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Old September 26th, 2006   kipster is offline   #33
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Justin Long?

He's way too old to be introduced as Robin, and he also looks pretty thin to play the role of someone who is an acrobat and top notch gymnast.

If they do bring in the Robin character, I hope it's someone who is young, physically built for the role, and is gritty enough to fit the nuance of the new Batman movies.
 
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Old September 26th, 2006   The Flash is offline   #34
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Nolan on picking his brother Jonah to write TDK!
September 25, 2006 - Filmmaker Christopher Nolan says the reason was "more circumstances than anything else" for why his writer brother Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan was tapped to write the screenplay for The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins. Jonah served in a consulting capacity on the 2005 film.



"When [Batman Begins co-screenwriter] David Goyer and I sat down about a year ago to hammer out the story treatment for another Batman, he was going off to direct a film [The Invisible] and I was going off to direct a film [The Prestige]," Chris Nolan recalls in the Sept./Oct. issue of Creative Screenwriting magazine.

He continued, "Jonah seemed the most obvious choice for someone to crack on the script and see if our story held any water. You sit there with your cue cards [note cards], but till you have to write a screenplay you never actually know what you've got. So we pulled the pin and tossed the grenade."

Jonah credits Chris with turning him onto Batman in the first place after buying him Frank Miller's graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns for his 14th birthday. "I have loved and cherished that character from that point, but through the lens of Frank Miller: Batman: Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One."

Jonah also draws comparisons between Batman and the magician protagonists in The Prestige. "What's cool about Bruce Wayne and these magicians is that they are a stand-in for the filmmaker. They recognize that it's a normal world, and so they build a more interesting one."

In related news, Michael Caine says on his official site "that in March I reprise my Butler roll [as Alfred] in the second Batman again directed by Christopher Noland starring Christian Bale. This one is 'The Joker' and the Joker is Heath Ledger. Great casting."


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Old September 26th, 2006   Superboy-Prime is offline   #35
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Has anyone heard more about THIS!?!?!

From CHUD.com;

"Despite Christopher Nolan’s claims to the contrary, we have learned from a trusted source that Justin Long, star of Accepted and the ubiquitous Apple Computer commercials, has been cast a Robin the Boy Wonder in The Dark Knight."
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Yeah, I'm going to have to take that news with a grain of salt.

Just don't see that happening.

As far as Nolan's bro being chosen to be the screenwriter for TDK, thats cool. I've been a big fan of Memento, and I have faith that this collaboration will be a successful one as well. No worries here.
 
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Old September 26th, 2006   Jor-El's Ghoest is offline   #36
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Yeah, Christopher Nolan said there's no way he's doing Robin, because Batman's still too young to take on a protege.
 
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Old September 26th, 2006   The Flash is offline   #37
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I have faith in Jonah with the script.
 
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Old October 3rd, 2006   Director of Everything is offline   #38
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Nolan's Dark Knight Revelations
IGN got the chance to ask Chris Nolan if The Dark Knight would delve further into the themes established in Batman Begins, specifically the idea of justice vs. revenge and the exploration of Bruce Wayne's father issues.

"I haven't finished the script yet. I'm supposed to be doing it right now," Nolan admitted, sparking laughter from the crowd. "It does, absolutely. It's a pretty direct continuation of where the last film left off, and the last scene of Batman Begins suggests a strong direction we wanted to take the story in. It absolutely carries on with a lot of the thematic concerns and hopefully takes it someplace new."

When we asked if District Attorney Harvey Dent – a.k.a. Batman's future nemesis Two-Face – would indeed be in the film, Nolan replied, "I don't want to go into too many specifics. Yes, he is."

IGN caught up with Nolan as he was exiting the event and asked if Dent had been cast. "Not yet." Would that actor be an American, an Aussie or a Brit? "You'll see," Nolan promised.
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Old October 3rd, 2006   CmdrJBond is offline   #39
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Has anyone heard whether David Goyer's going to be involved in the scripting process at all?
 
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Has anyone heard whether David Goyer's going to be involved in the scripting process at all?
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He is. He wrote the treatment that Jonah Nolan is writing the screenplay from.
 
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Old October 3rd, 2006   Greg Owens is offline   #41
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I'm pretty sure the whole Justin Long thing is a joke. He did a short film as Robin (with Sam Rockwell as Batman) that was released not too long ago. It was fairly amusing. I believe that is what the CHUD article was really about.
 
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Old October 3rd, 2006   Director of Everything is offline   #42
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I'm pretty sure the whole Justin Long thing is a joke. He did a short film as Robin (with Sam Rockwell as Batman) that was released not too long ago. It was fairly amusing. I believe that is what the CHUD article was really about.
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You mean this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5n8lYLGBMY
 
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Were you pulling for Liev Schriber?

