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Aronofsky Confirms George Clooney As Next BATMAN!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with new tidbits from a Q&A last night in Dallas with Darren Aronofsky, where he actually talks about BATMAN casting... He also mentions PROTEUS... Now what is interesting is that he seems to be insinuating that PROTEUS is the film he'll be making next, but PROTEUS was the name of the script he wrote, which became David Twohy's BELOW, which is currently filming... Was Darren talking about this project which he wrote and I believe is producing? Or has he taken that name, which was abandoned, and placed it upon his new as of yet unnamed (to the public) Science Fiction project? Only time will tell, but he seems to be stating that some familiar faces from REQUIEM will be back with him.... More as we learn it!!!

Just came home from the screening of last year's best film: Requiem for a Dream, where Darren Aronofsky held a Q&A afterwards. All this was in Dallas at the SMU Film Festival. He confirmed George Clooney the next Batman and said "Now everybody's gonna write to Ain't It Cool News about it." He said he's going to direct a science fiction film also: Proteus (which he wrote while filming Pi). He also said he would be working with some of the same people he worked with on his first two films, like Ellen Burstyn ("Who will give another great performance"). I asked him about the woman on the pier shot and if it was borrowed from Dark City. "Jennifer Connelly said 'I can't do this, I did the exact same thing in Dark City.' " Aronofsky said he didn't see the film before the shoot. He said he has a bunch of bonus shit for the DVD. He also called Marlon Wayans on his cell phone, he got the answering machine and put the phone up against the mike: "Yo, this is Marlon, leave a message." He talked about the MPAA wanting the double-headed black dildo removed. "Marlon said maybe a white one would do."


P.S. Harry here again... As many in TALK BACK have pointed out, Clooney is too old to play twenty-something Batman of BATMAN YEAR ONE... as Miller wrote the comic... BUT... From the sound of it, Someone asked Aronofsky either A)Who will be the next BATMAN? or B)Is George Clooney Going To Be Batman Again? Could it be possible that Lorenzo and Team Warners is cooking up as a possible THIRD option a BATMAN 5? A Batman movie that takes place with the established Batman... Before going forward with a BATMAN BEYOND or a BATMAN YEAR ONE? We'll have to begin further investigation... perhaps it is time to make that Lorenzo Office Nanobot come back online... Hmmmmm....

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  • April 26, 2001, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by Ben fong Torres

    Clooney can be good as Batman, just give him the right material ie: not Joel Schumacher.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:06 a.m. CST

    FIRST AGAIN !!!!

    by reubz

    George Clooney as Batman again? I thought this franchise was dead and that Clooney had given up on Batman

  • April 26, 2001, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Shit, i aint first!!

    by reubz

    AHHHHH Matty!! Why??!!

  • April 26, 2001, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by Reignofjerm

    Who cares about the rest of the post, did he say that Clooney was going to be the next Batman? I thought this was year one, not Batman Retirement! Keaton was the best Batman to date. He didn't bother to hit you with a bunch of one-liners, and he didn't look like an idiot in the Bat suit. I hate prequal ideas, but was actually looking forward to a darker Batman, but all Clooney does for me is bring back memeories of Batman and Robin (I still have nightmares).

  • April 26, 2001, 3:10 a.m. CST


    by Reignofjerm

    I'm sorry, I was in the middle of reading Star Trek V rumors and I just had to come back and made sure it really said Clooney was confirmed as the next did! I'm still crying!

  • April 26, 2001, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Now Get NICHOLSON!

    by JackTorrance

    Everybody knows the only thing that makes a great Batman film is a kick ass villain! So get Nicholson, Spacey, and Malkovich and lets rip Clooneys goddam wings off!

  • April 26, 2001, 3:20 a.m. CST

    pi anyone?

    by Ben fong Torres

    Bases on aronofsky's other efforts, i think it would be safe to say that batman 5 will be free of 'one-liners'. A scene where bruce wayne tries to figure out why he is batman and drills his own head may be more likely.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by DrX

    I cant belive I posted on the spiderman talkback last night about Batman then a few hour later bloody Batman news!!! Ah well. Im looking forward to Spiderman! Has anyone seen the titles to Dracula (1931?) with the Batman logo in the background? I was impressed! ps please stop all this "im first" stuff.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:26 a.m. CST


    by DrX

    I cant belive I posted on the spiderman talkback last night about Batman then a few hour later bloody Batman news!!! Ah well. Im looking forward to Spiderman! Has anyone seen the titles to Dracula (1931?) with the Batman logo in the background? I was impressed! ps please stop all this "im first" stuff.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:32 a.m. CST

    No prequel?

    by thehowler

    I read a quote from Darren on several movie websites recently where he says that we "shouldn't believe all the hype. It's a sequel!" I guess, maybe, he's not doing a Year One scenario after all, especially if he's said that Clooney will play Batman again. Personally, I'd rather see an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns instead of Y1, but that's just me. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what he comes up with.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Harry, are you being duped again?

    by Knight says"Ni"

