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Joker Update
Author: Jett
Friday, March 31, 2006 - 8:37 AM CENTRAL TIME: OK, Joker stuff here today. This isn't "grain of salt" news here today -- take it to the bank. I’ve been informed by two longtime BOF “industry insiders” that tabbing Mr. Hulme as “The Frontrunner” for the role of Mr. J is a bit strong. Hulme is indeed in the mix -- no doubt about it. As of right now, I’m not sure who is pushing for him -- Nolan, Warner, or perhaps someone else. Consequently, I won’t speculate on that. Paul Bettany’s a candidate as well, so all you PB backers should be happy to hear that. If I were handicapping this thing, I’d have to say that those two are 1A and 1B in no particular order. Also, there are many actors who want this role, and they and “their people” are lobbying hard for it. While we all know that Mr. Nolan will pick the guy who is best for the role, there could be a push to get a “known” guy for The Joker. I’m not saying a superstar, but someone who isn’t a complete unknown.

This is going to be interesting. Expect things to pick up this summer and really get jumping this fall.

BEGINS On HBO
Author: Jett
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 9:23 AM CENTRAL TIME: BATMAN BEGINS will be broadcast on HBO according to VARIETY. BEGINS and 11 other $100 million box office movies from 2005 will flow to HBO, its Cinemax sibling and their 13 multiplex channels throughout this year and into 2007.

Lachy's A Joke?!
Author: Jett
Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 2:09 PM CENTRAL TIME: BOF was the first site to report that Australian actor Lachy Hulme was in the mix to play The Joker in the BATMAN BEGINS sequel. We were also the first to tell you that “They” were looking at British thesp Paul Bettany. We’ve been told by more than one trusted source that Hulme is THE front-runner for the role.

Now, it is not a “it’s his if he wants it situation,” but there’s some clout behind him I’ve been informed. And hey, I'll be candid here -- this news makes me happy as Mr. Hulme is my fave for the role. I've made no bones about that.

Now, I must say that the same insiders told BOF that Mr. Bettany has his supporters as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out this year -- and we WILL know by the end of 2006.


Lachy Hulme

New Bat-DVD Released
Author: Jett
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 9:02 AM CENTRAL TIME: Just an FYI. The BATMAN BEYOND SEASON 1 DVD is being released today.

Make sure to check out the UPDATES PAGE this week as we've got several coming -- some of those already available to read...

The V FOR VENDETTA contest/giveaway has ended. Thanks to all of you who tossed your name in the hat. A new one is coming soon, so be looking for it.

Petersen Talks BAT VS. SUPES
Author: Jett
Monday, March 20, 2006 - 10:38 AM CENTRAL TIME: According to an interview with IESB.NET, Wolfgang Petersen is still interested in doing BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN -- although he admits it's currently on the shelf. My take: It ain't going to happen and shouldn't to be frank. As great as BATMAN BEGINS was and as good as SUPERMAN RETURNS is looking to be, there are too many solo stories left to tell. Keep 'em separate.
Source: MOVIEHOLE.NET

Horn: Bat-Sequel A Priority For 2008
Author: Jett
Friday, March 17, 2006 - 7:33 AM CENTRAL TIME: At the Warner Bros. presentation at SHOWEST, Warner Bros. Alan Horn said that the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS is the studio's priority for 2008. Of course if you've been following developments here, this was expected.
Source: COMINGSOON.NET.

Dent's The Law?
Author: Jett
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 7:51 AM CENTRAL TIME: For the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing the name of an actor getting a little run for the BATMAN BEGINS sequel. I’m assuming here, OK, but I would imagine he would be up for the role of Harvey Dent if he indeed is in the mix. This is a guy that has long been associated with a “comic book movie” with Warner Bros. In fact, he’s been mentioned in the past as a possible Bruce Wayne and was almost cast as Superman. If true, I think Jude Law would make for a fine Harvey Dent and Two Face later on. But keep in mind that this is nothing but scuttlebutt at this point...

Check out my REVIEW of V FOR VENDETTA.

Freeman Talks of Fox's Return
Author: Jett
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 11:19 AM CENTRAL TIME: Morgan Freeman, who played Lucius Fox in BATMAN BEGINS recently said the following about The Sequel:

"“I don’t know [the status of the sequel]. That’s up to the writer and the director. Are you going to write Lucius Fox into the next Batman sequels? If you do, are you going to hire me to do it? If they hire me to do it, I don’t have to worry about the freshness of it. That’s not my job. My job is to take it off the page, just like I did the first time.”

Source: ABOUT.COM

Wilkenson Talks of Falcone's Return
Author: Jett
Monday, March 13, 2006 - 4:08 PM CENTRAL TIME: "Carmine Falcone" Tom Wilkenson talked to EMPIRE about a possible return to Gotham:

"I rather liked him [Falcone]. I kind of thought it was fun to play...I thought it was a great role. [As far as returning for the sequel], my character’s mad and possibly dead so I don’t think so."

Jackman Confirms Bat-Participation? -- UPDATE
Author: Jett
Friday, March 10, 2006 - 9:13 AM, 10:09 AM CENTRAL TIME: Update on yesterday's Hugh Jackman story. BOF received several emails from Australian readers "confirming" yesterday's report. Again, this is second-hand information, so I suggest you take it as nothing more than rumor. And if you can shed more light on this rumor, send us an email....

