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BATMAN Codename? Eastwood not into comicbook films?
Monday, December 1, 2003: Our friend "LSOK" has informed us that the new BATMAN film's codename is "Project Y;" according to the latest "EMPIRE MAGAZINE." Still no word on the official title of this film --BOF is sticking with BATMAN 5 for now....Another friend of BOF's, "Stax" from IGN FILMFORCE, dug up a recent quote by Clint Eastwood regarding his interesting in doing a comicbook-based movie. "I'm too old to make comic books. I like adventure films. I like a good adventure film as much as the next guy. But, it's not for me." As I said when the Eastwood rumor broke, I very much doubt he would actually do a BATMAN film....I am very curious if this main villain--"a businessman who once clashed with Bruce Wayne's father," as our respected BOF source told us--is Ra's AL Ghul or not. If so, is Katie Holmes up for Talia? Or is this some other villain all together? Very interesting to say the least!

The new Bat-film begins filming early next year.

BATMAN casting info
Sunday, November 30, 2003 (second update): With all the casting and "sequel/restart" rumors floating around, BOF has been trying to find out just what the hell is going on. This in tonight from what could be BOF's best industry insiders:

Your timing couldn't be better [I just emailed this guy with a bunch of Bat-questions, and he quickly responded--Jett].

I'm just packing up to head back to XXXXX following a couple of months here in L.A.

I'm not sure if it's a sequel or a restart, but here's some stuff FYI:

Katie Holmes is in deep talks to play Bruce Wayne's girlfriend; Christopher Eccleston is in deep talks to play what will presumably be "The Scarecrow"; no talks have been initiated for the role of "Sgt. (?) Gordon"; the other major villain is a businessman who once clashed with Bruce Wayne's father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, yet no one is in talks for that role as of yet; and Michael Caine is in deep talks to portray "Alfred Pennyworth."

Hope this helps.

OK, so let's recap. This source confirms the Eccleston/Scarecrow and Caine/Alfred rumors. We now have a love interest for Bruce in Katie Holmes. The other "major villain," has no one attatched to the role as of yet. Just what could this "businessman" role be? Is it Ra's? And no one is in the mix yet for Gordon--Sgt. or Commisioner.

Eastwood up for Gordon?! More sequel/restart?
Sunday, November 30, 2003: So, there's this Clint Eastwood-as-mayor-of-Gotham rumor floating the net. BOF saw it as well, and inquired about it to some pretty good sources. One source--in which I really trust--had this to say about said rumor:

If he is up for any role, it isn't for the "Mayor of Gotham City." It would be either for Gordon or the main villain himself. And perhaps they [SKY NEWS--Jett] got it wrong, confusing "Mayor of Gotham" with Commissioner Gordon?

Frankly, it wouldn't be a bad choice--Eastwood as Gordon--despite the fact dude is 70 or so. However, BOF's take is to take this with a huge grain of salt. I don't think that Eastwood would take a role in this film, to tell you the truth....Also responding to a BOF question about the whole "sequel/restart" debate, was another pretty good industry "insider," who has become a friend of BOF. "WB just plans on making 'Batman' movies," says our source. "I don't think it is really a restart or a sequel, to tell you the truth. The fan can make their own determination."

WB registers BATMAN domain
Saturday, November 29, 2003: I have recieved several emails from BOF readers telling me that the domain, "www.batmanintimidation.com," has been registered by WB. After checking it out, it has been confirmed that the studio secured that domain on September 9, 2003. So, what about "www.batmanintimidationgame.com?" Well, it is not owned by WB and was only registered just yesterday--November 28. It has also been reported here at BOF a while ago that "www.batmanthefrightening.com" is also owned by WB and does not expire until 2006. So what's the title going to be? I think you can perhaps rule out "Intimidation Game," since WB does not own that domain and obviously made no attempt to do so. Hell, maybe it is something else all together! We'll see soon enough as filming is set to begin early in 2004. Until an official title is confirmed, BOF is going to refer to it as BATMAN 5.

BvS script review!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 (second update): First, I just wanted to say that BOF digs the choice of Michael Caine as Alfred--good work Nolan and co.! You are doing a fine job so far! Now, I don't know if the rumors are true regarding Daniel Day-Lewis as Ra's, but I think he would be a fine choice....My friend "LSOK" over at the SUPERMAN-V.COM website has written a simply fantastic review of the Andrew Kevin Walker/Akiva Goldsman BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN script. I highly recommend that you click HERE and read it. I agree with just about everything "LSOK" had to say regarding the script. Let me say just one thing regarding the Goldsman "rewrites;" they were not as sweeping as one may think and AKW's original storyline stayed pretty much intact. With that said, do head over there and check it out!