    Hell, even Clooney freely admits that his first go around as the caped crusader sucked big time and that he wasn't keen on reprising the role. I dunno, I don't see him doing this--he's moved on to bigger and better things.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:38 a.m. CST

    With More People In The Film Industry Who Are Into Comics Than M

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...why is it always these guys who are obviously not into comics that end up making the movies? We've been hearing that this is YEAR ONE but George Clooney is almost 40 years old. That's not old, except to a kid, but it's certainly too old for a Batman at the beginning of his career. I would say that Bruce Wayne would have began his Bat-career at about age 25. That would have given him the time to perfectly perfect and train himself and build all the equipment he needed. Clooney is in good shape, but after 30 any athlete can tell you that the wear starts to show. I like the idea of Batman starting out as essentially a guy with a rope and some batarangs and getting more mechanized as he goes along, moving into the Robobats of KINGDOM COME. I can see the YEAR ONE guy in a cowl and for lack of a better word, tights with key points armored. YEAR SEVEN Batman might wear something more like the body armor of the second film and YEAR TEN Batman would essentially be in an exo-skeleton. And while Clooney's a good actor and looks like Bruce Wayne in the comics, that creates a problem on film. I can see Michael Keaton or Val Kilmer, who looks sort of like an English professor, needing to transform themselves into an inhuman creature in order to intimidate, and to convince themselves they can do the job, but not Clooney. You look at that guy and you know he can do the job. When BATMAN & ROBIN came out,Clooney told CINESCAPE that he didn't see what Batman had to be depressed about and Schumacher said that it would seem silly that a 35 year old man was still upset about his parent's murder 25 years ago. So we get a film with a 35 year old man dressed up like a bat for no good reason. If someone were doing a decent YEAR ONE, Wes Bentley would be a great choice. Kind of wounded and introspective like in AMERICAN BEAUTY, but with a hidden dark side and fury.

  • April 26, 2001, 3:40 a.m. CST

    "many any"?

    by Buzz Maverik

    I made a poem.

  • April 26, 2001, 4:43 a.m. CST

    My two wooden bat nickles

    by spider-ham

    First of, enough with the "first!" already. Ok, my feeling is this. WB has paid Clooney to do two Batman movies and someone (or stockholders) isn't happy to hear they flushed the money down the drain. So they are going to force Clooney to be the Batman one more time in a Batman sequel (not year one). Even though all parties involved DON'T want this to happen. Money talks. Still, Clooney made an ok Batman. Yes Batman and Robin sucked all hell but I don't blame Clooney. And Aronofsky is pretty good as well. So I still have hope that whatever is created will be watchable. I will echo the belief that a Dark Knight/Kingdom Come/Batman on his last legs would be the best possible story line with Clooney.

  • April 26, 2001, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Is Aronofsky pulling our Bat-Chain ?

    by Groovy_Chainsaw

    He could do a lot worse than Clooney -- I still place all blame for the brilliant mistake that was "Batman & Robin" on Joel Shoefucker. Still, I think Clooney only fits if the movie is neither 'Year One' nor 'Batman Beyond'. A fifth movie fitting (more or less) into the continuity of the films that have gone before could be a redemption, but is this role really something that George "Hot Again" Clooney would take ? Sure, Aronofsky is a desirable director to work with, but fool me once ... When I see confirmation on this elsewhere I'll give full props to AICN but until then it all somehow seems like the work of ... THE JOKER ! "To the Bat-poles !!"

  • April 26, 2001, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Clooney Tunes

    by Village Idiot

    Ok, if this is true, this is obviously a big disappointment to true blue Batfans everywhere (i.e., the ones that realize that yes, Micheal Keaton DID look silly in the costume (the man couldn't move his neck for chrissakes!)). A [shudder] sequel. Ugh.

  • April 26, 2001, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The film will be great!!!

    by Lemonator

    Who cares who plays Batman. Aronofsky is going to direct! That's all we need to know. Adam West could play him again for all I care. This film is going is going to be an experience, rather than a commercial for action figures... (well, maybe not Adam West)

  • April 27, 2001, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Well, I was there...

    by Mr.Bozak

    ...and I remember this dude's question. I think he was wearing glasses and a blue shirt. I was one of the three black people there sitting in the first 3 or 4 rows, and I can tell you this: I don't recall Mr. Aronofsky mentioning Clooney in the Batman: Year One flick. Now I could be wrong, but I'm about 95% sure of this. Whatever the case, don't believe the hype just yet.

  • April 27, 2001, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Bring back Michael Keaton and Tim Burton back!

    by darthflagg

    I had to wait a whole day to read this article.

  • April 27, 2001, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Not such a bad thing...

    by howstone

    I'd like to see Clooney do Batman with a decent script. The real question is this: Has Warner Brothers gotten a restraining order barring Joel Schumacher and Akiva Goldsman from getting within 5 miles of anywhere they're shooting?

  • April 27, 2001, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale for Batman

    by JetJaguar

    It could happen,if we all work together.

