News Archive: February to September 2000
September 21, 2000
It's Official. Batman 5 will be YEAR ONE
Variety online is reporting that Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller will be working on the Bruce Wayne/Batman film which will be based on Year One . The article also confirmed that the Batman Beyond movie is also being made.
AJ: Well Variety has confirmed what most of us have known for months now. The next film will be Y1. What makes this official is that Variety is a credible trade magazine and is the first "official" news source to report on Y1 and Aronofsky. Interestingly the article claimed that Burton was inspired by Miller's work. The only inspiration that I see in Burton's work from Miller is the visuals.
September 16, 2000
Brad Pitt Not Batman
Access Hollywood contacted Brad Pitt's agents and were told that Batman is not on Brad's current slate.
Detective 750 Errors.
A printing error in the latest issue of Tec' 750 has left many people confused.
The error caused several pages to be omitted and others to be reprinted. Readers who picked up the misprinted issues are asked to return it to their retailers to have it exchanged.
Dark Victory Notes
Source: DC comics online newsletter
THE SUSPENSE IS A KILLER! ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN BATMAN: DARK VICTORY #13 Since last Halloween, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, the Eisner Award-winning team behind BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, have kept readers everywhere on the edge of their seats -- telling a dark tale from the early days of Batman's career in Gotham City. Month after month, BATMAN: DARK VICTORY has been twisting and turning with murders and mysteries -- only a few of which have been revealed. But now, all the answers will be exposed in the extra-length, Prestige Format finale to DARK VICTORY. According to BATMAN: DARK VICTORY editor Mark Chiarello: "It's with a bit of sadness that this project ends, as it was so much fun to see (before anyone else) what kooky twists and turns Jeph would come up with. I'll also miss seeing (before anyone else) Tim's original art. What a great team those guys are! It was an especially wonderful experience having Archie Goodwin look over my shoulder the whole way." BATMAN: DARK VICTORY #13 begins where the shocking events of the previous issue left off. Has Batman finally found the identity of the Hang Man killer (if, in fact, there's only one) who has splattered the calendar with blood by hanging a member of the Gotham City Police Force each month? What connection does the Hang Man have to Harvey Dent, and can the murders be stopped before the most horrifying killing of them all takes place? This time Batman is no longer alone in his quest for justice as a young, inexperienced Robin joins him. But will the addition of an untested partner prove to be more deadly than it's worth? Witness the last stand of the crumbling criminal empire, as the Falcone Family faces off against Two-Face and a mob of freakish allies that includes the Joker, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Solomon Grundy. Will all of Gotham City be left in ruins before the last gang war is over? Which, if any, of the Falcones, the Maronis and the Vitis will survive? And how will this change the lives of James Gordon, Harvey Dent, and Janice Porter? It will be a Victory -- but for who? BATMAN: DARK VICTORY #13 (AUG00 0420) arrives in comic-book stores October 18 with a cover price of $4.95 U.S.
September 11, 2000
Batman movie delay?
An article on Entertainment weekly is reporting that the next Batman film could be delayed due to a SAG (Screen Actor's Guild Strike.
AJ: Interesting news. Unless the next film is being fast tracked, it is unlikely that the next film will be delayed. Originally the release date was set at 2003 so if this is true than things should resolve by then.
September 1, 2000
Alex Ross on QVC
Source: DC comics online newsletter
World-renowned comic-book artist Alex Ross will visit the QVC studios for the first ever DC Comics show on the shopping network, September 9, at 1 a.m. EST. Exclusive to the show will be, "Origins of Batman Beyond -- # 7," an open edition lithograph signed by Ross and featuring Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, the Joker, Harley Quinn, and characters from Batman Beyond. The piece will be available, unframed, for $95 during the QVC show. Ross' QVC appearance follows Sotheby's June auction of original paintings from BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME, the tabloid illustrated by Ross and written by Paul Dini. The auction raised over $150,000 for the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, benefiting the John A. Reisenbach Charter School in Harlem. Also featured during the QVC show will be the Joker, Wonder Woman and Batmobile maquettes, each with an edition size of 2,500 and retail price of $150. Alex Ross' 1993 miniseries Marvels opened a wider acceptance for painted art in comics. Ross moved on to produce the equally successful KINGDOM COME (STAR006816), BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME (STAR10280) and SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH (STAR08454), as well as his next upcoming collaboration with Dini, SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE (SEP00 0517), arriving in stores in November.
....and at AICN
Check out Harry Knowles Ain't it Cool News site for a very interesting interview with Alex Ross. Harry has been fairly rusty with his news, but this interview is an exception. All I can say is that Ross holds no punches and people will definitely be surprised by what he says about Frank Miller, Alan Moore, DC, Marvel and the X-Men.
A and E's biography week to feature 60's Batman actors
-Fans of the 60's show will definitely want to tune in this upcoming week to the A&E channel. This whole week, the biography's will focus on the actors from the popular show. Here is how the week shapes up.
September 4: Adam West
Brad Pitt the next Batman?
-EW posted an article stating that Darren Aronofsky, who is related to the Y1 movie, recently talked to Brad Pitt. However this may also be in relation to another movie Aronofsky is working on. On the next film, Aronofsky said "I'd want to bring and independant guerrilla flavor to Batman"
August 22, 2000
Two Batman movies?
-An article by Variety stated that Warner Brothers has made no plans to do away with the Bruce Wayne/Batman movies and continue to do them in the near future. It also confirmed Warner Brothers intention to make a live action Batman Beyond Film.
AJ: Again this just seems to get more interesting.
