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While drinking at the Formosa Cafe in L.A. I found out the following about the BATMAN franchise at Warner Bros...

While hanging out with the lovely Lynn Bracken on my side at the fabuloso Formosa Cafe, I hooked up with Sid Hudgeons in a small mirror lined shady red booth. Kicked back a pair of drinks while Lynn enjoyed some Saki. Now Sid came up... introduced himself... handed me his card, bent over to my ear and told me that ol man Lorenzo has been running around flapping at the front lips about BATMAN. The Toy licensees have been demanding new product and ... well... Here's the scoop.

Apparently there are two scripts currently being developed separately on the lot. One is a BATMAN YEAR ONE project... one that they are seriously considering Ben Affleck for. Meanwhile the second screenplay is to be about BATMAN BEYOND... and this is the project that Keanu Reeves was talking about, believe it or not. As Warner sees it, after MATRIX 2 & 3, they'll have quite a bit invested in Keanu as a star... and they figure that the dynamics of BATMAN BEYOND will match with Keanu's brand and style. This film is in the script stage as a project that may very well move forward AFTER MATRIX 2 & 3 have completed shooting.

I have contacted a couple of in the know folks that were on the old Warner Lot up the block from the Formosa... It's real folks. It's also... Real reel quiet. Take care... this was Harry from out in the field... Gorillas in the Mist style... By the way... I highly recommend the Formosa Cafe, especially with as beautiful a dame as Ms Lynn Bracken... a fine sipper of Saki... Simply... enchanting. There ya go..

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  • Oct. 26, 1999, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Please Hollywood, spare us from future Bat-Garbage!

    by SuperManifesto

    You know, what I'd really like to see is Batman's Uncle: The Movie, starring Adam West. Or maybe Batman, The Animated Musical. No, wait, scratch that. What I'd REALLY like to see is no more friggin' crappy Batman movies! Christ, did you learn nothing from Batman & Robin?

  • Oct. 26, 1999, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Coming soon to a theatre near you . . .

    by SuperManifesto

    Crapman & Rubbish! A plumber and a garbageman, fed up with the crap Hollywood has been spewing all over us for the last few years, join forces and become masked film critics! Who better to protect us from such effluvium as Keanu Reeves playing Batman than two guys who spend all day dealing with crap and garbage?

  • Oct. 26, 1999, 12:33 p.m. CST

    KingKrypton is right...

    by dennis

    I like Tim Burton's work a lot. I even liked his two tries at Batman, but the fact is you can't have an ego involved when creating a film from sacred source material such as this. If you do, you get "Tim Burton's Batman" or "Joel Schumacker's Batman". And we all know that ain't the real thing. Though it make be impossible to find a director without an ego in Hollywood, you can at least find one who grew up reading Batman and wants to make a faithful adaptation.

  • Oct. 26, 1999, 4:23 p.m. CST

    What the hell...

    by Batguy

    ... if they do make a Batman Beyond movie using live actors, I could see it working. I don't think my opinion is any better than any of yours, but I think Wes Bentley (American Beauty...wow!!!!!)tops the list for Terry McGinness (sic), and I agree with the poster above who brought up Dennehy. I think he looks alot like the Batman Beyond Bruce Wayne, as well as the B:TDKR Bruce. I nominate Rutger Hauer as Derek Powers/Blight, and Shelley Fabares (Coach) as Barbara. If they can do Year One and do it well, then great! I don't know who I would cast, but I think that several actors can do it in an acceptable manner, and Ben Affleck is not one of them! His counterpart, Matt Damon, has the acting chops but lacks the look. I personally think Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan, The Iron Giant) would be great - he acts! BTW, Batman is NOT psychotic - he's at that edge of almost nuts, but he gets held in place by Alfred, Gordon, Leslie Thompkins, and later on by Dick. If he were psychotic he would be boring. As I understand it, the Bruce Wayne identity has become a facade, and he thinks of himself as Batman(see Batman Beyond comic #1 for a cool reference to this). I guess this varies by individual interpretation, but that's my take, and my two cents. If they actually do year one, I would like to see the actual storyline, with the emphasis on gritty, quasi-realistic crime, with the Falcone crime family, corrupt Commissioner Loeb, etc. I can't think of any good casting right now, but I'm not holding my breath. Unfortunately for us, nobody at WB reads these things. Sorry for the long post. -BG

  • June 4, 2000, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Batman Crap

    by chris_s_p

    Everyone who thinks the batman episodes sucked is write for the most part. However as long as Joel Schumaker (however you spell his stupid name) does not direct the movie should turn out better than the past two. As for the prequel-use a young character, fine. But if you do another sequel of Batman go back to the old ways where Gotham city wasn't computer-made and so easy to see as a FAKE city created by crappy computer images. And forget Keanu Reeves, he may have the moves but it would be another actor on the "I was once in a batman movie" list. For God sakes go back to Michael Keaton-the original Batman, he's aged in real life like the real Batman would and he's practically washed up so it wouldn't be too hard for him to try again at the only thing he was good at-being Batman.