  • April 27, 2001, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Head begins to bobble....

    by DomisInnerChild

    "Hey Freeze.... I'm Batman"

  • Now THAT would be an awesome movie, with the final showdown between Batman and Superman!

  • April 27, 2001, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Blok Narpin

    Ok, Aronofsky and Miller as the creative team for the next movie was a dream come true but when this "Year One" Prequel bullshit came up it kind of ruined it. NOW we are TRUELY back on track. Batman FIVE. No prequel bullshit. Geeze, Star Wars does a prequel so EVERYONE has to do a prequel? ENough going back already. Lets look forward. Clooney is EASILY the best actor to wear the Batman costume to date. Keaton sucked. He was TOTALLY unconvincing as Batman. His movies were the two best in the series but it had nothing to do with him. It was TIM BURTON not Keaton that made those movies great. They were good IN SPITE of Keaton. Clooney had the misfortune of staring in the worst Batman movie but thats not his fault. It's JOEL SCHUMACHER AND AKIVA GOLDSMAN'S FAULT!! Now that Clooney, Aronofsky, and Frank Miller are all on board we can finally take the Batman films into the new millenium and forget the nightmare that was Batman and Robin. I DO think they should really beef up the role of James Gordon in the next one. Lose Pat Hingle and get Burt Reynolds. Picture Boogie Nights Burt in the trenchcoat with a pipe in his mouth. He'd be an AWESOME Gordon. And after the bombs he's appeared in (The Crew, Driven, Cop and a Half, Universal Soldier II and III) I'm sure he'd gladly welcome the chance to be in a maajor film like Batman.

  • April 27, 2001, 2:19 p.m. CST

    aranof...aronf... whatever

    by cifra2

    I'm going tired of all this Batman buzz. What I want to see is "The New Mutants" on screen. Or "Fantastic Four" Byrne style. Or an adaptation of Kevin Smith's "Daredevil", or "Wolverine", or "Ghost Rider", or "The Avengers"... Marvel rules, DC sucks (with one exception: I want a Lobo movie soon).

  • April 27, 2001, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I was there, then I wasn't.

    by yndrd

    I did not get into the theater showing Requiem before all the seats were gone and they requested all the fire hazards leave. But at least I got to shake Aronofsky's hand! Did he say if he gets final cut on the next Batman? NC-17!

  • April 27, 2001, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Clooney CAN be a good Batman, but it's going to be the material

    by KingKrypton

    And as we saw from BATMAN & ROBIN, Clooney gave his all but was still weakened by a mediocre script and indifferent direction. He has the talent, the look, and the attitude for Batman, something too many fans overlook. They just bash him because they want a scapegoat, completely ignoring the fact that had it been their pet actors playing Batman, the end result would still have fallen flat. Clooney was just the guy who happened to be on the recieving end. Had the fans' pet actor(s) been playing Batman, they couldn't have saved it. If Aronofsky is serious about getting Clooney back, then he'd better have a really good script ready, because seeing Clooney staggered by weak product once was more than enough abuse for him. As for Keaton and Burton...can we all finally admit that their Batman movies weren't really that good? Keaton was sleepwalking his way thru the films, and told E! around the time of JACK FROST's release that he only did BATMAN as a favor to Burton; he really disliked playing the role. And Burton is the biggest hack in Hollywood, so keep him away from any and all comic book properties.

  • April 27, 2001, 4:30 p.m. CST

    So Clooney is too old?

    by Electric_Monk

    First off, what the hell is wrong with George Clooney? He's 40, not 140! Personally, I think Clooney would do a great job at playing Batman again. Joel Schumacher, while a talented director, let way to much homoerotca into the series. I'm gay and was way to freaked out by all the big nipples and cod pieces. But still, this age bashing is not productive. If you think about it, there are really no current, young, known, actors who could pull off Batman. He needs to be a tad older than Freddie Prinze, Jr. While Year 1 would be a great way to re-start a franchise that went off the path, I think if Batman V gets made, it should pick-up where it left off, after the first one (Batman Returns was well directed, but it was waaaaayyyy tooooooo dark and violent). Batman can be noir, and it could even be a tab violent, but not the cartoonish violence that pops up on today's movies. Violence, when its used logically, can work. In the end, Clooney could pull it off. He's, sexy and humorous. He's defiant and strong. I don't think any actor in his 20's could pull off Batman. You have to weather difficulty beside, what color hair goes with your eyebrow ring.

  • April 27, 2001, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale as Batman

    by bluebird

    Whoever said that below is a genius. I normally would have suggested it. But I normally don't do talkback. Good Idea. [Like anyone important reads this shit]

  • April 27, 2001, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Ed Cooley

    I was there too, first off no one directly asked him about Batman somone asked what his next projects were and he mentioned Batman, then some guy yelled out "No nipples on the Batsuit!", to which Darren A., big D, replied saying he can't talk about it too much because someone in here will write in to Ain't it Cool. He did say that he and Frank Miller were tight and were still writing it. I didn't go to the after party so maybe he said something there, after he pounded a few brewskis. The Marlon Wayans thing was some phat shit too. Darren is fuckin awesome and he's a real humble guy, he stayed around and signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who stayed after. Fuckin A!

