BATMAN ON FILM, since June 1998!

BOF NEWS ARCHIVES 41

DISCLAIMER/NOTICE: Unless otherwise noted, all BATMAN movie news
should be viewed as rumor and treated as such.
Please include a link back to BATMAN ON FILM
when using news originating from this site.

BEGINS script now available
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 7:44 PM CST: If you have yet to read the BATMAN BEGINS script, or would like to legally this time, along with a few bells and whistles, now you can. BATMAN BEGINS: THE SCREENPLAY is now available. The book contains the complete screenplay by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, together with storyboards for the picture drawn by Martin Asbury and James Cornish, and an exclusive interview with Christopher Nolan in which he reveals his cinematic vision of The Dark Knight.

BATMAN BEGINS:
THE SCREENPLAY

May be worth checking out, and/or adding to your BEGINS collection...

If you haven't voted in the new BOF "Who should play The Joker" poll, head on over to the MAIN PAGE and vote.

BOF'ers rank the Bat-Films
Author: Jett
Friday, July 29, 2005 - 2:50 PM CST: According to you BOF readers, here's how y'all rank the live-action Bat-films (excluding the two 1940s serials). Based on 1,901 votes:

6) BATMAN AND ROBIN - 2%
5) BATMAN (1966) - 3%
4) BATMAN FOREVER - 4%
3) BATMAN RETURNS - 5%
2) BATMAN (1989) - 11%
1) BATMAN BEGINS - 75%

If I ranked 'em, it would go like this, from worst to first:
6) B&R  5) RETURNS  4) B66  3) FOREVER  2) B89 and at the top, BATMAN BEGINS.

You've asked me to post a new poll regarding casting The Joker. OK then, why are you sitting there looking at this page, go vote...

If I had to guess, BEGINS should do $3.0 - $3.5 million this coming weekend. It'll nickle and dime it's way past $200 million.

Interview with Lee Shapiro
Author: Jett
Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 6:32 AM, 7:10 PM CST: BOF's INTERVIEW WITH LEE SHAPIRO is now available to read...

According to DIGITALBITS.COM, only the original version of BATMAN FOREVER will be included in the upcoming SE release. The site reports that it "...was apparently something that was considered, but...ultimately didn't happen." That sucks...

BOF's interview with BATMAN: DARKNIGHT screenwriter Lee Shapiro will be posted later today. It's an insightful look into the "BATMAN 5" process.

SE BATMAN DVD news!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 7:23 AM CST: Seems like some of the rumors that we heard and reported regarding the SE BATMAN DVDs may be true. From REUTERS:

"...fans of the Dark Knight will soon be able to buy double-disc editions of the previous four 'Batman' movies.

'Batman,' 'Batman Returns,' 'Batman Forever' and 'Batman & Robin' will be released Oct. 18 via Warner Home Video. They will be available individually and as a gift set, 'Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997.'

Each DVD features a new digital transfer of the movie. Bonus features include director commentaries by Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton, cast and crew interviews, several new documentaries, "making of" featurettes and nine music videos from Prince, Seal and the Smashing Pumpkins. If you are interested, you can check out Steve Carell in the 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN trailer by CLICKING HERE...

BOF was told several months ago that both Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher recorded commentaries for the DVDs, so that did indeed pan out. Can't wait...

Was 2005 "The Summer of The Bat?" SURE IT WAS!

Box office update and more
Author: Jett
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 4:47 PM CST: What's up y'all? Jett here. BATMAN BEGINS took in around a half a million yesterday (Monday) pushing the domestic total up to about $192 million...

To give you all a taste of what ON.FILM.NET is all about, I'm going to post my review of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY for your reading "pleasure." Besides my wit and awesome takes on all things (~wink~), the new site will offer "stuff" I think y'all might dig - like Mr. Greg Bray's review of WAR OF THE WORLDS that will posted soon as well...

Look, I got your emails about the Steve Carell story I ran yesterday. Some of y'all take the stuff I write sometimes as set in friggin' stone gospel! When I tell you to bank on it, BANK on it. Anyway, I saw the one-sheet of that 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and he looked much different than I remembered. And you know what they say, if you can do comedy, you can do it all. I guess some of you all forget what Michael Keaton was known for prior to nabbing a certain role back in '88. Frankly, I don't think Carell's really in the mix. But I'm willing keep an open mind about him. Late.