It's official: Sir Michael Caine is Alfred!
Tuesday, November 25, 2003: Geez, that was fast. Fresh on the heals of yesterday's update, in which a BOF source indicated that the role of "...Alfred will go to an actor in his 60's," VARIETY is reporting that British actor Sir Michael Caine--who is actually 70--has landed the role of Bruce Wayne's trusted butler, confidant, and partner, Alfred Pennyworth, in the upcoming BATMAN film helmed by Chris Nolan. Caine is the second actor that has officially signed on for the film, joining Christian Bale who will don the cape and cowl as The Batman. Micheal Gough played the role of Alfred in the Burton/Schumacher Bat-films, while Alan Napier was the Alfred in the 60's TV series.

Undoubtedly, casting is taking place. Bale has been on the project for a few months and Caine has just recently signed on. Rumor has it that Christopher Eccleston is up for the role of The Scarecrow, while Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis could be in the mix for villain Ra's Al Ghul--although BOF has some serious doubts that he would actually take the role.

Filming is set to begin early next year for a 2005 release.

Ra's actor rumor. More sequel or restart info
Monday, November 24, 2003: This in today:

I read some of your latest stories, and some of it seems to mesh with what I have heard myself. From the few bits and pieces I have come across, it looks like this film [B:IG--Jett] will be getting a "Bond" type of treatment: meaning that this film will not be a blatant restart of the series. But it isn't a sequel either. I agree with your other source that says this is just [Chris] Nolan's "BATMAN" film. However, I don't agree that Michael Gough and Pat Hingle are returning. From what I've heard, both the studio and Nolan want to go younger. I'd look for a 50ish actor cast as Gordon while Alfred will go to an actor in his 60's.

I recently came across a nice article in BROKEN FRONTIER that provides a nice rundown to of the history of BATMAN 5. Check it out--I think you'll find it a nice read....One name I've heard more than once associated with Ra's is Daniel Day-Lewis (GANGS OF NEW YORK) but please take this as strictly rumor right now. But yep, I've heard his name from more than one source...How 'bout them 8-3 Dallas Cowboys! Is Bill Parcells a GREAT coach or what? It's been a great year so far....Hope all of you in the States have a great holiday this Thursday. Late.

Sequel, or not?
Thursday, November 20, 2003: This in overnight:

I don't know about Gough and Hingle returning for this film--I wouldn't put too much stock into that one. But I wouldn't be shocked if they did return....Remember when I told you that this film wouldn't scream restart? That is looking more and more the case. If people want to go view this film as a sequel, they can. If they want to go watch the movie and believe that they are seeing a restart, they can do that as well. The film is going to look different than the previous four, no doubt. But it is my opinion that fans will be able to view this either way. There won't be a big disclaimer at the beginning saying "This is a restart" or "This is a sequel." It's just going to be Nolan's BATMAN film.

Gough, Hingle to return?!
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 (second update): Now, I heard this stuff when it broke earlier--couldn't post it on BOF due to the fact that I was at work--so I did email this to all of my sources. Now I am going to share this with you--something that I have heard for a while actually--but PLEASE keep in mind that it is only rumor. What my source told me is this:

"Tell all those BOF readers of yours that they shouldn't be suprprised if Pat Hingle and Michael Gough return as Gordon and Alfred repectively. Tell them not to be surprised in the least...."

Speaks volumes. I guess we soon shall see! Late.

Scarecrow cast for B:IG?
Wednesday, November 19, 2003: For a long time now, BOF has been telling you--through our sources--that The Scarecrow was going to be in Chris Nolan's Bat-film. I believe that we were among the first to report this and have been adament about it. Well now, the great CINESCAPE website, is sort of confirming all of this. The Scarecrow, Ra's Al Ghul, the whole deal we've been hearing about. If you want to read the entire scoop, click on the previous link, but here is a bit of it:

According to our source, the film's primary bad guy will remain R'as al Ghul, the immortal whose vision of a world without chaos reaches through centuries of time. But the idea is to introduce the Scarecrow early in the film to show audiences that this BATMAN movie is different than its predecessors; namely, that it's darker and scarier, and that the rogues that Batman face in Nolan's vision of Gotham City are far more dangerous than the ones seen in Joel Schumacher's BATMAN movies.

Our agent tells us that the idea is to show the Scarecrow terrorizing Gotham so Nolan's version of Batman (played by Christian Bale) can be introduced. After bringing down Scarecrow the plot would then move on to Batman having to leave Gotham City, possibly as a result of the actions of this opening segment, and travelling to London where al Ghul is located. There the majority of the film's story takes place.