  • April 27, 2001, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Holy Hiatus!

    by Hardyboy

    Dang, I spent more than a day trying to get on this site so I could read this report, and THIS is all I get? I thought perhaps the news would be that Clooney would be cast opposite Ashley Judd in the Catwoman movie. For what it's worth, I read in a magazine not too long ago that Jack Nicholson has been pitching an idea for a Batman movie in which the Joker is revived. . .maybe that's the Bat-flick in question? FWIW II: I actually believe that, of the three big-screen Batmen, Clooney was the best-cast. He's the closest of the three to looking like the Bruce Wayne of the comics, and the chin is perfect. Too bad he was saddled with the worst film in the series. ("Let's kick some ice!"--What dope-smoker on the set thought that was an even remotely funny line?) Maybe without campmeisters Joel Schumacher and Akiva Goldsman around, Clooney might get the chance to shine. And maybe the costume should be designed by whoever put together the Spider-man outfit. Down with the Robocop look!

  • April 27, 2001, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Keanu keanu Keanu

    by Miss Lavendar

    Keanu should be the next Batman. end of story

  • April 27, 2001, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Holy Bat-Nipples! Thirty-Ninth!!!

    by DearGodMySpleen

    Does anyone else agree with me that George Clooney was NOT the worst thing about "Batman and Robin"? That honor would have to go to Joel "Sticky Underpants" Schumacher, who will never earn my forgiveness or my respect after the bent-over-the-sink raping of the Batman series. Clooney at least had the decency to admit that it was a horrible movie and proceeded to make up for it with Out of Sight, Three Kings, and O Brother Where Art Thou.

  • April 27, 2001, 7:18 p.m. CST

    i still class this as rumour...

    by baff3

    but ill assume its true for just ONE talkback post. i luv the idea of clooney as batman. he bloody rules as batman. at least that is what one would assume. i actually found that he was a poor caped crusader in b&r. and im NOT talking about the movie being crap, and im NOT talking about the stupid dialogue he had to say, im stripping that all away and looking purely at clooney and he wasnt good. what i cant stand is he smiledand smurked way to much/ batman never SMILES!! when batman smiles it is a cool significant moment but i caught clooney smile when he said that alfred was sick!! clooney just cant help himself. im hoping the only reason he was so casual inthe movie is cause he knew it was turning out real bad so didnt put much effort into getting into character. but come to think of it he is a very jokey guy and maybe batman is too dark for him. i dunno. and to all those saying michael keaton is the best bman ever. he is the best so far, and thats so pathetic i could cry. he was a great batman cause he was in a great batman movie/s. sorry, but you need someone taller, holy shit terrifying, intimidating, and brooding. plus hes gotta have a good physique cause the rubbver suit is way to restrictive and i think it could bedone with a good choice of tights/ or more flexible rubber. or something! baff3

  • April 27, 2001, 7:23 p.m. CST

    What the hell was that?

    by Xenomorph

    "THE ICE-MAN COMMETH!!" yay...what a movie that was.

  • April 27, 2001, 9:41 p.m. CST

    madness abounding

    by Coopcooper

    okay...clooney as batman, i don't neccesarily buy this, but, assuming that's the case, and this is a batman 5, that's cool by me. yeah, look at batman&robin and tell me just one thing about that movie, one scene or single moment that had any shred of cool, and i'll call you the dumbest fucking liar to ever grace these talkbacks with your filth. and you all know how much that says. so, looking at clooney's performance as batman and comparing it with the potential for another outing is really pointless. and unfair. look at the guy in out of sight and three kings. i'm sure he could do a good job under aranofsky's direction and with miller's words. he has the right looks and cycle him up on d-bol and he'll have the right build. its a non-issue really. to be honest, i have lost all hope for ever anticipating another batman film. not until i see some pics or a trailer or something. a good batman film is something i just can't fathom, but i do have hope for darren aranofsky (loved pi and requiem) but hold no expectations. i will say that the first batman film was cinematic genius...when i was eight years old and didn't know it existed until i saw the commercial and those two weeks until it came out were brimming with youthful anticipation...ah, those days of innocence and still sucked but at least it had some wonder. now that i'm 19 and the weight of the world has crushed my spirits into a jaded bi-polar aspiring writer (for those of you eerily keeping tabs (hope there's none out there) i've given up the title of 'aspiring filmmaker' because hollywood is filled with filthy whores and i don't want to play their insipid games), i can honestly admit that i feel the first batman film sucks, the second is worse, the third equally bad as the first, but had val kilmer, and the fourth was just vomit. and to be honest, if i had to sit through any of them again, it'd be the third one, because it at least had a better entertainment to abhorrance ratio than the rest of them. so basically there's nowhere to go but up, altho i'm not building any expectations. oh, and Christian Bale would be a great batman, but he'd never do it.

