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Joker, TDK Plot Speculation
Author: Jett
Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 6:04 AM: Friend of BOF "Stax" has written a nice article speculating what we might see -- Joker and plot-wise -- in the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT. CLICK HERE to check it out...

Speaking of THE DARK KNIGHT, whispers persist that official news is forthcoming -- although Warner Bros. reps tell me that they "know nothing." From what I'm hearing, look for something to hit around the time Nolan's THE PRESTIGE is released on October 20th...

BOF MAILBAG #23.

Holmes, Schreiber Casting Updates
Author: Jett
Monday, September 25, 2006 - 9:51 AM: Not long ago, I heard that Liev Schreiber may be out of the running for Harvey Dent in THE DARK KNIGHT. According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Schreiber has joined the cast of Love in the Time of Cholera. Another casting note via HOLLYWOOD.COM, Katie Holmes will play Posh Spice in a David Beckham biopic. I curious if either of these projects might affect THE DARK KNIGHT, with filming of starting in March ‘07. Filming on Schreiber’s project is upcoming; no word on when the Beckham film is set to go in front of cameras. Of course, Katie Holmes was actually in BATMAN BEGINS and has been said at times to be both returning and not coming back. Schrieber has only been rumored for the part of Dent. FYI (Thanks to "Dave" for the Holmes info)...

A blurb from Michael Caine's OFFICIAL SITE (Thanks to "J.T." for the lead):

"...in March I reprise my Butler roll [sic] in the second 'Batman again directed by Christopher Noland starring Christian Bale. This one is 'The Joker' and the Joker is Heath Ledger. Great casting."

Chris Nolan has talked more about THE DARK KNIGHT -- in particular why his brother is writing the screenplay:

"When David Goyer and I sat down about a year ago to hammer out the story treatment for another Batman, he was going off to direct a film [The Invisible] and I was going off to direct a film [The Prestige]. Jonah seemed the most obvious choice for someone to crack on the script and see if our story held any water. You sit there with your cue cards [note cards], but till you have to write a screenplay you never actually know what you've got. So we pulled the pin and tossed the grenade."

Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan credits his brother for making him a Bat-fan:

"I have loved and cherished that character from that point, but through the lens of Frank Miller: Batman: Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One."

Thanks to "J.T." and IGN FILMFORCE.

The Buzz: Official Announcements Coming
Author: Jett
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 9:24 AM: I have been informed by more than one Warner Bros. “insider” that some official THE DARK KNIGHT news will be coming soon; like within the next few weeks. These insiders speculated that it could be announcements about the film’s crew, new/returning cast, or both. When it goes down, BOF will be among the first to bring you the official press release, so stay tuned...

BATMAN ON FILM and BATMAN IN COMICS can be accessed via THEDARKKNIGHTFANSITE.COM...

BATMAN BEGINS will be released in HD format on October 10th. FYI...

Did y'all know that "'MY BATMAN' is BACK?"

Finally, Some Scuttlebutt! Lachy Hulme Interview
Author: Jett
Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 7:00 AM: CLICK HERE to read my interview with Mr. Lachy Hulme...

Finally some rumors worth running with for y'all. Trust me, I get tons of "scoops" everyday. However, what I've got today is from people I know and trust, so I decided to pass it along to y'all. Remember, this is nothing official, just the "inside scuttlebutt" I've heard of late...

As I imagined, the production of THE DARK KNIGHT is under the highest of security. There’s been nary a word about the production since the title and Heath Ledger would be playing The Joker was announced. Honestly, this is the quietest it has been since the end of BATMAN BEGINS‘ theater run...

The word is that Liev Schreiber is not/no longer in the mix to play Harvey Dent -- which I hope is not true because he’s long been my fave for the part…

Now some of you all will dig this -- sort of blast from the past, so to speak. Guy Pearce’s name has popped up again as a candidate for Harvey Dent. Methinks his past association with Chris Nolan (MEMENTO) is again at the root of this rumor. I do think Pearce would be a nice choice, but I'm not holding my breath…

The talk is that more official casting news will come soon, perhaps around the time THE PRESTIGE is released to cash in on the hype. And that works vice versa as well -- you know what I mean? So keep an ear to the wall around the middle of October.