Well, if it'll make you feel better, here's a pic of Liev as Two-Face. Photoshopped obviously/probably, but it's frickin sweet.



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Hans Zimmer Returning for The Dark Knight
SoundtrackNet interviewed Batman Begins co-composer Hans Zimmer, who says he will be back for The Dark Knight score:

Well, once I've done the next Batman movie, which will finish in early 2008, I thought I'd take a year off from writing film scores and just go and do some concerts.

The second part of the interview (not published yet) promises to have more from Zimmer on the sequel. No word yet if James Newton Howard will return as well.
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Well after reading all this I feel better about Ledger being cast as the Joker. I was actually shocked by the news, but part of that was that I have not seen him in any movies. He just did not look the part or seem like the type to play the Joker from pictures or interviews I've seen him in.

Now that I'm more excited, can any of you recommend any of Ledger's films to rent? I'd appreciate it....

By the way, I hope Liev gets the part of Dent / Two-Face....THAT would be great casting!
 
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Well after reading all this I feel better about Ledger being cast as the Joker. I was actually shocked by the news, but part of that was that I have not seen him in any movies. He just did not look the part or seem like the type to play the Joker from pictures or interviews I've seen him in.

Now that I'm more excited, can any of you recommend any of Ledger's films to rent? I'd appreciate it....

By the way, I hope Liev gets the part of Dent / Two-Face....THAT would be great casting!
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Ledger movies worth checking out, IMO:
Ten Things I hate About You (pretty funny teen flick)
A Knight's Tale (comedy/action flick about jousting)
The Patriot ([email protected] good American Revolution movie)

and he's been in others like The Brothers Grimm, Ned Kelley, Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, but I haven't seen any of those.
 
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Bale Doesn't Talk About The Dark Knight
One of the most exciting superhero movies of the last few years was Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and Nolan reunites with his star Christian Bale this coming weekend for The Prestige, a turn of the century magician thriller based on the book by Christopher Priest.

So when ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! had a chance to talk to Christian Bale about the movie, you would think that we could get a few scoops from him about what to expect from the 2008 sequel The Dark Knight, right?

As Luthor might say? WRONG!

Apparently, Bale hasn't even read the script yet, or at least so he claims. He's an actor, so who knows whether we should believe him when he told us, "I've spoken to Chris about it. I haven't read anything yet. I trust him completely. I'm sure he's been coming up with something improved upon our first one. We also have the knowledge that everyone has confidence in what we're trying to do now because the first one worked. People embraced it. Beyond that, Chris is just a real solid foundation. You don't worry too much if he's going to come up with the goods. He is. He's one of the best around."

"I have no clue what we're going to be doing and I haven't paid a lot of thought to it," Bale continued. "I'll pay a lot of thought to it once Chris sits me down and tells me what he's trying to achieve for the next one. When I sit in the safety vault and read the script being monitored on all sides then I'll know more and I'll move forward with it from there. Before then, I'm truly not thinking about it. I've got total trust in him and I have no problem reading the script a week before we start. I'm actually pretty confident."

"I mean look of course, I'd love to be able to talk with you more and we will [talk] about the actual character and where we can take that and where we want to take him. But beyond that, I enjoy this kind of air of secrecy about it and I don't mind not being in right there in the inner circle until Chris decides he needs me to know about it and he needs my input as well. So far, that hasn't happened."

We also asked Bale if he's worried at all about being thought of just as Batman or Bruce Wayne, to which he responded, "My feeling has always been with anything like that it all depends on the following roles I take and just ability as well you know. If it turns out that I'm just doing different variations of Bruce Wayne for the rest of my life, than who would want to keep hiring me for anything? I wasn't that worried about that, especially because of the way that we approached that of doing "Batman" and "Batman Begins." Although he's obviously larger than life, obviously we were referencing many of the graphic novels. It's somewhat in my mind less of a character than he was represented in many of the other versions. I kind of watch it and believe him as a real character in this sort of ridiculous animated personality."

Before Batman's return, you can see Bale in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, which opens on October 20.
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The Brothers Nolan on The Dark Knight
CS/SHH!: Are we going to see the detective side of Batman in this one?
Christopher: I can't really say any more about it (laughter).

CS/SSH!: It will be darker than the first one?
Christopher: To be honest, I really don't think in those terms, the story will be what the story is and it will be for you guys to say whether it is or not. I honestly don't think of it like that.

CS/SHH!: How close are we to hearing who Harvey Dent is going to be?
Christopher: I don't know who is going to be him and I am the only person who would know so...I don't know.
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