UPDATED: Aussie BOF'er Pat filed the following report:

"Hugh was in Australia two weeks ago to promote his arena tour of 'The Boy From Oz,' which starts in four capital cities Australia in August and runs through the middle of September. I've seen most of his interviews promoting the tour and he never mentioned Batman. He DID mention that right now he's filming THE PRESTIGE with Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, so maybe that's what the person heard."

My take: Jackman isn't doing BATMAN. Plus, BOF has been told that Hugh is not in the Bat-mix by several trusted (as we have previously reported). I believe that filming THE PRESTIGE with Nolan, Bale, and Sir Michael Caine is the root of the "Jackman in Batman Sequel" rumors, but there is simply nothing to it.

Jackman Confirms Bat-Participation?
Author: Jett
Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 9:15 AM CENTRAL TIME: "Paul From Australia" shot me an email informing me of the following:

"Hugh Jackman appeared on a television show here in Australia called 9 AM, and did mention in the interview that his next project was...the Batman sequel. Unfortunately, he did not go into any specifics."

OK, I need some help from any of you Aussie BOF'ers. If you can confirm this, shoot us an email. Until then, take this with a grain of salt.

New Sequel Rumors/Info
Author: Jett
Monday, March 6, 2006 - 9:10 AM CENTRAL TIME: "Jindrak" is back with a few more bit of sequel info. He tells BOF that the Penguin subplot is now iffy, there is no truth to the Hugh Jackman/Hugo Weaving rumors (as previously reported), and the timeline for the sequel may be around a year -- give or take a few months -- after the events of BATMAN BEGINS...

BOF's new contest is now running. Visit the V FOR VENDETTA PAGE, find the contest link, check out the prizes, and sign up!

New Old Bat-Poll, No Jackman, Weaving in Sequel?
Author: Jett
Friday, March 3, 2006 - 7:08 PM, 8:17 PM CENTRAL TIME: Hey y'all, Jett here. Hope all is cool with all you BOF readers. Anyway, I've updated the recent "Bat-Poll" as I think I didn't provide enough legit choices. Please vote again -- this is an important one and I'd like your feedback out there...

May I direct you again to the UPDATES page here at BOF. A few new things there you may enjoy, including a new addition to the "HISTORY OF THE BATMAN" section. I'd bookmark that page myself...

Just got an email from "Burbanker" who informed BOF that Hugo Weaving and Hugh Jackman are not in the Bat-Sequel mix as The Joker and Harvey Dent respectively.

Title Talk Continues
Author: Jett
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 6:02 AM CENTRAL TIME: In regards to The Sequel’s title, I hit a friend of mine who works in the entertainment biz with an email, asking of his thoughts on this “BATMAN 2” rumor. Although he’s not close to the Batman project at all, he usually has good insight to things such as this -- plus he hears a lot of industry scuttlebutt too. “It is most likely a working title,” he told me. “ “But it [numbering the sequels] seems to be doing fine for the SPIDER-MAN films.” He added, “But using ‘2’ is short and to the point. And it is the second film in this series.”

I’ve got a suggestion and I’m sure many Bat-fans will agree with me. Check out SCATTERSHOTS later this morning to find out...

There's a new poll on the MAIN PAGE. Check it out and vote if you haven't already.

No Escalation?
Author: Jett
Monday, February 27, 2006 - 1:15 PM, 4:02 PM CENTRAL TIME: Here's what our insider told BOF recently regarding the sequel title. "They [Warner Bros., Nolan] may go simply with BATMAN 2. It hasn't been used before and it is #2 in this series." I checked, and "batman2.com" is registered to Warner Bros. and has been since 2000. If it was going to be one of the rumored titles mentioned earlier today, I assume the studio would have nabbed the domain already -- especially when they were first rumored. We'll see...

BOF was told that we can stop being concerned about BATMAN STRIKES, ESCALATION, or ATTACKS as the title to the sequel. I’ve also heard what it could be -- which I’m not ready to reveal just yet -- and it’s different from what we are used to with Bat-movie titles. It sort of makes one say, "Might as well." Let me do a bit more checking, so stay tuned.

Sequel Website on the Horizon?
Author: Jett
Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 1:47 PM CENTRAL TIME: I’ve heard a whisper that Warner Bros. may update the official Batman movie site (which I assume would have a new URL and the BATMAN BEGINS site would redirect you to the new one) once Nolan “officially” signs on the dotted line. So what are they going have for us Bat-fans and others to see? The next film’s title -- or so I’m told from a good friend of BOF‘s. While I try to reserve my opinions about news and rumors in my SCATTERSHOTS, I’ll say if this isn’t true, it SHOULD BE; it is an excellent idea...

BOF‘ers and others who stumble upon our modest website. Let me highly recommend that you frequent the new UPDATES page. I think you will find it very valuable. Late.

Hoffman's No Bird?
Author: Jett
Friday, February 24, 2006 - 6:20 AM CENTRAL TIME: BOF has been informed by a very reliable and longtime source of the following: "Don't look for [Philip Seymour] Hoffman in the 'Batman' sequel." Our insider tells us that Hoffman is "too big" of an actor at this point to accept a role that is rumored to be nothing more than an extended cameo -- although he did point out that the latter is just his own opinion.

Jonathan Nolan to Write Sequel Screenplay, and More Sequel Scuttlebut
Author: Jett
Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 4:13 AM CENTRAL TIME: OK BOF‘ers, “Treatment Insider” is back with a few more details. I contacted him a few days ago because I wanted to know his thoughts regarding all the recent rumors that have been floating around. He was nice enough to get back to me and here’s what he had to say:

“I checked out your updates and as far the treatment I read goes, there [was] no Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Dr. Arkham, Dr. Lesile Thompkins or Talia Al Ghul in the sequel. That doesn't mean they won't be in it, just that they weren't in the treatment I read. Keep in mind that this was also the first draft and things do change and I haven't been able to get my hands on any new drafts.

