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Interview with director Christopher Nolan
Author: Jett
Friday, June 10, 2005 - 12:39 PM, 7:50 PM CST: The FINAL REVIEW PREVIEW is now posted for your reading enjoyment - BATMAN BEGINS director Christopher Nolan. My (Jett's) review will be posted on the evening on Tuesday, June 14th - right before I leave to to attend the BOF gathering to watch BATMAN BEGINS....

I want to say thanks to Jim and Karli and Q102 in Rome, GA for having me on their show this morning. I had a great time talking about BOF and BATMAN BEGINS....

I also want to thank Merra and 104 KRBE in Houston for having me on - tape delayed - this coming weekend....

I've also got a couple of interviews I did coming up you may want to check out. Among those are THE BOSTON GLOBE, SALON.COM, and the GLOBE AND MAIL....

I've been waiting for THIS REVIEW by ABOUT.COM's Rebecca Murray since last week. I sat by her on the media bus - there and back - at the screening I attended. What she says is true - she wasn't much of a Bat-fan and she asked me numerous questions about "The Bat." We sat together on the way back to the Regent Beverly Wilshire, and I KNEW she dug it....

MTV has posted an article featuring former Batmen Adam West and Michael Keaton offering advice to BATMAN BEGINS star Christian Bale. "Don't get you cape caught in the wrong places," said West.

BEGINS roundup for June 9, 2005
Author: Jett
Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 6:12 AM, 10:46 AM, 6:48 PM CST: PART 5 is now posted featuring The Batman himself - Christian Bale! Give it a look....

PART 4 of the "Review Previews" is now up. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman....

If you are coming to the "Officially Unofficial" BATMAN BEGINS gathering next Tuesday evening, drop me an email and let me know. Warner Bros. has been kind enough to send BOF some goodies - and I may have a few tickets to the 12:01 AM showing. Details can be found above....

Peter Travers' review is up at ROLLINGSTONE.COM. 3/4 Stars. Not bad, but I don't think some of these reviewers "get" Batman based on some of their gripes with the film. Travers seemed to really like it though....

Check out the BATMAN BEGINS stuff from MADCATZ.COM. I've used the PS2 controller myself, and really liked it. Good stuff....

BOF is getting a little run in the mainstream press (radio, TV, and print). Be on the lookout and let me know if you read, see, or hear any of it....

I found a very good - and postive (aren't nearly all of them?) review of the film at TIMEOUT.COM....

MYSPACE.COM has a cool BATMAN BEGINS page - including a clip from the awesome car chase scene from the film. You may also want to check out these two links: 1 and 2. And trust me, it IS awesome (Thanks to "Linda" and everyone else who sent in the info!)....

IESB.COM sent BOF word of more video interviews (*SPOILERS*)....

Part 4 of the BOF BATMAN BEGINS REVIEW "PREVIEW" will be posted later today....

If you are wondering why I haven't posted my review of BATMAN BEGINS, or why Paul Wares hasn't either, that' because we are following the rules here at BOF. We agreed to wait until the 14th - so that's when mine will be posted. FYI.

BEGINS roundup for June 8, 2005
Author: Jett
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 - 6:21 AM, 4:48 PM CST: PART 3 of the BOF BATMAN BEGINS REVIEW PREVIEW is now posted and features interviews with Charles Roven, David Goyer, Katie Holmes, and Sir Michael Caine....

"Egar" from The Netherlands told BOF that the Tumbler is there on display. CLICK HERE to see some pics....

CHANNEL4.COM has a lengthy review of BATMAN BEGINS....

BADASS MOVIE NEWS has some reviews and misc. news on the movie....

I TIVO'ed the "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT" segment on the BATMAN BEGINS premiere last night, right. I wasn't going to be home when it aired. Anyway, I watch it, and there is no BEGINS news - just a bunch of Tom Cruise nonsense! I understand why they are following the whole Katie/Tom thing, but if you are going to cover a premiere of a film, then do just that! Come on ET! That was a very shoddy report and an insult to most everyone who watched - not just Batman fans. Don't bill something as a "BATMAN BEGINS premiere report," then show something else entirely. What a bunch of crap....

THE BATMAN will air new episodes on June 4th, 11th, and 18th. FYI.

BEGINS roundup for June 7, 2005
Author: Jett
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 6:01 AM, 4:49 PM CST: PART 2 of my review is now up. And for those who were so interested, I had nothing to eat on the plane and 2-ply....

The HBO "First Look" of BEGINS is on TV tonight. Don't forget....

IESB.NET sent BOF word of some video from the premiere....

Sorry about the broken links this AM. They should be fixed....

"Farid" sent word of THE GUARDIAN's recent BATMAN BEGINS article....

Several BOF'ers sent us THIS LINK to an interview with Caine and Bale about their work in the video game....

SOUNDTRACK.NET has a first listen article on the BEGINS soundtrack by Matt Scheller....

"Sasquatch" sent us word of THIS ARTICLE from "American Cinematographer" about BEGINS....

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT will have a story on last night's premiere. FYI....

Harry's REVIEW is now posted.

Part 1 of Jett's BB Review and Hulme "98%" confirmed as Joker in sequel?!
Author: Jett
Monday, June 6, 2005 - 6:00 AM, 4:04 pm, 7:08 PM CST: LATINO REVIEW has posted their review, giving BATMAN BEGINS an "A." Check it out....

"Jon A." sent BOF The BBC REVIEW of BATMAN BEGINS. 5 Stars! Here's a bit--

"A bold and brilliant superhero movie, Batman Begins is the best outing ever for the Caped Crusader.
This is easily the most engrossing and faithful screen adaptation of his adventures. It is also the most intelligent and entertaining. The franchise is reborn. Embrace the Dark Knight's return."

They are right. Enjoy every minute of the Bat's time in the sun this summer....

The first part of my stories from LA is now up (it is working now!). CLICK HERE TO READ. No review just yet....

AICN's "Moriarty" must have been at the same screening that I was last Thursday. I agree with virtually every bit of it, actually. Click on the link to read his super-positive review....

A lukewarm review from TIME. Again, they seem to want what didn't work the first time - over the top crap! Some peole just don't get it....

Part of a report from MOVIEHOLE--

"Australian radio presenter Chris Murray (MMM) is reporting that Lachy Hulme 'is now a 98% certainty to play The Joker' following reports back from the US that Hulme had to decline his invitation to the US premiere of BATMAN BEGINS because of his shooting schedule in the upcoming M for director Geoffrey Wright. Murray commented: 'They wouldn't be inviting him to the opening unless they wanted him for the part.'" Interesting stuff. Reps for Hulme responded with a very firm: "No comment."

BOF was the first to report that Mr. Hulme was up for the part of The Joker. BOF has also been told that WB has gone as far as to do some serious mock-ups of the actor as The Clown Prince of Crime - although I've yet to see them. BOF had also learned previously that Mr. Hulme had to decline an invitation to the premiere - which is tonight by the way - due to him working on M. So that part of the Australian part is true as well....

"Kevin" sent us THIS LINK which talks about what Mr. Ebert and Mr. Roper thought about BATMAN BEGINS....

Another very positive review from SFX. Click on the link to read.