A reminder, only Bat-Movie news will be featured on this page. Make sure to check out and bookmark the following link for all other BATMAN NEWS.

Ledger on The Joker -- Again!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 12:34 PM: After being silent for about a month since word broke that he’d been cast as The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT, Heath Ledger has talked quite a bit about nabbing the part here of late. Here’s the latest from MSN.COM:

It's Ledger's next role as Batman's nemesis The Joker in Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight" that has fanboys' tongues wagging. Ledger says he hasn't paid attention to the scuttlebutt on the Web about his casting and wasn't that surprised to get the offer from Nolan.

"When he explained to me the angle he wanted to take, I was like, 'Yeah, I could do that,'" Ledger says. "[Nolan's] going to make it a lot more sinister, and we've got a little plan for him, but it's exciting. Any opportunity to don a mask is always exciting to me."

[BATMAN (1989)] was dominated by Jack Nicholson's acclaimed performance as the psychotic villain, but Ledger isn't intimidated by his predecessor's turn.

"I love, love, love what Nicholson did," Ledger says. "[But] his performance was catering to the style of directing the movie was made under. It was a Tim Burton film. It wasn't Chris Nolan."

Got a little plan for him eh? Can't wait to see what it is...

A reminder, only Bat-Movie news will be featured on this page. Make sure to check out and bookmark the following link for all other BATMAN NEWS.

Ledger on The Joker, Bale: No To The Same "Old Road"
Author: Jett
Monday, September 11, 2006 - 10:17 AM: Heath Ledger actually "F'n HATES" comic book movies, but he digs The Joker. Read more (via DARK HORIZONS):

"I actually hate comic book movies, like f***ing hate them, they just bore me sh**less and they're just dumb. But I thought what Chris Nolan did with [BATMAN BEGINS] was actually really good, really well directed, and Christian Bale was really great in it."

"He's going to be really sinister and it's going to be less about his laugh and his pranks and more about just him being a just a f***ing sinister guy."

[Asked if he decides to do a big movie like this, because of agent pressure.] "I'm sure they're super happy that I'm doing this [THE DARK KNIGHT], because this is the first time I've really kind of taken something like that, so they're over the moon. But I think it's just going to be a really fun experience, and I love to dress up and wear a mask."

[How will his Joker look?] "I've seen a few interesting designs on the look and I think that it's going to look pretty cool."

Thanks to "Brock" for the lead...

Christian Bale, while promoting THE PRESTIGE, had the following to say about re-entering The Batcave:

"I wouldn't have wanted to do a 'Batman' that was going down the old road...I would not have wanted to be involved in that at all."

And RIGHT ON to that too! Keep the look and spirit of BATMAN BEGINS, but let's see something different with The Bat -- and The Joker. Source: CALENDERLIVE.COM (Thanks to "JT")...

BOF remembers 9/11/01...

Comic Book Review: BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1 by Jett...

Comic Book Review: DETECTIVE #823 by Jett.

Ledger Talks The Joker & More
Author: Jett
Friday, September 8, 2006 - 9:33 AM, 8:44 PM CENTRAL TIME: According to Bob Hoskins (via IESB.NET), he has not been approached about the role of The Penguin, but he’s certainly like to do it…

And the big news: Heath Ledger has finally spoken about playing The Joker. Here's what he had to say (via THE TORONTO STAR):

"It's definitely going to stump people. I think it'll be more along the lines of how the Joker was meant to be in the comics, darker and more sinister."

“I wouldn't have thought of me, either. But it's obviously not going to be what Jack Nicholson did. It's going to be more nuanced and dark and more along the lines of A Clockwork Orange kind of feel. Which is, I think, what the comic book was after: less about his laugh and more about his eyes.”

Right on Heath, right on man! One of the most ridiculous "qualifications" for The Joker amond a small portion of fans was "Can Ledger do 'The Laugh?'" Ledger's right -- it IS all about the eyes...

Thanks to IESB.NET and Dave W. for the leads today!

