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Latest casting on Christopher Nolan's BATMAN flick - new Alfred and a mysterious Dr character...

Published at: Oct. 30, 2003, 6:26 p.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here... Again from a very very very very reliable source comes the latest on Christopher Nolan's Batman flick... Officially it looks like Warners isn't looking announce anything till the first of the year, when they want to do a big grandiose casting announcement, but... well, impatient geeks must be served. Here's the latest, which is very reliable!

Just got a scoop from a source within the Batcave...the producers are looking at a few high level actors for a few of the supporting roles. It looks like they are focused on Morgan Freeman for a "Dr./Scientist" role. What this role is, I don't know for sure...but it's possibly one of the main villian roles. And get this.....they are considering Anthony Hopkins for "Alfred". Looks like they are cleaning house and not letting anyone (ie: Michael Gough) from the past 2 crapfests near this baby...This much is certain from my source...this is a fresh start for the Caped Crusader!

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  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Michael Gough ruled as Alfred

    by Uncle_Les

    You know he did. Peace Out.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:28 p.m. CST

    First?

    by sambrook

    I know it's lame but hey, why not? Hopkins should stay well away. Do I smell ham..?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:28 p.m. CST

    first! Ha Ha Ha!

    by Benny Profane

    the welshman will star in anything if you pay him enough.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Damn!

    by sambrook

    First? Nope, just another lame pretender. Sorry folks.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I wanted to play Alfred.

    by Mulengro

    Damn.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I can't believe it--I'm actually looking forward to another Batm

    by the jaseman

    With the ex-highest of the Tetragrammaton now wearing the Bat boots, I feel much better about the prospects of this flick. Oh, and would it kill WB to include Underoos as a merchandising tie-in?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:31 p.m. CST

    SIXTH!

    by Xorply

    Who the fuck needs to be first anyway?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    wait wait wait

    by magyarman

    If Michael Gough is NOT dead, then why the hell are they looking for a new Alfred? It's not like the Alfred character is a pivotal role that determines the suckiness or non-suckiness of any given Batman movie.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    harry never learns!

    by jackburtonlives

    slammin' ! COMMISSIONER GORDON HAS A BEER AND CHEETS (sic)ON HIS WIFE someone pls provide the link to the fake scoop on the 70s batman with black alfred and commissioner gordon COMMISSIONER GORDON HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS WIFE as a cocaine freak COMMISSIONER GORDON HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS WIFE. looks like this "scoop" was engineered by the same guy. COMMISSIONER GORDON HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS WIFE. rock on!

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:34 p.m. CST

    hooollllly shizzle

    by cgLoki

    yes please.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Could be on to something...

    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. Sounds interesting. I'm always into breathing new life into a series. Hopkins and Freeman will definitely bring a certain level of class and excellence to the project. Sounds promising.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:42 p.m. CST

    hope

    by wilfro

    Lets just all hope that this will be good unlike most of the movies or all of them, whatever. They should get Kevin Smith to write it though that would be kick ass. Batman has always been one of my most loved comics. To have a movie as good as x2 was would be great. Can we get a R rating too is that so much to ask?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:43 p.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Darth Thoth

    Even though I will say that Michael Gough is the man. I've always said if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's not his fault the past few Batman movies have sucked. Gough did his thing.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:47 p.m. CST

    From 1989 on..Alfred rocked

    by Jotham

    Gough ruled as Alfred...Hopkins is also be damn good and perfect for the role, but Gough did a very good job

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Wow, two Oscar caliber actors in a Batman flick? It's GOTTA be

    by Terry_1978

    I know, I know....but maybe this time it actually WILL be.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:48 p.m. CST

    "Dr." Hugo Strange?

    by wilsonashleya

    i wonder what the possibility is the the doc character is hugo strange? i mean it's been about forever and a half since he's been in the books, but who knows?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Dr Hugo Strange

    by kafka07

    If the "Dr/scientist" is Dr Hugo Strange then Hopkins would be great for that role. Freeman has to play a good guy, a cop or forensic scientist. I think Alfred should be played by someone in their 50's or 60's, since it's a young Batman. Hopkins is much older than that I think.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Johnathan Crane is kind of a doctor scientist

    by 007-11

    Nah, very impossible, probably just some role they've thrown in. I like Anthony Hopkins, but I LOVE Michael Gough as Alfred.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I hope Batman 5 is rated R with boobies and blood and dark obese

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Fuck you, Warner Bros. Can I have my WONDER WOMAN movie now?

