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About the BATMAN BEGINS Bat-suit
Friday, April 2, 2004, 8:05 PM CST: Jett here. I have contacted some of my best sources--many that I have had for years. And they contacted their own sources. You know, called in a few favors, pulled a few strings. Anyway, my efforts concluded with BOF learning what the Bat-suit will look like. I know this info to be legit beyond a shadow of a doubt.

While many of the descriptions appearing online were close--including those here at BOF--none have been spot on accurate. It does not look like the Alex Ross suit. It does not look like the suit in the comics, but it is clearly "Batman." It is pretty much one color--a dark, blackish-gray hue. It is textured. The Bat-symbol is big across the chest, but it is very discreet. And it is not the same Bat-symbol used for the official logo--more traditional. And the suit is clearly armored and padded. The belt is a dull yellow, almost gold-looking, with no pouches as depicted in the comicbooks (i.e. military style). Think sleaker. The cowl is tight on the face, but it is almost helmet-like with a very subtle chin covering (it is NOT like a chin strap on a football helmet). It is detailed and sculpted as well and there are no lenses. It appears that it unattatched to the body suit--which will allow for free movement of the head. The body suit extends high up the neck, so there is no gap between the cowl and suit. The ears, well, are neither long nor short. They are shorter than the ones of the previous costumes, but not as short as one might think. They don't seem to be as pointed either. The cape looks to attatch right above the Bat-symbol on the chest.

It is not that drastically different than the costumes of the previous series, yet very fresh, new, and dissimilar at the same time. But hey, that's just what I've heard....BOF told y'all that a pic of Mr. Bale in the Bat-suit may appear online this summer. Let's just say it could be sooner rather than later. Late.

BEGINS release date now in June!
Thursday, April 1, 2004, 9:37 PM CST: According to HSX, BATMAN BEGINS will now open on June 17, 2005--and not July 1st as originally thought. That's cool with me! This actually is on par with past BATMAN release dates. Hey, the sooner, the better! Late.

The Bat-costume, part 2
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 9:37 PM CST: BOF has done a little investegating since I saw the story regarding the BEGINS Bat-costume today from SUPERHERO HYPE. I was able to find out from a very reliable source--who got it himself from someone firsthand--that the picture appearing on SHH is pretty damn accurate. So accurate, that the "powers that be" were not too happy that it showed up online. Now the fine details of the suit are not displayed, but it does give a general view of the BB Bat-suit--according to BOF sources. I guess we won't know for sure until we actually see Bale in costume.

The Bat-costume?
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 7:43 PM CST: Over at SUPERHERO HYPE artist Tom Hodges has created a fan-rendering of what The Batman may look like in BATMAN BEGINS--according to "eyewitness reports" sent to the website. After looking at it myself, I must say that it doesn't stray much from the reports that BOF has recieved along with others read online--A dark gray to black body suit, with black gloves, boots, cape, and cowl. And the Bat-symbol--perhaps part of the chest armor--big across the front. Word has it that Bale in the Bat-suit may be made public as soon as this summer--which isn't far off.

The Batmobile is revealed!
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 6:01 AM CST: Go to the official BATMAN BEGINS site--www.BATMANBEGINS.com--and click on the Bat-logo. You will then be taken to two pics of the BB Bat-mobile! It is pretty much as described in the script--sort of an "urban tank" called "the Tumbler"--and completely different from the vehicle in the previous films ("LOW and WIDE, a cross between a Lamborghini Countach and a Humvee.") Here's a look at it from the front....


© Warner Bros. Pictures

This thing, in my opinion, kicks some major ass!
(Thanks to "Stax" and ALL of you who sent in the info for the lead!)

Bale talks BATMAN
Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 6:13 AM CST: BOF reader "Simon" pointed us toward an article appearing in EMPIRE ONLINE. In the stroy, BATMAN BEGINS star Christian Bale, talks a bit about the film and the iconic character he will be playing in the film....

“I believe that there’s an opportunity with that character to do things that I, personally, have never seen done,” says Bale. “There are choices you can make with such a character. You can go very camp with it, like the TV series, but that’s been done. You can’t outdo Adam West with that kind of deal. So what else do you do? There’s a really interesting character there, and that’s what I’m aiming for.”

And about all that weight he lost for THE MACHINIST, don't worry, Bale got into Bat-shape prior to filming....

“It’s very much like going from one extreme to the other. Batman is a guy who has to be able to tear apart a room, scale walls and do phenomenal things.”

Bale is currently filming BATMAN BEGINS for a summer 2005 release.

Info from the Bat-set and filming at "Wayne Manor?"
Monday, March 29, 2004, 6:54 PM CST: Rutger Hauer's official website has some inside info from the BATMAN BEGINS set from Hauer himself. Hauer is playing "Mr. Earle," the interim head of Wayne Enterprises who is trying to gain control of the company before Bruce turns 30. There is also a pic up of the actor which could be of Hauer as Earle. Worth checking out....SUPERHERO HYPE has a report from a scooper saying that filming is occuring at Hatfield House/Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire, England. Could this be being used for Wayne Manor, and not Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, UK as previously rumored? Maybe both are being used for Bruce's crib--one for exteriors, the other for interiors. BOF doesn't know for sure, but will look into it.
(Thanks to "The Only Woj" for the lead.)