The part is small and isn't like the previous three BATMAN [Four Bat-films in total--Jett] films which have seen the Dark Knight face two villains throughout the picture. There may be a possibility that Scarecrow could return in a future BATMAN movie but for now it's meant to be a one-time appearance and that's all [Which is just what BOF has been reporting--Jett].

"The person in mind to play [Scarecrow] is Christopher Eccleston," writes "Lucky Ace", our [CINESCAPE's--Jett] scooper. Eccleston is British and was most recently seen in Danny Boyle's post-apocalytic zombie movie 28 DAYS LATER as Major West.

Pretty consistant with what BOF has been reporting and hearing. But I will say that if Eccleston is indeed the choice for the role, Nolan did a hell of a job!

Hemming hire official
Tuesday, November 18, 2003: According to LATINO REVIEW, Lindy Hemming's hiring as costume director for BATMAN: INTIMIDATION GAME is official. Check out the link to the website to read the entire article....So what is the future of BOF? That's something I have been asking myself. As a lot of you longtime readers know, BOF has been around now for well over 5 years. That is a LONG time in internet years. BOF's goal has always been to make sure that nothing but the best BATMAN film be made. I wanted to make sure that WB knew that they made a HUGE mistake with B&R and something like that should NEVER happen again. Now, it's still a ways off until 2005 and INTIMIDATION GAME, but I think BOF has achieved its goal. I hope. So, is there still a need for BOF? This is something I have asked myself. The answer I came up with is yes--unitl the time the film is released in 2005. At that time, BOF will come out with a review for the film, and that'll be it--sort of. I plan to keep the site alive as kinda a history of the events that led to B:IG. Hell, I've put too much work into this thing since June of '98 to just let it go gently into that good night. Plus, I think there may be some interest in what happened between B&R and B: IG--I mean, there was A LOT of sh#t! I plan to keep the BOF FORUM up and running. But I will take a step or two away from BOF and no longer be regularly writing and reporting for the site. Nonetheless, you will still be able to find something Bat-movie related by clicking on BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM! Thanks for all your support, and let's get ready for the production news from the set of BATMAN: INTIMIDATION GAME!

No Egghead in BATMAN
Thursday, November 6, 2003: According BOF reader "Frank M.," pro wrestler Edge is not in the upcoming Bat-flick: this coming from Edge himself. He took part of an online chat session this afternoon called "BYTE THIS!" on www.wwe.com. The wrestler said that he's not in the new Bat-film and that his attatchment to the film was nothing more than rumor. Just as a BOF source reported yesterday.

Egghead in INTIMIDATION GAME?!
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 (Second update): Got an email in today from a longtime, good source weighing in on this "Edge-as-Egghead" rumor that's been going around. "If that is true--and I really question it--it's for an extreemly small role. I know for a FACT that there is not one bit of camp in this film. Not one bit. That was mandated from on high. Tell the BOF readers not to worry about this one, and it's probably not even true."

Wednesday, November 5, 2003: At first, I wasn't going to do a story on this. But it seems that this rumor won't go away. Several sources--in particular Pro Wrestling websites and magazines--are reporting that the pro wrestler "Edge" (Adam Copeland), has nabbed the role of Egghead in the upcoming BATMAN film. There have been no details regarding the role or the size of it. If true, it would have to be some small role. At first, I just called "BS" on this. But after doig a bit of digging, while no one will confirm the rumor, nobody can shoot it down either. Egghead is a character from the 60s TV show portrayed by Vincent Price.

Studio: INTIMIDATION GAME
Friday, October 31, 2003: According to the official website for PINEWOOD/SHEPPERTON STUDIOS, a movie titled INTIMIDATION GAME is currently listed as being "in pre-production, shooting, in production or post production." Still no word whether or not this is just a working title or the official title for Chris Nolan's BATMAN film. And obviously, the film is currently in preproduction, gearing up to begin filming sometime in early '04....If Morgan Freeman is really in the casting mix for this film, I wonder if it could be for Gordon? I'm not saying it is, OK! But, it would be an interesting choice for the role, IMO.

Morgan Freeman is The Scarecrow?! Tony Hopkins is Pennyworth?!
Thursday, October 30, 2003: And didn't I just tell ya'll that there would not be any major casting news--official news, that is--until after the first of the year? Yeah, I think I did. Anyway, AICN is reporting the same timeframe for casting annoucements that you 'ol friends here at BOF have been telling you: There will be no major casting annoucements until after the first of the year. Cool. But Harry is also reporting this:

"...the producers are looking at a few high level actors for a few of the supporting roles. It looks like they are focused on Morgan Freeman for a 'Dr./Scientist' role. What this role is, I don't know for sure...but it's possibly one of the main villian roles. And get this.....they are considering Anthony Hopkins for 'Alfred'."