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:19 p.m. CST

    In dual role...

    by creepyCritic

    Anthony Hopkins will play BOTH of Batman's nipples in this movie. Batman's package will be played by Meryl Streep. You heard it here first.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Say no to Hopkins

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    As much as I like the idea, if there's any interest in having continuit with sequels to this movie, Hopkins just isn't the way to go.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Let's analyze this a second....

    by XTheCrovvX

    Morgan Freeman as a scientist...in a film subtitled "Intimidation".....as in fear.....is there a sno-cone's chance in hell that Freeman might've been tapped to play The Scarecrow? I could be nuts here, but I'm picturing Freeman, silhouetted in shadow, tipping a beat up farmer's hat to a broken-down horrified scared wreck of a Batman. Anyone else see this, or am I just talking out of my ass? Revolution(s) is my name....

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST

    randy savage should do the soundtrack

    by 1842

    anthony hopkins should play batman.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST

    This is SUCH CRAP...

    by Falcon-1

    Nolan gets some brooding pretty boy to play Bruce Wayne and suddenly the fan-boys are crawling out of the woodwork to join in on the circle-jerk! SIR Anthony Hopkins playing Alfred makes no sense, especially after he just turned down the better role of Superman's father Jor-El in the next Superman film. Puh-lease! And the whole Morgan Freeman thing is just wrong. Oh yeah, let's make a Batman movie and have an appearance by a Batman villain who's so obscure that most Batman fans have no idea who he is! And then, let's get an A-list actor the caliber of Morgan Freeman to play him! My God! I remember when coming to AICN actually meant finding out the latest NEWS. Hey Harry, why don't you change the name of the site to "Ain't It Cool Rumors, Speculation, and Fan-boy Dreams"! Seems like that's all we ever see anymore when we come to this site. That and all the shameless self-promotion to put us all through! Get over yourself and start giving us the news like you used to and not this crap!

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Get rid of the plastic suit!

    by Trik

    Take a cue from peoples reaction to that short, <a href="http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0374526/" onmouseover='window.status="Batman: Dead End"; return true' onmouseout='window.status="";return true'>Batman: Dead End</a>

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:33 p.m. CST

    cut and paste this

    by Trik

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0374526/ didn't realize that making a link wouldn't work, heh =\

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:35 p.m. CST

    cut and paste this part deaux

    by Trik

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0374526/ Didn'r realize that making a link wouldn't work, and have no idea why it ate the 2nd post

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Michael Gough did a good job until. . .

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    He brought Batman the CD so that he could do some "scratching" and mess up the Penguin's speech. Actually, that wasn't his fault. I always thought he did a pretty good job. But, I hope they get someone that looks like the guy in the animated series. Hopkins as Alfred the butler seems like overkill. "Remains of the Day" anyone? "In my philosophy, a man cannot call himself well-contented until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer. Of course, this assumes that one's employer is a superior person, not only in rank, or wealth, but in moral stature. Or if one's employer is a super-hero."

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Personally. . .

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    I'd like to see Bruce Spence as The Scarecrow. Doesn't he look just like him?!??!

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Alfred=Important

    by DannyOcean01

    Okay as Bale's playing a younger Bruce then Alfred plays a big part in the film. He's like Bruce's mom and dad, helping him grow up into the big bad bat that we know and most of the time love. I think Alfred's part would be big enough and grand enough to attract Hopkins, and Hopkins would be brilliant.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:58 p.m. CST

    John Cleese should be Alfred

    by the G-man

    And give him that sarcastic demeanor he had in Dark Knight and Batman, Year One.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Freeman as Hugo Strange?

    by Human Tornado

    Could it be? Hopkins as Alfred, on the other hand, would be a waste.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell should play Alfred....