Goyer Talks TDK
Author: Jett
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 10:03 AM CENTRAL TIME: David Goyer recently talked a bit about THE DARK KNIGHT with CBR NEWS. He confirmed what BOF has been telling y’all for a while: the project is further along than people have thought. Anyway, check this out:

How about THE DARK KNIGHT? Chris Nolan's finished with THE PRESTIGE and Heath Ledger has been cast as the Joker. I'm guessing the two of you and screenwriter Jonathan Nolan will be getting together pretty soon?

“That's already been done.”

Has the story already been completely worked out?

“It's gone into Jonathan's hands and it's now out of Jonathan's hands and now in Chris' hands.”

Have you had a chance to look over the final product and make some additional suggestions?

“Yup. It's really further along than people may think.”

From what I’ve been hearing, it’s in active pre-production as we speak and they’ll be ready to roll first thing in 2007. Thanks to "JT" for the lead...

THE BATMAN Episode Review: “Bat in the Belfry.” Check it out. And here's the upcoming schedule for the new season via my good friends at THEWORLDSFINESTONLINE.COM...

BOF now has a COMING SOON section to let y'all know what's, well, coming soon to BOF...

Re: BOF, do you WANT to hear the inside scuttlebutt, or do you want simply press releases? Sheesh...

A FYI for you all looking forward to the Lachy Hulme review. I haven't had the chance to contact Mr. Hulme, but it may postponed for a few days due to the death of Steve Irwin. Lachy was in the THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE movie with Irwin and we talked a bit about that movie in the interview. Stay Tuned.

Source Stands behind Penn, Hoffman Scoop
Author: Jett
Monday, September 4, 2006 - 4:41 AM CENTRAL TIME: Happy Labor Day to those in the U.S. "Our Best Source" is back with a follow-up to his Penn and Hoffman info:

"Nolan has worded his responses very carefully, but I stand by my report: Sean Penn was indeed in the mix for The Joker, and declined. And a full offer was made to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for the role of Cobblepot/The Penguin.

As I reported to you earlier, Hoffman was very cautious about accepting the role following his Oscar win, and has since declined the part."

I find it interesting how the whole casting process works and the politics involved...

THE BATMAN Episode Review: "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind"...

My interview with Lachy Hulme is complete and WILL be coming to BOF this week. Check out the INTERVIEW PREVIEW...

Comic Book Review: BATMAN #656 by Bill Ramey...

Movie Review: THE WICKER MAN...

On an unrelated note, I was shocked to learn of Steve Irwin's death in Australia. BOF extends our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Bale Talks TDK, THE BATMAN at BOF, & More!
Author: Jett
Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 11:00 AM CENTRAL TIME: I've answered more hate mail -- Just kidding (sort of). MAILBAG 21...

The hardest working actor out there, Christian Bale, recently talked to EMPIRE ONLINE and had a bit to say about THE DARK KNIGHT:

You’ve got your first sequel coming up now, how are you going to pick up the character and where do you see him going for The Dark Knight?

Bale: “We have the confidence now of knowing that how we saw the world of Gotham was one that other people embraced and liked, so we can be even bolder in knowing that. Beyond that I don’t have a clue because I totally trust Chris [Nolan], he lets me know what I need to know about, and beyond that I know nothing!”

Gee, I wonder if Bale gets hate mail for trusting Nolan too? Oh well…

BOF will be covering THE BATMAN this season with episode reviews and synopsis of each as well. I‘ve also got a review of THE BATMAN: SEASON 2 forthcoming along with a DVD giveaway! CLICK HERE to go to BOF‘s THE BATMAN page.

Nolan Speaks -- Denies Penn, Hoffman Rumors
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - 9:31 PM CENTRAL TIME: My friends from IESB.NET and LATINOREVIEW.COM sent me word that they talked to Chris Nolan (about THE PRESTIGE) and he's putting the 'ol kabash on several rumors. All I say is that I'm a huge fan of Chris'. ;) Anyway...

Visit both those great sites to read what Chris had to say about BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT...

I HAVE to go "old school BOF" here on the news page as opposed to doing a SCATTERSHOTS or an OPINION piece. Hang with me here, OK?