Now, I could dig that casting--in fact, dig it quite a bit. Let's see if it pans out. What I am curious about is, who the hell is going to be Gordon? And, didn't I tell ya'll that I have always heard that The Scarecrow was in this film? I guess we will soon see.

Quaid not in the mix? No BATMAN news until 2004?
Tuesday, October 28, 2003: Word in from a trusted source indicating that Dennis Quaid is not in the mix to portray Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming BATMAN film. Quaid was said to be up for the role of Gordon--perhaps even the front-runner. Not so says this BOF source. "Sure, Quaid's name may have been in the mix [for the role of Gordon--Jett], but I don't know how serious that [rumor] was," says the source. "But I am pretty sure he is no longer up for the role." Adding legitimacy to this is that Quaid has recently been linked to SYNERGY--a comic-drama for UNIVERSAL....No Bat-casting news until 2004? That's what another source has told BOF. "I wouldn't expect any major news, casting or otherwise, until early in 2004. With the lead cast in Christian Bale, the word is is that WB will not make any news regarding the production public until after the first of the year."

BATMAN, directed by Chris Nolan and starring Christian Bale, is set to begin production early in 2004.

It's not BATMAN
Tuesday, October 14, 2003: FYI. The word from several sources overnight is that the upcoming script review reported yesterday is NOT for BATMAN, but most likely the third SUPERMAN draft. Man that WB is guarding this Bat-script like hell!

BATMAN script review coming?
Monday, October 13, 2003: Could someone have finally gotten hold of David Goyer's VERY top secret BATMAN script? The one that Chris Nolan will soon direct? WB has kept this thing under a very tight lock-and-key and as a result, very little details about the script have leaked. And if someone does indeed have the script, then many questions will be answered. Like just who is the main villain? Well, despite trying like hell to get a copy of this script, BOF is not the lucky bastard who has it. But LATINO REVIEW just might have their mits on the thing. According to the website, they will soon review "a TOP SECRET SUPERHERO SCRIPT that only we have about a man in a cape from Warner Brothers." And they have already reviewed SUPERMAN. It's gotta be The Bat. We soon shall see....Hey Eaglefan! 23-21. Do ya think that Andy Reid forgot just who was coaching the Cowboys? It ain't Dave Campo. (Thanks to "Stax" for the head's up regarding the script review.)

Malkovich to be The Scarecrow?
Wednesday, October 8, 2003: I was talking via email last night to another internet entertainment reporter--from one of the bigger websites you'd know--regarding the latest BATMAN casting rumors. And he reminded me that John Malkovich has long been rumored for the role of The Scarecrow. And that's true, going all the way back to the days of the long dead BATMAN TRIUMPHANT. And with the rumors that The Scarecrow could be in Chris Nolan's Bat-film, perhaps Malkovich is up for that role? I'm not saying he is--hell, I don't even know for sure that he's up for any Bat-role. But, IMO, he's make a pretty good Dr. Crane.

Ra's, Gordon cast?
Tuesday, October 7, 2003: According to a scooper at SUPERHERO HYPE!, John Malkovich and Dennis Quaid have been cast in the Chris Nolan directed BATMAN: INTIMIDATION GAME--as Ra's Al Ghul and James Gordon respectively. BOF warns to take this with a grain of salt right now, as this should be considered nothing but rumor. However, BOF has been told by seveal sources that Quaid is in the mix for the role of Gordon. In fact, BOF was one of the first--if not the first--to go public with that rumor. However, I can't say the same thing for the Malcovich rumor. Stay posted to BOF as more Bat-news comes in!

Guy Pearce turned down Bat-role?
Wednesday, October 1, 2003: According to Clint over at MOVIEHOLE, Guy Pearce was offered the role of Bruce Wayne first, and apparantly turned it down. "Guy Pearce had the role in the bag," MOVIEHOLE's main main told BOF in a recent email, "until an Aussie film took his fancy more." That film is The Proposition, a bushranger western written by Nick Cave. And according to the website's scooper, Pearce was concerned with typecasting as well. While Pearce would have worked as The Dark Knight, Christian Bale is a much, MUCH better choice--in the opinion of BOF....Interesting blurb from a good and longtime source who is an "industry insider." "From the bits and pieces I have heard about this film, it is not going to scream 'restart.' While this most likely isn't a sequel to the previous films, I don't think [Chris] Nolan and company are going to go out of the way to make this a 'restart.' They are just going to make their 'Batman' movie." You know what, I have to agree. They are just going to make the best Bat-film that they can make and not worry about it being a restart, sequel, or prequel for that matter. In fact, I have heard something very similar to this from another unrelated source some time ago. I guess we soon shall see....One quick note regarding the release date. I inquired about the release date and more than one person told BOF to expect it to hit theaters Friday, July 1, 2005.