  • April 27, 2001, 9:55 p.m. CST

    the chin is back!

    by hawauer29a

    how about Jay Leno? he's be a cool Batman... hehe...

  • April 27, 2001, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Clooney was not the worst in Batman and Robin

    by revam

    he was the second. But he was the worst Batman, ever. His acting style is so empty. The only Batmanish about him is indeed his chin. Other than that, he's not convincing. He's got this annoying acting style where he shakes his head all the time.

  • April 27, 2001, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by cynthia_555_

    There's a looooooooooooot of other actors fitting for this role, which would make the franchise kickass big time. Why go back to a failed one?! I don't understand this? This is just hollywood execs ego running wild again. Don't tell me it was the Schumacher's fault? That's bullshit. The guy sucks, but so as Clooney. The franchise was getting bigger each time it opens, while Batman and Robin brought back to Batman 1 opening level. What does that mean? PEOPLE DID NOT BUY CLOONEY AS BATMAN, THAT'S IT!

  • April 27, 2001, 10:43 p.m. CST

    frank miller

    by NichJay

    An idea by Frank Miller, whom is considered the best helmsman of the Batman franchise plus one of the best new directors of the era has got to become the best Batman movie to date, let alone one of the best movies to date. I definately love how Aronofsky wants to do the film at only $60,000. To me that shows the heart of Batman without all the fluff.

  • April 27, 2001, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Instead of Batman Year One...

    by zenda

    ... I think they should film the two recent maxi-series they did in the comics: The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. Film 'em back to back and release them a year apart. They are both pretty early in Batman's career, and the second one introduces Robin.

  • April 28, 2001, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Clooney & the suits...

    by Toonimator

    ...I agree that Clooney's not to blame for Batman & Robin. But I'd prefer they get somebody else... personal preferrence. Clooney could probably pull it off, but he's got Batman & Robin hangin' over him. The main thing I'm worried about, trivial as it is, are the bat-suits. After Schumacher's run, the rubber-armored look is worthless. It's a joke, and it's creepy. It worked pretty well during Burton's films, despite the lack of neck flexibility (seeing Batman have to swing his whole torso back just to look up is still painful to watch), but protection aside, Batman's an athlete, and a detective. He needs to be mobile, and have the ability to view his surroundings, move his head... Someone above mentioned carefully placed armored bits... maybe give the costume more of an X-Men/Matrix spin rather than spandex. Spidey's threads wouldn't be right for a non-powered guy that gets in brawls on a nightly basis, but something sturdier, that at least LOOKS tough, would work. Go with the dark grey & black motif, AND the big bat, no yellow. Leave the trademarked logo for the titles, the Batsignal, and a hood ornament for the Batmobile (FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!! Make this vehicle FORMIDABLE like the first 2 films, not that flimsy piece of crap from B&R!!!! but, yeah, remove the guns... Batman wouldn't use vehicular guns anymore than handguns, they're too random. Missiles can be targetted strategically, but bullets'll ricochet). Also, get rid of that disgusting eye makeup... they may have had aesthetic reasons for doing it, so the eyes'll pop out, but it LOOKS like makeup. The rubber suits would take long enough to get on by themselves... Bruce & Dick are gonna stop to carefully apply shoepolish up to their eyelids each time they go out? Blech. Look at Alex Ross' Batman models, they got a decent cowl going. Shrink the eye area a bit & it'll do nicely. Marvel's had Alex do costume concepts for the Spidey movie & new X-Men comics, and nixed all of them... maybe DC'll be kinder & use his experience & his models' costume to develop a more practical design for the Bat-suit. Something to think about, anyway.

  • April 28, 2001, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Why In The Hell Is Warners Trying To Launch This Franchise Again

    by The Founder

    In my opinion both Batman and Superman should be put on hold for at the very least five years.Batman because the taste of B&R hasn't washed away from our mouths(on second thought make it ten years for Bats)and Supes because at the present time Warners isn't capable of shelling out a good Supes flick not to mention that the current brass at Warners are involved as well as Peters.The only way we may get a good Superman movie is when the new leadership takes over at Warners, and have faith in the writer/director to put the movie together.Now on the subject of Clooney as Batman, well I personally liked Clooney and thought he was the best of the three.I just think that some of the guys against him are pissed because of the god awful B&R, but with a good script he will rise out of the ashes of bad writing and poor directing to show us a Batman that has never graced the screen in history and we will all give praise to the almighty.

  • April 28, 2001, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Almost Forgot What About Robin?

    by The Founder

    I hope if they decide to use Robin it'll be the Tim Drake and not weak a*s Chris O'donnel's version of the boy wonder(god I can't believe I just quoted that cheesy line).I don't think any amount of good writing will ever make me accept Corney Chris.I'd acourse rather they not use robin at all, but just in case go with a new actor, and someone's who actually a teenager. Please Warners no one over 19.