Bat-Cave and Gotham set info. The sequel set for 2008? Want to see Bale as The Batman?!
Thursday, March 25, 2004, 9:04 PM CST: This in today from "Gomez"....

Tilbury Fort in Essex is being used for filming the Bat-Cave and the airship hangar at Cardington in Bedfordshire is being used for the Gotham City filming. These are the airship hangars where the R100 and the R101 flew from in the 1930's.

BEGINS just started filming, and the release of the film is over a year away. Yet, could WB already be planning the sequel? Word in tonight from a longtime "insider" is that the head-honchos at Warner Bros. are penciling in the next Bat-flick for a summer 2008 release. And while this film is a stand-alone flick--there is no cliffhanger--it clearly sets up a sequel....So, do you want to see Bale as The Batman? Hell I do! Click HERE to get a look at what Bale might look like in BATMAN BEGINS. (DISCLAIMER: This is fan-art!)

More BEGINS casting info!
Thursday, March 25, 2004, 6:08 AM CST: Just this pass Sunday, BOF was told by one of our "insiders" to expect additional official casting to be announced soon. Well, it looks like it our source was on the money. Rutger Hauer and Tom Wilkinson have officially joined the cast of BATMAN BEGINS according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The news on Hauer broke a couple of days ago, and it is now confirmed that he is playing Mr. Earle--a business contemporary of Bruce Wayne's murdered father who has plans to gain control of the Wayne corporate empire. Wilkinson is playing Carmine Falcone--a bigtime crime boss in Gotham City. Also, it seems that Gerad Murphy has been cast in the film, but I am not sure for which role. If I had to guess, I'd say it's either Chill or Flass.
(Thanks to "Chris," "Dan," "Steven," and "Stax" for the lead!)

Misc. BEGINS info, including casting
Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 10:30 AM CST: Just wanted to point you all towards a non-spoiler Bat-update over at LATINO REVIEW. The report covers a variety of info, including the confirmation on the casting of both Gerard Murphy (first reported by BOF on March 14th) and Colin McFarlane (most likely as Commisioner Loeb). The article also reports that filming on BATMAN BEGINS will last until September of 2004.

Description of The Scarecrow's mask! More Dent cameo info. Rutger Hauer to join the cast?!
Tuesday, March 23, 2004, 7:56 PM CST: This in from our excellent inside source "M.B." Today, he has a brief description of the mask that will be worn briefly by Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy) in BATMAN BEGINS....

Thought I would give you the head's up on some info I've got--a concept drawing of The Scarecrow in FULL costume. [It seems] The Scarecrow will appear in FULL costume during a [fear gas induced] hallucination towards the end -- Arkham perhaps. Also got to see a pic of the actual mask--let me say this thing is f'ing disturbing; really, this thing will scare the s##t out of you. It's a very dark drown, it had no hat and no hat will be with the sack. The eye holes were scary to look at with no eyes, so what they will look like with eyes is anyone's guess. But rest assured, this mask fits in well with the other costumes I've seen, [as it] doesn't look stupid or comical--this thing it disturbing.

"M.B." went on to tell BOF that the "WB suits" have decided on releasing a pic of Bale in the Batman costume--although the timeframe for that is unknown. Perhaps this summer. Also, the alleged Dent cameo--if it takes place--will occur during a scene between Rachel Dobson and D.A. Finch. As I have read the part of the script (hey, I don't want it completely ruined for me), Dent's potential cameo could be easily inserted in such a scene....THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE (registration required) confirms that BATMAN BEGINS--which the incorrectly refer to as a "prequel"--will be shoot in Chicago for six weeks starting in July. BOF was the first to tell you all that the film would be shooting in The Windy City....SUPERHERO HYPE has a SPOILERish review of David Goyer's Bat-script. Despite my spoiler warning, I will confirm what their source tells them about the script is true....The ChristopherNolan.net website is reporting that actor Rutger Hauer announced on his official website's message forum, that he has a "cameo role" in BATMAN BEGINS. The first thing I thought about when I read this was that the role was of "Mr. Earle." And low and behold I go to his website and the character of "Earle" was listed as "coming soon."
(Thanks to "The Only Woj," "Burton Bat," "Jim," "Patrick," "Stax," and a buch of y'all for the head's up!)

Look for Bat-cast additions
Sunday, March 21, 2004, 7:44 PM CST (second update): This is no huge scoop or anything, but word in today from one of BOF's better insiders regarding casting. This source tells us that the casting of additional roles will be made public anytime over the next couple of weeks as April draws near. The scooper says that the actors that have landed roles such as Comm. Loeb, Det. Flass, Judge Phelan, D.A. Finch, Falcone, and the like, will officially be announced. So we should finally get the word just who is playing some of these smaller, but important roles in BEGINS.

"Batmobile" pics not THE Batmobile
Sunday, March 21, 2004, 7:10 AM CST: As BOF suspected (did anyone really believe otherwise?), the "Batmobile" pics posted on AICN this past Friday are not THE BATMAN BEGINS Batmobile. Several readers emailed BOF and pointed us to this site which is that of the actual designer of this vehicle, Chris Canole....The official BATMAN BEGINS website can also be accessed at www.BATMANBEGINS.com.

