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More sequel news?
Author: Jett
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 6:19 AM, 9PM CENTRAL TIME: A new MAILBAG (#9) has been posted and is ready to read. Thanks for sending me your questions and comments...

Hey y'all, Jett here. Man, the news is really starting to roll in regarding BATMAN 2 (That's how we'll refer to it until we actually know the title). Due to our "no-spoiler" policy, I'm being very careful right now with what's printed here on BOF - and I'm sure you all understand. With that said, I've got some more info in from our source "Treatment Insider." Here goes (SPOILERS - Scroll over to read):

- "Linus Roache is most certainly back seeing as how there may be some flashbacks showing Thomas Waynes' ties to 'Ambiguous Mob Boss,' and a scene showing the relationship The Waynes' had with the late parents of 'The heir.'"

- "The Joker will be the central villain, although he isn't directly connected to the other 'villain plots.'"

- "The other major villain, 'The heir,' will be more a villain to Wayne himself than Batman - causing a rather interesting sitiuation where Bruce will find all his identities under assult."

- Loeb and Flass will return. The latter is no longer a member of the GPD.

- "In light of Nolan's ambiguous comment about Robin. I know for a fact that [currently, Robin is NOT in the mix]."

- "Let me clarify what I said about The Joker's apperence. As far as his physical apperence goes, it seems pretty faitful to the comics - although its' never really explained why he will look the way he does. So no make up or permanent smiles on his face. As far as his costume, by 'exact translation' I mean the kind of translation that has been seen in 'The Animated Series or Burton's 'Batman.' I never said anything saying that we might not see the Joker in purple at some point."

I'll say all of this sounds very good! Stay tuned to BOF for the latest B2 news!

Nolan talks and more sequel news
Author: Jett
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:37 AM, 9:08 PM CENTRAL TIME: My review of the BATMAN FOREVER SE DVD is now posted and ready to read by CLICKING HERE...

Nolan talks again. Check out IGN FILMFORCE...

Remember when I told you all that there could be a release of sequel news around the time the BEGINS DVD hits the shelves? Well, that certainly looks to be the case - although I'm not sure an "official" annoucement is going to happen. But look at all the news that has broken of late and the DVD's release is less than a week away...

My friends at DARK HORIZONS have a sequel update that certainly jives with what BOF has been telling you all. Garth's scooper has Paul Bettany the fave to nab the role of The Joker, while Liev Schreiber is said to damn near wrapped up the role of Harvey Dent (BOF broke both of those casting stories). Click on the link provided for more...

ABOUT.COM has an exclusive interview with director Chris Nolan. Here's a bit:

So, are you doing BATMAN CONTINUES?
"Well, it certainly won’t be called that. That’s the title most commonly thrown at me. Actually, I have been talking to the studio and to David Goyer about directions for a sequel because we’re certainly very excited still about the world we were able to dive into and the characters we were able to put on screen. It’s a pretty interesting bunch of people and an interesting place, so we’re definitely talking about places we would take it."

Two villians, or just The Joker?
"I wouldn’t want to talk about any specifics per se. All I can really say is it’s a film we’re talking about doing."

Will WB make the same mistakes with this series that they did with the last one?
"Well, to me it’s more about the filmmakers and their collaboration with the studio. I don’t think you can necessarily lay all the blame at the feet of the studio or all the blame at the feet of the filmmakers. With franchise properties, with the idea of sequels, as I see it, the only reason to do a sequel is to do something better than the film you’ve made before. That’s the reason you have to be doing it, with that kind of intention. That’s the only way in which I would enter into the process."

Can Robin be used without dumbing down the thing?
"Possibly, but I can’t really talk about specifics."

Can the guy say "I'm doing the sequel" any clearer? And Chris, do you realize what sort of internet bomb you just dropped with that Robin "no comment?" The fanboys will be tripping...

I got three "names" for you. They could be considered spoilers, so scroll over them if you want to read:

Salvatore Maroni. Roman Sionis. Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot.

Looks like things are really getting going with the sequel. Should be a fun two or three years...

My review of the BATMAN FOREVER SE DVD will be posted tonight. Late.

Nolan meets with WB, an early look at BATMAN 2? - Part 2, and much more!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 6:37 AM, 7:30 PM, 9:13 PM CENTRAL TIME: I had a longtime source get back with me today. I asked him to "analyze" this recent information and here is what he had to say:

"Bill, remember I told you several times that is was simply a matter of time before Nolan “officially” signs on for the sequel? Well, it certainly looks like it is headed that way rather quickly. If [Jeff] Robinov is telling ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ that Nolan is coming in to tell them about the next BATMAN, he’s probably already signed on the dotted line. There has never been an question in Hollywood that Nolan wouldn’t be back.

As far as your latest update, I see that you didn’t totally vouch for that source. But if I had to guess from afar, it sounds legit. I find it VERY interesting that you run that leaked plot news and at the same time, it is basically announced by Warner Bros. that Nolan is directing the next film (wink-wink). A coincidence? Hmmmm.

And you can bet your ass that Nolan isn’t pitching a idea for Warner to OK - he’s telling them exactly what the film is going to be about. That man is gold to them right now.

Keep up the great work you do - and never underestimate the important role BOF plays in the Bat-franchise.


I'm going to throw this out there as who I think the possible villains are: "ambiguous mob boss," Rupert Thorne (?); Salvatore Maroni (?). "an industrial heir," Roman Sionis. "British arms dealer," Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot. What do y'all think...

Fresh off the heels of our possible BATMAN 2 plot details news, Warner Bros. bigwig Jeff Robinov was quoted in today’s HOLLYWOOD REPORTER saying that director Christopher Nolan “…is going to come in and tell us what the next 'Batman' will be today.” And you all were worried that Nolan wasn’t going to return. But damn! I guess that means I’m out as a potential director…

My review of the BATMAN RETURNS SE DVD can be read by CLICKING HERE...

OK, here's a bit more regarding what we may see in the BEGINS sequel:

"I won't reveal all the villains, but I'll leave a few hints that the avid comic fan should be able to decipher. One will be an ambiguous mob boss with ties to the late Dr. Thomas Wayne. Another will be an industrial heir not unlike Bruce Wayne - in fact it could be said that he is a dark mirror of Bruce. Over the course of the story, he will be forced to present a new 'face.' And then we have a small, almost cameo type [appearence by a] villain who is considered a 'classic rouge' as a British arms dealer. It may sound a bit crowded, but it all fits together, makes sense, and works much like a comic story arc."

Sarah Essen - a former GPD cop with "ties" to Gordon - now work for the ATF.

"As for the villains plot, the mob boss and the heir get involved with a major arms deal with the 'British Guy,' while Batman and his allies attempt to foil it. [As a result,] they uncover more of the corruption plauging Gotham. Unfortunatly for both sides, nobody knew there was a Joker in the deck who complicates matters."

Again, take this with a grain of salt, but interesting nonetheless...

My BATMAN RETURNS SE DVD review will be posted this PM.

An early look at BATMAN 2?
Author: Jett
Monday, October 10, 2005 - 8:49 AM CENTRAL TIME: Hey y'all, Jett here, coming to you today from Dallas (33, Philadelphia 10 - hehehehe). Anyway, an "industry insider" sent us some info about what we might expect in the upcoming sequel. He warns us to take this with a qrain of salt, so, uh, get out the shaker:

"All the major characters from the first film aside from the villains are back."

