Monday October 29, 2001
Year One NOT a prequel?
Earlier I had some information (see below) that said that the Year One Film might be a prequel. However Fabio2 has said otherwise. Here's what he says:
I checked in with my best sources regardless to see what the skinny was. No truth to it whatsoever, there are no plans for Y1 to be a prequel to the '89 film. Lorenzo DiBonaventura hired Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller to re-start the film series, as both Aronofsky and Miller have stated in past interviews. Warners aren't interested in the series as it was, they want to start it anew, simple as that.
What do I think? As I always say, wait and see........
Batman: TAS Boxed sets petition
With the announcement that the Animated Series is being released on DVD, concern grew that Warner Brothers would only release a "best of" set as opposed to season sets. As a result, petition has been set up to get the latter. If you would like to sign this petition, go Here
Thursday October 25, 2001
Batman Titles getting
Starting next year, some of the family titles will be getting some major changes. Though the changes won't happen until next summer, here is a preview of which titles are affected. The move will follow Long time Bat writer Chuck Dixon's departure to CrossGen comics.
ROBIN: Following the extra-sized
100th issue of Robin, which Chuck Dixon will co-write with new writer Jon Lewis,
recipient of a Xeric Grant, (True Swamp, Ghost Ship), Lewis becomes the series'
regular writer with #101 in April.
"Jon's got a unique voice, and he's going to be steering the
Teen Wonder in some very interesting and exciting directions," said Robin editor
NIGHTWING: Devin Grayson moves over to this title from Batman: Gotham Knights, beginning with Nightwing #71 in July. "This is the assignment Devin's wanted for years," said Nightwing editor Michael Wright. "To say she's enthusiastic would be an understatement, and that enthusiasm is spilling over into everything she writes for the book."
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS: Scott Beatty takes over,
tentatively beginning with issue #32, in stores in August.
Year One a Prequel?
For some time, it appeared that Aronofsky and Miller's Year One would be a restart right? Apparently it appears that it will now be a prequel to BATMAN(1989). In addition the upcoming "World's Finest" film will be in the same continuity as the previous four films. Interesting..... though I'm hoping it is not true. It would make things more confusing than they are.
Sunday October 21, 2001
Fistful of Batman DVD's
on the way:
The World's Finest/Toonzone website is reporting that a WB rep confirmed in an online chat that there would be a slew of Batman DVD's released in 2002 among them are
Return of the Joker (Original Cut)
Justice League character information
The Comics Continuum has a list of character descriptions for the upcoming JL animated show. The full list of descriptions can be found Here Here is the description on Batman
Everyone knows Batman as the Dark Knight
who strikes terror into the hearts of criminal ins Gotham City, but in the
Justice League, viewers discover another facet of the mysterious caped crusader.
Not only is Batman the world's greatest detective, but he also has one of the
greatest scientific and analytical minds on Earth. Although he has not
superpowers of his own, Batman is often the key to the Justice League victories.
The Dark Knight
Strikes Again info
DC Comics on Wednesday announced some of its plans surrounding The Dark Knights Strikes Again, Frank Miller's follow to 1986's The Dark Knight Returns. "Bob Schreck, the editor on the project, was kind enough to give me copies of the first two issues of the series to read," said Bob Wayne, DC's vice president - sales and marketing. "I'm now extremely confident that fans will be excited by it. In fact, they're going to be bowled over by just how good it is. I have every expectation that this enthusiasm will translate into phenomenal sales on each issue." The first issue reaches stores on Dec. 5. Among the promotional plans are:
* Flash animation trailer at dccomics.com scheduled to be on the website in late November. * Four-inch by 72-inch oversized posters scheduled to arrive in stores on November 7.
* Countertop display scheduled to arrive in stores on November 28
* "Now Sale," window posters, measuring 10 inches by 13 inches, scheduled to arrive in stores on Nov. 28. "The Dark Knight Strikes Again presents a tremendous opportunity for retailers to excite their regular customers and to attract new and even 'lapsed' comic book readers," said Matt Keller, manager - marketing services.
Birds of Prey TV Show on the way?
With Marvel starting a huge TV/Film juggernaut, it looks like Warner Brothers is answering back with a new project of its own. Here is Hollywood Reporter's blurb on this new project
Following "Smallville," the WB Network's young-Superman drama that premieres tonight, Warner Bros. Television and WBTV-based Tollin/Robbins Prods. are revisiting another DC Comics superhero franchise. The network has given a put pilot commitment to "Birds of Prey," a drama based on DC Comics' offshoot of the Batman comics of the same name, centered on a trio of female crime fighters. Laeta Kalogridis ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") is attached to write the script of the project, which will be executive produced by Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. "Birds" could well be a companion piece for "Smallville." It is the latest fantasy project for the WB, which recently gave put pilot commitments to two one-hours from WBTV: a young Tarzan project from producer Laura Ziskin and a drama about the land of Oz based on the books of L. Frank Baum. Kalogridis is repped by Endeavor. (Nellie Andreeva and Cynthia Littleton)
In terms of ratings, Smallville, despite the nay sayings and criticisms of Roswell fans, is doing well in ratings. Here's hoping BOP does well too.
Saturday October 13 2001
No Batman films
in the foreseeable future?
Bill Ramey is reporting that it may be at least 2004 or 2005 before we see another Batman film. In terms of the current status of each projects,
Dini/Burnett/Yakin's BEYOND is, for all intents and purposes, dead. The YEAR ONE script is being developed slowly. Plus, we all know that Darren Aronofsky is working on LAST MAN first; with that film scheduled to be in front of a camera next summer. And the UNTITLED BATMAN/SUPERMAN PROJECT was just announced a few months ago. Give it some time.
In an earlier report Bill's source said that they didn't see the Batman/Superman project happening. Also Paul Dini confirmed that Batman Beyond is dead during the summer.
As for the Catwoman film. John Rogers has submitted a second draft and Catwoman will be Patience Price. oh well....