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January 28, 2003
Chris Nolan to direct Batman film!
source: Variety

Big news coming from Variety. The trade reports that Chris Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) has been signed to direct a Batman film and he couldn't be more than happier about it

"All I can say is that I grew up with Batman, I've been fascinated by him and I'm excited to contribute to the lore surrounding the character," Nolan said to Variety. "He is the most credible and realistic of the superheroes, and has the most complex human psychology. His superhero qualities come from within. He's not a magical character. I had a fantastic experience with the studio on Insomnia, and I'm keen to repeat that experience."

The article however states that Darren Aronofsky is still working on Year One with Frank Miller (who is incorrectly referred to as Frank Stack. This is the second the Variety flubbed Miller's name)

In some ways, I'm not surprised. It sounds like Warner Brothers is playing musical chairs with its directors. This goes along with the recent rumours that Warner Brothers wanted to replace Brett Ratner with Michael Bay because they weren't happy with Red Dragon's box office take. In terms of the that movie, the latest rumour suggests that neither Bay nor Ratner are involved with the project. Way to go Warner Brothers - AJ
Batman vs Superman script reviewed
source: Corona Comic Attractions

For anyone interested in how the Batman vs. Superman film might have been. Check out the script review at Corona. The reviewer has reviewed the "Akivaed" version of this script which according to him lowered its quality. For more about this film, go Here
January 24, 2003
Follow up to recent Batman movie news
source: Comics2Film

Comics2Film looked into their recent report where DC editor Bob Greenberger said that Year One was scrapped and "The Frightening" A source of the site's stated that Miller is still working on Year One and not involved with the other project. The site also mentions that Miller is working on other projects for WB as well

Details on new Batman: Animated series DVD
source: Toonzone

Toonzone has learned some details regarding the next Batman DVD based on the animated series. The DVD will be titled Batman the Animated Series: Tales of the Dark Knight and will feature the following five episodes

- The Underdwellers
- P.O.V
- The Forgotten
- Be A Clown 
- Two Face Part 1.

The title will be released April 22.

To learn more about this and other superhero DVD's WB is releasing, go to Toonzone

....And Finally

Newsarama has learned that Batman 612 was the top of Diamonds top 300 retail ordered comics. Who needs a movie when you have good Batman storytelling at the local comic store :)
January 22, 2003
Catwoman news and rumours
source: Filmforce, Dark Horizons

A couple of Catwoman tidbits to start of with. First Stax of Filmforce has learned that the Catwoman movie will start shooting in spring or summer of this year for a 2004 release. However the script remains unchanged (It will be the "Batman Returns version of Catwoman with Patience Price) and star Ashley Judd with Pitof directing.

However according to Dark Horizons it appears that Halle Berry may replace Judd in the lead role.
-Well considering that Halle isn't too fond of her role as Storm, I doubt that she would want this role - A.J
DC editor:  "The Frightening" a viable candidate and Year One is "gone"
source: Comics2film

A source for Comics2film attended a comic convention in Boston and heard DC editor Bob Greenberger discuss the Superman, Starman and Batman non comic projects.

In regards to Batman, Greenberger said that "The Frightening" has replaced Year One as the next Batman project and mentioned that Frank Miller may be working on either one. He also stressed that things were in their early stages

-Hmmmmm............. - A.J
Back to the Batcave tidbits
source: TvGuide

Tv Guide has an article on this upcoming special that reteams the 60's dynamic duo of Adam West and Burt Ward. In the article West talks a little about the special

"We decided to do something that was fresh, innovative," says West, "a modern-day caper with [me] and Burt and maybe with an occasional allusion to or reference to some of the escapades in the past."

In the special Adam and Burt uncover a scheme to steal the Batmobile from a charity. To read more about this and so to see who plays younger versions of West and Ward, go Here

January 16, 2003
First two parts of Hush to be collected
source: Comics Continuum

DC will be releasing a one shot which collects the first two parts of Batman: Hush and will be releasing it on February 12.
-Looks like DC is milking this one for all they can. A more logical reasoning would be to release a trade paperback like they did with Long Halloween and Dark Victory - AJ
More reasons to disavow Frightening rumours
source: Comics2Film

Comics2Film has provided further information regarding last weeks Batman: The Frightening rumours. The site contacted people close to the two writers supposedly involved Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias and learned from Yglesias' people that he wasn't involved with Batman in anyway or form.

Batman returns on Static Shock
source: Comics Continuum

On January 25, Static Shock will be beginning a new season and Batman will guest appear to kick things off.  Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy will be the villains and Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock and Alfred will all appear and will be voiced by their original actors.

January 13, 2003
Frightening Rumours all false??
Source: Batman on Film

Bill's sources have chipped in with their views on the recent Batman rumours. They are all saying that the rumours that made the rounds this week are all false.  I agree with them since WB exec Alan Horn,  said that the next film will be an origins movie. For all of you hoping to see the Scarecrow, I'm afraid you are out of luck......for the time being

January 6, 2003
Batman movie rumours
source: Superhero hype and Aint it Cool

Well we haven't had some of these in a long time. Both Superhero Hype and Aint it Cool have their own Batman movie rumours. Here is Superhero hype's

I heard from a friend at warner bros studios, ****** dept, that a unknown film writer has been payed for a script called "Batman: The Dark Knight." No word about the concept or contents of the script but I think the title gives it away. The only thing I know about the writer is his initals are SRW.

Aint it Cool's rumour deals with Batman: The Frightening. Here are some highlights

-The writer's are Rafael Yglesias and Terry Hayes.
-It is a first draft and is dated December 23rd of 2002.
-Features Batman, Scarecrow, Alfred and Gordon but not Robin and Batgirl

To read more about this, go to Aint it Cool
Details on upcoming subplot in "Hush" Storyline
source: Comics Continuum

Comics Continuum has some details regarding a subplot in the 12 part story arc "Hush"

Batman #613-614, continuing the "Hush" arc by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, will be a two-part story called "The Joke."

The story features Harley Quinn and the Joker, Loeb told The Continuum, with Batman #613 focusing on Harley Quinn. (See cover to the right.)

"This issue is very much the quiet before the storm," Loeb said. "After the battle -- Batman vs. Superman -- that took place in Metropolis, Bruce and Selina take in a night at the Opera; Jim draws a spectacular Gotham Opera House.

"The show doesn't exactly go up since Harley Quinn has other plans in mind, largely due to what has happened to Poison Ivy. Her motivations seem... odd to say the least, but she's crazy, so who knows what she's up to... As Batman suspects, if Harley is around, The Joker can't be far behind. One thing we can be certain, if there's an Opera, it's not going to be a happy ending.

"I don't want to reveal too much, but something happens at the end of #613 that's pretty horrible. And for the Joker, that's saying something. The entire issue that follows (#614) takes place in about five minutes after that. Jim and I wanted to explore the hard question of why Batman doesn't kill the Joker. Maybe it's time he should. We'll examine their history and the violence the Joker has brought into Batman's world. Does Batman have any responsibility for it?

"Ultimately, we have an answer -- but I want to stress that it's AN answer. When you're dealing with justice, nothing is ever black and white. Maybe that's why it's so hard for Batman not to snap his neck once and for all. Maybe."