"Two additions to the cast of 'good guys:' Harvey Dent and Sarah Essen."

"[The] Joker will be in this film, although he will be just one of several major villains."

"The Joker. I won't spoil things for you but those expecting an exact translation of [the Character] from the comics, in terms of costume, you will be disappointed. However, let may say that this Joker will be the 'The Joker;' the way character is written is very faithful to [how] he is in the comics and I can see why WB is not interested in actors like Crispin Glover or Johnny Depp."

Now there's a bit more, but I'll hold off on it right now. Is this source legit? Don't know for sure - so all of you should keep that in mind (When I tell you to set it in stone, set it in stone). But I'll say this: a lot of what he told me jives with what I've heard. So, the guy's legit, a good guesser, or Ms. Cleo...

A request to Warner Bros. from the "guys overseas." I've been asked to relay the message that the troops in the Middle East would love to see BATMAN BEGINS over there - in particular Camp Jersey, Kuwait. Guys, consider the message relayed. Hope it helps...

The next 3 SE Bat-DVD reviews will be posted this week. Be on the look-out for 'em - and a new MAILBAG as well. And a new SCATTERSHOTS is in the works too. Late.

Author: Jett
Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 8:26 PM CENTRAL TIME: MY REVIEW of the BATMAN SE DVD is posted and ready to read.

Author: Jett
Friday, October 7, 2005 - 7:49 PM CENTRAL TIME: OK, they are in! I'm in the process of watching all the new Bat-DVDs in detail as we speak. I'm going to review them one by one, starting with BATMAN - hopefully as early as tomorrow. I'll say this, they are good! Very much worth having in your Bat-collection. So my friends, stay tuned!

Script Review - BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Author: Jett
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:52 PM CENTRAL TIME: Here's some more "filler" for you BOF'ers. My script review of the Aronofsky/Miller BATMAN: YEAR ONE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO READ. Click on the link provided and give it a look if you are so inclined...

A "Best Picture" nod for BEGINS? The betters out there certainly don't think so. CLICK HERE to see how the Oscar line stands.

BOF update and vote for BEGINS
Author: Jett
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 6:04 AM 7:12 PM CENTRAL TIME: MAILBAG 8 has now been posted - day earlier than intended...

I've reviewed the Aronofsky/Miller YEAR ONE script. It's ready to go and I'll have it posted by this Friday...

Hey all, Jett here with a update on what's going on here at BOF. My BEGINS DELUXE DVD REVIEW (click on the link to read) has been posted - check it out if you haven't already...

If you haven't noticed, BOF plans to cover two upcoming comic book based films - V FOR VENDETTA and SUPERMAN RETURNS. In fact, we will have individual pages for each (The one for SUPERMAN RETURNS - "SUPERMAN-ON-FILM" - has recently went live here at BOF - SUPERMAN-ON-FILM.INFO). What we plan on doing is having junket interviews, stories, and a review of each...

During 2006, look for more from both BOF and ON-FILM.NET...

A new MAILBAG will be posted tomorrow...

And finally, VOTE FOR BATMAN BEGINS! (Thanks to "Dave.")

Author: Jett
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 6:18 AM CENTRAL TIME: MY REVIEW of the BATMAN BEGINS DELUXE EDITION DVD has been posted. Click on the link provided to read.

Potential titles follow-up
Author: Jett
Monday, October 3, 2005 - 6:34 AM, 7:20 PM CENTRAL TIME: My review of the BATMAN BEGINS DELUXE EDITION DVD will be posted first thing in the AM...

I'm no Barnaby Jones or Frank Cannon, but I did a little checking and no domains of the titles that have been rumored of late have not been secured by Warner Bros. In the past, Warner Bros. usually registers any potential BATMAN movie title years in advance. I'm just putting 2 and 2 together here - maybe I'm getting 5. But I think it adds up to 4.

Two new op-ed articles and Batman vs. Wolverine!
Author: Jett
Saturday, October 1, 2005 - 7:42 AM, 4:41 PM CENTRAL TIME: Several emails I received today prompted a short op-ed. CLICK HERE to read. Warning - it may piss off some of you...

BOF contributor Cary Ashby returns with a NEW OP-ED and ranks "The Bat-Men." Give it a read...

THE PRESTIGE will be Christopher Nolan's next film - and guess who is starring in it? Yep, BATMAN BEGINS' Christian Bale. Hugh Jackman is also in negotiations for the other lead role. CLICK HERE to read more. It is expected that Mr. Nolan would do one, perhaps two films before turning his attention to the BEGINS sequel. Nolan is also developing THE EXEC for Warner Bros. If you are interested in reading the novel on which the film is based, CLICK HERE.

Look for my review of the Deluxe Edition BATMAN BEGINS DVD on Tuesday.

Another sequel "title" for the rumor mill
Author: Jett
Thursday, Septmeber 29, 2005 - 6:34 AM, 9:16 PM CENTRAL TIME: A new MAILBAG is available to read - that's #7 now. After this one, I'm slowing down a bit on 'em. Make sure you read this morning's info regarding the MAILBAG...

So, who is going to be Gotham's D.A.? Here's what y'all had to say:

183 votes (6%) wanted someone that that SOB Jett didn't list
184 votes (6%) - Denzel Washington
252 votes (9%) - Johnny Depp
324 votes (11%) - Ray Liotta
381 votes (13%) - Clive Owen
592 votes (21%) - Guy Pearce
810 votes (28%) - Liev Schreiber

So, I guess Mr. Schreiber is the fave here at BOF. I've had several people suggest Joaquin Phoenix, and I have to admit that he might work. I should have included Jude Law as an option, as I think he wouldn't be a poor choice. Liev? Kinda my fave right now...

OK, this guy warns us to to "take this with a grain of salt," so let's do that, OK? This guy is legit and was correct with some info he sent me over a year ago. Here goes:

"“Hi Jett. This is XXXXX checking in again. If you remember, I emailed you a year a so ago when BATMAN BEGINS was still filming. I have worked as a key grip for several years now (as I told you before), including many projects on the Warner Bros. lot. Anyway, the reason I’m writing is that I’ve got a family member and many friends who are ‘in the business’ as well, and I may have a potential sequel title for you. If true, it sort of makes sense, as Gordon alludes to it at the end of the movie when he‘s talking to Batman on the rooftop. Let me preface by telling you and your readers to take this with a grain of salt, but there is some rumblings that the sequel could be titled BATMAN ESCALATION. I’ll also tell you that we’ve heard BATMAN ATTACKS as well, but not BATMAN STRIKES as you reported earlier. Great site - keep up the good work!”

"Ecscalation." BATMAN ESCALATION. It would make sense in terms of Gordon's comment to The Batman at the end of BEGINS, certainly. I'll admit it isn't bad. We'll see...

A NOTE ABOUT THE MAILBAG: Due to the volume of email we've received, please do not expect a personal reply. Also - and please take note here - only ONE question/commment per month will be accepted per person. Also, read through the mailbag and don't ask a question that has already been answered. Thanks for your cooperation.