DVD bonus material and another Joker candidate?
Author: Jett
Monday, July 25, 2005 - 12:12 PM CST: "N.W." sent us THIS LINK (click on "search the database") in which you will see what will probably be included in the BATMAN BEGINS DVD this Fall. Looks to be about an hour and a half of extra material...

And the rumor mill churns. Steve Carell as The Joker? Now take this with a big pinch of salt, but a persistent source says it is so. Carell is doing GET SMART for Warner Bros. and Charles Roven (BATMAN BEGINS) is one of the producers. Our scooper says that "...the studio wants to get someone relatively known, and can do comedy and drama. One guy brought up the idea of Steve Carell, star of 'The Office' and the upcoming film 'The 40 Year Old Virgin.' and the studio is starting to like the idea."

For now, Carell joins Lachy Hulme, Paul Bettany, Sean Penn, and several others rumored as a possible candidates for The Clown Prince of Crime in the BEGINS sequel, although I certainly wouldn't bet the house on Carell getting the role. I'm sort of favoring Mr. Hulme and Mr. Bettany of the names mentioned so far, but that's just me and my own opinion. As far as I know, Carell is not one of the actors who are being screentested this Fall or early Winter - so take that for what you will.

Misc. news, new "Scattershots," & weekend box office update
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 22, 2005 - 7:27 AM, 12:23 PM CST: According to BOX OFFICE MOJO, BEGINS exceeded their projections and took in $4,730,000 - only a 21.6% drop from last weekend. Very nice! It should come close to going over $200 million after next weekend...

If you are a pro football fan, you know how it is right after the Super Bowl. You've been watching the sport for months and then all of a sudden, it's over - at least for a while. But you know eventually, football is coming again. That's sort of how it is now with BATMAN on film. BEGINS was the "Super Bowl" and we are now faced with the Batman "off season." But just like football season, BATMAN will be back! So hang in there...

There is a new SCATTERSHOTS if you are so inclined...

I've heard a couple of more names pop up in conjunction to the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS sequel. I'm going to do a little digging and see if it is worth mentioning, so stay tuned.

DVD bonus material and another Joker candidate?
Author: Jett
Monday, Ju5ly 2, 2005 - 12:12 PM CST: "N.W." sent us THIS LINK in which you will see what will probably be included in the BATMAN BEGINS DVD this Fall. Looks to be about an hour and a half of extra material...

Steve Carell as The Joker? Now take this will a big pinch of salt, but a persistent source says it is so. Carell is doing GET SMART for Warner Bros. and Charles Roven (BATMAN BEGINS) is one of the producers. DVD release date and misc. updates
Author: Jett
Friday, July 22, 2005 - 10:21 AM, 2:57 PM CST: According to THE DIGITAL BITS, the BATMAN BEGINS DVD will hit stores on October 18th (domestic). WB will also release "Special Editions" of the previous four live-action Bat-film on the same day...

BOX OFFICE MOJO is predicting a $3.7 take this weekend for BEGINS, which will push the domestic total to around $190 million by Monday.

Goyer talks BATMAN and the word from WB
Author: Jett
Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:21 AM CST: "Skip" and "Jason" sent BOF a link from SCIFI.COM in which David Goyer mentions BATMAN:

"The meeting [with Warner Bros.] was to discuss the expected sequel to BATMAN BEGINS, which Goyer wrote for director Christopher Nolan. As for the sequel, he said simply: 'We had a meeting. That's all I can say.'"

I contacted Warner Bros. yesterday and asked if there was an "official" status of the sequel. "Nothing has been announced," was the reply. Work on the sequel is taking place - you can bank on it.

How they did it and a salute to a great Bat-artist
Author: Jett
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 6:41 AM, 3:50 PM CST: The great Batman artist Jim Aparo has passed away at the age of 72. CLICK HERE for more info. We at BOF salute you, Mr. Aparo, and thank you for your contribution to a great character...

