Stars of 'Chronicle' on Becoming Superheroes

One thing we learned in 2011 was that a low budget, independent movie can make a ton of money at the box office with little advertising. The Devil Inside proved that when it made $34.5 million on its opening weekend. Trying to follow in The Devil's footsteps is Chronicle when it opens this Friday (Feb. 3). Is it going to be the big surprise hit of the winter movie season, or will it bomb? It's getting a lot of internet buzz and from everything we've heard about the flick, at the very least it promises to be a fresh spin on the superhero movie genre. However, Chronicle is not based on a comic book franchise, and other than Hancock (2008), I can't recall a successful superhero movie based on an original character.

In an earlier post, we talked about the trailer and how the movie was made in the "found footage" style. It stars three relatively unknown actors and it's the first major film for its director Josh Trank. If you want to hear Trank talk about filming in South Africa and meet his three leads - Michael B. JordanDane Dehaan, and Alex Russell, check out the video below, courtesy of SuperHeroHype.





I'm interested to hear if other people around the world are getting excited for this movie. If you're in the UK or Ireland and see it before the USA opening, hit us up in the comments and give your verdict.

Happy Birthday Christian Bale!



Bale not looking overly happy here, but hey, he's Batman
We couldn't let today pass without sending our best wishes to the greatest big screen Batman ever - Christian Bale.

Born today (Jan. 30, 1974) in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK.
With Batman Begins (2005), he became the seventh actor to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in a live-action film. The others were: Lewis Wilson in 1943's, Robert Lowery in 1949, Adam West in the 1966, Michael Keaton for the first two installments of the Batman film series, to be replaced by Val Kilmer and George Clooney
Was the first non-American actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne. 
Alongside Michael Keaton, he is the only other actor to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in more than one live action film. 
Bale is the second Batman to win an Oscar. George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005), and he also won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter (2010). - IMDb

'The Grey' Director Talks Nolan and The Dark Knight


Joe Carnahan, director of the new film, The Grey, and Liam Neeson, the film's star, spoke with MTV News about Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. It's only a 30 second video, but still of interest because Carnahan is planning to helm another superhero, err, villain movie - Mark Millar's Nemesis. From this interview, it's not difficult to see who Carnahan's influence might be going into that project. Carnahan has also let it be known that he would like Neeson to portray a character named Blake Morrow in Nemesis



"What Chris had to rescue, the doldrums from which he had to rescue the Batman franchise, were considerable. I mean, that's like diving down into the center of the Earth and pulling up [gold]. I just think he did a remarkable job of that. And the proof is in the pudding. Those movies are absolute character studies disguised as superhero films, which I think are great." - Joe Carnahan

The Avengers - Prop Replicas Go on Sale This Summer

More high quality, limited edition superhero movie collectibles are on the way! We've learned that eFx Inc. has purchased the rights to make replicas of props used in Marvel's The Avengers, and oh man, they look cool.

Of course, these babies will set you back a few dollars, with prices ranging from $49 to $1500. Examples of items that will be available include Iron Man's helmet, Thor's hammer and Captain America's shield. Samples of these prop replicas will go on display at Anaheim, California's Wonder Con from March 16 to 18.

Here's how eFx described their Marvel collectibles in a press release -
"The Marvel universe is extraordinary, diverse and exciting -- just like Marvel’s fans around the world, and we are really eager for them to see what we are creating with guidance and input from the Marvel team. Marvel’s comics and movies offer virtually endless possibilities for absolutely incredible prop replicas." - Bryan Ono, president of eFX Inc.
Thanks to CBR for the heads up.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Synopsis Revealed



The tagline for The Amazing Spider-Man is "The untold story", and a lot of people (including myself) assumed that phrase referred to the mystery surrounding Peter Parker's parents. Where did they go? How did Peter wind up an orphan living with his aunt and uncle? The trailer released a few months ago hinted at the story surrounding Mr. and Mrs. Parker, but now Columbia Pictures has released the official synopsis of the film that fills in some gaps. 


From Columbia Pictures:
"The Amazing Spider-Man" is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero."
I really like the idea of exploring the backstory concerning the Parkers' past, and I love how they're going to weave Dr. Connors/The Lizard into the intrigue surrounding their disappearance. Yeah, I dug Sam Raimi's take on Spidey, but I think this version might make for a more intense, less comicbooky feel. Bring it on!

The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3, 2012 in the USA. Click here for other countries.

Thanks to MTV for the heads up.

Have an Early Look at Cool Collectibles from 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Aw yeah, Batman, Bane, and Catwoman 12 inch statues and six inch action figures from The Dark Knight Rises? Yes please, I'll take one of each. Thanks to the toy collector site, Idle Hands, we have a sneak peek at some of the ultra cool TDKR collectibles headed our way in June. Apparently, there's a big toy fair taking place in the UK, and somebody did us all a favor a scanned some early promo material from a catalog. Check out the Idle Hands site for all the info on these items that are sure to be in your comic shop this summer.




Thanks to ComingSoon.net for the heads up.

The Dark Knight Rises - As a Cartoon?

Are you tired of mash-ups that use the soundtrack or images from The Dark Knight Rises trailer? Of course you're not, because anything having to do with The Dark Knight Rises is cool. Case in point, this sick animated version of the official trailer that's almost a shot for shot remake of the original - only it uses scenes from Batman: The Animated Series. A big thank you to the Daily Blam for the heads up.


Remembering Heath Ledger, 4/4/79 - 1/22/08

Today (Jan. 22) is the fourth anniversary of Heath Ledger's death and we can't let it pass without some sort of tribute. While he had several critically acclaimed roles, his Oscar-winning turn as The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight will always be remembered as a triumph. It's not an overstatement to say his work in that film raised the standard for acting for an entire movie genre and it's one from which other actors will constantly draw inspiration. Controversy surrounded his death, but nothing can tarnish this jewel of a performance. Rest in Peace, Heath.