BATMAN BEGINS official logo online!
Friday, March 19, 2004, 9:50 AM CST (second update): I found this online this AM--check it out: THE OFFICIAL BATMAN BEGINS LOGO! THIS--I believe--is what was rumored to go public. Looks very nice! Good job, WB! Late.

The Batmobile?!
Friday, March 19, 2004, 6:50 AM CST: ( !!!POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!) This showed up on March 11th on the BOF FORUMS. Now, AICN is running a story claiming that these same pics might be of the new Batmobile. In the film, the vehicle is built for the military, then customized by Bruce for his own, specific use--which we all know what that is, right? Honestly, I don't know if they are real or fakes. But it's a nice set of wheels nonetheless, and worth a look....I am flying up to Dallas for the weekend--going to check out the MAVS and the STARS--so I'll be out of pocket for a few days. So if something breaks, BOF won't have it until Sunday. I'm not slacking, just relaxing....Hey Warner Bros. I don't know better press and publicity for BATMAN BEGINS than to include BOF on any set visits you all may be cooking up (Hey, I know they read this site--I gotta lobby for a spot!). Late.

A presentation tape? Misc. BEGINS bits
Thursday, March 18, 2004, 9:25 AM CST: This is NOT what I was refering to yesterday, but if you are interested, AICN has some details about a alleged "merchandising promo reel" for BATMAN BEGINS. This tape included interviews with Chris Nolan, David Goyer, and Charles Roven--as well as production designs for the Batmobile and Gotham City. Based on what I know of the script, this report sounds legit....Our friend "M.B." is back with a few more Bat-rumors. While BOF stands behind the legitimacy of this scooper, take all all this as rumor right now--I wouldn't want anyone tripping out, staying up all night, and making threats of violence, etc.--over this info....

*The studio and filmakers are a bit concerned about the public's perception of the Bat-suit. Which may lead them to releasing a shot of it ala Tobey McGuire and SPIDERMAN soon. "Don't expect anything too bright probably just a shot of Batman in dark lighting, not revealing too much."

*Teaser posters. The Bat-signal over Gotham with "2005" within Bat-area of the light. A car wheel (The Batmobile) with the Bat-symbol as a spoke on the car and just "2005."

*Christian Bale is shaving his beard off by the end of next week for the next phase of production.

*The writer for the novelization of the film will be chosen soon. Candidates--not clear the the actuall number--have already met with the powers that be.

Thanks again to "M.B." for the info.

More Bat-location filming news
Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 9:40 PM CST: A few links pertaining to the U.K. filming currently taking place....This one is in regard to Batmobile filmimg around ExCel....and click here for some info about a location shoot at a eatery--although I think BOF has already reported on the latter.

Henri Ducard "Bio." Bale dedicates BATMAN role to his Dad. More BEGINS details.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 9:30 AM CST: "Stax" from IGN FILMFORCE has written a nice article depicting the comicbook background of Henri Ducard. The character (to be portarayed in BATMAN BEGINS by Liam Neeson) of Ducard as written by screenwriter, is a bit different than his comicbook counterpart. To find out, follow the previous link and check out the article....IGN FILMFORCE has a nice story about BATMAN BEGINS producer Charles Roven's comments about the Bat-film, made during the press junket for SCOOBY DOO 2. Here's a few highlights....

On why Bale nabbed the role: "His screen test, really. He gave just an amazing screen test. It's just that he brought that charm that a billionaire playboy would have when he was playing Bruce Wayne. He brought that intensity that you would want Batman to have as this dark knight"

On Bale being signed for Bat-sequels: "He knew that if he was going to do 'Batman,' if we were fortunate, we would be doing more than one."

On Goyer's script: "[It was a] great script. I think that his collaboration with Chris Nolan was what was exciting. They both wanted to do a different kind of 'Batman.' In fact they wanted to make it to be more like the original Detective Comics when Batman first started, which was less cartoony."

Regarding the famous Batmobile: "We've been shooting the Batmobile and it's just a fantastic piece of equipment. It drives very fast, it goes well within excess of a 100 miles an hour, it can get up there within a quarter mile, it turns on a dime, it's got no front axle, it's just spectacular. It flies, I mean it jumps. But it's all practical. I would say that this is a cross between a Humvee and a Lamborghini Countach."

On making people forget the puke-inducing BATMAN & ROBIN: "Oh no, we will. Absolutely. I think the last one was the problem, I don't think it was the one before that. That's part of our job is to make them forget that. I think we will."

According to story appearing in the IC WALES website, BATMAN BEGINS star is dedicating his performance as Bruce Wayne (The Batman) to his dad David, who recently passed away....

And, as filming began this week, Christian vowed to make it his best-ever performance - in memory of dad David.

But his death will give an extra meaning to Christian's performance of superhero Batman - the masked avenger's parents died tragically when they were brutally gunned down in front of him.

(Thanks to "Ras 2005" and "Travis" for the lead.)

Click HERE to get a look at the Canary Wharf area that has mentioned as a site for location filming--thanks to BOF reader/scooper "Paranoidboy."