Even though I trust Mr. Nolan (and have been criticized for that by many), he made a comment that sort of made my ears stand up. “My interest in the sequel is to move on from there and do something quite different,” said the director.

OK, that’s cool and everything and I get where he’s coming from. I don’t want to mislead anyone, so here’s what Chris said beforehand:

“I think, what people responded to most about BATMAN BEGINS is how different it was from their expectations. So I think we would be foolish to not recognize that and attempt to do something very different in the sequel. I certainly wouldn't have, you know, any interest in somewhat trying to repeat the experience that the film already made because I think, particularly being an origin story, it's a very unique thing very singular.”

Let me speak directly to Chris in behalf of all Batman fans: I get what you are saying and I dig it -- you don’t want to do “Batman Begins 2” and simply regurgitate the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Hell, I wouldn’t want that either.

BUT, as a student of history, let’s do remember the past. Namely BATMAN RETURNS and BATMAN AND ROBIN.

Just keep in mind that what y'all did with BEGINS was enjoyed by all -- fans, critics, and the mainstream audience.

Phillippe Rumor Still Alive
Author: Jett
Monday, August 28, 2006 - 9:19 PM CENTRAL TIME: I've continued to look into that Ryan Phillippe rumor and it seems that it is still making the rounds according to several BOF insiders. I also see that Clint from MOVIEHOLE checked in with his own source from Warners who told him "...he [Phillippe] has been mentioned in relation to that one [the role of Harvey Dent], for a while now." We'll see soon enough...

Comic Book Review: BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1...

History Of The Batman: THE JOKER.

Penn Declined and Joker Inspirations
Author: Jett
Friday, August 25, 2006 - 12:00 PM CENTRAL TIME: According to INSOMNICAMANIA.COM, Jerry Robinson -- who was instrumental in the creation of The Joker -- will work as an advisor/consultant on THE DARK KNIGHT...

“Our Best Source” is back with some interesting revelations:

“You might want to dig up one of my ‘scoops’ for you from a long time ago -- just after Goyer leaked that The Joker would be in the sequel.

If you recall, I let you know that they would be going back to The Joker's first ever appearance, in BATMAN #1 1940, as the plot-line for the sequel. They will also be mixing in some plot threads from The Joker's celebrated ‘comeback’ tale from the 1970s, ‘The Joker's Five-Way Revenge.’

You may also be interested to know that Sean Penn was their first choice for Joker, and passed.

Doing an article search on one-time candidate, Aussie Lachy Hulme, I also found an old article in an Australian newspaper comparing him to Sean Penn in terms of looks and acting style. Small world, eh?”

He's right on with that Joker inspiration info -- I remember distinctly that info. It's somewhere in the archives and I'll dig through them later and find his scoop (Unless one of you BOF'ers beats me to it). Anyway, I found this blurb on "The Joker's 5 Way Revenge" from WIKIPEDIA.ORG:

THE GREATEST JOKER STORIES EVER TOLD "In 1973, the character was revived and profoundly revised in the BATMAN comic stories by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams. Beginning in BATMAN #251 with the story "The Joker's Five Way Revenge", the Joker became a homicidal maniac who casually murdered people - even his own henchmen - on a whim, but enjoyed the battle of wits with Batman. This take on the character has been predominant since. Steve Englehart, in his short but well-received run on the book, added elements deepening the severity of the Joker's insanity."

I remember vividly having that comic as a kid in the 70s and can still recall thinking how "bad" The Joker was. I was still used to Cesar Romero's Joker from the TV show. Anyway, here's hoping they use a bit of that story in TDK...

When I was at the BATMAN BEGINS press junket in June of '05, Michael Cain told us that the Cardington Hanger sets -- which housed "Gotham City" -- were still standing and were to be used for the inevitable sequel. Check this out from BEDFORD TODAY:

"More recently, the shed was converted into a studio by Hollywood giant Warner Brothers, which leased it for the filming of Batman Begins in 2004. The Gotham City set was built inside, brought to life by dozens of local people who landed parts as extras.

The Times & Citizen understands Warner Brothers has renewed its lease on the shed for a further 12 months, and could now be in residence until December next year.