Misc. BATMAN BEGINS links and news
Author: Jett
Sunday, June 5, 2005 - 9:34 AM CST: First of all, thanks to all of you who sent bits of news and links. Now here they are....

YAHOO MOVIES has a clip from BEGINS featuring Bruce Wayne and Carmine Falcone....

A negative review from VARIETY (subscription required). This guy doesn't get it. It seems that he doesn't like it because it isn't "comic book" enough and that it is not for kids! Give me a break. But hey, I know not everyone will dig it - even some Batman fans....

A very positive review (4/5 stars) from EMPIRE....

BATMANS.DE has some clips from the film's score....

A positive review (4 stars) from GROUCHO REVIEWS....

I'm working on my review - like you don't know what my verdict is - and should have it up this week (if allowed)....

If you are in Houston, around the area, or just want to come, I'm holding the officially unofficial (does that make sense?) BOF BATMAN BEGINS viewing party Tuesday, June 14th at BUFFALO WILD WINGS - Willowbrook (17195 Tomball Pkwy.Houston, TX 77064 - click HERE for a detailed map). This is to be followed up with a 12:01 AM viewing at the WILLOWBROOK AMC 24. Basically, it is just a chance for BOF'ers and Batman fans to get together, have a few "pops," and then go see BEGINS. Now, I'm not picking up the tab, so try to get your tickets for the showing that night early (FANDANGO.COM). Just show up that night and wear your Bat-gear....

If you haven't already, enter the BOF BATMAN BEGINS GIVEAWAY. Please do not send more than one email entry. Winners will be picked AT RANDOM....

I've got to say that I was more than impressed with the cast when I had the chance to meet them this past Friday. I was concerned that someone would come off as an, well, a-hole - which would have greatly disappointed me. Didn't happen. All were very nice, cordial, and entertaining. I especially liked chatting with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale. More on those roundtables this week.

BATMAN BEGINS kicks ass, and some other stuff too!
Author: Jett
Saturday, June 4, 2005 - 1:58 AM, 5:46 PM CST: Several BOF'ers have emailed me a positive BATMAN BEGINS review from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER....

While doing roundtables yesterday, one of the reporters brought up BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN. Producer Chuck Roven said it was a "great script," but didn't confirm or deny that it was still a possibility. The project was also mentioned to Christian Bale, who said basically if it was to happen, it would be on "down the line." My take? I wouldn't be reading too much into it and I don't think it will ever happen. Frankly, I think it's a bad idea and hope that the powers that be keep the franchises apart....

Speaking of sequels, most everyone I spoke with seemed to be really up for them. Katie Holmes and Michael Caine both said they would love to return, "I want more screentime though," Caine quipped. Gary Oldman said that he still "has to become commissioner." Christian Bale spoke of sequels as if it was just a matter of time. In fact, he seemed quite enthusiastic about doing them eventually. All mentioned that they hoped that director Christopher Nolan would return to helm a second Bat-film. Nolan was very coy when addressing the subject of a sequel, as was screenwriter David Goyer (even though he said he wasn't being coy). Goyer mentioned again that he would return only if Nolan does. BEGINS certainly sets itself up for more films, but Nolan said that he really wants the film "to stand on its own." I wouldn't worry too much, a follow-up is going to happen. Even Michael Caine thinks so - he let it slip that the Gotham City sets were not dismantled and are still standing....

OK, I'm back in Texas where it is hot and humid, and I'm tired as hell from this trip. BUT, it was well worth it! BATMAN BEGINS is awesome! And I know what people will say, "Jett is Warner Bros.' bitch!" Well, say that away, it won't take away from the fact that this film is awesome - I couldn't care less! And mark my words, it is going to get some Oscar run. With that said, I've received several emails telling me that Ebert and Roeper have given BB "Two Thumbs Way Up!" And well they should. I'm going to check out their show and see for myself. But who gives a damn! I'm telling you how good it is. I can't wait to see it again....

I may go to this big BEGINS premiere party in Chicago. Let me know if you are going and what-not....

FYI. I spent the entire 3 hour plane ride from LA writing my reivew - and I'm still not finished. It'll be in several parts, the trip up there, what I did in LA, watching the movie, etc. Hopefully that's what y'all wanted from me - 'cause that's what you're getting....

When y'all see it, I do want to know what you all think. So send me your thoughts....Late, for now.

My new "ride," and BOF BATMAN BEGINS contest!
Author: Jett
Friday, June 3, 2005 - 8:25 AM, 1:14 PM PST: For all the work BOF has done over the years, WB has awarded me a new car. See below--

Just kidding! But pretty cool, eh....

BOF BATMAN BEGINS CONTEST!

Warner Bros. has supplied BOF some really cool BATMAN BEGINS gear to give to y'all! BOF will give away the following to some lucky readers--

1 Batmobile Replica
1 13" Christian Bale as Batman Deluxe Collector Figure
1 Christian Bale as Batman Mini Statue
1 Ken Watanabe as Ra's Al Ghul Mini-Statue
1 Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow Mini-Statue
1 BATMAN BEGINS Video Game for PS2
1 Time Home Entertainmentís OFFICIAL MOVIE GUIDE

Send your name and mailing address to BATMANBEGINSCONTEST@MSN.COM. We'll throw all entries together and pick the winners at random. Entries must be submitted by no later than June 19, 2005. All winners will be notified via e-mail by no later June 20, 2005. More info will become available once I leave LA and I'm back at the homebase this weekend. Also, make sure you are keeping up with BATMAN BEGINS and other Warner Bros. releases by clicking on the banner below. And visit the OFFICIAL SITE.

Yes, I want to be the first to receive exclusive WB Email Movie News Updates!

BATMAN BEGINS - keep checking BOF for my official review and press junket related stories.

WOW! And some BEGINS news
Author: Jett
Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 11:25 AM, 2:38 PM, 10:21 PM PST: I sort of poked fun at the guy earlier who claimed BEGINS was so good, it almost made him want to cry. I spoke way too soon. It's UNBELIEVABLE. It's DEFINITIVE. That's it until I'm able to post the entire review. I'm going out to have a beer and celebrate....

THIS REVIEW - and I told y'all this dude was more than legit - was spot-damn-on! The ultimate BATMAN film is here....

OK, I haven't seen it - yet (UPDATE - I have now by GOSH!). But I am in LA in my hotel room as I write this. Anyway....

THE MOVIE BOX (Click on the link to view) has posted the eleventh TV spot for BEGINS, and it is clearly aimed at chicks. But that's cool, they need to see it too....

EXTRA ran a very nice piece on BEGINS....

"Joerg-Rene" sent BOF THIS LINK - which is in Japanese I believe - from the premiere of BATMAN BEGINS over in Japan. It features the cast entering the theater, I think, and includes quite a bit from the official soundtrack. Man, does it sound good! Give it a look and listen....

I found it funny in an ironic sort of way that BOF started exactly seven years ago today - June 2, 1998....

More positive reviews - one from Japan and the other from Brazil. Warning, they contain SPOILERS, but they are VERY positive. Hell, it was so good, it almost made one of them cry! Uh, OK. Anyway, check 'em out over at AICN.