"Three of a Kind" sent us a link to a very cool article about some of the F/X shots from BATMAN BEGINS. CLICK HERE to read...

A quick box office thought. BEGINS may have already passed BATMAN FOREVER as I write this, and moved to the #2 box office spot among all Bat-films. By this time next week, it should be over $190 million domestic.

Batmobile crash and sequel cast candidate?
Author: Jett
Monday, July 18, 2005 - 6:30 AM, 6:05 PM, 8:06 PM CST: So what does F4 have to do with this summer's BATMAN BEGINS? Nothing. But according to THIS ARTICLE by "Stax," it's the BATMAN FOREVER of the Marvel films...

Our 'ol friend "Ras2005" dug up a few tidbits for BOF. According to The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER '89 and '92 Bat-movie entries have had a boost in sales due to the success of BATMAN BEGINS...

SUPERMAN RETURNS (A film I'm really looking forward to seeing next summer) director Brian Singer was asked about BATMAN BEGINS. CLICK HERE to read what he had to say...

CONTACTMUSIC.COM has a story about Christian Bale's reaction to a crash involving The Batmobile...

I'm not going to mention her name yet, but I've now heard this actress mentioned by two different and unrelated sources. She is an early 30ish, established, and very attractive British actress who has been in several films of late. I have no idea what role she may be connected to, but I'd have no problem if she were indeed cast in the sequel. I'm going to do some digging on this, so stay tuned...

Speaking of the sequel and possible cast members, we all know that Australian actor Lachy Hulme's name has been mentioned in conjunction to the role of The Joker. Many of you - including myself - haven't seen Mr. Hulme in anything other than THE MATRIX. However, a member of the BOF FORUM has posted a review of Hulme's work in the film FOUR JACKS. You can read the review by CLICKING HERE. I'm going to purchase this film and give it a look - I'll let y'all know what I think...

I've also been told by several people to check out GANGTER NO. 1 to get a look at Paul Bettany's work. I've added a link to that film to the right as well.

Misc. BATMAN BEGINS news
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 6:21 AM, 10:35 AM CST: The marketing of BATMAN BEGINS was fine. CLICK HERE to read the lates op-ed about just that...

"Three of a kind" sent us THIS LINK which provides the details of the CGI cape "worn" by Batman in BEGINS...

BATMANYTB.COM sent word of more Bat-pics from Comic-Con.

Horn talks BATMAN BEGINS
Author: Jett
Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 9:38 AM, 4:20 PM, 6:02 PM CST: Warner Bros. honcho Alan Horn recently made a FEW COMMENTS about this summer's BATMAN BEGINS:

"Horn does know...[that] unlike the other majors, Warner has done pretty well. BATMAN BEGINS was the beginning."
"'BATMAN 3 and 4 were awful.' That's a direct quote from Horn, which is what makes the 'new' Warner Bros. so refreshing."
"'BATMAN BEGINS,' he said, had to be 'about Batman's dark side, about the Dark Knight. We couldn't go back to what had happened before.'"

If you see a banner showing up on any of the pages here asking you to take a short survey, please do. Thanks in advance...

So, should Robin ever show up in this new series. You know what I think (NO!), but here's the results of the BOF poll (out of 1975 votes):

71% - NO
23% - YES
6% - DON'T CARE

Of course, this is not scientific or anything, but it may give y'all an idea of what the fan's think about The Boy Wonder's inclusion...

The OFFICIAL BB SITE has some new features - including a Batmobile screensaver and a Windows Media Skin...

BATMANS.DE has some pics of scenes that didn't make it into the final cut of the film.

BEGINS box office prediction
Author: Jett
Friday, July 15, 2005 - 8:56 AM CST: BOX OFFICE MOJO predicts that BEGINS will take in around $6.4 million this weekend, which will push it's total to around $184 million or so domestic.

BEGINS at Comic-Con
Author: Jett
Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 1:16 PM, 7:31 PM CST: "Nick" sent the following pics from Comic-Con (click on the thumbnails to enlarge):

I went to see it again today with my two boys. Yep, that's 11 times now! I went to a 4:25 PM showing during a big ass rainstorm that hit Houston today, and the theater was about 3/4 full! Got to say I was a bit surprised...