Release date: July 4, 2005?
Monday, September 29, 2003: According to YAHOO MOVIES, WB has selected July 4, 2005 as the release date for Chris Nolan's BATMAN film. This is one of the biggest release dates of the year, and will put it against the next INDIANA JONES film...I have recieved more confirmation that Lindy Hemming is indeed the costume designer for the film. I have put in a confirm/denial request with her management, but no response yet. Nevertheless, I have heard from several--and unrelated sources--saying she has the gig....I have pulled the Orson Welles story due to the fact that it seems to be a hoax.

The Batman has his tailor?
Wednesday, September 24, 2003: I have been told by more than one, and unrelated, sources that Lindy Hemming will be the costume designer on Chris Nolan's BATMAN film. I am trying to get final comfirmation still, but Hemming looks to be onboard. Remember, BOF sources have told us that one of Nolan's mandates was the end of the rubber-armour Batsuit. But I doubt that we will be getting a straight cloth and spandex Bat-costume. Must say I am interested in seeing the finished product.

Some INTIMIDATION bits and pieces
Saturday, September 20, 2003: I've heard this, but now a MOVIEHOLE source is confirming it. So, did the internet have anything to do with Bale's casting as The Batman? "A friend at WB told me that two things clinched it, says Clint from the website, "the internet interest in Bale as Batman and the fact that he is still relatively inexpensive to cast." I am pretty sure that the fact that Bale was a huge fan-favorite for the role did indeed have an influence on the casting decision--but of course, Bale had to win the role outright....There is no truth in the rumor that BATMAN: YEAR ONE is still in the works. According to this rumor making the rounds, David Boreanaz and Josh Whedon were in the mix as star and--I assume--new writer/director of the project. Uh, no. It is dead as George Washington....According to several sources, Wally Pfister has been confirmed as director of photography for INTIMIDATION. Pfister has already started working on the project....I can't believe I didn't mention this in an earlier update--Hey Giant fan! 35-32! How did that can of Tuna taste? Late.

More INTIMIDATION casting soon? Flashbacks?
Friday, September 19, 2003: Got a couple of things for you, so here goes....The word from several sources is that additional casting on INTIMIDATION will be coming very soon. It might have already happened, but the casting has not been made public. So be looking for it over the next few days or weeks....More than one source--and unrelated ones--have told BOF that this Bat-film will feature "flashbacks." The exact details are unknown, although there is speculation that The Batman's origin is a candidate for such treatment. This could involve Ra's as well....Kurt Russell's name is starting to pop up on the rumor mill for Gordon. Russell's name has long been rumored for the role--as far back as 1998. In fact, this was the very first rumor that BOF did a story on way back in June of 1998. The Dennis Quaid rumor is getting a lot of run right now. Stay tuned to BOF for all you Bat-movie news!

More INDIMIDATION rumors and info!
Sunday, September 14, 2003: This in overnight. This longtime BOF scooper warns to take this as rumor right now:

As you know Jett, WB is guarding the Nolan/Goyer script like none before. Very few people have seen it, but a few things about it are starting to get out. As I told you before, as more people are added to work on the project, the more info will leak out.

Anyway, tell your readers that Ra's is indeed in this film. How much, I am not sure. I am not sure if he is intended to be a true "villain" as we are used to seeing in a "Batman" film. The Scarecrow--I keep hearing that he's in the film.

I have also heard that this is a true "Batman" film in every shape and form, so Gordon, Alfred, Gotham and the "Batman mythos" will be in the film. One rumor I've heard that we'll see a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne for some of the film. He's on his world travels before he returns to Gotham and begins his life as Batman. This is what brings him to London and meeting Ra's. However, I've not heard yet that this is a flat-out "origin" film. But I believe Alan Horn has mentioned that the studio wanted to reestablish the character [Batman--Jett] in an origin film.