  • April 28, 2001, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Clooney was the worst Batman ever.

    by Elliot_Kane

    More social worker in a bat suit than the Dark Knight we all want to see. One look at Clooney's eyes under the Batman mask and any criminal would just shrug and get on with it. The man cannot do menace, it is as simple as that. Keaton could do menace; even Kilmer in what is far and away the worst Batman film so far (Yes, it was worse than B&R) was more convincing than Clooney. Batman & Robin had three basic problems - very poor script, lousy directing and Clooney. The rest of the cast would have been fine given a decent script/direction (Alicia's Batgirl is English, but has an American accent? How stupid is that?) but the character of Batman is far too dark for Clooney to handle. He specialises in lovable rogues, and there is nothing lovable or roguish about Batman.

  • April 28, 2001, 2:16 a.m. CST

    More Jennifer Connelly please

    by Kyle.Reese

    Someone give her a big role in a big enough film that can get released over here in the sunny (ha) United Kingdon.

  • April 28, 2001, 3:33 a.m. CST

    They Still don't get it, Batman pics SUCK

    by Brooklyn Bred

    The first was cool but that was it. From 2 on down to that worst one which had the bimbo chick who played batgirl, these movies have reeked. Let it be! And focus on another hero pic. Perhaps plastic man staring Jim Carrey. Corney? More than likely but it would be better than this train wreck

  • April 28, 2001, 4:09 a.m. CST

    So Year 1 or not Year 1?

    by MCVamp

    Clooney had no chance in B & R. No actor alive or dead could have saved that piece of crap, PERIOD. And yet he blames himself. He's not a bad choice for the role, let him redeem himself if he's willing. You have to admit he'd have balls just for trying. But yes, get rid of Pat Hingle as Gordon. Hell, just back the series up to like year two and start over, with all of the major villains alive and well (or not yet around.) It's not like the public will really care if the movie's actually good. They may even >gasp< see it more than once, which is more than I can say for Batman and Robin. A lot of people I knew left that turd after Poison Ivy showed up. My Non-Year-1-Semi-In-My-Head-Cast (full roster)is: Clooney as Batman, Tom Selleck as Commish Gordon, Greg Kinnear as Harvey Dent, Terrence Stamp as Alfred, Edward Norton as the Joker, Cary Elwes as the Riddler, Sam Neill or Avery Brooks as Mr. Freeze, Dustin Hoffman or Steve Buscemi as the Ventriloquist (& Scarface,) Madonna (yeah, I said it,) as Catwoman, Dan Hedaya as Harvey Bullock, Patricia Arquette as Poison Ivy, aannnnd...I don't know, pick an unknown for Robin, if he's even necessary. For those who need to have Bruce Campbell in every casting discussion, he can be Clayface. Harry can be the Penguin or King Tut, his choice. Enough of my bullshit...I'm out like friendship bracelets.

  • April 28, 2001, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Bale as Batman

    by Pygmy Hippo

    He'd be great as Batman. But surely i can't be the only person in the world that thinks he should take over from Brosnan as the next James Bond?

  • April 28, 2001, 7:49 a.m. CST

    dr twinklycharm

    by happyhippy

    The problem with Clooney is that all his characters, even the villains, have a certain twinklycharm to them. this is why he didnt fit as the bat.he certainly wasnt helped by the truly awful script, and the over the top hamming by Arnie and uma thurmen, which all added to an awful film. they have to go for a quality actor who can truly portray menace. vince Vaughn has to be the best suggestion I,ve seen yet, although Russel Crowe would be interesting

  • April 28, 2001, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Jared Leto as Nightwing!

    by Drath

    Since we're shooting off casting thoughts, I thought I'd mention one that actually feels dead on to me, plus it's plausible in Hollywood logic. He was in Requiem for a Dream, so he knows the director. And besides, he's more a Nightwing than a Batman anyway. You want a 20-something Bruce Wayne, go with David Boreanaz.

  • April 28, 2001, 2:14 p.m. CST

    NOOO, for the love of god, NOOOOO!!!

    by Pippin's Diamond

    I HATED Clooney as Batman! Why anybody thought he'd make a good Bats is beyond me. Alright, so he wasn't as bad a Batman as Kilmer, but the best movie Batman was Keaton!! Keaton I say! Gotham weeps for thee, O cinematic future of the Dark Knight!

  • April 28, 2001, 4:41 p.m. CST


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  • April 28, 2001, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Got you harry!

    by Jack Ryder

    It's clearly a joke.That's why the a.i.c.n.comment.I'm suprized you went for it.