I doubt we will see any doctors from Arkham as it is shut down and “The Narrows” is still pretty much a disaster area and a haven for various villains. There is a small subplot about Wayne trying to help fund the clean up and rebuild The Narrows -- particularly [one] involving a massive tenement complex that will be the setting of perhaps the most spectacular action sequence in the film.

Now about casting. There has been al ot of talk and rumors going on about who may be lined up for the sequel. A lot of it is just rumor and speculation. This is the crazy time -- expect to hear a lot more of this until people are actually cast. From what I know, Bettany and Hulme are still the only ones I know for a fact that are, or were looked at for the role of The Joker. This is my guess, but the way it looks it will be one [of those two] who nabs the role.

Liev Schreiber is the top choice for Dent and it's his if he wants it -- which I'm pretty sure he does. As for Hoffman as the Penguin, I can't confirm this.

Although pre-production is underway as we speak, expect it to go full steam ahead late summer/early fall. [At that time, there should be] official confirmation on details of the story and casting with shooting still planned for spring '07. Interesting how my hunch that Nolan's brother Jonathan might pen the script turned out correct.”

And I can confirm that "Treatment Insider" did tell inform me that Goyer had written the treatment and that he thought Jonathan Nolan would be the one to write the screenplay...

From VARIETY (Subscription Required). Warner Bros. has hired Jonathan Nolan -- brother of director Chris Nolan -- to pen the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS. Chris Nolan and previous screenwriter David Goyer have already wrote the treatment for the film that will be used as the basis for the new script. The sequel will most likely hit theaters summer 2008. Legendary Pictures is expected to again fund 50% of the sequel as they did for BEGINS. Chris Nolan will officially sign on to direct soon...

Read SCATTERSHOTS for Jett's take on this news.

Site Update and More Rumors Damnit!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 11:13 AM CENTRAL TIME: To make it easier to find BOF and BIC updates, I've added a section listing all of them with links. You can see it in the menu to the left titled UPDATES. The news page will be exclusively for Bat-Movie news...

"Andy" just emailed me this morning telling me that KROQ radio in Los Angeles ("Kevin and Bean") reported that Paul Bettany is The Joker and Hugh Jackman is Harvey Dent in The Sequel. Bettany I can believe; Jackman I'm still doubting -- a lot...

Clarification on above rumor: "Banefreak" chimed in saying he heard said radio report on KROQ and they mentioned that both Paul Bettany and Hugo Weaving were up for the role of The Joker. They also mentioned Hugh Jackman as a Dent candidate. Again, don't put too much stock into these rumors, except for the Bettany one.

History of The Batman Continues and More Rumors
Author: Jett
Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 11:05 AM, 3:58 PM CENTRAL TIME: "Colin from Brisbane" emailed saying that an Aussie mag titled ROCK CITY is reporting that Hugo Weaving and Hugh Jackman are in the Bat-Sequel mix as The Joker and Harvey Dent respectively. I wouldn't put very much stock at all in this rumor, but I'd thought I'd toss it out there for you all to digest and discuss...

BOF's "History of The Batman" continues today with a look at BATMAN BEGINS. CLICK HERE to read...

An FYI: ON-FILM.NET goes live on April 3rd. It'll be sparce, but so was BOF once.

The Sequel Too Crowded?
Author: Jett
Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 10:07 AM CENTRAL TIME: "Jindrak" is back with a bit more info regarding The Sequel:

"I wouldn't put too much into the rumour Mr. Hoskins has said ‘no’ to a part in the Batman sequel. The fact is the film won't start shooting for at least another 10 or 11 months. It will be sometime before anyone is approached ‘seriously’ for a role.

It is very likely that Philip Seymour Hoffman will be offered the role of Oswald C. Cobblepott. As far as I know Mr. Hoskins has never been in the frame, except back in 1991 for Batman Returns.

As the sequel stands it's far too early to say who will be in the film, as you and many of your readers will know, Chris presented ideas to Warner Bros. with regards to the direction a sequel would take, but a lot can happen in 10 months, especially within the film industry. A lot will depend on money, scheduling, and what works best for the story, characters and pacing of the film.

I know that already there are some concerns amongst your readers that the sequel is becoming overcrowded. Firstly, they have to realise that the sequel will serve as an arc to the third film. Secondly many of the roles being considered for the sequel are largely supporting roles, using established actors to give weight to the roles [and the story], which will be built around Bruce, Harvey , Gordon and The Joker.

A prime example is Batman Begins: Michael Caine, Cillian Murphey, Rutger Hauer, Tom Wilkinson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson to name a few!! Compared with the sequel which may include: Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Hoskins, Emily Watson, Brad Dourif & Philip Seymor Hoffman?

I think it's fair to say after Batman Begins fans haven't been let down thus far."

Good stuff there. And ironically, I finished a NEW OP-ED last night on this very subject. Click on the link and give it a read...

"Rahiem" sent me the BEST manip of Liev Schreiber I've seen yet. Go visit SCATTERSHOTS blog to see it.