Intriguingly, signs of activity at the shed in recent days, and glimpses of cables and a lighting gantry through the massive opened doors, have prompted speculation the hangar is being freshly rigged for another film shoot.

Top of the rumour list is the sequel to Batman Begins, the title of which was unveiled by Warner Brothers last month as The Dark Knight.

Reports suggest filming is due to begin early next year."

Nolan Talks TDK!
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 9:54 AM CENTRAL TIME: Nolan has finally spoken publicly about the upcoming film, THE DARK KNIGHT. Via BETTERTHANFUDGE.COM, here’s a bit of what the director had to say:

Regarding the theme of the film: “I suppose in loose terms I can say it’s about things having to get worse before they get better.”

Can anything be inferred from the title of the film? “Ultimately yes. But I’ll leave that for people to infer The title has been chose very specifically. It’s quite important to the film.”

Will The Joker be different that past live-action interpretations? “Yes. I would certainly point to The Killing Joke but I also would point very much to the first two appearances of The Joker in the comic. If you look at where The Joker comes from there’s a very clear direction that fits what we’re doing very well.”

Thanks to all the BOF'ers who sent in the info...

The word going around is that there may be some new THE DARK KNIGHT news coming in September. The last time I heard such rumblings was just prior to the Ledger/TDK announcements...

"History of The Batman/Classic Comics" - DETECTIVE #s 31 and 32. Good article, so check it out.

No Official Site -- Yet
Author: Jett
Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 8:19 AM CENTRAL TIME: MAILBAG 20 has been posted...

DVD Review: POSEIDON.

BOF‘ers: the official site for THE DARK KNIGHT is not, I repeat, IS NOT online per Warner Bros. And yes, I got ALL your emails telling me that it was online -- but it isn't. When it is, I will let you know. FYI...

Comic Book Review: ROBIN #153...

Opinion: "AN UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE" by Cary Ashby...

Adding a bit more legitimacy to the Ryan Phillippe rumor, UPI is now reporting he'll be Dent. (Thanks to "Mr. Snitch" and other BOF'ers for the link!)

Phillippe Is Dent?
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 5:54 AM CENTRAL TIME: Several BOF‘ers gave me a heads up about a news blurb over at IMDB.COM that claims the casting of Ryan Phillippe as Harvey Dent is imminent. While BOF was the first to report this rumor, that’s still all it is to me at this point -- a rumor.

Phillippe Rumor Getting Loose, BEGINS DVD Numbers
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 7:22 AM, 12:44 PM CENTRAL TIME: According to several readers, STAR MAGAZINE (yeah, yeah I KNOW) has reported the Ryan Phillippe-as-Harvey Dent rumor that BOF told you all was making the rounds a few weeks ago. Now I didn’t read this myself, but all the BOF‘ers who sent in the info said the same thing: Phillippe is rumored to be up for the part, his “people” say they know nothing, and Warner Bros. says “no comment.” Take all this for what you will...

Via VARIETY (in an article about a SUPERMAN RETURNS sequel), BATMAN BEGINS took in $167 million in DVD sales...

An introduction to my forthcoming interview with Lachy Hulme can be read HERE.

Costume Change? - A little, maybe! Katie Holmes: Gym Rat? Roven Talks TDK
Author: Jett
Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 7:22 AM, 4:44 PM CENTRAL TIME: TDK producer Chuck Roven has talked, a bit, about the next Bat-flick:

"One of the things that we have always done--we did it with [BATMAN BEGINS] is we don't comment on any rumors because it takes all the fun away."

Regarding Mr. Ledger as The Joker:

"We're really thrilled about Heath Ledger playing The Joker. As Chris Nolan said, the great thing about Heath is he commits himself fully and totally to everything he does. He's just a brilliant, brilliant actor and you know this Joker is a very interesting dark fellow."

"We are supposed to start shooting what we call a 'preshoot,' which we know what that is, in January and then the main body of the movie is going to start in March."

Many of you are going to "love" this (you know, my whole "ego" thing), but BOF recently said something about "January '07" and "Rory's First Kiss." Anyway, the source for all of is this SUPERHEROHYPE.COM...