What's up y'all? Jett here. With the great BATMAN BEGINS a month into theaters, I'm sure things are dying down a bit. It's not as hectic around here as it was in May and June - those were some damn crazy months! Anyway, BOF is still at it - digging around for sequel news and other things as well. We've got a couple of cool interviews lined up that I think you all will enjoy and some other stuff as well, so stay tuned to BOF...

Some of the "other stuff" is the ON-FILM.NET website that we'll be launching soon. In fact, there is some new info over there you may want to check out...

I'm not a movie critic, although I play one on the internet from time to time. But prepping for the aforementioned website, I read Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, The World's Greatest Job by Christopher Null of FILMCRITIC.COM. Just wanted to say hell of a book and to give it a free plug...

So I heard the buzz and decided I should go check out Disneyís new Virtual Magic Kingdom online game. And guess what? It rocks. First off, you get to be the character--one that you create yourself. Then you control you character through the coolest Disney park youíve ever seen.
This game has it all: Pirate battles. Fireworks competitions. Music mixing. Jungle safaris. Parties. Rooms to hang out in with your online buddies. And more. You can even get rewards just for playing!
Itís all good. Better yet - itís all FREE.
But donít take my word for it. Go check it for yourself @ vmk.com today.

BATMAN CONTINUES (?) news!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 8:16 AM CST: Three different - and unrelated - "industry friends" of BOF's told us something very interesting. All said that some sort of screentests (I'm not sure of the specifics) may be done this fall or early next year. Specific actors were not mentioned, but all said it would most likely be "villain candidates." Stay tuned for more on this one...

In a related note, I asked a longtime "Hollywood insider" and friend of the site about what was going on with Mr. Nolan and his potential return to Gotham:

"Nolan's going to return. From what I've heard, he and David Goyer have already lined out what they intend to do over the next two films. If that is indeed the case, writing the script(s) shouldn't take that long. The word is that Nolan will probably do 'The Exec' and then move on to the next 'Batman.' Summer 2008 is the most likely release date."

Now the following are my own takes based on what these guys and/or gals told me. I can't see the sequel coming out in 2007. There is no preproduction - other than looking into possible casting - going on right now. No way that they would be ready to start filming in early 2006. In my opinion, get "2007" out of your minds...

Now I hope that there is something into the filming back-to-back rumor. The guy who informed me about it has been correct with everything he has told BOF. With that said, even he said take it with a pinch of salt right now. But anyway, if it does pan out, could we see a HARRY POTTER-like release schedule for BATMAN? Say a summer 2007 release for 2 followed by a holiday (December) 2008 release for 3? Now this is nothing I've heard, I'm just throwing it out there. Whatever happens, it should be interesting over the next several months...

From MTV - "The Cast Can Now Speak Freely."

IMAX BEGINS "Review"
Author: Jett
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:20 PM CST: My "review" of BATMAN BEGINS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE - in "scattershooting" form - can be read by CLICKING HERE...

Another review of BEGINS - this one from the Australian site FILMLINK

I finally saw IMAX BEGINS!
Author: Jett
Monday, July 11, 2005 - 10:33 PM CST: You know that scene in BATMAN BEGINS where Bruce is testing The Tumbler with Lucius Fox? And at the end, he exhales - like he's saying "BADASS!" Well, that's what I did after I finally saw "The IMAX Experience" this evening. The review will be up on Tuesday...

For your reading enjoyment, here is the BATMAN BEGINS review from MAXIMONLINE.COM.

Oscars for BEGINS?
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 8:51 AM, 12:37 PM CST: According to BOX OFFICE MOJO, BATMAN BEGINS did $3.95 million yesterday and will do about $3.23 million today - a bit more than I guessed earlier. It is going to do $200 mil...

And I know how y'all trip out over the box office, and now FANTASTIC 4 is projected to do about $56 million this weekend. "How could it do more than BEGINS," you all are screaming. Well, that's true - sort of. BEGINS had a Wednesday opening and took in a cool $73 million through that first Sunday. It would have done similar numbers even if it had opened on Friday. So chill. And though I'm a self-professed "DC Guy," I'm no "Marvel Hater," alright. I loved both SPIDER-MAN films and even liked DAREDEVIL and HULK to a certain degree. You are getting your sequel with The Joker so relax. Plus, it is good for the "comic book" genre when any of these films do well. And I saw F4 by the way, and uh, it ain't that good. No "legs" I predict...