Sequel title, BOF BEGINS DVD review updates
Author: Jett
Wednesday, Septmeber 28, 2005 - 5:54 PM CENTRAL TIME: Make sure to enter the BATMAN BEGINS DVD SWEEPSTAKES that we are running in partnership with Warner Bros. Click on the link provided to enter...

Got the following in today from a longtime BOF "industry insider" regarding the sequel title:

"Just an FYI for you and your readers. I too have heard the title BATMAN ATTACKS, but not the other one you mentioned yesterday [BATMAN STRIKES]. Now just because I've heard this, it doesn't much of anything. However, it wouldn't surprise me if a title (or a few choices) has already been settled upon. We know that [Christopher] Nolan and [David] Goyer knew all along that BATMAN BEGINS was the title they would use. If they already know where they are heading with the upcoming sequel, they may well know what the title will be too - though I'm not saying that 'Attacks' is definately it at all.
Hell of a job with the site by the way."

Of the two mentioned yesterday, I'd prefer ATTACKS over STRIKES - but that's just me. I'd be willing to bet that many "titles" will be rumored over the next year or two. We could even have a "THE INTIMIDATION GAME" situation again...

You will be able to read my review of the BATMAN BEGINS DELUXE EDITION on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. The exact date of my reviews of the BATMAN SPECIAL EDTIONS are TBD.

The title MAY be...
Author: Jett
Tuesday, Septmeber 27, 2005 - 5:24 AM CENTRAL TIME: ...BATMAN STRIKES. Or BATMAN ATTACKS. These are two possible titles for the sequel that I've heard from more than one source. Now, these are possibilites and that should be kept in mind at this time. Not too bad IMO...

So just how far along is the sequel? I posed that question to a longtime, trusted "insider." Here's what he had to say:

"This film is further along than people think. Hell, you've got actors (and their agents) scrambling to get a role in the sequel - it's going to be huge! Just look at all the talk about casting The Joker already. There are a lot of actors that covet that role.

From what I've heard, Nolan [director Christopher] and Goyer [screenwriter David] knew what they wanted to do in the sequel before BATMAN BEGINS was filmed. I know that Nolan hasn't signed on, yet, but that is just a matter of time. This is why you are hearing about cast candidates and possible screentests. Things are lined up so that when that [Nolan returning - Jett] does happen, they'll be ready to roll.

There is no doubt that they have their ducks in a row."

I've got to agree with this source on this one, based on everthing I've heard so far. It seems that once Mr. Nolan says "Let's go" officially, they'll be able to hit the ground running. Can't wait...

As you can see, I've had some time on my hands. MAILBAG 6 has now been posted.

The mailman has arrived yet again
Author: Jett
Monday, Septmeber 26, 2005 - 8:56 AM, 2:05 PM CENTRAL TIME: Hey y'all, Jett here. It seems like this mailbag thing has really taken off. I've got a lot of email from people who say they love reading it. You'd be surprised at just who some of these people are! Anyway, MAILBAG 5 has been posted for, as always, your reading pleasure...

A note regarding Hurricane Rita: If you are in Southeast Texas - the greater Beaumont/Port Arthur area - I want to hear from you. If you can, HIT ME WITH AN EMAIL...

Got to give a shout-out to "Dan-El" and say that I'm very happy to see SUPERMAN-V.COM back online. Well, it has been online, but it is now "actively" online - if that makes sense. Click on the link provided and give it a look...

I've had a few emails wanting to know if Paul Wares will be answering any MAILBAG questions. And yes, he will. Paul is very busy, so I'm hoping to run a "PJW Mailbag" perhaps once a month or two. You can send a question to Paul at PAUL@NAMELESS.FSNET.CO.UK...

If you are new to BOF, I'd suggest that you check out all of the various areas of it. There's at least 6 years of stuff here for you to read. And we've also got some cool Batman gear over in the BOF BATMAN STORE.

An FYI from Jett - part 3, and yet another MAILBAG!
Author: Jett
Saturday, Septmeber 24, 2005 - 4:19 PM CENTRAL TIME: Hey y'all, Jett here! And I'm certainly GLAD to be here. We came out virtually unscathed here where I live. But the Beaumont/Port Arthur area of Texas got HAMMERED. That is my hometown - a place where I spent 29 of my nearly 40 years - and it could be devistated. Anyway, I'm rambling again. Look for links to Hurricane Rita relief here on BOF ASAP - and please give just as you did for Katrina. And to all of those affected by Rita - and that includes me as well - I'm thinking of you...

I've got yet another MAILBAG posted and available to read. I'm the hardest working man on the Net! Even through a hurricane. Late.

An FYI from Jett - part 2
Author: Jett
Thursday, Septmeber 22, 2005 - 8:19 PM CENTRAL TIME: Just a note to say thanks to the hundreds of you who sent "best wishes" emails. A quick update, we're still in northwest suburban Houston. If you've been watching the news, you probably know that the traffic out of town was a total cluster-youknowwhat. Plus, the storm has eased to the east and is not as big of a threat as it was a few days ago - not that it isn't still dangerous.

So, that's how things stand. As you can see, I've been working on BOF a bit to pass the time - I may even hammer out a new MAILBAG. Like I said a couple of days ago, BOF may be out of pocket for a few days once the storm blows in. Hopefully, the power will not go out in this part of town. If it does, we're heading up to Dallas for a few days.

Sorry for the ramble and the non-Batman news,

MAILBAG 3 has been posted. Hey, I've got time on my hands. I may even throw out a new op-ed before the day's over. Say a prayer for Texas and Louisiana too.

An FYI from Jett and a new Mailbag
Author: Jett
Wednesday, Septmeber 21, 2005 - 6:51 PM, 8:26 PM CENTRAL TIME: Hey y'all, Jett here. I'm going to be out of pocket for a few days thanks to Hurricane Rita. This is a big mofo and we aren't taking any chances. I'll keep y'all posted here and/or in the forum of how things turn out...

Another edition of the BOF MAILBAG has been posted.

The Joke's on Hulme and Bettany - an insider's take
Author: Jett
Tuesday, Septmeber 20, 2005 - 9:20 PM CENTRAL TIME: Got this in today from a dude "in the business." He's proven to be legit, as we have a mutual friend - a source I trust very much - who vouches for the guy. Here's what he had to say about the recent Hulme/Bettany news:

Jett, we have a mutual friend in XXXX. I work as a XXXX for XXXX, which puts me in contact with our friend quite a bit. I read your story about this Lachy Hulme and Paul Bettany as candidates for The Joker and was compelled to write. By the way, long time reader, first time “scooper.”

I got what you said about Hulme and Bettany being the only candidates producers are looking at right now. From my experience, what is probably going on is that Chuck Roven or someone who works for/with him is gathering names and taping some short “screentests” for himself and Chris Nolan - once he actively begins working on the sequel. While this means something, it means nothing as well.

Obviously, they are interested in those two guys, but it certainly doesn’t mean they are the final choices - that’s the “means nothing part.” On the other hand, it shows that despite the lack of an “official announcement,” the powers that be are actively working on a follow-up to BATMAN BEGINS - that’s the “means something” part.