INDIMIDATION rumors!
Saturday, September 13, 2003: A few things I have been hearing--before and after the Christian Bale news. But, take as rumor until further notice....A little birdie told BOF that the final group of actors who screentested, also signed Bat-contracts. So if WB went with them, it was a done deal then and there. And these contracts were for three pictures. However, some of them may have had an out, if they actually got the role. Josh Hartnett had an out when testing for SUPERMAN, because he didn't want to committ to three films. Bale may have had this out--I don't know for sure. But, this is not a one-shot deal--WB is intent on continuing the Bat-series after Nolan's film. And this includes BvS, as Alan Horn really likes the script and premise for the film....So, who is going to be Gordon? I've been told by a source that since Bale is 29--and could be playing The Bat at around 25--look for Gordon to at least be in his mid 40's. Here's an interesting name I've heard recently: Dennis Quaid....I have heard yet again that The Scarecrow is in this film, but not much regarding Ra's. I am sure we'll find out soon enough as casting is taking place as we speak....This is quite obvious, but Robin is not in this film....I've heard that Michael Gough will not return as Alfred as previously rumored....More--MUCH more I am sure--as new info comes in. Stay tuned to BOF for all you Bat-details!

It's Official: Bale is Batman!!!!
Thursday, September 11, 2003: Well, I knew he was one of the two finalists, and I had a feeling he was the one. And I knew that the decision was coming REAL soon. And he's it....This press release in today from Warner Brothers announcing that Christian Bale will be the next Batman. Oh yeah, congrats to all you Bat fan-boys, this is what you wanted:

Christian Bale

BURBANK, CA, 11 September 2003- Christian Bale has been cast in the starring role of Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming Batman movie, to be directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Emma Thomas. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of production for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Principal photography on the film is expected to begin in early 2004. The movie is written by David Goyer and Nolan, and will follow the early career of The Dark Knight.

Said Nolan, "What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for."

Robinov stated, "Now that we've found the best person to play Batman, we are really looking forward to moving ahead with the rest of our casting, and are excited about the exceptional group we are assembling."

Now, according to Harry at AICN, "one" of the villains is Ras Al Ghul, and The Scarecrow--as has long been reported by BOF--will have a "small part." And the film will also include London as a setting. What has Nolan and Goyer have cooking? The great thing is that we soon shall see!

Also, keep an eye out for some things an earlier scooper--the "Fuel Man"--told BOF. If you remember, he said the following were mandated by Nolan: smaller, sleeker batmobile, & the departure of the rubber suit. He had also mentioned that Bale was one of the names on WB's Bat-list.

It is on! After over five years of running this site. Over five years of trying to make sure that WB would give us the ultimate Bat-film. After five years of wishing and hoping, and ups and downs. After almost getting BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN in the summer of '02--only to have the rug pulled out from under us. We have finally won! We perhaps ARE finally getting the ultimate Bat-film! With a great director, screenwriter, and now an actor that most Bat-fans wanted, how could this go wrong? Good job WB, you got this one right. And I gotta wonder if BOF, and YOU influenced WB at all? Now WB, get that damn movie out--which by the way, is scheduled for a 2005 release. Late.

More Bat-details
Monday, September 8, 2003: OK, first up, I have to be vague with this info. Let's just say that I know more than I can give out right now. More details later....I have heard from more than one source that it is down to two actors--I know which ones, but I just can't say right now. But they are from the group who were screentested. One of them may be apprehensive to take the role, because of a possible role in another famous film franchise in the future....I have heard from more than one source--and this is nothing really new--that Michael Uslan will again Bat-produce, along with Nolan vet Emma Thomas....Casting could come soon. REAL soon. The word is that WB wants to get this thing rolling--and it already is really--because filming will start soon after the first of the year....There has been some talk that WB is considering a Holliday 2004 release--but summer 2005 is also strongly in the mix. More later....Oh, yeah, a bit from VARIETY.

"Warner execs and helmer Chris Nolan are readying 'Batman' for a production start in early 2004....Last week, WB and Nolan tested several actors -- among them Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Cillian Murphy and Eion Bailey -- to determine who will next don the bat cape. A casting decision is expected as early as this week. [The Bat]Film, developed from a script by David Goyer, should hit theaters in 2005." The same article--By CATHY DUNKLEY and JONATHAN BING--also comments about the status of BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN, "Longtime production chief Lorenzo di Bonaventura parted ways with the studio in part over a creative battle with WB prexy Alan Horn to push the edgier 'Batman vs. Superman' into production first. Insiders say a final clash of the superheroes is still possible, but the studio is determined first to breath life into 'Batman' and 'Superman' as separate entities -- a function of Horn and WB chairman-CEO Barry Meyer's mandate to build AOL TW's lucrative library gradually."