The journey BEGINS!!
Author: Jett
Wendesday, June 1, 2005 - 9:16 PM CST: Alright guys - and gals for that matter - it BEGINS! I'm off to LA to take part in the BATMAN BEGINS press junket. After seven years of doing this BOF thing, it all comes down to this. I'm seeing it tomorrow night and I'll be doing roundtable interviews with the cast and crew on Friday. I'll try to update y'all as best I can, so stay tuned....

Right now, BATMAN BEGINS news is going off! There is no way that I can report every single story and provide a link to all that is this film. Let's just sit back and enjoy the experience! BOF's main goal is to provide as much info as possible, but to focus on THE MOVIE. So I'll be bringing you stories and reports of my trip - and in due time - my detailed and official review of BATMAN BEGINS. With that said, here's to all of you who have suck with and supported BOF all these years. I want to thank each and every one of you all from the bottom of my heart. BOF would be nothing without you - the Batman fans! Again, thank you....

"Anthony 2099" has seen BATMAN BEGINS and says, "...this movie is a badass! The best adaptation of the Dark Knight to date!" This reviewer went on to describe in detail just how good this film is - and I don't doubt him. Can't wait....

Many BOF'ers have sent word that EBERT AND ROEPER will be reviewing our film this weekend. Check local listings for times. Thanks to all of you who sent in the news....

Alright y'all, the next time I talk to all of you, I will probably have seen it. It has been a long eight years, since we last saw a Batman film - if you want to even assign that lable to that one. But that's all about to change. To all of you - ENJOY the next two weeks! And I do want to hear what y'all think of BATMAN BEGINS. Late.

Yet another super positive review for BATMAN BEGINS!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 - 6:28 AM, 6:13 PM: "Beano" sent BOF us word of THIS REVIEW for BATMAN BEGINS by Sandy Collora (of BATMAN: DEAD END fame). He even liked the costume....

A tenth TV spot has aired, and THE MOVIE BOX has it....

There are tons of new pics out there from BEGINS, and if you can piece them together, you can view the entire film! Just kidding, but damn, that's a lot of pics that have been released of late....

Director Christopher Nolan had the following to say about the cast he worked with, "The cast has been truly wonderful. And it's nice to be able to say that without lying." CLICK HERE to read more.

The BEGINS promotion continues and Japan premiere info
Author: Jett
Monday, May 30, 2005 - 7:58 AM, 10:15 AM, 7:46 PM: Our old friend "IDigBatman" emailed BOF THIS LINK which you can hear some BATMAN BEGINS ringtones - including Christian Bale announcing, "I'M BATMAN!" Too cool....

HERE are several pics from the BEGINS premiere over in Japan....

Morgan Freeman - who plays "Lucius Fox" in BATMAN BEGINS - says he took the role because, "Batman was my favourite superhero as a kid, because he didn't have super strength. He was just a guy who trained all the time." CLICK HERE to read the entire article, which my include some SPOILERS....

"Mr. Snitch" is back TO TELL US why BATMAN BEGINS will work, and why that movie about those 4 certain individuals will not....

And y'all may find THIS from "Mr. Snitch" as well....

HELLOMAGAZINE.COM has a run-down of the world premiere of BATMAN BEGINS that tool place in Japan a few days ago. Below is a pic of the cast and crew present. Click on thumbnail to enlarge--


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The BATMAN BEGINS promotion is starting to get into high gear. I've seen several new TV spots air over the weekend on a variety of programing. And I'm getting reports about billboards, posters, etc. popping up at malls, along highways, at bus and subway stations, etc. all over the world! Below is one from Toronto, Canada sent in by "Joe." Click on the thumbnail to enlarge--

I've interviewed several people of late - "Average Joes" - for a story I'm currently working on. And I get the feeling that these individuals are fired up for BATMAN BEGINS. WB's promotion is working....

Saturday, June 4th is the last new episode of THE BATMAN for season two....

Make sure to check out BOF late this coming Thursday (June 2nd). Perhaps even the wee hours of Friday morning. I'm going to try to update from LA after I see BATMAN BEGINS. I'm sure that I won't be able to say very much, so don't be expecting a full review - that'll come later. But I should be able to say a little something about it.

BEGINS update for 5/29/05
Author: Jett
Sunday, May 29, 2005 - 10:45 AM: NEWSWEEK has a hell of an article on BATMAN BEGINS and yet another very positive opinion of it--

Why does [Christopher Nolan] seem so darn placid? Because he's seen the movie. NEWSWEEK has seen it too, so now we know what he knows: Batman is back.

And a bit on Goyer's participation (as screenwriter) and the "realism" aspect--

The English director's shrewdest move may have been bringing in Goyer to help craft the script. Nolan is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter (for "Memento") but he's a Batman novice; Goyer, who wrote the "Blade" film trilogy, sheepishly admits he knows more about the character than many people at DC Comics. Together, they pored over Batman's long history, searching for ideas to fuel the ultimate origin story, one that would satisfy both fan boys and regular folks paying to see a movie, not a comic book. "Chris was a real taskmaster about justifying everything in the real world," says Goyer. "He kept saying, 'It's gotta be grounded. It's gotta be real'." That mandate seeped into every aspect of the film: real action, real stunts, real sets.

Click on the link to read the entire article....

I've got a new "SCATTERSHOOTING" blog if you are interested.

BEGINS on ET
Author: Jett
Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 8:45 AM: "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT" ran another feature on BATMAN BEGINS yesterday and MOVIEMAN'S GUIDE TO THE MOVIES has some cool screen caps. Click on the link provided to check them out....

I was watching "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" this morning and Joel Siegel said that he's seen BATMAN BEGINS and that it was "very good." That was it, but at least he gave it some positive run.

Nolan interview
Author: Jett
Friday, May 27, 2005 - 7:10 AM: I found a very good interview with director Christopher Nolan in LA CITY BEAT by Andy Klein. Click on the link provided to give it a read.

And the reviews BEGIN to roll in!
Author: Jett
Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 6:12 PM, 10:23 PM: A quick note to BOF readers: thanks for ALL the emails, links, and pictures. I guess since BATMAN BEGINS is almost here, BOF is getting flat swamped with email. I may not respond to everyone, but I do read 'em all (even the "BOF sucks" ones). And I can't post every single picture or link sent. But I do want to say thanks to all of you....

"Chaz" sent word of THIS POSITIVE REVIEW of BATMAN BEGINS from THE HOT BUTTON....

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE has a short pictorial preview of BEGINS....

JAPAN TODAY says that security was tight for the premiere of BEGINS Thursday in Japan....

Speaking of Japan, here is a link to the OFFICIAL JAPANESE SITE....

Info on various contests can be found at the OFFICIAL SITE....

The OFFICIAL SITE - the flash one that is - has an online "comic viewer" up and running. The November 1939 origin of The Batman (by Kane and Finger) and the first appearance of Ra's Al Ghul (BATMAN #232, June 1971). I actually remember buying the latter one as a kid....

Win a private, hometown screening of BATMAN BEGINS!

"Good Morning America" is looking for stories of real-life superheroes. If you had someone go above and beyond to make a huge difference in your life, now is your chance to thank them. Send in your story for a chance to surprise your hero with a private, hometown screening of "Batman Begins" for your hero's friends and family, hosted by Warner Brothers! This thriller opens in theaters across America on June 15. CLICK HERE.