Movie writer Michael H. Kleinschrodt of THE TIMES-PICAYUNE in New Orleans thinks that BATMAN BEGINS should be up for Oscars for "Best Picture" and "Best Director." Will it happen, probably not because it is a "comic book movie." Here's what is said about BEGINS:

"Some might be tempted to dismiss 'Batman Begins as just another comic book adaptation. However, Bruce Wayne's journey from orphaned child to avenging knight is as loaded with psychological complexity and emotional resonance as any in classical mythology. Plus, the movie just rocks!"

"Indie film god Nolan, best known for 'Memento' and 'Insomnia,' jumped into the mainstream with 'Batman Begins' without sacrificing any of his edginess. The result is a film that is far more satisfying dramatically than that which any other director might have produced given the same screenplay and cast."

Here's to BEGINS getting some real Oscar run...

I'm just guessing here, but I'd think that BEGINS took in about $3.6 million yesterday, and should do a bit over $3 million today. That'll get it at around $172 million or so by Monday...

I'm doing my damn best to make sure that there is ANOTHER GENERATION of Batman fans. All of my kids dig The Bat.

Paul J. Wares' review of BATMAN BEGINS
Author: Jett
Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 7:40 AM CST: BOF's Paul J. Wares offers his review of of BATMAN BEGINS for your reading pleasure. For those of you who don't know, Paul is the moderator of the forum and he is also the UK editor of BOF. CLICK HERE to read...

BATMAN '89 director Tim Burton has talked a bit about BATMAN BEGINS to IGN FILMFORCE. Here's a bit:

"It makes me laugh because, when we first made the first movie they didn't even want to put out a trailer for the movie. So, it was like that it went from that to what it has turned into... I was just a little upset that they didn't invite me to the opening of it. It's like, I have a little bit of an issue with them, but it's also great, too. And they just did it in Tokyo which I wish I could have gone to. I was invited to that, but I couldn't go. I saw a tape of it [BATMAN BEGINS]. It was very touching. Very good."

I know that I've been really hard on Mr. Burton for BATMAN RETURNS (as he should, IMO), but I do like many of his films. BATMAN is one of my all-time faves, and I also dug PEE WEE, SLEEPY HOLLOW, BIG FISH among others. I'm even going to give CHARLIE a shot...

If you are attending COMIC-CON in San Diego and would like to "report" for BOF, shoot me an EMAIL. I was going to attend, but my schedule this summer won't allow it. (BOF/ON-FILM.NET will be there in 2006!) I'll give you full credit if you can send me a report about anything pertaining to Batman, uh, on film. I will be at "Wonder-Con" in February in San Francisco and "Wizard World Texas" in November up in Arlington.

Updates for 7/8/05
Author: Jett
Friday, July 8, 2005 - 7:00 AM, 10:27 AM, 1:38 PM CST: My apologies to all you UK BOF'ers as I omitted a message that I intended to send to you all yesterday. My thoughts were with y'all and your country when I found out about the terrorist attacks that occured in London on Thursday. If you or someone close to you were there, I hope everyone is OK. If you lost someone, my heartfelt condolences...

BOX OFFICE MOJO is predictiong BEGINS to take in about $10 million this weekend, which would certainly push it well over $170 million. Thursday's B.O. should be available directly....

BOF contributor Cary Ashby is back with his REVIEW of BATMAN BEGINS....

BATMAN BEGINS should be at - or more likely over - $170 million (domestic) after this weekend....

Our old friend "Ras2005" is back with a plethora of BEGINS-related links. Here goes...

Tumbler stories - HERE and HERE...

Production art by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS...

UK press conference for BEGINS from TIMEOUT.COM...

Warner Home Video blowing off the previous Bat-films, according to VIDEOBUSINESS.COM.