August 21, 2000
Live Action Batman Beyond movie confirmed?
-According to both the Comics Continuum and Aint it Cool News, Warner Brothers appears to have made a 180 turn and will be making a live action Batman Beyond movie. Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, who have worked on the show and the upcoming Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker direct to video film, have been confirmed for the project and Boaz Yakin director of Remember the Titans, A Price Above Rubies and Fresh, will be the director. Dini also told the Continuum that Warner will be making an official announcement at the end of next week..
AJ: Like everyone else, this has come as a big surprise, So far most of the people I've spoken to are upset by the news. Personally I'd rather see a good Bruce Wayne/Batman movie as opposed to a Batman Beyond movie. While I enjoy the show, it still doesn't live up to the legacy of Bruce Wayne. I guess it is wait and see time.
June 16, 2000
-(Comics Continuum) The new Harley Quinn Monthly is set to debut in October.
-DC and WB animation will launch a website called Gothamgirls which will feature some of the infamous ladies of Batlore such as Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Batgirl. The site will feature 3 minute Flash movies and will also have message boards, e-cards, downloads, profiles and interactive games.
-Source (Comic book resources) In an Interview with Comic Book Resources, Batman editor Dennis O'Neil stated that he may step down as editor of the Bat-books sometime within the year.
-Source (Newsarama) Greg Rucka issued an online apology after making a continuity mistake in his mini-series Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood. The mistake in question had Barbara Gordon aware of Robin's identity when in fact she shouldn't have. He also apologized for an error in Detective Comics 747 which stated Renee Montoya's age as 28 when she is in fact 29.
May 30, 2000
-Source (Comics Continuum) Artist Tommy Lee Edwards is working on a 64 page Elseworlds Batman story called Batman: Golden Streets of Gotham. Written by Jan VanMeter, the story takes place at the turn of the century and depicts Bruce Wayne as a polish immigrant whose parents recently died in an accident.
- If any of you happen to go by Harry Knowles Aint-it-Cool-News site, you will come across what he calls a Weird Batman rumour. Ignore it, chances are it is false. Both Mel Gibson and Richard Donner have dispelled any commitments to a Batman movie and WB is still going the Y1 route.
-Source (Comics continuum): Frank Miller may be getting set to do a sequel to his epic DARK KNIGHT RETURNS storyline. Miller originally planned to write it sometime after he wrote TDKR. DC hasn't confirmed this though.
-Batman will be appearing in a Japanese Manga. Kia Asamiya, a writer for Image is writing the manga along with C.B. Cebulski.
"In it, a Japanese news crew travels to Gotham to report on the mysterious legend of the Batman. And of course they end up running right into him," Cebulski said. "So far, in the series, Batman has encountered Two Face, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Joker, but none are the real deal. There is a new drug circulating through Gotham that makes average citizen think they are these villains from Batman's rogues gallery. Bruce Wayne has also taken an interest in the Japanese female reporter Yuko Yagi."
Cebulski said there's no word on an English format yet.
"But as for its Japanese format, it will continue running monthly in Magazine Z in Japan for 10 more months, 14 parts in all. It will clock out at around 400 pages total," he said. "It is scheduled to be collected into two 200-page editions in Japan as well. It is taking place in Gotham now but his investigation into the drug takes Batman to Japan halfway through the story in Part 8.
"The first Japanese collected edition, the Gotham Collection -- might not be the actual title but that is what we are calling it -- will collect parts 1-7 where Batman is still in Gotham. It should be released later this year. The second edition, the Toyko Collection, will collect the second half of the story, chronicling Batman's adventures in Tokyo. Due in late 2001 probably.
"There were also two painted Batman posters printed in Japan, both
folded and bound into earlier issues of Magazine Z last year. They were titled
First Crime and Batman and the Batmobile. As far as we know, there are no plans
to release them again in Japan or here, although Asamiya-sensei would love to
see them as a general release."
March 16, 2000
-Source: (Comics Continuum) The second of three OnStar
commercials featuring Batman is ready to go. The second commercial features the
Joker who will be played by Curtis Armstrong who played Booger in Revenge of the
Nerds. As for Batman, it is Bruce Thomas who has appeared on Beverly Hills
90210, The Bold and the Beautiful and
All My Children and directed by Andrew Davis of Fugitive Fame. Thomas and
Davis were also involved with the first one and the BATCAVE is reporting that
Davis is also being considered for Batman YEAR ONE.
-Both Batman and Batman Beyond have earned themselves many Daytime Emmy nominations. They are
-Outstanding Children's Animated Program (The New
March 14, 2000
-Source: (BATCAVE) Scott Rosenberg recently wrote a detailed treatment for the upcoming Batman movie. After it was approved, Rosenberg was asked to expand on what he already had. Though he initially said yes, he backed out at the last minute which leaves the door open for another writer.
-The campaign to get Jeph Loeb to write the next Batman movie has received 500 signatures. If you already haven't joined in, you may do so at http://homepages.go.com/~fabio2_batcave/campaign.html
-Source: (Newsarama) BATMAN writer Larry Hama announced
that he is leaving Batman "as of now". Hama stated "creative
differences" as the reason for his departure and maintained that he had no
animosity towards any of the other creators and editors. There is no word on who
will replace him.
February 25, 2000
Is the apocalypse amongst us? Let me know
February 14, 2000
-The Dark Knight Returns to the small screen...in the from of TV
commercials. GM has announced that there will be three TV commercials,
starting February 17, will show Batman using GM's new OnStar technology.
What does everyone think? Is this another example of showing
disrespect towards Batman or does it show just how much of a genius Batman is?