While I’m totally not a “Hollywood Bigshot,” I have worked in the business for quite some time, know a lot of people, have contections, etc. And it is common knowledge that there is going to be another BATMAN film. Hell, that's hardly a newsflash - but everyone knows it and people are scrambling to be a part of it.

One last thing - and this is based more on my own opinion. Don’t look for a star to nab the role. Christian Bale is the star of this series and there is no need to bring in some “name” to get people in theaters. They are going after a solid actor who will be “The Joker,” and will not be looked upon as “that’s ‘Big Name Actor X’ acting like The Joker.” Get my drift?

Love your site - you’d be surprised who reads it. If you use this, put me down as “Mr. Glass.” So there you have it from "Mr. Glass." I wonder if the guy is a fan, or friend, of M. Night Shyamalan? Anyway...

A new BOF MAILBAG will be posted this week - perhaps as soon as tomorrow. FYI...

A quote from Steve Carrell regarding his interest in playing The Joker from SOUTHFLORIDA.COM. "I started that rumor, or at least my mom did! I don't think there's any validity in it but I would love to play the role."

Author: Jett
Sunday, Septmeber 18, 2005 - 7:37 AM CENTRAL TIME: MY SCRIPT REVIEW of BATMAN: PROLOGUE is now available to read

The Joke's on Hulme and Bettany, The BOF MAILBAG - A Huge Success!
Author: Jett
Saturday, Septmeber 17, 2005 - 7:14 AM, 5:11 PM CENTRAL TIME: Two of BOF's best - and completely unrelated - sources have confirmed for us that Australian actor Lachy Hulme (pronounced "Lock-ee Hewm") and British thesp Paul Bettany are the only actors that BATMAN producers are considering for the role of The Joker - at the moment. One of these two sources also told us that screen tests will indeed take place this fall, although it was unclear if one or both of these actors are testing...

In addition, one of these same sources told BOF that we were "dead on" regarding our report that Mr. Nolan will indeed return to The Cave once he completes his next project - which is said to be THE EXEC for Warner Bros. "Bad news" for me I guess (*Jett laughs his ass off*)...

Man, the response to the BOF MAILBAG has been off the hook! In fact, I may be able to do this on a weekly basis. I'll have one next week for sure, so be looking for it...

I will have a script review for a fan-film called BATMAN: PROLOGUE. The man behind this film is none other than our friend and BOF UK Editor Paul Wares. I should have it up and ready to read by Sunday...

BATMAN: YTB has some pics of promotional material for the upcoming release of BATMAN BEGINS (Deluxe Edition) on DVD...

Seems that Josh Whedon wants to take a page from BATMAN BEGINS for WONDER WOMAN. CLICK HERE to read his comments.

1st Edition of the BOF MAILBAG
Author: Jett
Friday, Septmeber 16, 2005 - 6:31 AM CENTRAL TIME: The inaugural edition of the BOF MAILBAG is up and ready for all to read. Thanks for sending the questions and keep them coming!

New "Scattershots"
Author: BOF Staff
Thursday, Septmeber 15, 2005 - 6:31 AM, 7:00 PM CST: CLICK HERE to read Jett's latest "Scattershooting" column. DC ON FILM section has also been updated with new news links...

FYI. There will be a new "SCATTERSHOTS" op-ed by Jett posted this evening. Also, the first edition of the "BOF MAILBAG" will be available to read this weekend.

New op-ed by Jett
Author: Jett
Sunday, Septmeber 11, 2005 - 8:11 AM CST: Hey y'all, Jett here. Ah, the first NFL Sunday of the season! One of my most favorite days of the year! I'm going to go ahead and post MY LATEST OP-ED for, as always, your reading pleasure. Now, it is time to get ready for some football...

Speaking of football, I hate to say it, but I'm taking the Chargers over my 'boys today, 20-17. But we're still going to the playoffs...

A got an email the other day that was for all you BOF'ers. The author has kindly allowed me to reprint it here for y'all to read. Here goes:

"My name is Sean, huge Batman fan, Christian Bale ROCKS!!!!! However I email you this today as a temporary transplant living in Houston for the next few months. I cannot begin to describe the destruction that I have seen upon my return to Jefferson Parish over the last two days. I saw my childhood home receive minimal damage thankfully, my parents still reside there. I live in the Lower Garden District and have seen the NOAA pictures showing that I have no water around my house yet I have come to understand that I will not be able to get to my house for 60 to 90 days. My little brother is not so lucky, the bottom floor of his house is underwater.

What I would like to say to you and every fan out there is THANK YOU for all that you have done. Especially to those in the greater Houston area, people have opened their hearts to us, the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who have taken up residence in your wonderful city. I have friends scattered throughout the South and they have expressed that people everywhere are doing the same!!! I am not asking for anything for my family, thankfully we are able to support ourselves in this desperate time, yet as I have told everyone who has offered to help us please direct your efforts to those truly in need, such as the evacuees in shelters across the country.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and with vision and determination WE WILL bring New Orleans back!!!!!

--Sean Kavanaugh

Remember, REDCROSS.ORG and 1-800-HELP-NOW. Or the charity of your choice.

New BOF section, op-ed
Author: Jett
Saturday, Septmeber 10, 2005 - 7:51 AM CST: Hey everyone, Jett here. I'm starting a new section to the site called the "BOF MAILBAG." Send in your questions/comments to BOF_MAILBAG@MSN.COM and I'll pick out around 10 - give or take - every other week or so and answer them. You can also direct them to Paul Wares and I'll send 'em his way. Please include your FULL NAME and LOCATION in your email (last names will be withheld upon request). So, get to asking them questions and making comments...

A new op-ed by BOF contributor Cary Ashby is now up and READY TO READ. I'll have mine up Sunday morning.

Sequel confirmation, F/X article
Author: Jett, BOF Staff
Thursday, Septmeber 8, 2005 - 6:21 AM, 7:08 PM CST: Hey y'all, Jett here. I received an email today that confirmed to me that Mr. Nolan will be directing the BATMAN BEGINS sequel after his next film. The latter he is prepping as we speak. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ANNOUCEMENT. Sorry I can't be specific as I'm protecting the ID of my source, but trust me on this one. Damn! That info is going to take some steam out of my next op-ed that will be posted this weekend. But I'm certainly glad that Nolan will return - not that I ever thought he wouldn't...

A good article about the BEGINS special effects created by Double Negative can be found HERE...

A new op-ed by Jett will be posted this weekend.

Reviews coming soon
Author: Jett
Tuesday, Septmeber 6, 2005 - 8:21 PM CST: Hey all, Jett here. Just an FYI, I'll have complete reviews of the BATMAN BEGINS and BATMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY prior to the release date of October 18th. Be sure to check it out...

For years, I've pondered doing this here at BATMAN ON FILM. I didn't know if it fit on the site, as I've focused on the live-action series. But I'm going go ahead and do it - I'll have a full review of MASK OF THE PHANTASM up within the next month. In my opinion, it is the best film adaptation of Batman - live-action or animated - other than BATMAN BEGINS. I hope that didn't ruin my review...

Speaking of "Animated Batman," the 4th volume of the great animated series will be released on December 6, 2005:

Jett writes Warner Bros.
Author: BOF Staff
Monday, Septmeber 5, 2005 - 9:50 AM CST: Jett has written a letter to Warner Bros. - sort of. CLICK HERE to read it too.