No Hoskins in The Sequel, "History of The Batman:" BATMAN 5
Author: Jett
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 10:20 AM, 1:20 PM, 3:00 PM CENTRAL TIME: According to CONTACTMUSIC.COM, Bob Hoskins says "No, I'm not doing it" in regards to playing The Penguin in the BEGINS sequel. Recently, BOF was told that Hoskins was actually up for the Role of Salvtore Maroni, not Oswald Cobblepot. Could that still be the case? Or does he mean no to BATMAN period? No source was given for Hoskins' comment...

BATMAN BEGINS is up for 9 Saturn Awards. CLICK HERE for more info. Thanks to all the BOF'ers who sent in the story...

BATMAN IN COMICS has been updated with a new reivew of TEN NIGHTS OF THE BEAST...

BOF's "History of The Batman" continues with BATMAN 5...

Our new contest has started for the film 16 BLOCKS. Click on the link in the menu or HERE to enter.

Overlooked Bat-Treasures #1
Author: Jett
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 6:38 AM, 9:39 AM, 13:30 PM CENTRAL TIME: Check out OVERLOOKED BAT-TREASURES #1 by Mark S. Reinhart...

As I'm sure all of you suspected, the character I was referring to yesterday was indeed Dr. Leslie Thompkins...

Part 2 of my Singer/Routh article from Wondercon can now be read by CLICKING HERE.

Sequel Rumor and Singer/Routh At Wondercon, Part 1
Author: Jett
Monday, February 13, 2006 - 9:24 AM, 1:05 PM, 3:06 PM CENTRAL TIME: Scooper "Jindrak" informed me that Vanessa Redgrave may have been suggested for the role of the "female character close to Bruce Wayne and Alfred" I mentioned earlier. He added that this would be a supporting role and the character would interact with both Bruce and Alfred...

OK, there is some Bat-Movie news today by the way. Our friend “Jindrak” has returned to tell us that even though Christopher Nolan is working on THE PRESTIGE, work on The Sequel is active. Lots of brainstorming and research being conducted right now. “The general consensus is that the sequel will be HUGE and everyone involved is working very hard not to disappoint. Personally, I can't wait!”

Our scooper also tells us that the wife of Harvey Dent may have a role in the film, as well as a very popular female character that is close to Bruce Wayne and Alfred...

Over at MOVIEHOLE.NET, Clint says that he's heard that New Zealander Karl Urban may be in the mix for Roman Sionis, Black Mask. Honestly, this is the first I've heard of this...

Check out Part 1 of my Brian Singer/Brandon Routh story from Wondercon by CLICKING HERE.

Wondercon Coverage
Author: Jett
Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 8:10 AM CENTRAL TIME: I'll be at Wondercon today and you can follow my coverage by CLICKING HERE.

More sequel Rumors...and, uh, More!
Author: Jett
Friday, February 10, 2006 - 10:03 AM, 7:05 PM CENTRAL TIME: Friend of BOF, "I Dig Batman" was nice enough to chime in today with a few things. He tells me that the role of The Joker may be down to two or three people. Bettany's one, and the other one or two are not "name" guys -- but have been mentioned here on BOF plenty. You can cancel out a "big-timer" getting the role. And while casting is "fluid" per se, look for some concrete stuff before the end of 2006...

Got a few more things for you all today before I head off to San Francisco...

"Jindrak" is back with a few more tidbits. Actress Emily Watson may be up for the role of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, IF the part it included in The sequel. Also, Brad Douriff may be in the mix for Dr. Arkham. "Jindrak" also says that the look of The Joker's smile, may be a nod to "Gwynplaine" and the 1928 film THE MAN WHO LAUGHS...

Also, I've had two different and unrated friends of BOF tell me that Mr. Bob Hoskins is indeed being considered for a role of an "Italian Mobster" ala Tom Wilkenson's Carmine Falcone. It is "most likely" Salvatore Maroni, both sources indicated...

I'll have a "Scattershots-style" blog from my trip to Wondercon. Check back later in the day for the link...

BATMAN IN COMICS will be updated today as well.

BOF Attending Wondercon and the Joke's NOT on Keaton
Author: Jett
Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 10:15 AM, 2:22 PM, 6:26 PM CENTRAL TIME: Remember those "Michael Keaton as The Joker" rumors that surfaced a while back? Those that I said were BS and even wrote an op-ed on how much a bad idea that would be? Here is what the great MK himself had to say--

"It's an interesting idea, but no way. The new BATMAN films are separated from the old BATMAN films."

And as it SHOULD BE. But Michael, I still love you the most in NIGHT SHIFT! I LOVE that film. CLICK HERE for the full article...

Just an FYI -- I will be covering WONDERCON in San Francisco this weekend for BOF. While I don't expect much in the form of "Bat-movie news," I've been able to line up some cool stuff -- like the SUPERMAN RETURNS presentation. I'll have a report from the convention on Saturday and a few other things once I return...

If you haven't signed up for the FIREWALL CONTEST, do so quick. And we've got a couple new ones coming soon -- for 16 BLOCKS and V FOR VENDETTA...

I've added a mock-up of Jake Gyllenhaal as Two Face over at my SCATTERSHOTS. I'm warming up to 'ol Jake (Maybe because that's my son's name), but I still really like Liev Schreiber as well.

Sequel Rumors Galore!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 1:07 PM CENTRAL TIME: Keep in mind that BOF does report rumor -- but rumor that has been looked into and comes from legit sources. Got some of that for you today, but please take with a grain of salt until I tell you to set it in stone. When I do the latter, go buy the hammer, chisel, and marble. OK, here goes…

Bob Hoskins may be up for mob boss Sal Maroni, not “The Penguin” as we first heard…

Cobblepot is in the mix and might be interacting with the fired former Wayne Enterprises C.E.O. Richard Earl. Seems Mr. Earl may be a bit bitter and looking for revenge on Mr. Wayne...