Updates for 7/7/05
Author: Jett
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 6:56 AM, 2:57 PM CST: $2,345,292 at the box office (domestic) on July 6th....

Greg Bray is back with a NEW OP-ED PIECE for your reading pleasure. Two more coming in the next couple of days from two different writers. Very little drop from last Wednesday...

Check this art out by "Jock" - SPASHPAGEART.COM....

"Svid" sent us a link to MONSTERS AND CRITICS' BATMAN BEGINS soundtrack review.

Sequels to film back-to-back?
Author: Jett
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 8:39 AM, 12:22 PM, 5:19 PM CST: A spot-on BOF source shot me an email today giving me a bit of scuttlebut that may be going on with the BEGINS sequels. This source has been correct with everything he has told me - including providing BOF with a REVIEW OF THE FILM (which was posted) weeks before it hit theaters. Here's what he had to say--

"... just a little rumour I heard, take it with a pinch of salt for now but I will try and get this confirmed from someone who will know (an industry insider).

'Batman 2 + 3' are to be shot back to back like the PIRATES sequels.

This makes sense as the 2 stories are going to be connected. Whether Mr. Bale will be able to handle all that time in the Bat suit is another matter of course."

I could dig that! Like I said, this guy has been correct with everything he has told BOF. He says take it with a bit of salt, so do that. And I'll update y'all as soon as I hear confirmation....

BOX OFFICE update. BATMAN BEGINS took in $2,535,317 yesterday - more than I was expecting to be frank....

WILD ABOUT MOVIES has an interview with Christian Bale that you might like to read....

"Mark" gave me the heads-up on the following links: CINEMAREVIEW.COM, VFXWORLD.COM - 1, and VFXWORLD.COM - 2....

"Andy" sent me THIS LINK (Windows Media Player) in which Carlos Mencia from "MIND OF MENCIA" (COMEDY CENTRAL) gives one hell of an endorsement for BATMAN BEGINS....

BATMAN BEGINS is still doing well at IMAX....

You know, I was going to blow THIS off. But it is starting to get some mainstream run. I don't believe it at all - although I can't confirm or dispell this for you all at this time. But just in case, HELL NO! Don't even consider it - get a real actor in there for that role. Liev Schrieber, Guy Pearce, etc., NOW we're talking.

Activity at the Cardington Hangers?
Author: Jett
Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - 6:46 AM, 11:28 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:47 PM CST: The box office has been updated. BEGINS took in $3.7 million yesterday - a bit more than orginally reported....

THIS is pretty clever....

If you are a BOF'er and want everyone to know, CLICK HERE! And there's more to come....

Yes there are a lot of names making the rounds as possibilities for the BEGINS 2 cast. Here's what a good source had to say--

"Like I told you last time [in the July 2nd, 2005 update - Jett], there are A LOT of actors who want a part in 'Batman Begins 2' and want to work with [Chrisopher] Nolan. Some are legit, such as that Aussie guy [Lachy Hulme? - Jett]. I'm pretty sure the Liev Schrieber stuff is on the level as well. Just keep in mind that many names will be out there just to be 'out there,' you know what I mean? This news you had about Isla Fisher may be an example of that."

An old, but very good source (not "old" in age mind you), "Spideytracer," has chimed in with some info about what's going on at the Cardington Hangers--

"'Spideytracer' here with a nugget of information. A friend of mine who lives in the Bedford area near the Cardington Hangars has been informed by someone who works nearby, that some activity has been going on there. I was there for the last day of filming last September, and the crews were taking down the sets built outside the hangars. These consisted of the upper floor of [Ra's] Al Ghul's training facility, and the window that Bruce and Ducard get blown out of in the explosion.

Well, all that has now gone, but I've got it on good authority that the interior sets are still standing, this primarily being tThe Narrows set. There's been a lot of traffic backwards and forwards of late."

I was told by a couple of cast members at the BEGINS press junket that the Gotham City sets were left standing - and this email seems to confirm that information. Now, I have no doubt at all that a sequel is going to happen - I'm not even concerned about it. Let's just say that the wheels are turning as we speak in regards to the next Bat-film. Perhaps this activity means that the sequel is coming sooner than 2008 as rumored? Or, maybe they are using the space where the League of Shadows sets were housed for another film? Whatever the case is, we've now come full circle and are back sorting through all the rumors about an upcoming BATMAN film here at BOF....