Is The Scarecrow the villain?
Friday, September 5, 2003 (Second update): I was just about to call it a night, and I got this in from one of BOF's better sources:

Now, I have not read the script--only heard bits and pieces about it. I'd chalk up what I've heard as rumor. And as I have told you before, the word going around for a while is that The Scarecrow is in Nolan's film. I read the AICN story in which Harry speculates that the villain is Ra's. But after talking to a few people today--and believe me this is the hottest thing going around right now--those sets that were described could involve Dr. Crane. They could be sets that will involve feargas-induced hallucinations. I'm trying to get a look at that script, but the studio [WB--Jett] has that thing under TIGHT lock and key. And most people real close to the film aren't saying a damn word. But as more people come aboard during preproduction, tongues will start to wag. But again, those Scarecrow rumors have been strong for a while. But they could have also always been a studio smokescreen.

Various bit of Bat-news and rumor!
Friday, September 5, 2003: Let me preface by reassuring you all that I am still around--just busy as hell right now! And yes, I am fired up by all this exciting new Bat-news. Do you think that I would miss all this after running this site for over five years? It's been the goal of BOF from the beginning--the summer of '98--to help see to it that a GREAT BATMAN film is made. And perhaps this will be it....The Bat-news regarding Nolan's flick is starting to snowball, so here's the latest....Harry has a new article up at AICN, where he speculates that Ra's Al Ghul is the villian in the upcoming BATMAN: INTIMIDATION. Now, I read the "scoop" that led to Harry's assumption that Ra's is the villain, and I just don't see what he sees. Perhaps he's heard something in addition to his latest report, that says:

"...sets are being constructed including a giant lair in the shape of a spiders web. Speculating, the only thing that i can think of would be the black widow played in the the 60s by Bette Davis. There is also supposed to be a few of the sets with a strong egyptian theme but he was fuzzy on the detials as they are only head height in order to make room for the remainder of them to be computer generated."

Egyptian theme? Could be Ra's, but it sure as hell had better not be King Tut! Just joking. Anyway, we should find out soon enough....More details on the Nolan Bat-film come from LATINO REVIEW. According to the site:

1- The title is INTIMIDATION GAME.
2- Emma Thomas (INSOMNIA, MEMENTO) is the producer.
3- Now in full pre-production at Shepperton studios.
4- Shooting starts shooting at the end of February 2004.
5- Shooting in Shepperton studios and on location in the U.K.

And yet even more rumors come in from DARK HORIZONS. The DH source says that "one of the workshops at Shepperton has 'Dark Knight Films' on the sign." The source also says that Christian Bale, Josh Hartnett and Cillian Murphy are the leading candidates to be tapped the new Dark Knight--with Murphy the probable winner. The source says Bale will not take the role because it will cost him Bond in the future. Remember, BOF reported the same thing about Bale a while back. And another DH source--and this is sort of out of left field--went to see Russell Crowe's band "30 Odd Foot of Grunts'" where he allegedly announced that he's been offered a "damn bad guy role thing that the guy from Memento's doing". I don't know about that one, frankly....Well that's about it for today. BOF is checking into all this with some of the site's own sources to get their take on the situation. Stay tuned to BOF, because you know more is coming.

BOF source: This is it! And more Bat-news!
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 (second update): Bunch of stuff, so let's get started....Thanks to Johannes of the great christophernolan.net website, I was made aware that I was correct in that WB does not own "www.batmanintimidation.com." But they DO own "www.batman-intimidation.com" and ".net." I checked it out and it is true. And it seems that they actually secured these domains just yesterday. I guess some on-the-ball dude squated on the other one. But yep, WB owns them so you can chalk up the INTIMIDATION news as pretty darn true....Over at AICN, Harry has run a follow up to the THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story that BOF ran earlier today, and his own story regarding INTIMIDATION from yesterday. He's got a nice breakdown of the actors that are up for the role, with pictures and Harry's take on each. Not a bad list, except for Joshua Jackson--just can't see it. Actually, and I am surprising myself, I am really starting to warm to Christian Bale. But a few of the others will work as well, IMO. I am just glad that they are going after an ACTOR, and not someone like *cough* Kutcher *cough*. Harry goes on to say that he has...

"...got confirmation about the Shepperton Studios story. The title of the Pre-production project is BATMAN: INTIMIDATION and it is the Christopher Nolan film. They've begun crewing up there with special effects guys, set designer and modelmakers... and the riggers and carpenters are lined up with the start of the main bulk of construction beginning around the start of October. The Art Department has been going at full swing for quite a bit now and they've been working on 'quite extensive concepts' that have been shared only with personel that 'need to know.'