BEGINS update for 5/25/05
Author: Jett
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 6:33 AM, 10:23 PM: My "Dawgs" over at JOBLO.COM - can a old dude like me use that term? - have some nice looking pictures from some movie that is about to come out. What's it called??? Anyway, click on the link provided to get a look....

After all these years of waiting and hoping and pleading, I'm "fixin'" to see BATMAN BEGINS in about a week! Will I like it? You'll find out soon enough....

"R.C.P." emailed BOF to let us know that BATMAN BEGINS spots are running on TELEMUNDO in Spanish....

USA WEEKEND contacted BOF and sent us the following info and pic--

"USA WEEKEND peeks behind the closely guarded mask of actor Christian Bale, star of the new blockbuster Batman Begins. Hey, how did Batman begin? USA WEEKEND also brings you explanations from three vintage comic books." Sounds great. CLICK HERE to find out which paper near you carries USA WEEKEND....

"Gotham79" sent us word a few details of the BATMAN BEGINS promotion with VERIZON WIRELESS. It will include "Txt to Play" for a chance to win a 42" flat screen TV or a signed BB movie poster. More details later....

Another positive BATMAN BEGINS review!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 6:45 PM: AICN has followed BOF with the second online review of BATMAN BEGINS. This reviewer - like BOF's - gives the film very high marks. Click on the link provided to read a very well-written, thumbs way up review of the film....

TV spots 7, 8, and 9 can be found over at THE MOVIE BOX....

Cillian Murphy ("Dr.Jonathan Crane") talks a little BATMAN BEGINS to SCIFI.COM, and he gives major props to director Christopher Nolan....

I'm hoping to have some "special reports" next week, Thurs (6/2) thru Sat (6/4). Not promising anything on those specific dates - yet. But some good stuff is coming in early June from BOF and that you can bank on!

BATMAN BEGINS update for 5/23/05!
Author: Jett
Monday, May 23, 2005 - 7:25 PM, 10:00 PM: OK, here we go....

"Juan M." sent BOF the pic below of BATMAN BEGINS in Times Square in NYC (click on the thumbnail to enlarge)--

PR NEWSWIRE has release information on the BATMAN BEGINS SOUNDRACK (see below), which will be available on June 14th--

I was watching the season finale of 24 tonight and they too ran a spot for BATMAN BEGINS. The one where Gordon (Gary Oldman) says "Just some nut." BEGINS is starting to get some run it seems....

More BATMAN BEGINS 400 news from MOTORTREND.COM....

THIS TRANSLATION is from the Japanese site SANSPO.COM and features a bit from about the world premiere of BATMAN BEGINS which will take place in Japan....

Speaking of the Japanese world premiere, HERE is more information about it....

HERE is a cool promotional picture featuring Taiwan's "Taipei 101" building. Expect more of these featuring other cities around the world. Thanks to "Ras2005" for the previous bits of news....

As I'm writing this report, I've got FEAR FACTOR on the TV. And they just showed the entire U.S. full-length trailer. Good stuff and good move....

I've heard word of some advance screenings over in the U.K. More on this as it becomes available....

I can shed some light on a few roles - and who is playing them - in BATMAN BEGINS. As first reported by BOF Tim Booth's role is indeed that of "Victor Zsaz." The role of "Flass" is handled by actor Mark Boone Junior. And Larry Holden's role is that of D.A. Finch - not someone else. All confirmed. "You know who" - many thanks....

OK, expect some really cool stuff here on BOF in early June prior to the June 15th release of BATMAN BEGINS - including the official BOF review (by "Jett") of BATMAN BEGINS prior to the June 15th U.S. release! Just keep checking. Late.

The Batman in MAXIM!
Author: Jett
Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 8:53 AM: I just got my new edition of MAXIM in the mail yesterday, and it features quite a bit of our favorite hero! On page 74, there is a comparison of the actors who have played Batman on the big screen. The winner? Christian Bale....

MAXIM also reviews BATMAN BEGINS in their summer movie preview section. "He is vengence. He is the night. He is desperate to erase all memories of BATMAN AND ROBIN," so says the run-down of BATMAN BEGINS. It also features quotes by David Goyer. "This movie looks utterly realistic," says Goyer. "There are no crazy camera angles or garish colors. It doesn't take place in a comic book world - it takes place in the real world." Amen to that....

From SCIFI.COM--

Tune in to SCI FI Pictures' Darklight, Tuesday, June 14, at 9/8C, for SCI FI Inside: Batman Begins. We're bringing you exclusive footage from the movie before it hits theaters on Wednesday, June 15.

Hosted by stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes and Morgan Freeman, and director Christopher Nolan, this is your chance to go behind the scenes of Batman Begins and see if the stars answered your questions!

Make sure y'all check it out and send in those questions! Thanks to "The Dark Zip" for the lead....

Another report from the U.K. from our old friend "SpideyTracer"--

Had to drop you a line to tell you the reaction to the Bats trailer that was on with a midnight showing of STAR WARS here in the UK. Firstly, FANTASTIC FOUR came on, which garnered a lot of "oohs and Ahhs!" as well as laughter. Quite vocal for us stiff upper lip Brits. Then came BATMAN BEGINS. It was like sitting in church - you could have heard a pin drop. I don't think people were understanding what they were glimpsing at first. But by the time you hear Ducard say "...A legend Mr Wayne, a legend," the crowd erupted with applause!

Needless to say it brought a tear to my eye!!! Great site Jett, the best on the net!

These are the sort of emails I'm getting at about a 10:1 ratio - postive vs. negative/no response....

"Batman Jr." says that the buzz for BEGINS is huge over in Belgium. The reaction to the trailer is like it is everywhere else - clapping and cheering....

So I run down to make favorite sports bar yesterday to check out a bit of the Astros/Rangers game. I'm wearing my new BATMAN BEGINS logo T-Shirt. Talk somehow turns to BATMAN BEGINS. And a little lightbulb went off in my head with me thinking "I may have a story here." So I started asking questions and I got some very interesting replies in return. It will make for a new op-ed piece that I'm now working on and hope to finish sometime this week. So stay tuned.

Tour the Batcave!
Author: Jett
Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 8:45 AM: IGN FILMFORCE has secured an exclusive "tour" of the Batcave! Click on the link and head on over there....

"Jamie The Fox" sent us a report on British audience reaction to the international trailer. While it was "reserved" in the British way, there was still a positive reaction. "When the trailer finished, there was a buzz around the auditorium - people do want to see this. The people I was with just turned to me in awe! I sat there sumg, pleased and uncontrollably excited." Good to hear....

"Leigh" writes in to tell BOF that TV spots are now airing in Australia....

"Leigh" and "Rory" both sent a link to THE 10 MINUTE SMALLVILLE PREVIEW of BATMAN BEGINS. If I haven't said it before - and I think I have - that thing was fantastic! Mr. Goyer and especially Mr. Nolan have just nailed Batman. I can't wait for this film....

TIME OUT CHICAGO has one hell of an inteview with BATMAN BEGINS star Christian Bale in their latest edition. Here's a bit--

Time Out Chicago: What made you decide to take on something like Batman? It seems like an odd choice for you.