Freeman BEGINS charity auction item
Author: Jett
Sunday, Septmeber 4, 2005 - 8:15 AM CST: "Kevin" sent me word of a cool BEGINS item that Morgan Freeman has up for charity auction to raise money for Katrina relief - an action figure, script and poster signed by Freeman himself. CLICK HERE to bid...

FYI: BOF DOES NOT benefit at all from any contributions made towards Katrina relief. The only thing that we get out of it is the satisfaction of helping out others.

Glover: I'm not a Joker candidate
Author: Jett
Saturday, Septmeber 3, 2005 - 8:05 AM, 2:06 PM CST: A new SCATTERSHOTS is now available for your reading pleasure...

Cripsin Glover told BLOODY-DISCUSTING.COM the following regarding his connection to the role of The Joker:

"The rumors that he will play the Joker in the next Batman were also shot down. According to Crispin, they are strictly internet based but he would love the opportunity to do it. He hopes that the buzz might rub off on the studio."

According to BOF sources, Glover is not in the screentesting mix. As I've reported previously - and Glover seems to confirm - his association with the role is a product of fan speculation. In BOF's recent "Who should play The Joker" poll, Glover came in third taking in 17% of the votes cast...

You BOFers have really stepped up to the plate! I've received tons of emails from readers who have donated to Katrina relief - too many to list. In fact, most wish to remain anonymous - like one longtime reader who chipped in $1,500! Thanks to you all!

The Batman would do it!
Author: Jett
Thursday, Septmeber 1, 2005 - 9:55 pm CST: I've been just mesmerized - and not in a good way - with what is going on in New Orleans. I grew up on the Gulf coast and know all about hurricanes. This is an American disaster and we all need to chip in. I've posted links where you can help above and I hope you will chip in what you can, BOFers. send me a short email and I'll make a list of all the BOFers that contributed. BOF has donated $500 so far. Thank y'all.

Here's a bit of Bat-News. Frank Miller had the following to say about BATMAN BEGINS from NOWPLAYING.COM:

"I totally thought they did a damned good job [on that movie]," says Miller. "It was the first 'Batman' movie I've genuinely liked. I sat there, I watched it, and I came out of there going, 'Well done, man.' Sure, they used my stuff – they used everybody's stuff, but they used my stuff a lot – but they did it well, and that's all I care about. It was Batman. What I mean by that is, I thought the character was true. You understand, when I work on a character, I have a very, very hard time seeing anybody else's interpretation. I get very possessive. But when I went out to see this thing, I said, 'This is a pretty cool Batman.' I wasn't sitting there going, 'This is a merchandising tool.' I felt like it really had heart and substance, and Christian Bale with no doubt performed the best Batman I have ever seen."

Frank, I agree totally...

I'll have a complete review of the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS and BATMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY prior to release.

Anthology Press Release
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 7:25 AM, 8:45 pm CST: As you can see, I have posted a couple of links above for Hurricane Katrina relief. If you can help out, please do so. Thanks...

Warner Bros. Home Video has provided BATMAN ON FILM with the PRESS RELEASE for the upcoming BATMAN: The Motion Picture Anthology in doc format.

A note from Jett
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 10:08 PM CST: New Orleans, BOF is thinking about you. I've been traveling to that city for years and have loved every trip. I even had my "honeymoon" in the Big Easy. I'm looking for a direction to route you BOF'ers who want to help out. For now, you can follow this link to the THE AMERICAN RED CROSS to make a donation...

Jett's and Paul J. Ware's bio is now posted over at the CREDITS & PRESS RELATIONS page. If you ever wondered who the hell the guy's were behind BOF, you can now find out...

Yes, I know that I promised a new op-ed last weekend, so my apologies that it has yet to post. In fact, I've got an op-ed and a "scattershots" that will be posted by Sunday "for your reading pleasure." I've been busy here of late BOF'ers.

Poll results
Author: Jett
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 8:05 PM CST: In our last poll, we asked you all what kind of actor should play The Joker. Here's how it turned out, based on 1,027 votes:

"A big time, big name 'movie star'" - 96 votes (9%)
"An unknown" - 149 votes (15%)
"An established actor, but not a 'star'" - 782 votes (76%)

I probably agree with this vote, as I want someone who loses himself completely in the role, and I think that can only be achieved by an unknown or a "non-star." As I said in my JOKER SCATTERSHOTS OP-ED, when you saw Mr. Nicholson in the role, you saw Jack first and foremost - you know what I mean? Moving on, there is a new poll up, so vote if you haven't. Who do you want to see play Harvey Dent in the upcoming sequels?

Pre-order BATMAN Special Editions
Author: Jett
Friday, August 26, 2005 - 6:28 AM, 8:39 PM CST: Your last chance to check out VIRTUAL MAGIC KINGDOM is drawing near. If you get the oppertunity, give it a look this weekend. CLICK HERE or there, for more info...

I'm heading up to Dallas to check out my Cowboys tomorrow night. However, make sure to check back here on Sunday as I have a new op-ed and poll ready. And all you Bat-collectors, I want to HEAR FROM YOU...

The BATMAN Special Editions - and the box set - are now available for pre-ordering:

BATMAN: Special Edition
BATMAN RETURNS: Special Edition
BATMAN FOREVER: Special Edition
BATMAN AND ROBIN: Special Edition

Another manip and more
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 8:20 PM CST: Inspired by Mr. Roven's recent comments regarding the Net and whom we have "already cast," I hit up three of my best sources and asked them to comment. All told me about the same thing (and they are unrelated) - there are some sort of "screentests" going on sometime this fall. And the word is that they will be for "Joker" candidates. We'll see how it pans out eventually, but I find all of this rather fun and interesting. Reminds me of the good 'ol days of BOF...

Speaking of Joker candidates, "Richard P." sent a really cool manip of Lachy Hulme, the oft-mentioned Aussie Joker candidate. Click on the thumbnail below to check it out:

Not bad, eh? Anyway, I'll be posting my latest op-ed sometime before the weekend, and I have a few more things in mind that I may need to "scattershoot" yall's way. One last thing, it looks as if we've settled on a date - ON-FILM.NET will go "live" on January 1, 2006. We're working hard on it as we speak - reviewing our asses off and so forth. I hope you all will give it a shot when it hits the Net. But let me make this clear to all you BOFers: THIS site is in it for the long haul! It will always be my main priority. You dance with the one you came with...

Frank Miller. What did he think of BATMAN BEGINS? Hell, it borrowed quite a bit from BATMAN: YEAR ONE, right? From IGN:

IGN: Another project you contributed to in some form was the "Batman" series, which borrowed heavily from your "Year One" books. What did you think of "Batman Begins?"

"I thought they did a really, really good job. I mean, I walked out of that movie with a smile on my face; I thought it was a really strong interpretation of the character, and they knew what to borrow from and how much. I got a major kick out of the fact that they used that bit where he calls on the bats to attack the cops and that sort of thing, and I loved Gary Oldman's interpretation of exactly the Jim Gordon that I'd written in 'Batman: Year One.' But it was [Christopher] Nolan's movie and [Christian] Bale's movie, and I just simply absorbed it and enjoyed the hell out of it."