Some YEAR ONE story details. More U.K. location info. Comm. Loeb cast? A Bat-producer talks!
Monday, March 15, 2004, 6:40 AM CST: I got a head's up on an interesting book by David Hughes titled TALES FROM DEVELOPMENT HELL (You can click on the link for info and to buy the thing if you want!) that features the details of the Aronofsky/Miller BATMAN: YEAR ONE project. And according to BOF reader "Andrew," here are a few of the details. And I think that you'll clearly see why WB did not go with this screenplay....

*Bruce Wayne is stripped of his status as "heir apparent" to the Wayne fortunes. Instead he is found in the streets after his parents murder, and is taken in by "Big Al" who runs a auto repair shop with his son.

*While working at the repair shop, he watches the coming and goings of pimps, johns and corrupt cops at a sleazy cathouse across the street., while a chain -smoking James Gordon struggles with corruption he finds throughout the Gotham City police force.

*At first, he disguises himself wearing a cape and hockey mask (WTF!--Jett). However, the costume evolves with both form and function, and Wayne acquires a variety of makeshift gadgets and weapons. Bruce, reconfigures a black Lincoln Continental into a make shift 'Bat-Mobile'- complete with blacked out windows, night vision driving goggles, armoured bumpers and a super charged school bus engine.

*In his new guise as "The Batman," Bruce Wayne wages war on criminals from street level and up the food chain to a Commissioner Loeb and Mayor Noone--as the executors of the Wayne estate search for the missing heir.

*In the end Bruce accepts his dual destiny as heir to the Wayne fortune and the city's saviour, and Gordon comes to accept that, while he may not agree with The Batman's methods, he cannot argue with the results.

*The comic and the script have many scenes in common--including Bruce Wayne's nihilistic narration, a heroic Gordon saving a baby from a hostage crisis, Selina as proto-Catwoman, the beating Gordon receives from his fellow cops as a warning to give up his war on corruption, his suspicion that Harvey Dent is The Batman, and the climatic battle in the tenement building.

Different, yes. But not my cup of tea to be frank. Could the Y1 script review that showed up online a few years ago--the feaured a "Jive-talking Alfred"--actually have had a bit of truth to it? As I said earlier, it is obvious to me just why WB never gave the greenlight to the script. Sorry, but it went too far away from the traditional Bat-mythos, while David Goyer and Chris Nolan nailed it. Thus, they got the gig rather quickly as opposed to Aronofsky, Miller and their Y1 floundering in "development hell" for years. Again, click HERE if you'd like to check out the book....More BEGINS filming location info. According to the THIS IS ESSEX, "Hollywood moguls are going batty for South Essex. Movie giant Warner Bros. has selected East Tilbury as a key location for the next multi million pound blockbuster 'Batman' film. Today engineers are busy transforming the 140 year old Coalhouse Fort into a ninja's secret lair." Obviously, this will used as the "homebase" of Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Wantanabe) and his League of Shadows. (Thanks to BOF reader "Craig" for the info!)....British thesp Colin McFarlane is mentioned as "...the police commissioner in the next Batman film," in a feature on the actor in BBC NEWS ONLINE. The role--Commisioner Loeb--is one of the many corrupt cops, politicians, etc. that have taken hold of the once great Gotham City in BATMAN BEGINS. The character of Loeb is Gordon's predecessor as police commisioner of Gotham.... CHUD's "Smiling Jack Ruby" was in on an interview with BEGINS producer Chuck Roven (who was doing the press circuit for SCOOBY DOO 2. And of course, talk turned to BATMAN....

Chuck: The whole concept of this "Batman" is that it will be different from the other "Batmans" because it's going to be much more reality-based in that everything that the character does, a living person today could evolve to do. Everything - all of the equipment - the plane, the car, the cape, everything has a real, scientific, practical reason for being and using and you're going, "Gee, that could happen today."

S.J.R.: Are Bale and Oldman signed for multiple movies like the Scooby cast?

Chuck: There are certain of the actors - certainly Christian is on for more than one Batman. A number of the cast - even though there's no guarantee, there's no script, there's no story for what the next incarnation of "Batman Begins" would be - there are certain actors that the possibility that they would be around if there was going to be one was talked about and those are the ones we negotiated sequels with and there are others that we have not.

Q: Would you do one with the Joker?

Chuck: You have to see this one to see what possibly will happen in the next one. All of the seeds - if there will be a next one - are there even though the exact story for the next one hasn't been worked out. But, we're doing "Batman Begins," so you can imagine that you find out the history of the character, why Bruce Wayne went on the journey to become this character of Batman - how he got there - and also the other characters within this story. They embark on their journeys and maybe become some of his biggest foes.

Various bits of Bat-news
Sunday, March 14, 2004, 7:00 PM CST (second update): LATINO REVIEW has a news BATMAN BEGINS update touching on a several Bat-topics. It's worth checking out....Got this from the LR, but I recieved so many emails about this, I'm going to post links to it here on BOF. If you are interested in being a part of the film, click HERE and HERE. And good luck!

Another Murphy to join the Bat-cast? Cillian speaks!
Sunday, March 14, 2004, 6:45 AM CST: This in overnight from a new source. With that in mind, I remind you to take this casting rumor with a grain of salt for now....