"A friend of mine gave me some of the graphic novels to read some years back. I didn't really follow the comics when I was younger, and I read them kind of begrudgingly at first. But after I'd finished them I thought, 'Wow!' There is such incredible potential within this character. In the later books, he's a real badass; he's as threatening as any of the villains and that got me curious. I thought, 'Well, if there is going to be a movie made in this vein, then I want to have a shot at playing him.'"

Time Out Chicago: Do you think people who haven't read the graphic novels are ready for a malevolent version of the Caped Crusader?

"We'll see. I think there's room to push the character even further into being a schizophrenic freak. I mean, the fact that he hasn't embraced his violent side entirely is what makes him so interesting; there's a great sense of conflict between him doing it for justice and doing it for revenge. I'd really love to see us doing a Batman film in which there was a PG-rated cut and an R-rated cut. You know, do the same film, but have one version for everybody and one version in which you really push the envelope of what this guy does."

Click on the link provided for much more. Really good stuff from Bale. I'll say this, a R-rated BATMAN, it would be a hell of a good idea for a special edition DVD, or limited theater run. You'd have to keep the main release PG-13, but doing an additional cut with future sequels is something to think about. Anyway, in the same artilce, director Christopher Nolan talks about getting into Bruce Wayne's head--

"My basic pitch was simply to approach a superhero story from a realistic point of view," says the 34-year-old director, famous for his psychological time-bender Memento. "That is to say, to tell the story in a way that was as gritty and down-to-earth as possible."

Inspired by Frank Miller's Batman: Year One comics, Batman Begins follows the transformation of Bruce Wayne into the masked avenger after witnessing his parents' murder. Nolan says the film will burrow into the dark recesses of Wayne's mind instead of relying on explosions or Gothic exteriors. "We're treating this less as [a] fantasy film and more like a drama," he says. "We're trying to give the decisions these characters make a certain amount of weight and not reduce everything to the level of just being another comic-book film. The closest thing I've ever seen to that would be Dick Donner's Superman (1978)."

Citing Star Wars, along with other childhood favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark and "the best James Bond films," Nolan believes "escapist entertainment" doesn't have to be driven by rubber suits and car chases. "They are epic films, but they have a much higher degree of concern with character and story," he says. "It's been a very long time since I've seen something done in a way that great blockbusters that I grew up with were done, and that was the type of film I was trying to make."

Again, check out TIME OUT CHICAGO for more....

"Desperately Random" sent us a link to an another inteview with Christian Bale from the upcoming USA WEEKEND....

FYI. I'm working a few things that if they pan out, will be really cool. I'm not going to say what they are because I don't want to jinx it. I've also did several interviews lately representing all of you - the Batman fans out there - and our role in getting BATMAN BEGINS to the big screen. I'll provide info on these when they are available, as most will coinside with BEGINS' release.

Update for 5/20/05
Author: Jett
Friday, May 20, 2005 - 6:38 AM: BILLBOARD has a story about composers James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer. Thanks to "Jimmy G." for the lead....

"Josh" writes in to say that the subway station he uses to get to Manhattan from Queens was full of BATMAN BEGINS posters....

I'm still getting reports of audience shouts and applause when the BEGINS trailer was played prior to REVENGE OF THE SITH....

THE MOVIE BOX has added clips of the 6th TV spot, a couple of "film clips," and the SMALLVILLE promo. Click on the link provided to check them out.

Got Milk? Batman does!
Author: Jett
Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 5:15 PM: The pic below - a "Got Milk?" ad featuring Christian Bale's Batman - was sent to BOF by someone who asked to remain anonymous. BATMANYTB.COM also gave us the heads-up on it, as I believe they were the first to reveal it--

I know some people will bitch about "Batman" doing this ad, but hey, pretty good marketing in my opinion....

Got MANY reports - and thanks to all of you who sent them - about the BATMAN BEGINS trailer that was played with REVENGE OF THE SITH. Almost every one of them said the audience yelled and clapped when it was played....

And I got just as many reports about the preview of BATMAN BEGINS from last night. They were overwhelmingly positive.

Frank Gorshin - THANKS!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:25 PM: I'm a Batman fan because of the 60's TV show. As a very young child, that was my introduction to the world of Batman. Frank Gorshin was The Riddler. Hell, The Riddler from BATMAN FOREVER wasn't that much far off from Mr. Gorshin's performance. Anyway, BOF salutes Mr. Gorshin and his contribution to the Batman mythos....

I just watched the preview of BATMAN BEGINS that was on TV tonight. TIVO'ed it - I was out watching the Mavs/Suns. My take? THIS is what I've been lobbying for for all these years! THIS is what I've always wanted in a BATMAN film. There is no doubt that Mr. Goyer and the great Mr. Nolan have nailed it. This is - beyond a shadow of a doubt - the definitive BATMAN film. Period. Perhaps keeping this site up and running for all these years was worth it.

The Batmobile at E3 and another Joker candidate?
Author: Jett
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 6:39 AM, 9:45 PM: CANMAG.COM has several new stills from BATMAN BEGINS. Thanks to all of you who sent in the lead....

The OFFICIAL SITE has been updated to include a "sneek peak" of the sneak peak that will be shown following SMALLVILLE tomorrow night. Great stuff with Ducard (Liam Neeson) training Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). Check it out....

"Rahul" sent us THIS LINK which I believe is the ET "exclusive footage" from last night. It features "Rachel Dawes'" first encounter with The Batman as described yesterday....

MSNBC's summer movie preview gives a damn positive rundown of BATMAN BEGINS--

Itís hard not to get excited about this film. Innovative director Nolan (ďMementoĒ) promises to give a dark take on material that has been given short shrift in the past. Add a really great cast, which is classed up with the trio of Caine, Neeson and Freeman, and we could actually get a comic-book film that transcends the genre....Hopes are high for this one.

"Hopes are high?" Really? I haven't noticed....

Ask you shall recieve, right? I was just watching the Spurs/Sonics game on TNT and low and behold - a BATMAN BEGINS spot! First one I seen while watching the NBA playoffs....

Check out "SCATTERSHOOTING" if you get the chance....

Warner Bros. brought The Batmobile - AKA "The Tumbler" - to E3 to help promote BATMAN BEGINS. CLICK HERE to take a look. From IGN....

Here's a bit of news about another possible candidate for The Joker in the (hopefully) upcoming sequels--

Jett, I've got another name for you that may be in the mix for The Joker - Crispin Glover. Now here's the thing, I don't know where this is coming from. It could be coming from Glover's "people" to get his name out there, or it could be coming from Warners. I know that Glover is sort of a "fan-favorite," so maybe they [Warner Bros. - Jett] is taking that into account. Hell, they cast Christian Bale, didn't they? Thought you would want to know.

Hmmm, interesting. Let's throw Mr. Glover's name into the mix now as well. I know that "mock-ups" of Lachy Hulme as The Joker have already been done, I wonder if any were done on Glover as well? And I'm sure that they'll be plenty more names arise in due time.

New BEGINS TV spot and more!
Author: Jett
Monday, May 16, 2005 - 6:36 AM, 6:55 PM: "A Guy From Down Under" sent BOF the following report regarding "Aussie radio gossip." It's about Australian actor Lachy Hulme, who has been rumored to be in the mix for the part of The Joker (Hey, BEGINS is almost here! Time to starting kicking around all the sequel rumors!)--

"On Australian radio this week, they ran a big bit about the hot new project about to commence filiming in July -- an update of William Shaespeare's 'Macbeth.' The radio hosts were raving about it, since it's from the same people who made 'Romper Stomper,' and also since the filmmakers have lined up a huge Aussie cast, including Sam Wirthington, Victoria Hill, Mick Molloy, Steve Bastoni, Gary Sweet as 'Duncan,' and Lachy Hulme as the kick-ass 'Macduff.'