According to several “gossip rags” (including SYMPATICO), Katie Holmes is working out like a madwoman to be ready to start work on THE DARK KNIGHT in January. There has been no "official" word of who will be in the cast other than Christian Bale and Heath Ledger as The Batman and The Joker respectively. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and a few others from BATMAN BEGINS are expected to reprise their roles in TDK. However, Oldman, Caine, and Freeman are returning -- bank on it...

BOF now has a MySpace page: www.myspace.com/batmanonfilm. It's BOF's page, not The Jett Man's. It's all about spreading the word about THE DARK KNIGHT (And if you don't think that WB, Nolan, and whomever were not tossing the fans a bone with that title, you are high)...

Former candidate for The Joker, Lachy Hulme, will be seen in MACBETH soon. Check out THIS REVIEW OF THE FILM. Here's a bit from the review:

"Most people only know the name Lachy Hulme in relation to a casting rumour that didn't pan out. When MACBETH is released, this will change. His Macduff is every bit as impressive as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and he goes for the empathy instead of the sympathy. You don't root for him because of the injustice that was done to him and his family; when he stares down the lens, or weighs up the value of someone's life, or puts his arm around Banquo's son, he earns his role of virtuous antagonist. Hulme correctly plays Macduff as the man who truly feels the weight of the tragedy that is unfolding, centering the film from so far left of field, I didn't see it coming."

"MACBETH is a brilliant, thoughtful, and thematically-faithful adaptation. It comes very close to greatness, and surely will feature heavily in our Best of 2006 discussions."

Many of you BOF'ers thought I was insane for backing Mr. Hulme for The Joker. However, I just had a "feeling" about the dude and knew he was a very good actor from my research. By the way, my interview request for Mr. Hulme has been approved and is forthcoming...

Got this in a few days ago, and after verifying this insider does what he says he does, I decided to post it for all you BOF‘ers --

“Greetings BOF! Love the site!

I thought this bit of news may be of interest to you and your readers. I work in the UK...and would be considered as being part of the ‘crew' [on a film]. What I’ve heard rumoured is that the new Batman costume may be altered a bit. The appearance will not change dramatically, but will be lighter and sleeker than the one in ‘Batman Begins.’ It may also be constructed to look more like heavyweight fabric and armour than rubber. I shall let you know if I hear more.

If you use this, call me '007.'”

Hmm. Interesting. While I loved the BEGINS costume, I could go for a few sublte changes...

UPDATED: “007” sent this in today and I thought I’d post it for ya’ll--

“Just a few addition notes regarding the information I sent you about ‘TDK’ costume -- which you were kind enough to publish. There is nothing I’ve heard that suggests it will not be all-black [GOOD! -- Jett].

From what’s been whispered, it seems that the suit will be approved upon for Mr. Bale to use doing shooting. These improvements should mirror the tweaks that Bruce Wayne would make in the suit as his career progresses.

Cheers!”

From what this source has indicated, the suit will look basically the same, but will be improved upon technology-wise...

It looks like Chris Nolan is already lining up his project after THE DARK KNIGHT. According to IESB.NET, Nolan is looking to helm a film based on the classic British TV show THE PRISONER...

I think y'all will enjoy this from THE KINGDOM. Those "Brokebat Mountain" jokes are lame and tired...

Comic Book Reivew: DETECTIVE #822.

Dent Update
Author: Jett
Monday, August 7, 2006 - 5:47 AM, 9:15 PM CENTRAL TIME: We all want to know who is going to play Harvey Dent, right? Doing a bit of sniffing around this weekend, a name that we've mentioned in the past seems to have resurfaced -- John Cusak. In fact, I got a couple of emails from some Aussie BOF'ers who claim JC alluded to a part in TDK on Aussie radio. If you can confirm this, shoot me an email. Josh Lucas, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Phillippee (of late) have been the most mentioned "candidates" for the part of Gotham's D.A. (My take: Watch Nolan cast someone who has never been rumored.)