And that leads me into this: an email that BOF recieved today from one the best and oldest sources of this site. Someone who has let BOF in on some really good inside stuff--some of which I have not been able to reveal. But he says "go ahead" on this one, since the "cat is starting to get out of the bag....Tell your readers that this is it. Unless there is a total meltdown on WB's part, the fifth 'BATMAN' film will start shooting early next year. And they can thank Chris Nolan for getting this job done." Well, almost. It hasn't started filming yet, and we know what has happened in the past with WB and their superhero films. But, dare we believe that "this is it?" Late.

Nolan's Bat-film getting ready to roll? Filming to begin in February?
Wednesday, September 3, 2003: (From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) As I said to ya'll yesterday, "Could this really be it?" According to the HR, actors are being called in to test for the role of "Batman" over the next few days. Again, the same names your read about from the EW story are again mentioned in the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. And--I have to mention again--these guys are 20-something. Remember I told you from the get-go that Nolan was interested in a younger Bruce Wayne. That indeed seems to case. Here's a bit of the HR story (by Zorianna Kit):

"It's as if Warner Bros. Pictures were shining a Bat Signal over Burbank, summoning potential Caped Crusaders. Warners and helmer Christopher Nolan are zeroing in on an actor to star in the title role of the studio's next 'Batman' installment, which is scheduled to start shooting in February. Sources said that during the next three days, several young actors are expected to test for the role. The list of potential crime fighters includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson ('Dawson's Creek'), Cillian Murphy ('28 Days Later'), Henry Cavill ('I Capture the Castle') and Eion Bailey, who stars in the upcoming HBO feature 'And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.' Meanwhile, sources say Hugh Dancy, currently shooting the Walt Disney Co.'s 'King Arthur,' may test if his schedule permits and he is able to shave the beard his "Arthur" character, Galahad, is sporting."

News tends to run in cycles with BATMAN. You'll get it in bunches. And it seems after having a lull for a few weeks, the Bat-news is starting to pick up again. Stay tuned!

BATMAN: INTIMIDATION?

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 (Third update): Just some more info....Previous BOF source says that although rumors remain strong that The Scarecrow is the villain in Nolan's film, he himself has heard nothing about this rumored title. However, he says he would not be surprised if such preproduction work was currently going on. Just wanted to clear up that the source was NOT confirming the "INTIMIDATON" title....I did a little digging to see who owned the domains "www.batmanintimidation.com, net," etc. And it ain't Warner Brothers. If this was a actual title that WB was seriously considering--or even potentially using--they would have secured those URL's. I think you should keep that in mind.

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 (second update): Just checked email from my old account (had to change, as I have been flooded with virus-infected emails), and a very reliable source says that there may in fact be some validity to the earlier report. More details later, but this source says that rumor has it that The Scarecrow is the villain of the film. And the David Goyer script just may have elements of BATMAN: THE FRIGHTENING as rumored. I am checking into this, so take with a grain of salt until further notice. But what villain could appear in a film like INTIMIDATION?

Tuesday, September 2, 2003: According to AICN, it seems that some test work is being done on "a" BATMAN film at Shepperton Studios under the name of BATMAN: INTIMIDATION. Here's a bit of the AICN article from scooper "Clancy":

"I am working at Shepperton Studios in England and staff from other productions are all talking about a new Batman movie gearing up for production here. They are calling it 'Batman: Intimidation,' apparently they are doing test shots at the moment. A colleague knows someone on the production and I shall get the name of the director."

Could this be the Chris Nolan Bat-film? If there is indeed a Bat-film at work at the studio, if would HAVE to be--since the Nolan film is the only Bat-flick in the works. Could this actually be it? Let's hope so! So, what do you think of the title? Click HERE to read the entire AICN story. (Thanks to BOF readers Craig, Kerry, and Bo for the head's up!)

Short list of potential Bat-actors?
Monday, September 1, 2003: According to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Billy Crudup (ALMOST FAMOUS), Jake Gyllenhaal (THE GOOD GIRL), Christian Bale (AMERICAN PSYCHO), Hugh Dancy (BLACK HAWK DOWN), Joshua Jackson (THE SKULLS), and Cillian Murphy (28 DAYS LATER) are all candidates for Chris Nolan's Bat-flick. While it sounds to me as nothing but speculation on EW's part, the age of these actors are consistant to what BOF has heard previously--that Nolan wanted a younger Bruce/Batman in his film. I'd still be leary of this because those names could have been in that article for a variety of reasons. It could be--as I said--speculation, hype for the actor via his "people," or those names could indeed be on Nolan's Bat-list....The NFL football season is upon us! Thank goodness! Here's hoping that my beloved Dallas Cowboys--under the great Bill Parcells--finally break this 5-11 rut we've been in for the last three years. Go Cowboys! Late. (Thanks to our friend "LSOK" for the head's up.)

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