    by Edward_nygma

    ...he can so do this part.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Hopkins = Jor El AND Alfred???

    by DiernaSoul

    Wait a sec... Hopkins is now up for the role of Alfred??? I can see him in the role but he's already signed up to be Jor El in the next Superman film! What's going to happen in the Superman vs Batman film then??? Will Superman recognize Alfred and exclaim "Dad?!" :P

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Ian Abercrombie

    by Lenonn

    Ian Abercrombie was an excellent Alfred Pennyworth in Birds of Prey. Except, if this takes place in years, past... they need someone who could make the younger to elder transition as well as Ewan McGregor is doing the transiton from younger Obi-Wan to older (Sir Alec Guinness).

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Dr. Crane?

    by JoNuggs

    Could it be that Morgan Freeman might end up playing Dr. Crane/The Scarecrow? Interesting. Seriously, though, who would any of you cast as Ras AL Ghul? I've been wracking my brain to find someone and can't come up with anyone.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Gene Hackman As Commisioner Gordon.

    by CHEWBLACCA

    Why not-he works as much as Hopkins and Freeman combided.EASY READER RULED! Morgan's best role EVER.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Randy Savage

    by CHEWBLACCA

    His new record is fucking hilarious.His tribute to Owen Hart is touching.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:16 p.m. CST

    You know who would rock as Alfred?

    by Theclownhunter

    I don't even know if the guy's still alive ... but I think that the guy who played Tom Selleck's boss, Higgins, on MAGNUM P.I. would be an awesome Alfred. His name is John Hillerman. He has just the right amount of both elegance and sarcasm. Plus, he already kind of looks like Alfred!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I liked Michael Gough as Alfred, too.

    by Ribbons

    I guess they're trying to give the franchise a metaphysical overhaul by way of a facelift, kind of like when crappy sports teams streamline their uniforms. I admit it would be weird to see someone as prominent as Anthony Hopkins take his place, and you've gotta feel bad for Michael Gough, whose Alfred is almost as definitive a character as Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka. You don't see anybody trying to redo THAT mov--...oops, never mind.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:23 p.m. CST

    that rocks.

    by samuri999

    so far, I like the choices for this movie. in my opinion, if you want a movie that attracts talent, you need to have a worthy script. it sounds like nolan is looking for a-list talent, which means he has a lot of faith in his script. if freeman and hopkins do sign on, this should end up being the best batman flick to date, but truthfully, only time will tell

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:26 p.m. CST

    First off, this isn't a sequel folks. It's a revitalization of t

    by StoneMonkey

    that just happens to have a younger, spunkier Alfred than the one Michael Gough portrayed in the last 4 BatMan films(the last 2 being the most flamboyant crap I'd ever seen).

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Hopkins?

    by JohnnyBravo

    Seriously.. this guy will do everything and anything.. just flash the green and he'll go... you could use him to replace jason biggs in american pie 27 and he'll do it if you pay him... I hope they do the story arc where bane paralyzes batman... not in the first one.. but maybe in the second or third... and not a whimpy dumbass bane like in batman and robin either...

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:08 p.m. CST

    TheClownHunter: Yes, John Hillerman's still around. He was in

    by FrankDrebin

    But, he's more of a comic actor, and I think the WB's after somebody serious and respected here, to show us that they're going for quality.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Stone Monkey

    by Ribbons

    Hadn't considered that. Although spry is not exactly the word that comes to mind when one says Anthony Hopkins, he could still...whatever. Hadn't considered that though.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Alfred

    by gilbud99

    Even though Sir Anthony Hopkins is an incredible actor. Does anyone else think he might be over the top or a bit overbearing for a supporting role like Alfred.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Falcon-1, how can Jor-El in the new Superman movie be a "better"

    by KingKrypton

    Or have we forgotten that the movie's going to "re-imagine" Superman to the point where he's unrecognizable? Thank God Hopkins bailed on it when he did. That film is going to be cack, and anyone who says otherwise is either a tool or a WB toady. That said, Hopkins is too big of a screen persona to play a low-key character like Alfred. Pete Posthelwaite or Ben Kingsley would be more suitable for the part. As for Morgan Freeman in a villain role...he's way too old for the Scarecrow. Hugo Strange, maybe, because the guy has always been drawn as older than Batman. It depends on what they're looking at casting him as. Right now I'm not sure what to make of this project, because there's too many variables left unaddressed (that, and I'm not too sure if we really need a Batman movie this soon--B&R is still awfully fresh in people's minds). When there's more solid news to latch onto, maybe I'll feel differently.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Star Overload! Mainly Alfred!