UPDATED: No confirming emails from any Aussie BOF'ers today. It seems the source of the earlier emails sent my way about Cusak originated on a message forum. Gotta call BS on this right now -- at least the Aussie radio bit...

A new "Hidden Bat-Treasures" by Mark Reinhart has been posted -- CLICK HERE...

"History of The Batman" has been updated: RA'S AL GHUL by Cary Ashby.

Bale Talks TDK
Author: Jett
Friday, August 4, 2006 - 5:27 PM CENTRAL TIME: "Stormin' Norman" let BOF know that Christian Bale has finally talked about THE DARK KNIGHT. Here's a bit:

"I just love that title....You know, nothing's written in stone yet, but I like, very much, that it doesn't have 'Batman' written in the title. This take on Batman of mine and Chris' is very different from any of the others and everything else always had Batman in the title. I think this is kind-of distancing it even further and saying, 'Hey, this is a whole different creature from what has come before.'"

On Ledger as The Joker: "Heath is very much into what Chris had done with the first one and he's very passionate about the role. And he's a really good actor so we're going to see something very special from him."

For more, visit FILMFOCUS...

A NEW MAILBAG has been posted. I'll add more Q&A's over the weekend as well.

BOF Email Update and More
Author: Jett
Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 6:39 PM CENTRAL TIME: Some of y’all are really going to dig this, some won't give a damn. But since Lachy Hulme was my “fan fave” for the role of The Joker, combined with the fact that he was actually in the mix, I’ve put in a request to his management for an interview. I’m awfully interested in how Mr. Hulme became a candidate for the part, so perhaps we’ll all find out. While we all want to know about Batman, I’m also intrigued about his upcoming roles in BOYTOWN and MACBETH. I’m not promising anything, but stay tuned…

If you’ve sent me an email of late, I’ve got it and read it. However, due to the volume, there is no way for me to answer each one personally. FYI…

With that in mind, I’m planning on doing a new BOF MAILBAG this weekend and many of the questions you all sent will be answered...

According to BOF's "Heath Ledger as The Joker" Bat-Poll, 58% of you give it a "Thumbs Up," while 42% give the casting a "Thumbs Down." There were a total of 5,307 votes. There's a new Bat-Poll, make sure you vote...

Comic book Review: BATMAN #655 by Jett.

THE DARK KNIGHT's 2007 "To Do List"
Author: Jett
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 - 9:58 AM CENTRAL TIME: I have made a "Must Do List" for THE DARK KNIGHT. CLICK HERE to read...

According to multiple sources, it seems that the reason for delay in "officially" announcing Ledger was The Joker was a combination of contract negotiations, scheduling, and Ledger and WB being a bit coy about the whole thing...

No confirming word as of yet about the inclusion of The Penguin and whether or not Philip Seymour Hoffman will be involved.

THE DARK KNIGHT Official Press Release
Author: Jett
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 9:31 AM CENTRAL TIME: From my friends at Warner Bros.:

As a follow up to last year’s blockbuster Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight, written by Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. Additionally, Christian Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne and Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has been cast as The Joker. The announcements were made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Christopher Nolan revamped the Batman franchise in 2005 with the immensely successful Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, which chronicled the early years of the superhero. Nolan first garnered attention from critics and fans in 2000 with the groundbreaking drama Memento, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct the thriller Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and recently wrapped production on The Prestige, with Hugh Jackman and Bale.

Bale was most recently seen in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick’s The New World. His other credits include Little Women, Portrait of a Lady, Metroland, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, which was his first starring role.

Ledger most recently earned Oscar Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the award-winning drama Brokeback Mountain. His other credits include Casanova, Monster’s Ball, Lords of Dogtown, The Brothers Grimm and The Patriot.

“Chris’ unique vision is what made Batman Begins such an outstanding film and we could not imagine anyone else at the helm of The Dark Knight,” said Robinov. “We also can’t wait to see two such formidable actors as Christian and Heath face off with each other as Batman and The Joker.” “I'm excited to continue the story we started with Batman Begins,” added Nolan. “Our challenge in casting The Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented but fearless. Watching Heath Ledger's interpretation of this iconic character taking on Christian Bale’s Batman is going to be incredible.”

