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May 29, 2003
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso to do a six issue run on BATMAN
source: Newsarama

Newsarama is reporting that writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso will be doing a six issue run on BATMAN starting with BATMAN 621. This will be followed by another run by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee who will also do a six issue run. Editor Bob Schreck stated that he wanted to give Loeb and Lee time to rest before they worked on another Batman arc as they are preoccupied with other work as well. Azzarello and Risso did a backup story for Gotham Knights and worked on the critically acclaimed 100 Bullets.

May 21, 2003
Another casting rumour
source: Aint it Cool News

Small rumour from Aint it Cool. Harry is reporting that Chris Nolan met with Heath Ledger but wouldn't say whether it was Batman related.

May 18, 2003
Chris Nolan's next film will be Batman!
source: Aint it Cool

Some scoopers sent in a report to Harry Knowles from a screening of Blade Runner which Chris Nolan was in attendance. Nolan announced that Batman will be his next film. Bill from Batman on Film is reporting that Nolan is looking for young actors to play Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Batman continues to be top on comic charts
source: Newsarama

Batman continues to be DC's number one seller. Batman 614 was #1 on Diamond Distributors comic charts making it the fourth time in a row that the title has done this.


May 13, 2003
Another Batman Animated DVD on the way
source: Toonzone

Toonzone is reporting that WB is going to release a third Batman animated DVD. The third DVD is titled Batman: Out of the Shadows and will feature the following episodes: Two-Face, "It's Never Too Late,"  and "I've Got Batman In My Basement," The DVD will be available July 22. Here is a sneak peak at the Cover art.

A "Dork" to play Batman?
source: Dark Horizons, Batman on Film

Dark Horizons has an interesting rumour. They are reporting that Ashton Kutchner is in talks to play Batman in Chris Nolan's film. Kutchner recently tested for Superman but said that he didn't want the role. Batman on Film had this to say regarding this rumour

"I don't know whether or not Ashton Kutcher met with Chris Nolan, but the word is that Nolan is meeting with actors regarding the 'Batman' role. He's met with Boreanaz and some others, so I guess it is possible. But I wouldn't put too much stock into it just yet."


May 1, 2003
Update on Darren Aronofsky's Batman project
source: Aint it Cool

Harry Knowles has posted an article submitted to him. The scooper says that Darren Aronofsky came to his campus and spoke about his work. He mentioned his projects including Year One. Here is what he said

"Aronofsky said that he wrote a faithful adaptation of Year One with Frank Miller. Warner Bros. owns the screenplay and he understands that they are very protective of the Batman franchise and is unsure about what will become of it. He did say that is is definitely not his next film."

-Sounds like there is only one Batman project in the works and that is Chris Nolan and David Goyer's. A.J

More Batman movie Rumours
source: Batman on Film

One of Bill's sources is saying that David Goyer is close to completing his Batman script and it will be different from the Batman: The Frightening scripts that surfaced online. Bill is also saying that 2005 is the target date for the film's release

Batman Special Edition DVD's on the way?
source: Toonzone

Interesting news from the folks at Toonzone. They posted some Batman related news from Home Theatre Forum's Chat with Warner Home Video. The WB rep stated that the studio was planning special editions of the first two Batman films to tie into the new movie's releases. The rep was also asked if Warner Home Video would release season sets of the animated series on DVD. The response "No plans for season sets on animated Batman at this time." Finally when asked about animated box sets to tie in with the new films The rep said that they would "pass your Batman animated boxed sets request onto our family-brand group."

-Rumours for special edition Batman DVD's have come and gone for years so I would definitely wait and see regarding this one. One of the reasons why there aren't special Batman DVD's is because Burton doesn't want to participate in helping to make them (i.e. commentaries etc) Would people mind Batman SE DVD's without Burton? maybe maybe not. I would also love to see a Special Edition of Batman Forever since that one has been rumoured for years no.-AJ

UBI Soft to make new Batman game. Features a brand new villain
source: Gamers

Ubi Soft is hard at work on another Batman game to follow up Batman: Vengeance called Batman: Rise of Sin Tsu. Like the other (apparently very poor ) Batman: Dark Tomorrow, this game also has some input from the folks at DC. Artist Jim Lee has designed the main villain of the game Sin Tsu. The game will be released for all three consoles.

-  I wasn't too impressed with Batman Vengeance and the Reviews for Dark Tomorrow have been for the most part dreadful. Let's hope this game breaks the trend though I wish Ubi Soft would make a Batman game in the same style as their hit Splinter Cell. To read more about this game click Here -AJ