    by HarmoniumSaver

    That is SO STUPID!!! if yer not gonna use Micheal Gough, who was PERFECT for the role, then use someone who will fit without being so big he busts out da costume with reputation. I wish Matthau was still alive. He would have been famous, but a great Alfred. Not really. But it woulda been awesome! With Lemmon as his butler friend who gets fired and has to move in, and he keeps trying to vacuum the BatCave. Matthau: "What the hell are you doing, Feliiiiix?!" Lemmon: "Dah-dih I'm vacumming! It's a mess down here! And I took Bruce's costumes to the dry-cleaner. They were wrinkly." Matthau: "It's supposed to be dirty, you schmuck!" RIP Grumpy Old Men.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:55 p.m. CST

    John Cleese would've been a great Alfred.

    by riskebiz

    But I think he's all side-kicked out. I'd go for one of the other Python's, because I think some good comedic timing is needed for Alfred's little quips and jibes at Bruce when he comes back bruised and bleeding from a night out in Gotham. So my vote is for Michael Palin as Alfred.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:56 p.m. CST

    How does the SCARECROW tie into Batsy's origin?

    by Theclownhunter

    Does the Scarecrow (aka) Dr. Crane do something to Batman to make him flashback to his beginnings? Was he Bruce Wayne's child-psychologist? Ha Ha Ha Maybe that's why little Bruce never got proper psychological help and had to resort to dressing up in rubber and spandex to cope. His shrink was a demented sicko who liked to scare the shit outta little kids!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros. is beginning to doom themselves once again...

    by screenplaywriter

    Michael Gough is fine as Alfred, do not kick him out just because "we want to go the fresh route." Personally, I don't know how you could do a transition from Anthony Hopkins to him and make it look seemless and beautiful on film, because the two don't look alike worth a shit. Secondly, if Morgan Freeman is to play The Scarecrow than I will REFUSE to see this movie. Jeff Goldblum, Crispin Glover, Tim Roth, Christopher Loyld these few gentleman come to mind when you think of "THE SCARECROW" and why are they getting an American man for Rahj Al Gul why don't you get that Arabian terrorist guy from "TRUE LIES" the one Arnie fights in the end. Come on he's perfect and he has the look! The only thing I've hailed Warners and Nolan for right now on this project is the casting of the new Batman, that I like, it's a fine pick, but they real ought to be using their noggins and working on creating a good movie. Personally, I still say a movie either with Clayface, The Mad Hatter (Martin Short) and The Scarecrow (which one of those guys I named up top) would be a great end to the "BATMAN" franchise. I still hate though that Bane was reduced to a retarded, oafish, muscle-bound idiot. Come on! What the fuck was up with that? Oh well though...Let's hope Warners can make a better "BATMAN" than "BATMAN & ROBIN" and make something along the lines of the first three "BATMAN"'s.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 11:28 p.m. CST

    And get this.....they are considering Anthony Hopkins for "Alfre

    by Speilbrick

    What kind of idiot suit would degrade Anthony Hopkins by offering him this role? A Hollywood producer, that's who.

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 11:43 p.m. CST

    You Ain't Kiddin, SCREENPLAYWRITER ...

    by Theclownhunter

    Crispin Glover or Christopher Lloyd would BOTH be awesome SCARECROWS!!! I never thought of RAS AL GHUL as Middle Eastern, but that would probably make sense! I always saw Ras as part Dracula/ part Fu Manchu. It's a shame Christopher Lee is already stuck with 2 franchises. He even looks (at 81) as a guy who may have immersed himself in a Lazarus Pit or two. Maybe Frank Langella? Not that John Malkovich is too ridiculous a choice ...