"I'm a long-time reader of your excellent website. Living in Ireland, I obviously don't usually have much to add to your news stories (we're hardly the movie capital of the world). However, last night, I had dinner with a friend of a friend of Irish actor Gerard Murphy, probably best known in the US for appearing in 'Waterworld.' Apparently Murphy tested for three different roles last week for 'Batman Begins.' It appears he was successful and will be cast as one of them but he won't be told which one until tomorrow, Monday 15th.

My same 'source' told me about Murphy being cast in 'Waterworld' before it made any newspapers over here. He also told me about the rumours on the set of that movie about Costner's hair being digitally thickened well before they hit the media (ah, those pre-net days!) So there may be something to this."

Neither I nor the source has any idea what role Murphy may have nabbed. Although the source suggests that since Murphy is Irish, perhaps he is up for "Chief O'Hara!" He was only kidding, BOF readers. Murphy is not related to Cillian Murphy who is playing the villain "The Scarecrow." (Thanks to "Cuchulainn" for the info!)

And speaking of Cillian Murphy, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS has an interview with the Irish actor who--as we already know--is playing "The Scarecrow" in BATMAN BEGINS. Here's a bit of the interview....

After playing small roles in "Cold Mountain" (as a kindhearted Union soldier) and "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (as Scarlett Johansson's butcher-boy suitor), Murphy screen-tested for director Christopher Nolan for the title role in summer 2005's "Batman Begins." The part went to Christian Bale, but Nolan chose Murphy to play Dr. Jonathan Crane, alias Scarecrow. "I never really saw myself as Batman material, but it was very nice to be offered the other role. If anyone's going to reinvent the franchise, it'll be Chris Nolan," Murphy says of the "Memento" director. Details of the project are closely guarded, but he expects Nolan to focus on the dark side of the comic-book saga.
(Thanks to "E.B." for the lead!)

More U.K. filming info!
Saturday, March 13, 2004 (second update): This from a new source--who glosses himself "SpideyTracer"--sends in the following report....

"Just to confirm that filming at Canary Wharf has begun. I have a friend down in London who lives ten minutes from where they're filming, and has told me that you can't even get close to the site, since it's being filmed on private land and is off limits. He doesn't know exactly what they're doing down there, but the site is extremely busy. I don't know if you know this, but Michael Caine apparently has an apartment in this area too, which is convenient, since he's playing a certain Mr Pennyworth."

Brit filming has begun? Murphy talks BATMAN
Saturday, March 13, 2004: Lots of things to cover, so let's get to it....ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's current issue has a pretty big spread on BATMAN BEGINS (registration might be required). "Chaz" sent us a scan of the mag, which you can check out by clicking HERE. Of course, it contains nothing that you haven't already read here at BOF, but it is probably worth a quick read anyway....Cillian Murphy has finally talked about his role in BB. A small blurb appeared in USA TODAY that quotes Murphy as saying "We've got the best director we could get and an amazing cast." Although incorrectly saying the film is a sequel, the report does confirm that Murphy is "the evil Scarecrow," and that he begins work on BATMAN in April....THE Z REVIEW reports that filming began in London yesterday! Here's a bit of the story....

Batman Begins is filming in London's Canary Wharf TODAY. And even more importantly they are filming the Batmobile! They will be filming scenes in Excel Tower with scenes of the Batmobile possibly on a turntable. While I'm not sure what the scene is, could this be a scene of Batman getting a hold of the Batmobile for the first time?

I suspect that they are doing some location filming that doesn't involve any actors....On a related note, Brian from MOVIEMAN'S GUIDE TO THE MOVIES sent us a head's up he recieved regarding London filming. He says a recieved an email from a scooper saying "'Batman Begins' filming in east tilbury and tilbury docks. Have taken over an old fort in E. Tilbury." With filming complete in Iceland, filming in London should really be heating up soon....I have to say, summer 2005 can't get here soon enough! Late.

Iceland filming complete, a set pic, and more on Bale & the costume
Thursday, March 11, 2004: The LATINO REVIEW has a set pic from Iceland--and reports that filming there is complete. This is according to the Morgunbladid, an Icelandic newspaper....

"According to the Morgunbladid newspaper shooting has already finished. The only actors present were Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne) and Liam Neeson (Ducard) with director Christopher Nolan and a crew of 250 people. According to them 'Himalaya Scenes' were shot there at Öræfasveit,Vatnajökuls and Svínafellsjökuls. The 'Begins' crew will now move on to London for the main shoot."

You can click on the LR link to view the set pic....Another scooper has chimed in the the Bale-too-big-for-the-costume rumor that has been floating around. While not as blunt as yesterday's source, this scooper says that the story is simply an "over exaggeration." He also highly doubts that Bale had an "embarrassing moment" with the Bat-suit in front of the crew....I am working on an exclusive of something from BATMAN BEGINS. It is not a plot-spoiler, but if all works out, BOF just might be the first to reveal this on the net. Can't say more, as I don't want to jinx it. Stay tuned....Oh yeah, one more thing. I have been assured that BATMAN BEGINS "Most certainly [the film--Jett] will have a presence..." at that big comicbook convention that takes place in the summer in southern California.