The radio hosts talked a lot about Lachy Hulme, and about how he's one of the coolest guys around who always makes time for people, and how he's also one of the nastiest actors to ever come down the pike. 'Nasty' in the snese that he's born to play a bad guy but everyone gives him 'nice guy' roles, or wimpy roles like in 'Matrix.' Then they talked about The Joker rumours, and how Hollywood 'just has to cast this guy as The Joker, because he is such a perfect match.' Then people called in, including hard-core Batman fans, who all agreed that he was born for therole.

Lots of people who called had seen Lachy Hulme on stage in thetare productions playing bad guy types, and most said he was a really scary bastard when he wanted to be.

Also, they talked about how much he looked like the Joker from the original comic books. Does anyone know >>whether or not Lachy Hulme is confirmed to play this part?"

Well, "AGFDU," Mr. Hulme has not been cast in the role. But from what I hear, he is certainly in the mix. Any of you Aussies who have had the chance to see Mr. Hulme on stage or in some of his other films, send BOF a report....

Let me warn you first, the following link includes SPOILERS - JOBLO.COM has a review of BATMAN BEGINS. The report - written by Mike Sampson - came via a reader of the site and was from a screening for some press and exhibitors in London. Click on the link provided if you want to read this very positive review. THE BOF REVIEW offered a little more insight IMO, but this one includes major spoilers. You've been warned. Thanks to WORLDOFKJ.COM for the lead....

I've gotten several reports of a new, 5th TV spot that has just started running. You can view it by CLICKING HERE. In fact, THE MOVIE BOX has all of them in all formats available....

Support The Dark Knight in all is incarnations! Catch THE BATMAN this Saturday on THE KIDS' WB. Another reminder, Vol. 3 of the great BATMAN - THE ANIMATED SERIES is coming May 24th! You can watch a preview by clicking HERE and HERE....

So my wife gets back from Wal-Mart tonight and tells me that there was "huge" BATMAN BEGINS display announcing an "in store BATMAN BEGINS event" on Saturday, June 18th. Hmmm, I wonder what the hell that could be? Anyone....

"Brandon M." sent in the following report. Seems that Katie Holmes was on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, well, tonight--

"[They showed a sceen from BATMAN BEGINS] Katie Holmes is being harrassed by two men then being saved by Batman. She is shocked and tries electrocuting him [The Batman] with a taser. The taser has no effect and she asks, 'Who are you?'

The Batman (first time I've really heard his voice) says, 'Someone like you. Someone who likes to rattle cages.'" Thanks to "Brian U." as well....

One last thing tonight (I think), don't forget about the BATMAN BEGINS preview Wednesday night on SMALLVILLE. Late.

More on Liev Schreiber in sequel
Author: Jett
Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 7:36 AM, 1:29 PM, 3:17 PM: Katie Holmes ("Rachel Dawes") has talked a bit again about BATMAN BEGINS--

[Ms. Holmes] claims she had a great time filming with Bale and went weak at the knees when she got to ride in the famous Batmobile with him dressed as the superhero. She added: "I had the time of my life making it. You just kind of step into a comic book I got to ride in the Batmobile and that was one sexy machine".

Check out THIS NEW OP-ED PIECE by Kris Tapley of OSCARWATCH.COM....

I've had another longtime, spot-on source contact BOF and here is a bit of what they had to say--

"Liev Schreiber. I heard that a few weeks ago, too, but didn't pay it any attention (rumors, y'know?). But if you've got a source on that, I suspect that he or she is a very good source. Schreiber would be absolutely riveting as Harvey 'Apollo' Dent, if you ask me."


Harvey Dent?

Thanks to "BatmAngelus" and VACUUMBOY9.COM for the pic. That Tim Sale can draw....

I've had many BOF readers email me and point out that Mr. Schreiber looks very much like the Tim Sale version of Harvey Dent. I think they may be right! Speaking of Mr. Sale, he has agreed to an interview with BOF. Keep your eyes open for that coming soon....

If you are interested in a BATMAN BEGINS logo for your "wheels," FASTDECALS.COM has them. FYI - BOF has no affiliation with this website and does not profit from any sale. I'm just passing on the word to those who may be interested....

An early screening of BEGINS starting June 10th at the WEST END FESTIVAL in Glasgow....

I've watched a lot of NBA playoff basketball the last three weeks - GO MAVS! - and I've yet to see a BATMAN BEGINS spot. Good audience to advertise to I suspect. Come on now, get 'em out there....

HERE'S INFO on the June 6th U.S. premiere of BEGINS at Grauman's Chinese Theater....

HERE'S some info about a winning passes to a special June 5th screening of BEGINS in Australia.

BEGINS update for 5/14/05
Author: Jett
Saturday, May 14, 2005 - 9:26 AM, 4:24 PM: Got a name to throw out there for y'all regarding the possible sequel(s) to BATMAN BEGINS. This comes from a longtime source of ours who has been spot-on before--

"Jett, got a name for you that I've heard bandied about in conjunction to the BEGINS sequels: Liev Schreiber. Now I'm just assuming here, but he could be a potential Harvey Dent. I'll do a little digging and let you know more if I come up with anything. Just a FYI and keep up the great work!"

Liev Schreiber? Hmmm. I saw him recently in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. I could see him as Dent and he's not too much older than Christian Bale. Well, let the speculation, ahem, begin....

"Jimmy G." sent us a link to JAMES-NEWTON-HOWARD.COM that features some info regarding the theme scored for BATMAN BEGINS--

There are two themes primarily. One relates to his journey and the other relates to the action." The result, says Zimmer, should be unmistakably Batman. "There's a lot of percussion, a lot of electronics, but, this is 'Batman,' you're allowed to have the kitchen sink."

Click on the link to read more. The interview is from SFX 131....

HERE is a link to a very nice analysis of the BATMAN BEGINS trailers, teasers, and TV spots....

"Joe" sent us the picture from Toronto which you see below (click on the thumbnail to enlarge)--

And his report: "Here are some shots I took at the Eaton Centre here in Toronto Canada. These posters are massive with a nice matte finish. Good promotion finally from WB." Looks good....

TOON ZONE has a bit of information on the BATMAN BEGINS SOUNDTRACK--

HERE is a review of the DVD BATMAN - RETURN TO THE BATCAVE--

IGN has reviewed the new INTENATIONAL TRAILER....

SHH has a couple of pics of the big BATMAN BEGINS poster that is in Manhattan - the one that BOF FIRST SHOWED YOU going up back on May 9th....

I didn't like the second part of ELVIS nearly as much as I enjoyed part one. Not very good. If it was up to me - and obviously it wasn't - I would have expanded the story of Elvis' rise in the 1950's and ended the movie with him leaving for Germany soon after his mother's death in 1958. But I did love ELVIS BY THE PRESLEYS - excellent!