No Harley Quinn, but Dr. Harleen Quinzel could be employed by Arkham Asylum. I was told the name of the potential actress (she's British and in her late 30s), but I’ll hold off right now…

Speaking of Arkham, Dr. Jeremiah Arkham may play small part in the film…

It is really looking like Mr. Bettany will be Mr. J…

Don’t expect a “Nicholson-ized” Joker -- not in terms of how The Joker looks, acts, or is motivation. This will be something totally different, but true to the spirit of the character. His white skin will be natural as a result of some accident (read: he doesn't wear white make-up -- the actor will, but not "The Joker"), while the rest of his “Joker look” necessarily may not…

Jake Gyllenhaal as Dent -- where there is smoke, there’s fire. I’ll put it like that…

In BEGINS is was “fear;” in The Sequel, it may be “duality.”

Thanks to "Jindrak" for the info and "I Dig Batman" for his "insiderness."


Jake Gyllenhaal -- Harvey Dent?

Bettany: No "Official" Negotiations & More!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 8:25 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:31 PM, 6:21 PM CENTRAL TIME: Regarding Gyllenhall and the BEGINS sequel from Warner Bros.

"There is no casting announced on this movie at all and no comment."

"Mike from LA" sent BOF the following report:

"I heard Paul Bettany this morning on KROQ 106.7 FM, a LA [radio] station. He was promoting FIREWALL. Anyhow, Kevin & Bean asked him about the Joker rumors.

Paul replied that he has not been contacted. He then joked that he would not say whether or not he wanted the role, because it would take away his bargaining power. He then said that he has not been involved in any 'official negotiations.'

I don't know much about Hollywood, but I figure it is alot like politics."

BOF has been told that Bettany is most likely the front-runner for the role of The Joker. "It looks like it is his [Bettany's] to lose," says a trusted source. This same insider tells BOF that Liev Schreiber is still in the lead to nab the role of D.A. Harvey Dent. "Don't put much stock in the [Jake] Gyllenhaal rumor," we were informed.

I'll say this about Gyllenhaal: David Goyer was quoted as saying that he and Mr. Nolan really liked him when he tested for Batman. Would I be shocked if he gets the role? Not at all. We'll see soon enough because I expect some official casting news to come down in due time.

UPDATE: I've received several reports this AM from people saying that the Gyllenhaal as Dent report has been picked up by CNN. I'm guessing here, but I think they are simply reporting the Net rumor, not an official press release. Also, my wife told me that she heard this same report (Bettany as The Joker/Gyllenhaal as Dent) on Houston radio station KRBE FM this morning as well...

"Gretchen" and "Andy" both emailed BOF saying that radio station KIIS FM 102.7 in LA repored the Gyllenhaal to be Dent rumor as well...

My friends from WORLDSFINEST.COM were informed that the complete season 2 of THE BATMAN will be released on DVD this coming September (2006).

"Stax" over at IGN FILMFORCE has a salute to Christian Bale posted over there. Click on the link and give it a read.

Nolan, Bale, and Caine's "Bat-Meetings?"
Author: Jett
Monday, February 6, 2006 - 7:10 AM CENTRAL TIME: According to a SHH scooper, the BEGINS trio of Chris Nolan, Christian Bale, and Michael Caine meet regularly on the set of THE PRESTIGE to discuss the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS sequel. This insider, who claims to have worked as a grip on the current shoot, says that names Paul Bettany and Jake Gyllenhaal have been mentioned in conjunction to The Joker and Harvey Dent respectively. BOF has long heard that Bettany was a front-runner for The Joker, but this is the first we've heard of the newly Oscar-nominated (for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal auditioned for the part of Bruce Wayne/Batman along with Bale a few years back -- could this be a situation similar to Cillian Murphy (who also auditioned for Batman) nabbing the role of The Scarecrow? According to BOF sources, Liev Schreiber is another strong candidate for the role of Gotham's District Attorney.

So what do I think of this Gyllenhaal rumor? I've addressed it in my SCATTERSHOTS.

"History of The Batman:" MR. FREEZE
Author: Jett
Saturday, February 4, 2006 - 12:21 PM CENTRAL TIME: A new addition to our "History of The Batman" today: MR. FREEZE.

Interview: Christopher Jones
Author: Jett
Friday, February 3, 2006 - 7:18 AM, 8:37 PM CENTRAL TIME: Warner Bros. has informed me that you all can expect ads for the following films this Super Sunday: 16 BLOCKS, POSEIDON, and V FOR VENDETTA -- the last of which BOF is covering this spring...

Check out my interview with THE BATMAN STRIKES artist Christopher Jones--> CLICK HERE...

I've got several updates coming today and this weekend over on BATMAN IN COMICS. I had a death in the family, so I'm a tad behind my editing duties. My apologies...

A SHOUTOUT TO ALL BAT-PEOPLE! If you are, or have been in the past, involved with The Batman in some shape or form, I'd like to hear from you! I'm looking for individuals who were part of the 90s animated series, (are/were) involved with any Batman comic book, worked on any of the live-action films -- whatever. If you would like to contribute to this site in the form of an guest article, interview, etc., EMAIL JETT.