More Chi-Town shoot info. And ANOTHER costume report!
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 (second update): SUPERHERO HYPE has yet another Bat-costume report that is consistant with what we have been hearing (and the reports given to BOF by three separate scoopers). Here's a bit of it....

Most of the reports you've read about the suit recently seem pretty on the money. The cowl, cape, boots and gloves are al black while the body suit is a dark charcoal grey. The belt is bulky with compartments not like the one in the other movies, it's also a much duller yellow than the belts before.

The symbol doesn't have the yellow oval, it's really big, taking up a good part of the chest. It's a smoother material than the rest of the body suit and slightly raised.

The gloves aren't quite armoured but the boots look like they have greaves and the soles look like they're designed to give good traction.

The cowl isn't as restrictive as the one from the other movies was, the guy in the suit was able to turn his head. The cowl is sculpted and I'm not sure if the material would move with the actor's face.

The material looks kind of like leather, it definitely has a texture to it, it isn't smooth like rubber or plastic. Also there's seams on the costume, up and down the arms and legs and on the sides of the body. I don't know if they're supposed to be there as they don't really show up in the darker shots of the costume.
(Thanks again to "The Only Woj" for the head's up on that one!)

And here is a bit more info regarding the Bat-filming in Chi-Town (which I love, btw). According to REELCHICAGO.COM, BATMAN BEGINS will start filming there sometime late July, and continue through August. The report seems to have their facts mixed up a bit, as they have Christopher Nolan as the screenwriter and David Goyer as the director--the site needs to mix in a little BATMAN on FILM, huh!? Anyway, BOF reported recently that most of major cast will be in The Windy City for the shoot.

About this Bale and the Bat-suit stuff...
Wednesday, March 10, 2004:...it's total BS. I saw it on some website yesterday (and thought it was BS then), so I sent an email to a good BOF source regarding the report. If in case you didn't know, there is this report that says Christian Bale tore up a Bat-suit trying to get it on, and had to have talcum powder applied to get into the thing. The BOF's sources response? "That's the biggest bunch of f***ing bunch of bull**** I've heard. The guy is filming in Iceland right now for crissakes! Batman doesn't even appear in the scenes being shot there. What a load of bloody crap!" Just as I thought. So all of you who emailed me can put your minds to rest.
(Thanks to all of you--and there were A LOT of you--who sent me the Bale report!)

The Bat-suit arrives!
Tuesday, March 9, 2004: Another report has again surfaced with a description of the Bat-suit. It seems to confirm the description given to BOF by three separate and unrelated sources: dark gray body suit, with a black bat-symbol accross the chest. The cowl, cape, gloves, etc. are black, or dark enough to look black. This latest report comes from DARK HORIZONS....

"The suit looks unusual but it's very confusing because they have the hero and stunt versions and the pieces were covered in plastic and labels, they haven't been assembled yet," says the DH scooper. "The inner bodysuit is definitely dark grey but leather and used looking, not shiny like in the last movies but a material that looks like a second skin. The chest area features a large black bat emblem that doesn't look like the one from the movies or the comics but looks very cool."

The report goes on to say that "...all the other pieces are dark grey/granite but so dark its almost black. The cowl looks small and may stretch to fit the wearer, complete with longish ears. ... They (Nolan, Hemming, etc.) are going for the 'Spiderman/Daredevil' look where Batman looks like a more agile human being rather than a guy in a bulky muscle suit."

Sounds great! The cowl description is also consistant to the report that BOF got a week or so ago. That report also said that facial wrinkles are cut into the cowl that will allow for Bale's facial expressions to be displayed through the cowl. You can click HERE to read the full report....BOF is still looking into the remaining casting that has yet gone public. A BOF source told us just a few days ago that all major casting was complete, so we should know who is playing Carmine Falcone, Mr. Earl, Flass, Loeb, and the others very soon.
Thanks to "The Only Woj" again for the lead!)

More location info. Chicago cast news. A Dent question.
Monday, March 8, 2004: Even more Bat-stuff in today, so let's get at it....A good BOF source has told us that Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and perhaps Ken Watanabe, will be among the cast in Chicago for filming. The same source says that WB might be releasing publicity pics, info, etc. for BATMAN BEGINS this summer--perhaps around July or August....A SUPERHERO HYPE scooper told the site that London's Canary Wharf might be used as a location for BB, specifically as the site for the Wayne Industries building....This is just conjecture at this point, but might the "D.A. Finch" character that is in the script, be changed to Harvey Dent? BOF has heard that Dent might make a cameo in the film (as he is only mentioned in the script I read) and that Guy Pearce might take the gig. Could the "Finch" character be nothing more than a ruse, while Pearce goes uncredited as Harvey Dent in the film? I'm just wondering....Late.
(Thanks to "Stax" and "The ONly Woj" for the leads!)

Cast complete? The tagline for BEGINS is....
Saturday, March 6, 2004 (second update): News just in from one of our BATMAN BEGINS moles...."All major parts have been cast," says our scooper. And--shockingly--an "American" is included (tounge firmly inserted in cheek). The source speculates that it might be for Thomas Wayne, but that's just a guess on his part....Also, this same source says that he's neither seen or heard anything about the promo image that appeared recently on AIN'T IT COOL NEWS. But, he has heard--and this is strictly rumor--that the teaser poster will have nothing but the Bat-symbol and include the tagline: "Beginning Summer 2005." Not bad, IMO....BOF can now be accessed--in addition to www.batman-on-film.com--via www.BATMANBEGINS.info.