  • April 28, 2001, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Batman won't work on film without a few adjustments.

    by Village Idiot

    Let's face it you guys, comic books are silly and for kids. The only way a Batman movie is going to work now is if we get away from the comic book as much as possible. First of all, we need to LOSE THE COSTUME. We all know how ridculous the costumes look on film. How about leather pants and a leather jacket, and either a t-shirt with a bat emblem on it, or an emblem on the breast of the jacket? This would be a new, FRESH, EDGY Batman; a Batman who's familiar, yet done in a whole new way. Secondly, we all know how GREAT Micheal Keaton was. We should stay along those lines, finding an actor with the same comic intensity: NICHOLAS CAGE would be great, but I think (stay with me) ADAM SANDLER would be even better. He's hot right now, ready for an action picture, and he'd make Batman fun (and funny! He's great). Finally, Batman movies really write themselves: plot and characterization can be weak as long as the elements of thrill and excitement are there. Now that Batman is no longer in the costume, I'm thinking that this could open him up to more creative possibilities, including WIRE-FU and more high-intensity ACTION. Wouldn't you like to see Batman shoot his way out a building that's jam-packed with the Joker's gang? A BAT-GUN of some kind would be AWESOME. BTW, get Nicholson back as Joker. He was priceless as the "clown prince of dastardly deeds" or whatever. I love Jack! You can't tell me that this wouldn't be a better movie. Heck, I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

  • April 28, 2001, 9:11 p.m. CST

    You fools! He's bringing back the 60's TV Batman

    by DomisInnerChild

    Don't you see? Clooney is perfect for the camp. Think of the CG "POWS!" and "BAMS!".

  • April 29, 2001, 12:49 a.m. CST

    This could work...

    by Bry-Guy

    I remember my friend telling me that he had read, somewhere on the internet, that the new Batman movie had switched back to a fifth installment. After I finished stuffing his blaspheming carcass into a suitcase and leaving it at the train station, I logged on to AICN. Boy, did I get pseudo-confirmation of his rant. Although I don't totally trust scoopers, I've thought about it and I believe that other talk-backers are right with Clooney making a possibly correct Batman. I NEVER agreed with Batman having body armor (other than his chest symbol), but I think Clooney's demeanor, sans one-liners (and judging by ER segments), could be spot-on. I don't put all my eggs in Aronofsky's stylistic basket. I believe the only thing, and it's a BIG thing, in the favor of I and my "keep comic movies true to the comics" compadres, is the fact that Frank fucking Miller is attached. Thank your lucky Bat-stars for that. He might save this material from off-colouredness. As for Clooney not being what ruined "Batman and Robin", look at "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"...Reeve was STILL the fucking man, even though the story (or at least the EDIT of the story) made "Batman and Robin" look like "The Empire Strikes Back". Is anybody even gonna fuckin read this?!

  • April 29, 2001, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Clooney can be tough

    by Garzo

    As for ol' Clooney being tough enough for Bats, anybody remember "Peacemaker"? He was a hell of a tough Marine in that pic, with no silly smirks, charming twinkles in the eye or shiny glares coming off his teeth a la Steve Trevor. If he just played the same character in a Bat suit, we'd be on the right path.

  • April 29, 2001, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Pay Keaton whatever he wants

    by Crimson Dynamo

    That's all I got.

  • April 29, 2001, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Pay Keaton whatever he wants to go away and promise never to go

    by Village Idiot

    There, I got some more for you.

  • April 29, 2001, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Bug on Batman

    by Ambush Bug

    Okay, this is late in the game for this talkack but I must take advantage of talking Bats. First off, CLooney would not be a bad Batman. He seems to have conquered to wobbly head syndrome and has proven to be action star material in films like Three Kings, Perfect Storm, and Out of Sight. As long as Akiva and Joel stay as far away as possible, I'm fine with ol' Georgie donning the cowl again. Sure a year one would be cool. If they use CLooney at the beginning and have a younger actor take over as the younger Wayne, that would be cool. If they are going with a Batman 5, a cool film can be done. But no Joker, please. There are plenty of loonies worthy of some screen time before we start rehashing old villains. Scarecrow could carry a film on his own. So could the Mad Hatter. But on top of this Bug's wish list is a kick ass Ra's Al Ghul story. Some of the best elements from the comics like Year One, and the Contagion and the KNightfall storylines could be used to make a Batman story full of intrigue and adventure. Picture this: Continuing after that Batman and Robin horseshit, Batman continues his war on crime. Because Aronofsky promises a more cerebral story, I think Bats should become more and more obsessive about his war. There has been an increase of crime in the last few months and Batman and Robin are being pushed to the brink of their physical capabilities. Lesser villains like Killer Croc, Firefly,and Ventriloquist could be used to show that there is an overabundance of freaks loose in the city and Batman has his hands full. To top it all off, there is a new criminal elemant in town, one that Batman recognizes from his past. Bats is working non stop, researching during the day and fighting crime at night. Robin is worried. One fateful night, BAtman is put through a gauntlet fighting warriors with his similar fighting style. He almost tracks down the head of this new crime wave, but a mountain of a man in ceremonial garb (Ubu) stops the dark night before the crime boss can be revealed. Incapacited by henchmen, Robin is forced to watch the dark knight broken and battered by the giant warrior. The villain gets away and Batman's back is severely damaged. Robin rushes him back to the Batcave. Begin flashback: Young Bruce Wayne begins his globehopping training and arrives in Egypt where an ancient warrior trains him to be the Batman. His name, Ra's Al Ghul. Present: Batman begins his road to recovery, but to do this he must retrain himself and that means he must travel back to his former master, Ra's. Alfred and Bruce travel to Egypt, leaving Robin to take care of Gotham. Bruce's journey reunites him with Talia, the master's daughter, who he once had feelings for (could also be told in flashback). Bruce undergoes an intense training session with Ra's and Talia. He also uncovers Ra's secret of healing injuries with his LAzarus Pit. Robin had his hands full back in GOtham with the Ventriloquist, and Killer Croc battling it out to become Gotham's new crime lord. Bruce slowly regains his health, but notices that there is more to Ra's than he knows. He begins to uncover a plot to destroy the world's population, beginning with the largest city in the world, Gotham city. Just as Bruce uncovers Ra's devious plan, he is knocked unconscious and spared because Ra's knows of his daughters feeling for him, and is unable to stop Ra's, Ubu and Talia from heading for GOtham with a canister containing a plague of biblical proportions in tow. BAtman returns to GOtham, sees that Robin has done well by defeating Ventriloquist and Killer Croc, and the two set out to stop Ra's from letting loose the plague in GOtham. This all leads to a climactic battle above Gotham between Ra's and BAts. Batman is just about to defeat Ra's and when Talia betray's him by shooting him with her crossbow in the back. Talia and Ra's escape in a helicopter. Talia sadly waves to BAts who stands weary and broken hearted but triumphant in saving Gotham city from disaster. I see the flick as more of an Indiana Jones film than a typical Batman movie, taking Bruce out of Gotham and into his past. We see Bats as a young trainee, as a detective solving the riddle of who is behind it all, and as a protector of Gotham city. Bug's Casting Call: Clooney as the Modern Day Bats. Selma Hayek as Talia. Anthony Hopkins as Ra's Al Ghul. John Lithgow as the Ventriloquist. Tiny Zeus Liston as Killer Croc. Batman Triumphant. Cooler than beans. DC's gotta have something to compete with Spider-Man and a BAtman Beyond flick ain't it.