Mr. Miller, I agree totally (Thanks to ALL of you who sent in the lead on this one!). Late, y'all.

Nolan's next two and a return to Chicago?
Author: Jett
Monday, August 22, 2005 - 6:22 AM, 8:06 PM CST: It seems as if producer Chares Roven may be hip on returning to Chicago for the BATMAN BEGINS sequel, according to THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES:

Will Batman return to Chicago to shoot on location for a proposed sequel to "Batman Begins," starring Christian Bale again as the Caped Crusader?

Save a parking spot for the Batmobile on Lower Wacker.

"We're definitely talking about doing another Batman," says producer Chuck Roven. "And we love Chicago...Chicago was fantastic to us last time."

OK, so you do the Bat-math.

Roven also addresses internet casting rumors saying "The Internet has The Joker cast already...The 'Net has also cast the Riddler. It's just all rumors." The Riddler? I've yet to see or hear any rumor about The Riddler - which ain't going to happen IMO. Now as far as "we haven't even decided who will be the next villain," uh, ok. Sure. I suspect that Mr. Roven is being a bit coy here, as well as sort of telling the truth. I'm sure they haven't officially decided anything. The guy with pale skin and green hair is coming, and it's in the works - bank on it...

Roven also repeats what we already know - that director Chris Nolan "wants to do another movie first," before moving on to the BATMAN sequel (Thanks to "Jacks" and "Adrianne" for the lead!)...

On Friday, one of BOF's top sources told us - among other things - that Nolan has two films lined up before he jumps into the the BEGINS sequel. According to a report from AICN, these two films are the oft-rumored THE EXEC and THE PRESTIGE. This seems to confirm what our source says, and tells me that 2008 for BEGINS 2 is the most likely release date.

New op-ed, poll
Author: BOF Staff, Jett
Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 12:00 PM, 4:29 PM, 8:02 PM CST: Hey, Jett here. I'm pushing back my op-ed as I feel it isn't ready to post. It will be up Tuesday at the latest. Thanks...

Here are the results from the recent BOF poll, and obviously, you readers want to see Cillian Murphy return. Jett has also updated a few manips, so scroll down. But first, a word from Jett:

"Hey y'all. I'm now so big now that I now have "underlings" post stuff for me (LOL!). We've got a new poll, in which you will find on the MAIN PAGE. As far as the next one, I want to do a Harvey Dent casting poll. So send me your choices and I may pick out a couple to include. I'm already including Liev Schriever, Guy Pearce, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, and Troy Aikman - Just kidding on that Aikman thing - so, send me some legit and inspired ideas."

Here are the results of the most recent poll (out of 1397 votes), "Should Cillian Murphy return?"

YES - 971 votes (71%)
NO - 232 votes (17%)
Dont' care - 194 (14%)

BOF will post a new op-ed piece by Jett as well as a new poll later today. FYI.

More news regarding the sequel - official annoucement this Fall?
Author: Jett
Friday, August 19, 2005 - 9:18 PM CST: Hey ya'll, Jett here. Got some good stuff today from one of our best sources. Dude has been correct with everything he has told BOF. Everything. Here it is:

“The idea for two films is [already] there, and David Goyer is currently putting together something - but Nolan is not attached to the project (yet), and they have not started writing. Nolan has apparently got two other projects that he is currently working on, but these would not affect any BATMAN sequels. Back-to-back filming is still a possibility and is being considered. But as I said before, Nolan has not even signed on, so they wouldn't agree to anything like that now."

He continues:

"The two sequels will follow a very close storyline, and Warners [is demanding] some kind of continuity in terms of the look and style of the films. This is one of the mistakes they made with the previous sequels and he assures me they won't be making the same mistake [again]!"

"Expect some 'official' news from the studio around the time the DVDs come out. What this is he [our source's source - Jett] wouldn't say, but i'm guessing if they are doing sequels what better way to get the hype going then to announce it when the first film is released for everyone to enjoy in their homes!"

This may confirm the whisperings that the "official" announcement of the BEGINS sequel will indeed coincide with the release of the DVDs this Fall...

Y'all may be interested in reading our old friend - and BOFer - Kris Tapley's blog.

Joker candidate fan art; More Oscar run for BATMAN BEGINS
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 6:20 AM, 7:51 PM CST: Something old, something new. I've got two pieces of fan "concept art" for y'all - two actors as The Joker. The old one is of Lachy Hulme that I've ran here before, and the other is of Paul Bettany by "Andrew J."

Hulme is on the left, Bettany is in the center, and Eccleston is on the right - obviously. The Eccleston manip is by "Pieye." And I'll mention again the great Joker concept art based on Lachy Hulme by Lee Bermejo - CLICK HERE (or on the thumbanail below) to take a look if you haven't already...

I'm telling you all, the BEGINS sequel is going to be huge dawg. H U G E...

Will BEGINS get any Oscar consideration? According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, it just might. (Thanks to "Randy.")

Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 6:20 AM, 8:46 PM CST: It sure looks like the IMAX BATMAN BEGINS really KICKED SOME ASS at the box office...

BATMAN BEGINS has yet to end its theater run, yet the DVD is on the way! Available on October 18th, you can pre-order a copy now by CLICKING HERE, or on the image below.

Misc. BATMAN movie news
Author: Jett
Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 11:23 AM, 6:51 PM CST: LEGIONS OF GOTHAM is reporting that a "VERY credible source" informed them that Crispin Glover is a legit candidate for the role of The Joker in the upcoming BEGINS sequel. Glover - a fan fave for the role - came in third (551 votes/17%) in BOF's recent "Who Should Play The Joker" poll. BOF's sources have indicated only that Mr. Glover is interested in the role...

With all the speculation regarding the casting of the Joker, I asked a longtime, trusted friend of BOF - who is an industry “insider” - what he makes of all the rumors. Here are some of his thoughts:

There’s a lot of bull**** out there for sure! Here’s what your readers need to keep in mind. Take for instance Steve Carell - I‘ll use him as an example. It is entirely possible that someone at Warner threw his name out there for the role. That doesn’t mean that he’s a real candidate, he’s only a suggestion. Same for many of the names that have been rumored and others we have yet to hear - and we WILL hear more names!

Here’s how it goes: Studio suit “X” will say “What about so-and-so as The Joker?” They may even go as far as to have a mock-up of the actor done by a studio artist to see what the guy may look like. But that still doesn’t mean he’s an actual “candidate.”

On the other hand, you will have a certain actor’s “people” doing whatever it takes to get their guy’s name out there. There is a lot of that sort of high jinks taking place.

So what you have is that some of the people you have mentioned are seriously in the running for the role. Some are simply suggestions and probably will not make it any further than that. Others covet the role and are using sites such BOF and even message forums to get their name circulating. And then a lot of it is complete and utter crap. And of course my friend, it’s your job to sort out all the BS!

Very interesting and enlightening. The two names that BOF has heard from reliable and longtime sources in conjunction to the role of The Joker are Paul Bettany and Lachy Hulme. The others, as far as I’m concerned, are products of speculation…

I've updated yesterday's review of BATMAN AND ROBIN: DE-ASSIFIED to include a list of most of the edits...

