was tapped to don the cape and cowl. And let me tell you, there was an absolute HUGE outrage over Keaton's casting. And how did that turn out? To this day, there are people who are still clamoring for MK to return to the role--which is never going to happen by the way. I will say this, Kutcher is much more physically suited for the role than Keaton was. And perhaps he can act his ass off in a dramatic role. BOF advice: if he lands to role, keep an open mind. Stay tuned to this one, it is starting to get good.

Guy Pearce confirms Bat-interest?
Monday, June 16, 2003: (From DARK HORIZONS) Actor Guy Pearce (MOMENTO) was quoted recently on THE DAILY SHOW saying: "Chris Nolan seems to think I'd make a good Batman", Jon Stewart: "When did you turn that down?", Guy Pearce: "I haven't yet". Interesting. Seems that Nolan might be differing from the rumors that he wants to go young and unknown--although it isn't like Pearce is ultra-famous and a superstar here in the U.S. And he's what, 35ish? About about the same age as Keaton (a bit older), Kilmer, and Clooney were when they took the role. He'd be a good choice in my opinion. I guess we'll find out eventually.

Uh, I just ain't buying that script "spoiler"
Thursday, June 12, 2003: Hey ya'll. Jett here. Listen, I told you loyal BATMAN ON FILM readers not to take much stock in that potential Goyer script "spoiler" from earlier in the week. I ran it past a couple of BOF's oldest and best sources since then, and, uh, they don't think much about it. Frankly, it just ain't jiving with what I have been hearing. I'm not saying that it is total BS, but I'll just say that BOF is not prepared to stand behind it. At all. FYI boys....As far as that Rob Estes rumor, sources insist that Nolan intends to go with a young actor--25ish, give or take a few years--to portray The Dark Knight. Estes is around 40. Figure that one out.

Another Bat-candidate, a new animated Bat-series, and Goyer script info?
Monday, June 9, 2003: Since summer is upon us, news tends to move slower. As a result, don't expect consistant updates here at BOF unless something breaks. Plus, you know how slow getting Bat-movie news can be anyway, right? Ok then, a few odds and ends....An unconfirmed source tells BOF that among the actors that director Chris Nolan has met with is former "Melrose Place" star Rob Estes....I'll warn you--just in case--that this next bit of news could be a possible Goyer script spoiler. Again, this is unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt. According to this scooper, the storyline may include a scenario where the Scarecrow sets up The Batman to look like a villain, while he becomes a hero to Gotham. Thus when Bats takes him down, this does not sit well with fair Gotham. Sounds kinda, BATMAN RETURNSish doesn't it? Again, BOF can't confirm this rumor, so keep that in mind....Seems that WB has got yet another animated BATMAN series in the works. But just what's it going to be? According to SUPERHERO HYPE! says that it'll be some sort of YEAR ONE-type series featuring a young Bruce Wayne/Batman. "A source tells us that WB is preparing for a brand new Batman animated series. It will be based on a young Batman and his early years as a superhero. Almost a 'Year One' of sorts aimed at the young teens. The producers of 'Static Shock' are developing this new series," says the website report. Then today, AIN'T IT COOL NEWS reports that that the series will be titled BATMAN WIRED and feature a armor-clad Batman, apparantly from the continuity set by the original animated series. So which one is it?

So there you have that. Not much, but at least a little something. Hang in there, hopefully something bigger will break soon. I'll still be around, but this is also the time I go on vacation. In the next few weeks, I'll be heading up to Dallas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and San Antonio. Not consecutively, but I'll hit each for a few days. For now, Jett out.

Goyer to helm BLADE III
Monday, June 2, 2003: (From several on-line sources) Screenwriter David Goyer, scribe of the BLADE movie franchise, has been tapped to direct the third installment of the series. Goyer also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film. Filming is to begin sometime this summer. Goyer was hired last spring to pen the screenplay for Warner Brothers' and director Chris Nolan's BATMAN film. This shouldn't affect the timeframe for Nolan's Bat-flick as rumor has it that Goyer may have already submitted a first draft. It is possible that another screenwriter may be hired for any rewrites and script polishing. Or Nolan himself may work on the script.

Five years for BATMAN ON FILM!
Sunday, June 1, 2003: In June of 1998, JettD60's BATMAN 5 Page hit the web. Five years later, BATMAN ON FILM is still bringing you the latest Bat-movie news. Thanks to all of you readers who have made this site what it is today. Here's to another five years--and hoping we get a Bat-film before then!

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