Production is set to begin on The Dark Knight in early 2007.

I'm sure that fires everyone up! I absolutley LOVE the title! Looks like it's going to be a BUSY two years for me -- and that's certainly OK...

You can now acccess BOF via two other domains: THEDARKKNIGHT-MOVIE.COM & THEDARKKNIGHT-ON-FILM.COM. Different domains, but still BOF...

As Jerry Jones once said, "Any publicity is good publicity." Nonetheless, can the "mainstream" media come up with something else besides the "BrokeBAT Mountain" nonsense?! Geez, what is this, junior high? Cripes...

Can I say again "TDK @ SDCC '07?" I think I should...

And finally today (I think), if you are still having an episode over the casting of Ledger, you need to read MY TAKE on the whole thing if you haven't already.

Ledger confirmed and it's called THE DARK KNIGHT!
Author: Jett
Monday, July 31, 2006 - 5:46 AM, 8:24 PM, 10:32 PM CENTRAL TIME: I can now "officially" confirm that Heath Ledger will indeed be The Joker in the next Batman film (which was broke LATINO REVIEW by originally) and it will be titled THE DARK KNIGHT (per Warner Bros.). Take it to the bank boys, it’ll be in the trades tomorrow and we'll have the official annoucement here at BOF. Oh, and another friendly reminder to the "Bat-Powers That Be" to make sure THE DARK KNIGHT has a strong presence at Comic Con next summer...

A note for you BOF'ers: Guess which title choice won a previous "Bat-Poll" with 1,798 votes and 44% of all cast? You got it, THE DARK KNIGHT...

This comes in from one of my best sources who previously gave up the scoop Katie Holmes and Ken Watanabe's casting in BEGINS, as well as confirming an offer had made to Ledger). Here goes:

As you have long suspected, the two main villains in the BATMAN BEGINS sequel will be The Joker and The Penquin.

I can confirm (as I did a few weeks ago) that while an offer has been made to Heath Ledger, Ledger has not signed any deal, and is reluctant to do so (at the moment.) Ledger is not a lock.

It seems Nolan has been listening to you guys when it comes to casting his other villain, however. I can confirm that an offer has been made to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for the role. Yet Hoffman has indicated that he may not get involved in the sequel.

So the scuttlebutt long reported by BOF that The Penguin will be in the sequel looks like it could be true (The rumor is that he'll be a British arms dealer/mob boss with designs on Gotham).

UPDATED: WB has confirmed to BOF that Ledger has indeed been cast as The Joker in the next Bat-film -- THE DARK KNIGHT.

Aronofsky on YEAR ONE & BEGINS
Author: Jett
Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 5:18 PM CENTRAL TIME: I wanted to post this in the news since a lot of y’all didn’t catch it in my SDCC 2006 section. I had the honor of meeting director Darren Aronofsky, who was once developing a BATMAN project himself with Frank Miller titled YEAR ONE.

Now, I was a tad hard on both of these guys when I REVIEWED THE SCRIPT and I still think it wouldn’t have worked as a “Batman film.” And guess what, Darren agreed -- sort of. “It was so violent,” he told me at Comic Con. “I knew it was never going to get green lighted, but we were going 180 [from the last BATMAN] movie” he told me.

The following is a bit of what I said in my script review:

"Let me make this clear - YEAR ONE is a quality, well-written script, and I enjoyed reading it. I do understand why many Bat-fans like it. It would make a hell of a film - it just shouldn't be a 'Batman' film."

I guess I really didn't hammer it as hard as I thought.

While he was there to promote THE FOUNTAIN (which I had the honor to screen) and I did tell him my thoughts of it (My review will be out in October -- go see it), I had to ask him about BATMAN BEGINS. “Loved it,” he informed me, “Chris [Nolan] did a hell of a job.”

There’s more -- like his reaction when he found out that I ran BOF -- which you can read in my SDCC COVERAGE. But I’ll say this, if and when the great Mr. Nolan leaves the franchise, I wouldn’t mind seeing DA get another shot at The Bat…

The recent BOF MAILBAG has been updated, FYI...

Film Review: SCOOP.

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