A Razzie nomination for Katie? WTF!
Author: Jett
Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 9:03 AM, 12:23 PM CENTRAL TIME: I don't put that much stock in THE RAZZIES, except in the fact they are usually spot on and funny. Anyway, BEGINS was not spared a nomination! Katie Holmes was nominated for "Worst Supporting Actress." Take that for what you will...

Yes, Katie Holmes fans, I've got your emails. And I HAVE RESPONDED to y'all too. I don't get why you think I'm a hater...

A NEW OP-ED by BOF'er Robert Kent is now available to read and BATMAN IN COMICS will be updated over the next few days...

Double Negative has been nominated for an award for there work on BATMAN BEGINS. CLICK HERE for more...

THE BATMAN will on THE KID'S WB will feature new episodes this month on the 4th, 11th, and 18th.

BOF Update
Author: Jett
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 - 1:17 AM CENTRAL TIME: A NEW OP-ED has been posted -- "THE REAL BATMAN."

BEGINS, Pfister get Oscar Nomination!
Author: Jett
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 8:31 AM CENTRAL TIME: Oscar nominations are out and BEGINS and Wally Pfister nominated for CINEMATOGRAPHY. Congrats and BOF is pulling for you...

Our "History Of The Batman" continues with "THE BURTON/SCHUMACHER SERIES, Part 2." Give it a read...

BATMAN IN COMICS has been updated with a review of BATMAN #649.

Review: BATMAN BEGINS
Author: Jett
Monday, January 30, 2006 - 7:48 AM CENTRAL TIME: Yes, I know it has been over seven months since BEGINS hit theaters, ok? But we've got a new review of the film for y'all today from a really different POV. CLICK HERE to read a review of BEGINS by "Kat."

BOF's "History of The Batman" Continues
Author: Jett
Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 5:29 AM, 9:17 AM CENTRAL TIME: BOF's "History Of The Batman" continues -- BATMAN '66 and THE BURTON/SCHUMACHER SERIES, Part 1...

The BOF'ers have spoken and out of nearly 2,000 votes, 64% prefer not having a "Name" actor play The Joker. On the other hand, 18% want a big star to nab the role. It doensn't matter to another 18%. There's a new poll posted pertaining to The Penguin.

Bettany Talks Joker & Batman History -- The 40s Serials
Author: Jett
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 6:40 AM, 6:25 PM CENTRAL TIME: My friends at LATINO REVIEW have talked to Paul Bettany -- you know, Joker candidate Paul Bettany. Read what he had to say by clicking on the link provided. Is he interested? If not, does it open the door from one of the other "front runners?" Here's a bit:

“Yeah I heard nothing about it except through people saying ‘Are you in the Batman sequel? Am I?' No ones called me...I simply haven't a clue because it also depends when these things happen. They have to fall evenly for me know.”

BOF's "History Of The Batman" continues with a look at, uh, "Batman on Film." We start with THE 40s SERIALS.

New Contest and a bit of Bat-History
Author: Jett
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 6:40 PM CENTRAL TIME: It's going to be a 2006 thing here at BOF -- BOF's "HISTORY OF THE BATMAN." The intro installment has now been posted. It is by moi, but future installments will include articles by BOF contributors and "special guests" as well. CLICK HERE and give it a look...

New contest. I know y'all like free stuff! ENTER THE FIREWALL CONTEST. <<--Click there.

Late.

Book Review
Author: Jett
Monday, January 23, 2006 - 10:28 AM CENTRAL TIME: Book Review: THE BATMAN FILMOGRAPHY.

New Bat-Review
Author: Jett
Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 7:37 AM, 12:59 PM CENTRAL TIME: New Bat-Reivew: THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN MOVE (1998)...

A new addition is coming to BOF soon. I'm working on a detailed HISTORY OF THE BATMAN. While The Batman on film will ALWAYS be my main foucs, I've asked other BOF'ers to help out and make this site THE place to come to for The Batman.

Site Update
Author: Jett
Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 11:39 AM CENTRAL TIME: I've got an interview with Bat-artist Chris Jones upcoming as well as several other things in the works...

Friend of BOF Lee Bermejo has weighed in a little on "Should We Hate The Joker" debate. CLICK HERE to get his POV (It'll be an addition at the end of the interview).

New Mailbag
Author: Jett
Friday, January 20, 2006 - 10:29 AM CENTRAL TIME: A new MAILBAG has been posted. Not much hate mail this time around.

BEGINS Up For BAFTA Awards!
Author: Jett
Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 9:29 AM, 12:36 PM CENTRAL TIME: In my quest to make BOF more "Batman on film" (And more "Batman" in general in 2006), a review of BATMAN BEYOND: THE MOVIE has been posted...

Here's a rundown of BAFTA nominations (The British Academy Awards) for BEGINS:

Nathan Crowley for Production Design
David G Evans, Stefan Henrix, Peter Lindsay for Sound
Janek Sirrs, Dan Glass, Chris Corbould for Visual F/X

Thanks to "Pat" and "Brandon" for the lead...

Christian Bale has spoken again about the upcoming sequel:

"Christian Bale expects to don the bat cape within the next year, as shooting begins on the sequel to his hugely successful turn in last year's darker-toned Batman Begins.

'They've been speaking about (a sequel) from the first time they opened their mouths,' Bale told reporters.

He said he's psyched about becoming Bruce Wayne/Batman again, providing he gets to work with the same director, Chris Nolan. Bale expects to have the same cast back as well -- Michael Caine (Alfred), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) and Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon)."

I expect that pre-production will begin late this year (It's kind of already started) with filming starting sometime in early '07. CLICK HERE to read the entire article. And thanks to "Kent" for this one.