Dent/Pearce in a cameo?
Saturday, March 6, 2004: Two separate scoopers--one new, and one longtime source--emailed me today with the same rumor. And I said rumor, so take it as such. In the script, Harvey Dent is only mentioned, and he's never seen in person. Nonetheless, both sources said they heard that Asst. D.A. Harvey Dent could make a small cameo in BATMAN BEGINS. And Guy Pearce may play Dent in this scenario. This is hardly set in stone, but I will say that if Pearce agreed to the role, he could easily by inserted into the film. BOF's longtime source says that even if Pearce/Dent appears in the film, this does not mean that Two-Face will be in the sequel--or the one after....So what do people think of the title BATMAN BEGINS? I dig it, so who gives a damn! Just kidding. According to the current BOF "Bat-Poll," 28% of you all thinks it "kicks ass!" 44% thinks it is "OK." So, almost 3 out of 4 of y'all--on the average--like the title. Another 4% don't care, and only 23% thinks it sucks. Late.

BATMAN BEGINS has really begun!!
Friday, March 5, 2004: Hi y'all, Jett here. I'll cut to the chase about Larry Holden--seems there is talk that Holden is not in BATMAN BEGINS. I've heard he was in the film as Dist. Atty. Fisk, but I've never given him the "$" confirmation. I've heard from friends and sources that he's saying that he's not in it. Maybe he is, maybe he's not. An IGN FILMFORCE scooper has some info regarding Holden. Click on the previous link to read their report....Speaking of BATMAN BEGINS, DARK HORIZONS has a great report on the start of filming in Iceland....

"Day 1 - They've set up about ten small huts and apparently it's supposed to be a village in Tibet, with more huts to be added by CGI. Yesterday Batman and someone were fighting with swords on the glacier. Tomorrow a magnificent scene will be filmed with Batman and the bad guy fighting while crashing down a steep hill toward a very high cliff. Of course this will be done with some elaborate wire work".

This is legit, as it meshes with things in the script that I've read. Bruce does save, or attempt to save someone in that regard, but it is spoiler. And you know my postition on plot spoilers....

Day 2 - Liam Neeson has been spotted, he is sporting an Asian looking mustache with a one inch gap in the mustache under his nose. Also Christian Bale has a "one month beard". As far as I know he has not yet begun wearing the batsuit. He is wearing some leather clothes with a string belt. In one scene Christian Bale was being carried over the shoulder by someone. The buzz is that this is supposed to be the beginning of the movie. Oh and there is an buddist looking temple also"

They are filming the begining of film--Bruce doing his "soul searching." Wayne has been gone from Gotham for a LONG while and is--according to the script--sporting a beard. He's been in a prison for a period prior to searching for refuge--after release is set up by Ducard. And NEVER does The Batman appear in Himalayas, only Wayne--there's no Batman, yet. He is ONLY in Gotham.

Another--and GREAT--BATMAN BEGINS script review!
Thursday, March 4, 2004: I highly recommend that you click HERE and read a fantastic script review by "Stax" over at IGN FILMFORCE. No major spoilers or parts of the plot are revealed, but it will get you very fired up for this movie! And I can assure you that everything in the review is on the money. Trust me, I KNOW.

Gordon is cast: Gary Oldman!!! More cool info about the cape!
Wednesday, March 3, 2004: My friends at IGN FILMFORCE have cracked the nut that BOF couldn't--soon enough: just who in the hell will play Sgt. Jim Gordon in the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS!!!! It is an inspired choice to say the least! It is non other than 46-year-old British thesp Gary Oldman! A bit of an offbeat pick, but a very good one at that. Dude can act! Click on the previous link to read the complete story....A bit more on the cape--and what The Batman can do with it. The Bat will be able to fly in this film--sort of. The cape is made of some sort of advanced material that is super light, yet can become very stiff and tight when a electric current is run through it. The Batman, with a touch of a button, will be able to turn his flowing cape into "wings" and fly--or actually glide in the skys of Gotham!! Pretty cool, huh? And The Batman will be shown in some very "iconic" poses, with the cape really moving and flowing around him! Can't wait to see it on screen....I have it from a good source that Jonathan Crane will be shown with a "Scarecrow mask" in the film. Just don't expect what you would expect....Here's comfirmation on Oldman as Gordon, along with the official press release by WB....

"Batman Begins," director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated film, has commenced production in Iceland, with Gary Oldman joining the all-star cast. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In "Batman Begins," Oldman will play Lieutenant James Gordon, a detective on the Gotham police force. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as his trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as Rachel, a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises; and Ken Watanabe as the villainous Ra's Al Ghul.

Directed by Christopher Nolan from a screenplay by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan, "Batman Begins" is produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. The executive producers are Ben Melniker and Michael Uslan. The film is based on characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.

"Batman Begins" is scheduled to film in Iceland, London and Chicago.