Final results for BOF reader's grades for BATMAN BEGINS--

A+: 67%
A: 24%
B+: 5%
B: 2%
C+: < 1%
C: < 1%
D: < 1%
F: 1%

Check out the new poll which involves the inclusion of Robin....

Another REVIEW I thought y'all might want to check out.

New cast candidate?
Author: Jett
Monday, July 4, 2005 - 7:08 AM, 11:44 AM, 5:22 PM CST: A new source who glossed himself "Dixie-Cup" tells BOF that Isla Fisher may be up for a role in the BEGINS sequel--

A new up-and-comer named Isla Fisher, winning raves for her role in 'The Wedding Crashers,' is someone Warner[Bros.] has their eyes on for the 'female love interest' role in the 'Batman Begins' sequel. She's an 'in' with the studio, as she did 'Scooby' for them a few years back.

And no, Katie was never EVER going to be in the sequel. She was a 'one off' deal, so all the news about Cruise and her relationship ruining her chances is BS."


Isla Fisher

You know the drill - new source, grain of salt, etc. I have no idea what role she may be up for (Silver St. Cloud?! Just a guess), but I'll check into it. Stay tuned....

"Craig P." sent me THIS LINK to a story that says that 73% of people prefer to watch a movie for the first time on DVD, VHS, or pay per view. Really?. With people having kick-ass home theaters, who in the hell blames them? Theaters need to kick it up a notch in what they have to offer - perhaps studios as well. Me, I'd like to see a bar a the 'ol cinema....

In all seriousness, watch BATMAN BEGINS kick ass this fall when it comes to DVD sales and rentals. And as I've said many times, many people will see the film for the first time at home. Once they see how good it is, combined with the fact that the greatest comic book villain in history will be in the next one, I predict the sequel will better BEGINS at the box office....

Box office update: $5.4 million on 7/3 (Sunday) and $3 million today. Both estimates according to BOX OFFICE MOJO....

"BummBlue" sent us a link to a REVIEW of the BATMAN BEGINS soundtrack....

Enjoy the 4th everyone - in the U.S. and anywhere else you may be celebrating!

BEGINS updates for 7/3/05
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 1:07 PM, 7:07 PM CST: $5,625,000 for BATMAN BEGINS yesterday (Sat. 7/2). It is safe to say that BEGINS will have taken in over $150 million at the end of the holiday weekend....

A new "SCATTERSHOTS" article is up for your reading pleasure - or to tick you off...

WOODLANDS VILLAGER - a review that gets that this is a restart....

Box office numbers will be posted a bit later. I'm anxious to see how it faired yesterday.

BEGINS updates for 7/2/05
Author: Jett
Saturday, July 2, 2005 - 8:05 AM, 3:16 PM CST: Looks like BEGINS took in about $4.5 million on Friday....

OK, I told y'all yesterday that I was heading down to my hometown to watch BATMAN BEGINS with a good, longtime friend of mine. Did that. Checked it out at a small, but nice, theater in a mall in Port Arthur, Texas. To my surprise, the theater was virtually packed! There were a few, single seats available, but that was about it. And again, same response at the end - clapping and cheering. Now, in no way to I think that BATMAN BEGINS is going to top WAR OF THE WORLDS (which I'm going to try to see this weekend), but I think it is going to do well over the holiday....

By the way, my buddy gave it a "solid B+." Said he liked it better than "...any of the others. It seemed real and wasn't all weird or goofy." This is from an "Average Joe," not a Bat-geek like me....

Don't worry about a sequel, trust me. The wheels are already in motion....

The following (which can be found HERE) is Roger Ebert's response to a reader's question of why wasn't BATMAN BEGINS more "kid friendly" --

"Trying to appeal to every possible age group is one of Hollywood's fatal errors. Batman is the darkest of the superheroes, and the recent graphic novels about his life have been intended for teenagers and adults. One of the reasons the movie was so good was because it dealt with the darker side of the character's early life and wasn't dumbed down with too many special effects or the clowning of the villains. The young Roger Ebert would, of course, have agreed."