  • Oct. 30, 2003, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Like it was Michael Gough's fault the last three movies sucked!

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Hopkins

    by CTM1975

    You fanboys kill me. Bag on Hopkins chasing the cheddah all you want, but to bash "Remains of the Day" is just fucking retarded. Then again, I shouldn't expect you glorified Comic Book Guys to appreciate a film with such emotional depth.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Now Michael Gough can get on with worthwhile projects like Konga

    by Uncle Stan

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Batman Forever was the best of them all

    by AlwaysThere

    How dare you say that about Michael Gough.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Rob Schneider should play Batman and Horatio Sanz should play Al

    by jules windex

    Nicole Kidman can play The Joker. She won't even need any makeup.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Gough was da bomb

    by JackBristow

    They screwed up every character in the Batman movies at some point, except one. Alfred. Hell, when the series was headed toward the campiness of "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin," I'd come out and say that's when Gough shined his brightest in the role. Even though he was opposite the awful Alicia Silverstone, his storyline in BaR was beautiful. Of course, everyone else was acting so bad, in that movie, it's hard not to take notice of him.

  • let him go

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as Batmans feces

    by Bong

    yea

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Hopkins as Alfred?

    by Lujho

    Firstly, I have no problems with Freeman being in a bat movie... as long as he's not playing any previously established character. He's be great as some kind of scientists or doctor, but just that... not a supervillain, existing or a newly invented one. I guess I wouldn't die if he was cast as the scarecrow, but I don't think he's really right for the role (and it's not just the race thing). Bruce Spence would be good, as someone suggested, although there are probably lots of other good choices as well.*********** As for Hopkins as Alfred, well, he could probably play the part very well, but he doesn't exactly look it and I'd prefer he wasn't cast. I want Alfred to be the spitting image of the comics and Animated series, Hopkins is too fat for one thing, and maybe a little too old for what will be an early batman tale. And he's such a big name, I think I'd rather see someone less famous. I think the character should be in his 50s and not just look like the animated series version but act like it too. Maybe Efrem Zimbalist Jnr would be good if he wasn't too old but he is. And while Michael Gough was great in the other movies, he's too old for what I'd want in this new one, he never looked enough like the character, and I don't want this movie to have any connection to Burton or Schumacher's films.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 6:51 a.m. CST

    John Cleese should be Alfred

    by Williamson

    He's got the look, and he's can be a great sarcastic foil to Bruce Wayne's brooding. My $0.02.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Adam West should play Alfred!

    by TheAtarisFan

    That is all.

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 8:31 a.m. CST

    KingKrypton, I'm not forgetting...

    by Falcon-1

    that the script reviewed by Mori was a floating piece of feces, but no matter what the overall opinion of that script may be, there's no denying that the role of Jor-El in it, being the King of Krypton and heroically defending the monarchy from revolution, and then, later on, sacrificing yourself for the benefit of your son and the good people of Krypton is a much meatier role more fit for an actor the caliber of Hopkins than the role of Alfred. I mean, even in the most heart-wrenching comic stories, Alfred was never that great of a character (and I really like Alfred, too!). Now as far as this whole Michael Gough arguement that everyone seems to think Gough is the best Alfred, YOU'RE ALL WRONG!!! Gough was a TERRIBLE Alfred. He wasn't anything more than a doddering old fool that thought he knew best for Master Wayne. My Gawd! No, Alfred needs to be younger that Gough AND Hopkins AND Cleese. Alfred needs to be about ten to fifteen years older than Wayne. Assuming Bale will portray Wayne as about 30 years old, means Alfred needs to be about 45 - 50. All those mentioned above are in the 60s and 70s. Think, people, think!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Sam Elliot as Comish Gordon!

    by psyjeff

    You know it makes sense!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Use the butler from Joe Millionaire!

    by thegreenhead

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Ra's

    by E Albert Bansom

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Ra's

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

    by E Albert Bansom

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

    by E Albert Bansom

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

    by E Albert Bansom

    Billy Bob Thornton as Jonathan Crane!!!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Ra's

    by E Albert Bansom

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Batman should be R rated with a I don't give a fuck attitude

    by super Cucaracha

    and he should fuck bitches doggy style, break necks, cut arms and legs off mofos and be all crazy as hell while staring at the shrink saying "FUCK YOU"...That's Batman!