The film, which explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham, will be released worldwide in Summer 2005 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

More costume info, The official WB BEGINS synopsis!
Tuesday, March 2, 2004: Another LEGIT costume description from one of BOF absolute best industry insiders....

I have not seen it myself, but an old costume deptartment friend has been working on it and tells me that it is based on the Alex Ross designs from the graphic novels. Dark (very) grey bodice, black bat chest (with no yellow shield), tight-fitting mask (that moves - meaning, frowns and squints and so on - but do not hold me or my source to that as he/she? has only seen a 3rd level prototype of the cowl) with prominent ears, overall an extremely tight fitting outfit (presumably to show off Bale's gym work, or, from what I have been told, to finally make the point that Bruce Wayne is a gym junkie, not a rich dope in armour).

Fingers crossed, Jett-Man -- are they really going to make the first in a long line of great and honest Batman movies? That's what my numerous little birds tell me.

While many costume reports have found their way on the net here of late, several things are consistant: The body suit is a dark grey, and not spandex or rubber. There is no yellow oval--just the black batsymbol across the chest. The cowl, boots, gloves, and perhaps belt are all black, or a very, very dark blue. I really don't see much a lot of contradiction here with the suit....This is the official description of BATMAN BEGINS from scooper "D.S." via the Warner Brothers intranet....

Director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) and screenwriter David S. Goyer (the Blade trilogy) join forces for another action-packed chapter of the Batman saga!

As a young boy, Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of him--a trauma that leads him to become obsessed with revenge. But the opportunity to avenge his parent's deaths is cruelly taken away from him by fate.

Fleeing to the East, where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra's Al-Ghul, Bruce returns to his now decaying Gotham City, which is overrun by organized crime and other dangerous individuals manipulating the system. Meanwhile, Bruce is slowly being swindled out of Wayne Industries, the company he inherited.

The discovery of a cave under his mansion, along with a prototype armored suit, leads him to assume a new persona, one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong; he becomes Batman!!!

In the new guise, and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.

(Thanks to "D.S." for the synopsis and to my longtime, scooper amigo for the costume report--you know who you are!)

Some juicy BEGINS details!!!
Monday, March 1, 2004 (second update): All what you are about to read is true--you can take it to the bank. As promised, this will be spoiler free. But if you want to stay in the dark as possible about this film, then don't read it.... Harvey Dent is not in this film--in person, that is. He is only mentioned as one of the Asst. DA's on the staff. Fisk (Larry Holden's role) IS the DA of Gotham ....According to a new source--but one that I know is legit, "filming has already begun, the cameras have started rolling, the stuff that is being shot at the minute is location shooting and will be carried out for a few weeks." So, BATMAN has, uh, begun....I have had another report on the Bat-costume from a scooper that I know is on the level. And he confirms the earlier reports from here and from DARK HORIZONS that there is no yellow around the bat-symbol. Just a big black bat across the chest armor....You all are REALLY going to dig what the cape can do in this film....Make sure you keep checking BOF as I could have some bigtime exclusives--spoiler free of course--in the next few weeks. Late.

More Bat-suit info, BATMAN BEGINS begins--maybe, and Wayne Manor?
Monday, March 1, 2004: Jett here. Back from Vegas and it seems that the Bat-news keeps rolling in....DARK HORIZONS recieved a scoop regarding the Bat-suit over the weekend. After reading it, it seems that this description is similar to the report BOF got a few weeks back. The DH report is said to be from someone who has seen the costume firsthand, while the BOF description was coming secondhand. But both reports claim the suit is dark gray, while the cowl, cape, boots, and gloves are black (or a very dark blue per the DH scoop). Also, both reports say that there is no yellow around the chest bat-symbol--and that it could be part of the chest armor. Here's a bit of the DH report....

"The Batsuit is currently being made at a secret location in Hampshire and will be delivered to Shepperton late April. The other description online [from BOF--Jett] was probably the dummy cowl with the same surface material which is being used for camera testing only, this one may be in the Bob Kane 1930s design as a joke. The genuine suit appears to be in seperate sections at the costume designer's Hampshire workshop, although the only parts missing were the utility belt and boots which weren't visible when I took a peek.

The body and sections are dark grey and rippled somewhat to look like real skin, imagine how they portrayed Spawn and you get the right idea. The Batsymbol is across the chest armour and not in a yellow oval. The cowl and cape are black or dark blue, the cowl looks like the skin material too and is thinner and has realistic human features like cheekbones and forehead.

The ears are fairly long like in the previous movies and the design of the eyes and jaw cutaways are similar. Overall the suit doesnt look as exaggeratedly muscular as it was before and the rubber like material is thinner."

SUPERHERO HYPE recieved a unconfirmed scoop that the BATMAN BEGINS crew--including Bale, Nolan, and Neeson--has arrived in Iceland with filming to begin soon. Click on the previous link to the site to check out the report....According to U.K. BOF reader "craig," the Mentmore Towers Buckinghamshire will double for Wayne Manor in BEGINS. BOF's scooper says that this news comes from a "local news report." Click HERE to check out the joint....IGN FILMFORCE has yet another interview with BATMAN BEGINS scribe David Goyer. Click on the previous link to check it out.

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