Props to BATMAN BEGINS from BOX OFFICE MOJO for passing the $200 million mark. The site calls BEGINS "has arguably had the more impressive run" of all the summer films. "Fueled in part by strong word of mouth and a bustling, simultaneous release on IMAX, BATMAN BEGINS overcame the trauma that the dud, BATMAN AND ROBIN, inflicted on the franchise in 1997, and it has showed the most longevity of all the summer tent poles," so says the site. I agree...

BATMAN BEGINS has certainly changed the way I view the last four films of the previous series. On that note, I'm working on a op-ed piece about just that. Look for it coming this week.

BEGINS moves past $200 million and "Delux Edition" BEGINS DVD
Author: Jett
Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 7:52 AM, 1:39 PM CST: For your "reading pleasure," I present MY REVIEW of the fan-edited BATMAN AND ROBIN: DE-ASSIFIED...

This past Thursday, BATMAN BEGINS crossed the $200 million mark (domestic). BOF is still getting email from fans saying they went to see it one more time, and found a theater full of people. I'm going to see a film today to review for ON-FILM, but I'm also going to see BEGINS one last time on the big screen. Congrats on BEGINS' success from BOF to all of those involved...

"Mike" sent us word that he got a look at a list of upcoming DVD releases and a "Delux Edition" of BATMAN BEGINS will be released on October 18th. This DVD will feature 2 discs. "There were four entries altogether," our source reported, "the VHS release, the Widescreen and Fullscreen releases, and the one I wasn't expecting to see - a 'Batman Begins' Deluxe Edition." Now, I know we've all seen the extras that will be included on the BEGINS DVD, and this "Delux Edition" could be it. I guess we'll find out what's in store for us very soon...

(POSSIBLE SPOILER) There is much speculation that if Katie Holmes does indeed return in the upcoming sequel, her Rachel Dawes character will be one of The Joker's victims. I've received several emails from "insiders" saying that this is a possible storyline. Now, this is a plot detail that would be easy to "predict" - hell, it's even crossed my mind beforehand. I will say that I've heard nothing in this vein from any of the insiders that BOF trusts...

Be on the lookout for my review of BATMAN AND ROBIN: DE-ASSIFIED this weekend.

A B&R worth watching? BATMAN Anthology cover art
Author: Jett
Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 5:27 AM, 7:29 PM CST: I really haven't seen BATMAN AND ROBIN since the day I walked out of a theater on June 20, 1997 - until now. I was sent a copy of a "fan edit" of the film called BATMAN AND ROBIN: DE-ASSIFIED. Here is what the editor had to say about it:

A friend tried to convince me that there was some good to be found in this film, but I didn't believe him - until I attempted an edit.

It will never be a good film, but it certainly became a better film.

And you know what, he's right! I'm going to give full review of the film this weekend. I've given it a look and I can now say that this edit made it very "watchable." And yes, BOF usually doesn't give any pub to BATMAN fan films - or at least not very often. However, since it was an edit that improved the one true blemish on the previous series, I made an exception. More on DE-ASSIFIED this weekend. Now, can someone get hold of that unused footage from FOREVER and re-edit it? I can only wish...

An industry friend of BOF's sent us a rather interesting observation about the hullabaloo surrounding the casting of The Joker. Check back for that this weekend as well...

THE DIGITAL BITS has the cover art for the upcoming BATMAN SE DVD covers. Click on the link provided to check them out. Thanks to Clint at MOVIEHOLE.NET for the lead...

"Jeff" sent BOF a link to DVDANSWERS.COM that has an even better look at the covers.

Roven: BATMAN continutes, part 2
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 5:17 PM CST: More from Chuck Roven on BATMAN CONTINUES - or whatever the hell it will be - can be found over at IGN FILMFORCE. Here's a bit from Mr. Roven:

"That's really fantastic [re: many believing BEGINS to be the best super hero film yet]. I love hearing that… I think that 'Batman Begins' was, tonally, right for what Batman needed, because it was more, you know – the way that that movie played Batman and the world, etc. was really where the character came from when you really go all the way back to its original DC comic, if you go back to the really great Batman comics of 'The Long Halloween' and 'Batman: Year One' and so [on], that seemed right for that."

You can read the entire article by clicking on the link provided above.

Roven: BATMAN continutes!
Author: Jett
Monday, August 8, 2005 - 6:04 PM CST: In an interview with SCIFI.COM, BATMAN BEGINS producer Charles Roven confirmed that a sequel is indeed in the works:

"We all hope there is going to be another one...We're waiting for Chris Nolan to declare himself. We will do it after he does that."

This jives with what sources have told BOF recently - that the sequel was actively in the works and that progress includes upcoming screentests for The Joker. Mr. Roven stated that Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Katie Holmes are all signed for another Bat-film. Roven also said that while they could do another film without Nolan, everyone would prefer he return. Thanks to "Jeff E." for the lead...

So, what do we know so far? Well, the major players of the cast are signed for a sequel. The script is in the works and new cast memembers are being discussed. The Joker and D.A. Harvey Dent are going to be in the next film. David Goyer has met with Warner Bros. and allegedly Chris Nolan about BATMAN. There will be screentests soon for the role of The Joker - which actors are involved is not quite clear as of yet (BOF has been told by two very reliable sources that Lachy Hulme and Paul Bettany are candidates for the part). Producer Chuck Roven says that everyone is waiting on Mr. Nolan to sign on to direct - which is going to happen. There are rumors that shooting the next two Bat-films back-to-back is being considered. Ah, feels like the good 'ol BOF days, doesn't it?

Joker poll results, Murphy talks Scarecrow's future, and box office update
Author: Jett
Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 10:43 AM, 2:46 PM, 4:26 PM CST: OK, here are the results of the "Who should play The Joker Poll" as voted by 3,182 BOF readers:

4) Paul Bettany - 431 votes (14%)
3) Crispen Glover - 551 votes (17%)
2) Johnny Depp - 630 votes (20%)
1) Lachy Hulme - 671 votes (21%)

Other results consisted of 201 votes for Sean Penn, 155 votes for Adrian Brody, 143 votes from Tim Roth, 134 votes for Christopher Eccleston, 77 votes for Hugo Weaving, and 6% of y'all - 189 votes - wanted "Other." So what does that mean? Absolutely nothing! Thanks for voting...

The guy's at IGN FILMFORCE talked to Cillian Murphy during the junket for RED EYE and he talked a bit about the potential return of Dr. Crane:

"If they decide to make another 'Batman' I'd love to be in it. The main attraction to me for that film was Chris Nolan directing it, but I don't know what I'm gonna do next.... I think they have options on us, yes [for BATMAN BEGINS sequels]."

BOF has been told that if The Scarecrow returns, it might not be in the next film. But you never know with these things - especially if Crane's fear gas has something to do with the origin of you-know-who...

According to BOX OFFICE MOJO, BEGINS will take in $1.9 million or so this weekend, pushing the domestic take to about $199 million. The film will certainly move past $200 million this week...

I'm going to post the results of the BOF Joker poll this afternoon. If you've yet to vote, do so asap...

Speaking of The Joker, I've got a new op-ed/scattershot piece regarding The Joker in the BEGINS sequel. CLICK HERE if you care to read...