  • April 29, 2001, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The problem with Clooney as Batman was not that he was too old,


    Geez, do I have to tell you people everything? Batman is not a freakin' happy-go-lucky, merry prankster the way Clooney played him. Batman is dark, Hades-like, a brooding soul with a vendetta against evil. He does not crack jokes, not even as Bruce Wayne, his alter ego (YES, that's right, Bruce Wayne is BATMAN'S alter ego, and not the other way around.

  • April 29, 2001, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Actually I like the Ras al Ghul idea

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Perhaps an adaptation of The Son of the Demon graphic novel or something. I find the relationship between Bats and Talia to be the most interesting, romantic and tragic in all of comicdom. Sean Connery was born to play R'as. The gorgeous Claire Forlani would also make a perfect Talia. Or perhaps Thandie Newton for unorthodox (but appealing touch). I see no problems with Clooney reprising the role. I walked out of B&R early due to the fact that it was so bad, so I can't really judge Clooney' performance. Nevertheless, I have always been a fan of the guy and he deserves a chance to redeem himself. But if you are so against the idea of Clooney playing him, how about David Boreanaz? A little young, perhaps, but he's certainly got the dark and broody stuff down.

  • April 29, 2001, 8:54 p.m. CST

    casting for the next one

    by DrDavidBanner

    I expect to take some grief for this, but I think Ben Affleck would make a good "early" Batman, and if you need the older Batman in the same film (and if this Clooney business is bullshit, which hopefully it is), then I might suggest Jeff Bridges. Think about it.

  • April 30, 2001, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Clooney has already proven his talent.

    by superninja

    It is Akiva Goldsman and Schumacher who were not up to the challenge. He didn't really have a character to play -- that was NOT a Batman movie. It was the Mr. Freeze & Poison Ivy Adventure. I doubt this news at all, but keep in mind, Aronofsky has already said BATMAN IS GOING TO BE OLDER THAN HIS ORIGINAL YEAR ONE INCARNATION. I would see a film with Ra Al's Ghul, but certainly not played by Sean Connery, and certainly not with Claire Forliani as Talia. In fact, I'd rather they'd just leave her out of the equation entirely, or either make her very mysterious as in the cartoon. No "Son of the Demon" stuff.

  • April 30, 2001, 8:53 a.m. CST

    No more kids.

    by superninja

    The idea of Batman having kids tag along sucks, IMHO. I know Robin is important and all that, and it works in cartoon land, but I want a really good Batman movie first. There's nothing more ridiculous to me than a man who values himself as a protector of his city letting a child in a BRIGHT @#%^ING COSTUME (moving target anyone?) running around fighting crime with him. I also agree that the rubber costume must go, and they should adopt something similar to the Alex Ross version. One good thing about the Burton effort was he actually bothered to focus on the Batman/Joker relationship in a way similar to the Killing Joke. The Joker tried to convince Batman that he was no better than himself, a lunatic dressed up in a halloween costume. What was missing from Burton's Batman was any supporting characters worth caring about, besides Alfred. I'd like to see his supporting cast (Dent, Gordon, Bullock) fleshed out more.

  • July 27, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by 7

    Had to be said.