Katie Holmes talks BEGINS
Author: Jett
Friday, May 13, 2005 - 6:14 AM: Here's a bit from an interview with Katie Holmes ("Rachel Dawes") from GIANT MAGAZINE--

Batman is so important to so many people, especially guys. Were you wary about tackling something so sacred?

"No. I didnít feel like I had much responsibility, because I wasnít playing BatmanĖI played a character thatís never been played before. Sure, I was nervous to be part of a cast that strong and to be pretty much the only woman in it, but I wasnít scared of the story. People are going to love it."

Katie says that she also has a "thing" for The Batmobile. I may have a "thing" for Katie after seeing THIS PICTURE....

You can find some more images from the BATMAN BEGINS GAME by clicking on THIS LINK....

A reader sent BOF word that the film will open in Japan at May 31st at Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi Hills....

Click on the link to view the VIDEO GAME TRAILER.

(Thanks to "Chaz," "Jaxon," and "Chris H.")

International BEGINS trailer released online!
Author: Jett
Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 6:14 PM: Saw this earlier today, but just now able to update. You can view the new international trailer by clicking on the links provided - QUICKTIME HI-RES, WINDOWS MP HI-RES, and REAL PLAYER HI-RES. Now this one I like better than the last full-length trailer! Shows a bit more, but gives nothing away. Thanks to all of you - I mean ALL of you - who sent in the info....

According to the BBFC--

Classified "12A." Contains strong fantasy horror and moderate violence. When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 139m 55s.

So, it looks like BEGINS is going to run about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

BEGINS update for 5/11/05
Author: Jett
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 6:44 PM: Three more BEGINS promotional posters can be viewed at CANMAG.COM. Old news I believe....

You'll be able to get a look at a potential Joker soon on the big screen. Lachy Hulme as been cast as MacDuff in the big screen update of Shakespeare's MACBETH called M. The film is "a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in the ganglands of Melbourne," according to the IMDB. It has been adapted by Geoffrey Wright, who will also direct. Wright is best known for launching Russell Crowe with ROMPER STOMPER....

News on what EA has in store at E3 in LA in a few weeks can be found at THEMOVIEINSIDER.COM.

Goyer confirms The Joker, Two-Face in sequels!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 6:36 AM, 9:08 PM: Months ago, BOF was the first to tell you that The Joker was in the mix as the next Bat-villian and that D.A. Harvey Dent would aid The Batman in bringing him down (Check out news from 10/25/04 and 12/27/04). BOF also informed you with info from a very trusted insider that Dent would become Two-Face in the third film - and The Joker would have something to do with it. Now for the first time, a member of the new Bat-team seems to be confirming this plot line. Here's the latest from BATMAN BEGINS screenwriter David Goyer via EMPIRE (CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY)--

ďThe next one would have Batman enlisting the aid of Gordon and Dent in bringing down The Joker...but not killing him, which is a mistake they made in the first one," Batwriter David Goyer tells the latest issue of U.S. movie magazine PREMIERE. "In the third, the Joker would go on trial, scarring Dent in the process."

Australian actor Lachy Hulme is rumored to be a strong candidate for The Joker, while rumors continue to swirl around Guy Pearce taking on the role of Harvey Dent.

(Thanks to "Bobby My Name" for the lead.)

HERE IS A COOL PIC of The Batman via TIME. Thanks to all of you who sent in the lead on this one....

Look, I dig THE BATMAN that is on KIDS' WB. BOF was directed to THIS EXCLUSIVE CLIP that you may be interested in viewing. Plus, CHECK THIS OUT - a website where you can explore the Batcave level by level! Now guys behind THE BATMAN, get Gordon and Dent on the show! And put some shoes on The Joker!

"Irish Marty" sent us THIS LINK that says the UK premiere of BATMAN BEGINS will be held at the the Odeon Leicester Square on June 12th....

I've been told that a listener of THE HOWARD STERN SHOW called in a very positive review of BATMAN BEGINS. Thanks to "Jeff O." Hell, Stern is a big Batman fan right? EMAIL HIM and tell him he needs to get BOF on his show to spread the word! BTW, I'm not a big fan of Howard's - although I'm far from being a hater. Late.

A few more pix from BEGINS can be found at DARK HORIZONS.

BATMAN in the Big Apple!
Author: Jett
Monday, May 9, 2005 - 7:49 PM: "Mel" says that a friend of his snapped the pic below (click on the thumbnail to enlarge) Chelsea, Manhattan. As you can see, it is not the finished product--

I have some interviews coming up, so keep checking for them. I think you just may dig 'em....

I've got to say, Jonathan Rhys-Myers was damn fantastic as the young Elvis Presley last night in CBS' ELVIS. He was simply uncanny - best portrayal of Elvis by an actor I've seen. Looking forward to part 2 on Wednesday.

BATMAN BEGINS update for 5/8/05
Author: Jett
Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 6:14 PM: Couple of articles that may be of interest to you all. This one - titled "Rescuing Batman" from THE LA TIMES, talks about what it took to get BATMAN BEGINS made - a tale that if very familiar to BOF'ers. The other is from THE NEW YORK TIMES and is about comic book based films and mentions BEGINS. Free subscriptions may be required....

Don't forget, check out ELVIS tonight on CBS at 8 PM CST....

I'm still looking for some more comic book professionals (with a tie to Batman) who would be interested in being interviewed regarding BATMAN BEGINS. LET ME KNOW....

Check out the BATMAN BEGINS 400 POSTER....

Director Chris Nolan talks about Liam Neeson's Ducard in the INDIANAPOLIS STAR--

"We were looking for someone to play a mentor that the audience would immediately warm to and see as trustworthy," says director Christopher Nolan ("Memento"). "The baggage Liam carries is very useful. He presents a seductive quality that is very important in bringing Bruce Wayne into his point of view."

Many of you emailed asking about BEGINS T-shirts with just the BATMAN BEGINS Bat-logo on the front. I found 'em--

BATMAN BEGINS Logo Adult T-Shirt

BATMAN BEGINS - and ELVIS - update for 5/7/05
Author: Jett
Saturday, May 7, 2005 - 8:33 AM: The promo-poster for the BATMAN BEGINS preview on SMALLVILLE can be found HERE. Via KRYPTONSITE.COM....

IGN FILMFORCE has posted a POSITIVE REVIEW of ELVIS by "Stax."

BATMAN BEGINS update for 5/6/05
Author: Jett
Friday, May 6, 2005 - 8:44 PM: The guys at SFX MAGAZINE sent BOF THIS LINK about their upcoming issue that features our BATMAN BEGINS. Here's what they had to say, "Our writer was on-set, and we spoke to Chris Nolan, Emma Thomas, Cillian Murphy, Nathan Crowley and Andy Smith (about the Batmobile), and Day Murch (about the Bat-Suit). Plus, we also asked the likes of Denny O'Neill, Jeph Loeb and Neal Adams to explain what's so special about Batman." Oh, and the picture below--

Pretty "tite" (did I spell that right?) pic of Bale as The Dark Knight. Oh, I recommend that y'all read - or re-read - Paul Wares' fantastic set visit reports he did for BOF....

A few more randon quotes from our source who has seen BATMAN BEGINS (*POSSIBLE SPOILERS*)--

"The fight between Ducard and Wayne on a frozen lake was really exciting. The camera moves as if itís slipping on the surface and you really feel like youíre actually involved in the sword fight."