And finally, also coming to an end today is our DUKES OF HAZZARD CONTEST. Get you name in the hat today if you haven't already. Winners will be notified by email by this Tuesday.

No Fisher in sequel, Carell talks, and Jack Black!
Author: Jett
Friday, August 5, 2005 - 6:38 AM, 5:26 PM CST: Remember that Steve Carell rumor? Well, according to the man himself, he's not in the mix for the role of The Joker. Or if he is (And I've been on the record saying I don't think that's the case), he doesn't know about it. Carell talked to the guy's over at IESB and here's what he had to say:

He said that he also had read those stories and that he would love do it if offered but that he doubts that there is any truth to the rumors. When asked if Charles Roven had mentioned anything about the part he said that he had not.

Here's even more from IGN FILMFORCE (Thanks to "Stax"):

"I just heard that for the first time this morning and I had no… Yeah! That would be hilar - I would love to do that! But I doubt that it's true. (Laughs) ... No, he's [possibly Charles Roven] never said anything about that, so I think that's probably completely fabricated. But I love it. I love the rumor. That would be cool. (laughs)"

I will say that the source who informed us of this rumor said only that his name had been brought up in conjunction to the role...

Speaking of the sequel, IESB also caught up with Cillian Murphy who told them he knew nothing about the next film and that he's yet to be contacted about returning - which I don't think he will from what I've heard...

Alright y'all, take the following as nothing more than rumor about Joker casting. I'm sure you've read my disclaimer about that sort of stuff and know the drill - grain of salt, etc. OK, this dude's name was given to me the other day by a source that frankly, I won't go to bat for at this time. But I'm going to throw it out there for you all to digest: Jack Black. Our "scooper" says that the man is hyped for the role and is working out like a madman, trying to thin down, because he wants the part. Mr. Black is 5' 6" and from what I've been told, they are looking for someone who can physically match Christian Bale to a certain degree. Mr. Hulme is 6' 2" and Mr. Bettany is 6' 3" - not that that means anything. So guys and gals, take that for what you will...

I've got some thoughts on this Joker casting business, and I'll let y'all know in my next op-ed coming this weekend...

From this morning...

What's up y'all, Jett here. I see that our friends at MOVIEHOLE have picked up our Steve Carell story from a few days back. But that's not what this update is about. In the same story, an insider tells the site says that there is no "love interest" penciled in yet, as it's just too early in the process to discuss such matters. BOF was told previously not to take much stock in the Fisher rumor and I believed we passed that message on to you...

The results of the "Cast The Joker" poll will be posted Sunday evening. If you haven't voted, do so over the next couple of days.

Joker update - sort of
Author: Jett
Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 5:46 PM CST: OK, I'm know you all are going to be a bit upset with me as I'm going to have to be a bit vague here. Sorry about that. But I think if you read between the lines here, you'll get the jest of what I'm saying...

I told you all the other day that one of the "big names" said to be in the mix to play The Joker, isn't. That is still the case. I'll now add that any other "star" actor mentioned in conjunction to this role is nothing more than fan speculation and wishing - at this point...

Now that's not to say an established actor or star will not ultimately nab the role, but BOF has been told that casting will not go that way. "Don't look for another 'Nicholson' situation this time," a sourced informed BOF...

The actor(s) that is/are getting a screentest - according more than one BOF source - would not be considered a "star" or a "big name" per se. I'm sure that cleared it all up for you all. Yeah right.

Now, on to the sequel!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - 5:35 PM CST: It was a long trip, getting to BATMAN BEGINS. BOF has basically been covering this film for over seven years now - since the site was established way back in June of 1998. We certainly achieved our goal: the production of another BATMAN film and one done in a respectful and quality manner. And now with BEGINS slowly easing out of theaters, it is time to focus in on a new goal: The sequel! Therefore, I've moved all the BEGINS links such as Paul Ware's set reports, my visit to the BEGINS press junket and review, and the box office updates to the BATMAN BEGINS PAGE here at BOF. And one more time, a big THANK YOU to all of those involved with bringing BATMAN BEGINS to theaters this summer! You did not disappoint...

And now, on to the sequel!

Bat-DVD details
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 6:21 AM, 7:00 PM CST: "Pavan" sent BOF a link from THE DIGITAL BITS with some info on the upcoming BEGINS DVD. Two discs, commentary from Nolan, Goyer, & cast, etc. Check out the link for more info...

Got the following bit of news today from a longtime, very good source. He tells BOF that one of the "big names" that has been rumored for the role of The Joker is NOT in the mix. At all. I'm going to do a bit of digging and checking before I reveal said actor's name. In fact, our source says that the role will probably go to someone who is not a "big star." I think I hope he's right...

You can get a rundown of the details of what can be found on the upcoming SE BATMAN DVDs. CLICK HERE to check them out. Of course, you will be able to pick up BATMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY here at BOF. Release date is October 18th. Thanks to "Mark" for the link.

Bat-producer Michael Uslan talks
Author: Jett
Monday, August 1, 2005 - 5:12 PM CST: CLICK HERE to read a very good interview with producer Michael Uslan. Thanks to "RakuMon" for the lead...

Over at MOVIEHOLE, Clint says that he believes the three actors in the lead to play The Joker are "...a game player, an imaginary best friend & an operator." I'm just guessing here, but I think he is talking about Sean Penn, Paul Bettany, and Lachy Hulme respectively...

A message from BOF's UK editor Paul J. Wares:

"Those of you that have known me for some time, know that I have a love of filmmaking and have long planned a Batman fan film. I first started developing the idea for a Batman film way back in 2000, since then the movie has evolved into what is now a prequel to BATMAN (1989).

Over the past 18 months I stepped up the development to pre-production, but that fell by the wayside somewhat due to the birth of my son, job redundancy and BATMAN BEGINS.

Like many of you I have now seen the film and while I think it’s fantastic and love it very much, I still believe there is room for my film in the Bat-world and so I have decided to proceed. I will be starting pre-production in earnest over the next few months with a view to shooting over the course of next year and I need your help.

I will be shooting as much 'in-camera' as possible, but I need the help of model-makers (of the practical variety) and CGI artists to make this vision come to life. As of this writing, all costume needs have been taken care of, as have all props that I need. I will be building some sets and also dressing some locations, but in order to fully render Gotham City I’m in need of model maker’s to build Miniatures and CGI artists for some visual effects work.

As always with a project of this nature, there is very little money to spend, but I’m hoping some of you will come on board for the thrill of being part of a Batman film. I will attempt to cover all material costs and I’m sure there will be an opportunity for ‘gifts’ for those involved and of course you will receive a credit and a DVD copy of the final film.

I currently have a website for the film - BATFILMS.COM that will become more active with info as the project grows.

If you wish to contact me to discuss the project you can do so by email me at either of these addresses: or"

Good luck Paul! As Paul said, if you are interested, shoot him an email...

Here is the PRESS RELEASE about the upcoming SE BATMAN DVDs.

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.


May be worth checking out, and/or adding to your BEGINS collection. Thanks to "Stax" for the info...

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

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:

5) BATMAN (1966) - 3%
2) BATMAN (1989) - 11%

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.

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:

" 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, July 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.

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