BOF/BIC Update
Author: Jett
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 10:17 AM, 11:48 AM CENTRAL TIME: FYI: I've cleaned out the "mailbag" and will be starting anew for 2006. If you have a question, send it to BOF_MAILBAG@MSN.COM. I Hope to get a new edition of "ASK JETT" posted this weekend - pending on the quality and number of questions...

A new OP-ED by Marcus Buckley is available to read by CLICKING HERE. More from BIC coming this week...

BOF will be covering V FOR VENDETTA this spring. CLICK HERE to check out (and bookmark) out V page. It's sort of bare, but hey, the film is two months away!

New OP-ED
Author: Jett
Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 10:37 AM CENTRAL TIME: A case is made for another Joker candidate. CLICK HERE to hear the argument for....

BATMAN BEGINS is Garth's #2 film of 2005 over at DARK HORIZONS...

OK, I'm doing some digging for y'all, trying to get a better outlook as to what we may see in the sequel. I contacted one of our good "industry friends" -- a longtime BOF source -- and here's what he had to say about the most recent Weisz/Depp rumors--

"Who ever told you that the sequel [storyline] is 'fluid,' is correct. As far as the inclusion of Talia [in the next film], I've been told that the Ra's storyline is finished for now. Read between the lines here, ok. As far as [Johnny] Depp playing The Joker, I'd say it is unlikely, but you never know. There is no doubt in my mind that his name has been brought up [for the role]. From what I've heard, the role is going to go to an actor that isn't such a big name, such as [Paul] Bettany, [Adrien] Brody, or maybe even this [Lachy] Hulme character (Your opinion that a 'Name' is not needed is spot-on). Trust me, this is one of the most sought-after roles in town right now!"

Stay tuned...

One thing that we're aiming for here in 2006 is to make BOF, BIC, and our sub-sites your one stop for all Batman news -- movies, comic books, action figures, etc. We've got some cool things on the horizon, so we hope you'll continue to visit. And please, tell your friends!

Nolan Interview and more
Author: Jett
Friday, January 13, 2006 - 8:40 AM CENTRAL TIME: BOF'er "Skip" sent us a link to a new INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS NOLAN...

My review of RETURN OF THE JOKER is coming very soon...

There are a couple of new op-ed pieces/reviews for your reading pleasure. CLICK HERE to check 'em out. Oh, and a really good review of ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN by Marcus Buckley has been posted over on BATMAN IN COMICS -- it might make you rethink that series.

New cast/casting rumors, a review of ARKHAM ASYLUM, and more!
Author: Jett
Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:21 AM, 3:58 PM, 6:31 PM, 8:30 PM CENTRAL TIME: I checked in with one of my "industry insider" friends regarding the recent rumors, and here is what he had to say:

"Bill, other than The Joker and Dent, everything is 'fluid.'"

Basically, there's a lot of "What about such-and-such actor for role X" going on right now. And we thought 2006 would be quiet...

There's a new poll on the MENU PAGE -- GO VOTE...

Review: SUBZERO...

According to my friends over at MOVIEHOLE.NET, a "femme fatale...with a very close connection with a major character [in BEGINS]...will be out for revenge against Bruce Wayne and Gotham." My first thought on this one: Talia Al Ghul. As far as who may nab the role, Clint's source says:

"...let’s just say that she is nominated for a SAG, a Golden Globe and is on her way to an Oscar nomination as well. She is also in fact five months pregnant...."

Rachel Weisz. I think.

And it seems that Nolan, Warner Bros., and company may actually be looking for a "name" star/actor in the role of The Joker. Here's what Clint's source had to say:

"As you know, there are many actors who want the chance to do this character (The most requested Batman character next to Batman himself.) The studio is eyeing a major, major actor and Christopher Nolan himself is said to be just as excited as they are in nabbing him for the role. Who is he? Let’s just say that he has a major film coming out this summer and it’s a sequel to one of his biggest hits."

Johnny Depp. I've heard this one before, but I pulled his name from the "potential Joker" list. Frankly, while I feel an "unknown" would be best, Depp -- whom I love as an actor -- would be the one "big name" I could see in the role. My criteria for The Joker is that the actor needs to just disappear into the role. Depp would do this, no doubt. I smell an op-ed on this in the future (Thanks to all the BOF'ers who sent in the lead)...

BATMAN IN COMICS has been updated with a new review...

BATMAN BEGINS and cinematographer Wally Pfister HAS BEEN NOMINATED by The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for the organization’s annual "Outstanding Achievement Awards" feature film competition...

SOUNDTRACK.NET has ranked the soundtrack of BEGINS #1 for 2005...

The SCATTERSHOTS section has been "reconfigured," so to speak. Want to know what I think about today's rumors and the ones to come, check THERE...

Again thanks to all you BOF'ers -- Marcus C., Richard, Nicolas, Corey, "R Mutt," David S., JR, Lane, et al, for sending the info my way.

BEGINS one of the best reviewed films of the year! New Review and Op-Ed
Author: Jett
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:21 AM, 11:49 AM CENTRAL TIME: According to ROTTEN TOMATOES, BEGINS was one of the best reviewed films of the year (#3 -- wide release). In fact, it was THE best reviewed ACTION/ADVENTURE film of 2005...

For your reading pleasure, a review of MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN (Next: SUBZERO) and a new OP-ED have been posted.

PHANTASM Review
Author: Jett
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 10:00 AM CENTRAL TIME: Review: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (Next: BIC.