"One memorable scene where [Jett-edit] is being interrogated by Batman; Bale looks truly terrifying, almost as if he is out of control and is ready to do anything to him to get the information he requires."

"The most memorable piece of music being when Ducard and Wayne are fighting on the ice. We flash back and forth in time seeing Wayneís parents being shot and him being trained by the League of Shadows, whilst fighting Ducard. The music reminded me of the scene in THE THIN RED LINE when the American Soldiers attack the Japanese village towards the end of the film, itís very much in the foreground with the action and voice over almost flowing with the music as if we where watching an opera. As with all great scores, it tends to pull at your heart strings as itís full of emotion."

"You know the scene in FIGHT CLUB when Brad Pitt is talking to the camera and it all of a sudden goes all jittery as if the film is coming off the spools? Well, thatís the same way youíre going to see things when the scarecrow sprays his powder on you. Very freaky indeed. Nolan has been very clever throughout the film ensuring that the audience is very much involved in what is happening on screen, as if the audience is part of the film."

Alrighty then! I gotta say that I can't wait for this film. I'm hoping that the "official" BOF reviews - one by me and one by Paul Wares - will be up before the film hits the big screen. I also have a few " special guest" reviews coming as well. Plus, I will want to know what y'all think of BEGINS and will use reader comments as well....

Lot's of people have emailed me and asked what I think about SUPERMAN RETURNS. Well, I'm starting to dig it. I did like the new costume for what that's worth....

I'm heading up to Big D to watch game seven of the Mavs/Rockets series. Go MAVS! And Dirk, can you please go off this game?! Late.

First BEGINS review - sort of, Part 2
Author: Jett
Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:30 PM: OK, our dude got back to us with my questions and I'll give some of the answers now. I really had to edit these because I don't want to include any spoilers. But just in case...

*POSSIBLE SPOILER*

Regarding "The Look" of the film--

"The overall feel of the film is very moody and atmospheric. I seem to remember reading something where Christopher Nolan actually said he wanted the film to look like BLADE RUNNER. Well, he certainly achieved that....I was so impressed at the way they made everything look so grande, despite the fact that Gotham is now a run down city with little hope. Gotham could be any city in the world which is what makes it so realistic....Of course we also travel to China where we see Bruce join up with the League of Shadows. This again looks very realistic."

Regarding Christian Bale's Batman--

"Bale makes a fantastic Batman, the best yet!! He not only gets the characters of Batman and Wayne spot on but he also surprises you with both roles. As Wayne, he plays the cold hearted toy boy who only cares for his wealth and not much else. Of course this is just an act and we see the real Bruce Wayne immerge when he is talking to Rachel. Batman is the character we all know and love from the comic books. He plays him like Batman is some kind of animal."

Regarding Gary Oldman's Jim Gordon--

"...in my opinion Gary Oldman as Gordon steals the show from everyone else. You feel he is very much the 'human' in this story and because Batman trustís him implicitly, as the audience you feel the same way. I get the impression they wonít need Robin if they go on to make any sequels as Gordon and Batman make a fantastic pairing!"

Regarding the score--

"I can confirm that the music in the new trailer is in fact the music used in the film. It is the main Batman theme and is played throughout the movie."

Regarding The Scarecrow--

"When I first heard they where using Scarecrow as the villain in the new film I was a little worried how he may look. I can tell you that I wasnít disappointed in anyway. THE SCARECROW is truly terrifying!! They use some very clever editing techniques to freak you out even more!"

How much of The Batman is in BEGINS?--

"The Batman first appears in the film about half way through. The first time you see him is very memorable. Again, I donít want to spoil anything for you so I wonít describe in too much detail. There is a lot of fast editing involved when heís fighting the bad guys and whenever we see Batman just talking to either Rachel or Gordon he stands in the dark so you never really see him fully until...."

Length?--

"The cut I saw was [over 2 hours - Jett]. It may leave some people feeling a bit restless as there is a lot of back story but when the film really gets going the time goes by so quickly!! I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it, I really hope Nolan does the sequels as it would be nice to keep the same style as in this film."

Our source's grades--

Batman - 10/10
Bruce Wayne - 8/10
Rachel - 8/10
Gordon - 10/10
Alfred - 7/10
Ducard - 8/10
Falcone - 7/10
Scarecrow - 9/10

Ra's Al Ghul - 6/10

So there y'all go. And let me tell you all this: this dude is MORE than legit. Oh one more thing, it is the Bat-logo that bursts into a cloud of bats, not the Warner Bros. logo - my bad....

Now this I like (from NEWSWEEK)--

First BEGINS review - sort of
Author: Jett
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - 7:40 PM: A BOF source has seen BATMAN BEGINS. Can't say how or when, but he saw it. Here's what he had to say--

*POSSIBLE SPOILER*

Hey Dude. Wow! That's all I can say! I have just been the most fortunate person in the world and have just watched Batman Begins!!! I can tell you that it is complete (soundtrack and all) and is everything I could have hoped for in a Batman film!!!

Our source also tells BOF that the film, ahem, begins without any opening credits - just the Warner Bros. logo bursting into a cloud of bats (just as in the new trailer). Also, the last shot in the film "...is the scene that is in the latest trailer where Batman is flying from the top of the building towards the camera." Our source has given BOF permission to send him a list of questions about the film and he'll respond. So stay tuned....

Remember, two weeks before the BEGINS preview on "SMALLVILLE" - May 18th. And it is 10 minutes according to the promo for it at the end of "SMALLVILLE" tonight....

The release date for the U.K. is now June 16th....

A NICE REVIEW of "ELVIS" which premieres this coming Sunday on CBS....

Due to email issues, please send email to Jett via BatmanOnFilm@msn.com.

Katie Holmes on ET for BEGINS
Author: Jett
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 6:07 AM, 7:58 PM: Saw the Holmes/BATMAN BEGINS bit on "ET" tonight - meh....

Two new op-ed pieces have been posted. Head over to the OP-ED MENU PAGE to check them out. And by the way, the BATMAN FOREVER re-edit piece will be up this weekend....

I also have a new interview posted with comic book writer James Peaty. CLICK HERE to check it and the others out as well. And I'm still looking to interview comic book professionals who have ties to Batman. Let me know if you are interested. And if you have ties to BATMAN BEGINS, I'd love to hear from you as well...

I'm still having a few email issues. If you emailed me recently, you may want to resend if it was important....

According to my wife, Katie Holmes - "Rachel Dawes" in BATMAN BEGINS - will be on ET this evening to promote BATMAN BEGINS. FYI. Thanks to "Chaz."

BATMAN BEGINS update for 5/1/05
Author: Jett
Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 8:07 AM: I just read the story on BATMAN BEGINS in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - nice piece. Worth picking up and reading if you haven't already. Of course if you are a BOF'er, you already know the story behind BEGINS....

Click on THIS LINK TO EBAY, and check out item 7511714671. I think you might like it. And by the way, I'm NOT the seller....

"Darkworld" says that he saw the new trailer on the big screen and it was awesome. If you saw it as well, I'd be interested in audience reaction....

If you sent BOF an email yesterday, please re-send. I had a mail issue and some were lost.

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