And finally, thanks for all the support you all have given BOF over the years and of late. I appreciate it tremendously. Late.

BEGINS updates for 7/1/05
Author: Jett
Friday, July 1, 2005 - 7:20 AM CST: BOX OFFICE MOJO is projecting a $15.5 million take for BATMAN BEGINS - which I'm not sure includes Monday (July 4th holiday). I'm predicting that BEGINS will have made over $150 million (domestic) after Monday. I'm seeing it again tonight (#8) - traveling about two hours away to my hometown - with one of my best friends (an "Average Joe") with whom I grew up. Anyway, I'll get to see it on a Friday night and check out what kind of crowd it brings in....

I found a little article in the REDLANDS DAILY FACTS that you may find interesting....

BOF has a few more op-ed pieces coming over the next few days, so be looking for them. Don't worry, none of the next three are authored by me....

KCRW.COM has a fantastic interview with Christopher Nolan by Elvis Mitchell. CLICK HERE to listen, or use the previous link provided. (Thanks to Matt. S.) THIS IS A MUST-LISTEN....

I think y'all will find THIS VIDEO cool and worth a look (Thanks to Leo Quinones!)....

For all of you in the U.S. - and hey, outside the U.S. if you celebrate it - have a great and safe 4th of July holiday!

BEGINS updates for 6/30/05
Author: Jett
Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:02 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:49 PM CST: Several of y'all sent an article to me from THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES about BATMAN BEGINS. It is dated June 12th, but I'd yet to see it. I'm assuming that the interviews came from the L.A. press junket. Anyway, Mr. Bale had a quote about the inclusion of Robin, which is getting a bit of debate in the BOF FORUM--

"'Thank God, there was no Robin,' Bale says. 'You really don't need him because Robin makes it campy and not dark.' Batman is just a man with his Batmobile."

$2.6 million at the B.O. on Wednesday....

And MTV has got into the sequel speculation--

"By now, comic book fans have had time to see BATMAN BEGINS once, twice or maybe even more. The ending of the film can't help but excite audiences about the villain of the next installment, and star Christian Bale says he's as excited as anyone else. 'I want to see the Joker, because I think it will be a very different kind of Joker than people have seen before,' he said. 'I think even the card that you see at the end of the movie shows that it is a darker, more sinister-looking Joker than anything I have seen depicted before. I think it would be a good adversary.' Names like Sean Penn, Paul Bettany and Crispin Glover are already ricocheting around Hollywood, but it's doubtful that the Joker card will be dealt anytime in the near future."

And don't forget, Lachy Hulme and Tim Roth are "in the mix" as well. If I had to bet, I'd expect casting news and details no later than the end of next summer....

I first heard of THIS yesterday. Total nonsense, in my humble opinion. But just in case, NO! Nothing personal, just no. Don't even think about it....

I asked a "trusted insider" I know about rumors such as these. Here's a bit of what he had to say--

"The movie [BATMAN BEGINS - Jett] has done well, and it is a quality film. People want to work with [Christopher] Nolan. You are going to hear a lot of 'names' I'm sure over the next year or so until the part is finally cast. There will be a scramble by 'certain people' to get 'their guy's' name out there. Especially for The Joker."

Interesting....

MY REVIEW of the PS2 BATMAN BEGINS VIDEOGAME has now been posted....

Several BOF'ers sent me the following from YAHOO MOVIES - BEGINS is the top-rated film currently in theaters.

Want to read past BATMAN movie news? Click on the logo below!

N E W S    A R C H I V E S

BATMAN ON FILM. © 1998-present © 1998-present William E. Ramey and ON-FILM ENTERTAINMENT, Inc. All rights reserved. CONTENTS MAY NOT BE REPRINTED WITHOUT PERMISSION. This site is not affiliated with DC COMICS or WARNER BROS. PICTURES. "BATMAN" and all elements are the trademarks of and © DC COMICS. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED. All film promotional stills/artwork copyright their respective intellectual property holders. Comments and news should be sent to BatmanOnFilm@msn.com. Read BOF's PRIVACY POLICY.