Lucas talks Harvey and I forgot one!
Author: Jett
Sunday, January 8, 2006 - 1:00 PM, 6:23 PM CENTRAL TIME: My friends over at IESB.NET sent word that they had the chance to talk to actor Josh Lucas, recently rumored to be "getting some run" as a potential Harvey Dent in the BEGINS sequel. "You are the second person [to ask about the Dent rumor] -- I heard that yesterday, that would be cool," the actor told interviewer Robert Sanchez. The actor said that he hasn't been approached, "but that [geting offered the part] would be totally great. I love BATMAN BEGINS, it was magnificent."

We've been told by several sources that Liev Schreiber is the front runner for the role of Gotham's newly minted District Attorney. Perhaps when discussing casting, someone said, "What about Josh Lucas as Dent." Visit IESB.NET for the full interview...

I've updated my recent CASTING THE SEQUEL op-ed -- I forgot one rumored role. And it ISN'T Selina dear readers. But if I cast her, there are two actresses I dig. One's certainly not a friend, and the other was once a nurse in Hawaii.

Bat-video updates, Brody talks Joker role?
Author: Jett
Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 9:25 AM CENTRAL TIME: Warner Home Video has informed BOF that the HD version of BATMAN BEGINS will be available March 28, 2006. Also, BATMAN '89 will be released in UDM format for the SONY PSP on February 7th. It is already available for BATMAN BEGINS...

"Bones" and several other BOF'ers have informed us that in Friday's USA TODAY, American thesp Adrien Brody has publicly said that he's interested in the role of The Joker. "I watched BATMAN BEGINS," said the actor when asked what movie he last watched. "I thought it was really cool. I would love to play The Joker. I think he would be deformed and creepier." Seems another fan-fave has thrown his name into the hat...

So who would I cast? CLICK HERE.

Update on Sequel Rumors
Author: Jett
Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 6:39 AM, 12:19 PM, 3:50 PM CENTRAL TIME: Let me start the update today by saying "HOOK 'EM HORNS!"

Now on with the Bat-news...

OK dear BOF'ers, this next bit of info is NOT of the "take with a grain of salt" kind. This comes from one of my most trusted and LONGTIME insiders. Here goes:

"On your report that the people at 'Batman Sequel HQ' are looking at Josh Lucas, I can state that their eye is still firmly on Liev Schrieber for the role of 'newly minted' District Attorney Harvey Dent [As BOF was first to report --Jett]. Make no mistake that Nolan, Roven, Goyer etc. always get their man, okay? (No offense to Josh Lucas, of course -- he's a fine actor.)

Also, your report last year that Aussie Lachy Hulme was signing autographs on his latest movie set Down Under [M -- Jett] and saying 'it doesn't look good' about him playing The Joker? You may like to know that Warner Bros. does a 'daily briefing' on all the topics circulating the internet that directly relate to Warner interests (such as BATMAN sequel speculation). That particular Hulme comment (whether he said it or not) happened to top the WB daily briefing on the day you ran it, and WB went so far as to ask Mr. Hulme why he would say such a thing! (Do the math on that one my friend)."

So, as BOF has been reporting, Mr. Schreiber is the leading candidate for Dent, while Mr. Hulme is definitely in the mix for Mr. J. Our source says there is much more to come, so stay tuned to BOF...

BATMAN BEGINS was MOVIEHABIT.COM's #1 movie of 2005...

According to HOME MEDIA RETAILING, BATMAN BEGINS was #10 (6.5 million units moved) in 2005 DVD sales. BEGINS was released on October 18, 2005.

There are a couple of new OP-ED's you may have missed and want to check out.

BOF'ers: Split on Supes/Bats Team-Up
Author: Jett
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 10:32 AM CENTRAL TIME: It seems that our readers are split on whether or not they would like to see a Superman/Batman film. Out of a little over 2,000 votes, 52% were against the idea, while 48% favor such a movie...

I want to say thanks to all the guys who have agreed to contribute to BATMAN IN COMICS: Marcus, John F., John L., B.L., Cary, and "The Bat in the Hat." And more writers and articles are on the way. If you haven't read any of their articles, head over and do so -- some good stuff there. And remember, we're starting from scratch, so keep that in mind. Thanks for the support.

Jett's 2005 Bat-Retrospective
Author: Jett
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 8:53 PM CENTRAL TIME: A 2005 RETROSPECTIVE has been posted.

1st Sequel Rumor of 2006!
Author: Jett
Monday, January 2, 2006 - 10:10 AM CENTRAL TIME: And let me emphasize rumor here, OK? This comes from a new scooper, who did check out. I don't know if it'll pan out, but I find it quite interesting. Here you go:

"A name that is getting a bit of run...for the 'Batman Begins' sequel is Josh Lucas. The word is that he could end up as a candidate for Dent."

Josh Lucas as Harvey Dent? I hadn't thought of him, but that wouldn't be bad casting -- although I still like the idea of Liev Schreiber in the role. The 34 year old Lucas was in HULK, so one wonders if he would want do do another film based on a comic book. And he played a badguy at that. Lucas also was in AMERICAN PSYCHO with you-know-who. I got to say, I could see it.

Comic Review: THE LONG HALLOWEEN
Author: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

Author: Jett
Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 10:10 AM CENTRAL TIME: Check out the latest comic review of THE LONG HALLOWEEN by CLICKING HERE...

Happy New year to all you BOF'ers! 2006 -- which will mark the 8th year of BOF in June -- will prove to be a great year for Bat-fan.

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