  • Oct. 31, 2003, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Two Words...Bea Arthur

    by cheisok

    She would be perfect for the role of Alfred, but call her Alfredina. Then cast the rest of the Golden Girls as love interests for Batman. I can already see the title - Batman 5: Geriatric Prostitutes in London. It'll certainly bring in the over 60 crowd!

  • Nov. 1, 2003, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Michael Gough retired several years ago...

    by Longfellow

    Now he only does occasional voice work (computer games etc.). Came out of retirement for Sleepy Hollow as a special favour to Tim Burton. There's no way in hell he'll do another film, so they have no choice BUT to recast Alfred.

  • Nov. 1, 2003, 2:04 p.m. CST

    2 Crapfests?

    by LeFlambeur

    What do you mean last TWO crapfests? All of the Batman movies have sucked.

  • Nov. 1, 2003, 4:15 p.m. CST

    British actors

    by FloydGandoli

    Recasting Alfred really shouldn't be a problem. Since the British are hands down the best actors in the world, it should be relatively easy to cast. If you're looking for a younger Alfred, how about Jason Isaacs?

  • Nov. 2, 2003, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Tom Wilkinson would be a PERFECT Alfred

    by NotchJohnson

    Tom Wilkinson of "In the Bedroom", "The Patriot", "Normal", and "Rush Hour" would be a PERFECT Alfred. Remember, he's British and a brilliant actor, one of those solidly reliable people that you know will deliver. Think he doesn't "look" the part? Heck, look at "In the Bedroom" and "Normal", films where he gets so into character I forget he's British and mistake him for just another American middle-aged actor. I say give him the role, he' young enough to stay around for a *long* time if the franchise continues, and unlike many other big names, he's less likely to pull a Michael Keaton/Val Kilmer to take other big-name projects. Notch out.

  • Nov. 2, 2003, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Hulk Hogan Get a Role for This One?

    by NotchJohnson

    The world is not right when the talkback goes this long without some fool mentioning Hulk Hogan in some villain ("baddie") role, so I'll mention that maybe Hogan should cameo as Two-Face. "Therefore, heads we accept, brother; tails, we blow your damn head off, brother!"

  • Nov. 2, 2003, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Scarecrow's a pussy.

    by MisterBlonde

    Since we've used up all of the "big" Batman villians, we should get someone cooler than the Scarecrow. Or if we're using Scarecrow, get a better secondary villain. Have him team up with Clayface or Mr. Zsasz, that bad-ass with all the carved tic marks on his body. Or better yet, scrap this script, pretend Batman & Robin never happened, and fuckin' bring on the Bane! Imagine a well-done Knightfall/Knightquest/Knightsend movie, or better yet trilogy. I know, it's something that isn't even fathomable in Hollywood, but it's so much fun to go through it in your head.

  • Nov. 2, 2003, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Bob Hoskins

    by deadboy1313

    I'm not sure if he would fit the "look" of Alfred, but Bob Hoskins is an incredible actor. And as the Scarecrow, Crispin Glover would be very creepy. And have Denis Leary in there as a young cynical Commissioner Gordon. Just make it dark and creepy! Don't rely on special effects and gimmicks...Batman is the world's greatest DETECTIVE! Make it psychologically disturbing.

  • Nov. 13, 2003, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Casting and mood

    by BATKID

    John Malkovich as Scarecrow please. He wuold be 100% correct for the role, freakishly terrifying in his own way. I really hope that they make this movie dark and moody. Nothing quite beats the intimidating trembling presence more than that of the Dark Knight.

  • Nov. 13, 2003, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Oh yes another thing

    by BATKID

    Batman needs to be dark. He needs kick as batshaped knuckle dusters and some S&M type weapeons to kick the @$$'S of the creeps that run around Gotham. Dont you think Killer Croc should come in to the mix???