New York Times Obituary, Heath Ledger, January 22, 2008

Nic Cage Says New 'Ghost Rider' Is No Sequel

We haven't talked much about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance here lately, so let's get caught up on what ol' flame skull has in store when he hits the screen on February 17 (USA, UK). I saw where Nicolas Cage had a sit down with Total Film last week and apparently wanted to distance this movie from 2007's Ghost Rider. I thought the first movie did a decent job of introducing the character and wasn't as awful as some thought, even though Cage's hair was a bit distracting. Anyway, I think Nic wants you to put that movie out of your head when you see this latest offering.
“I don’t see this as a sequel at all,” he told us (Total Film). “I see this as Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. The other movie was Ghost Rider. This movie is Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.”
 "Johnny Blaze is in a much different place in this movie,” explains Cage. “It’s a much edgier, almost cynical interpretation compared to the first Ghost Rider. Because in that movie, Johnny was trying to keep everything at bay, to keep things from erupting.”
Read more at Total Film 

The impressive trailer for the new Ghost Rider raised expectations from fans who wanted to see a more intense, edgier film than the first outing. I have to admit, from the looks of it, Spirit of Vengeance might actually kick some major ass this time around. The chase scenes almost have a Road Warrior vibe going on and the supporting cast that Cage has around him is top notch, including Thor's Idris Elba. Not only that, David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay, and he was involved in the writing of all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies.

Here's my last bit of Ghost Rider info to pass along today - there's some speculation that this movie will be sort of a passing of the torch - pun intended. We know that the plot involves Johnny Blaze (Cage) trying to save a boy named Danny Ketch from being sacrificed in some sort of Satanic ritual. Now, it just so happens that in the comic book source material, there was a second Ghost Rider after Blaze - and his name? Daniel Ketch. The film makers might have just used that name as an Easter egg for long-time fans or it might be a hint that the next Ghost Rider movie will begin a new chapter with a new Rider. For a detailed article on the whole Danny Ketch angle, checkout ScreenRant. While you're waiting for the flick to open next month, have a look at the trailer again and let me know what you think.


'Chronicle' - New Movie Has Super Powers, but No Capes


Okay I admit it, sometimes I really wish I had a super power. Most of the time, I wish for X-ray vision, but I don't want to digress too much, so I'll  save that topic for another time. Anyway, if I had some type of super power, I hope I act a little better than the characters in the new movie, Chronicle.

Last week, I mentioned Chronicle because its director, Josh Trank is close to being given the reins of the huge Fantastic Four re-boot. So all of a sudden, Chronicle is generating a lot of buzz because Trank is about to get the FF job. What's Chronicle about? First of all, it's filmed in the "found footage" style, like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. One of the main characters is recording everything that happens on his phone camera. It's also in the genre of other "realistic" superhero movies and TV shows like Heroes and Hancock. You know, the type of shows that try to portray how people with superhuman abilities would really act.

Chronicle is the story of three high school students who develop super powers after they go wandering inside a weird crater of some sort that they find in the woods. Let's just say, when they discover they have a power, they don't follow Peter Parker's do-gooder example. I've collected all of the preview clips and the official trailer below, so you can decide if it's worthy of all the pre-release hype. Personally, I think it looks pretty cool. Who hasn't wondered what it would feel like to have a superpower and what they would use it for? The way these characters abuse their power in the clips has me thinking about what separates a superhero from a supervillain. Hmm, food for thought. How about it? Are you planning to see Chronicle when it opens, or is it a "wait for Netflix" type of movie?

Chronicle stars Michael B. Jordan, Dane Dehaan, and Alex Russell.
It opens in the USA on February 3.




















It's Batman vs. Bane in a Lucha Libre Brawl!

Gotham Luche Libre by Timothy Lim
Just wanted to share this awesome poster I found on the deviantArt page of illustrator, Timothy Lim - AKA ninjaink. Think they could sell a few tickets to this? Maybe Christopher Nolan could go back in the studio and film one more scene for The Dark Knight Rises. Please?

Check out ninjaink's page. He has tons of images like this posted.
"“Mucha Lucha: El Caballero de la Noche III” is a Hispanoamerican sporting event set to take place on July 20. It will pit two of the world’s most formidable intellectual and physical rivals in a no-holds barred Rage-in-the-Cave match to the finish. Tickets have already been sold out months ahead of its anticipated date. The event will be broadcast in IMAX and internationally."- Timothy Lim (ninjaink)

Stop PIPA / SOPA!

I'm posting this on my site Wednesday, January 18 to protest the proposed legislation in the United States - the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.

I support the following statement from Google, and if you are a U.S. citizen, I encourage you to sign the "Stop PIPA/SOPA" petition here
"Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs."

Rob Liefeld Says He's Seen R-rated 'Deadpool' Footage

Deadpool - Marvel Comics
The long-talked-about movie starring Deadpool got some internet buzz recently. Rob Liefeld, who co-created the character with Fabian Nicieza, was  at a comic convention on January 8, and had some interesting quotes about everyone's favorite mentally unstable mercenary. Ever since Deadpool appeared as one of the villains in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, news occasionally pops up about a movie in which Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role from Origins. We know the movie has a screenplay and a director, but so far, there's no word on a start date.

As it turns out, there might be movement on this film that's been kept under wraps. At the Amazing Arizona Comic Con last week, Liefeld gives us a major tease by spilling the beans on some test footage that he claims to have seen. Read the quote below from Reelz.com, and decide if you think Liefeld's telling the truth, or if it's just wishful thinking on his part. I'm undecided, but it seems unlikely that news about this test footage wasn't leaked sooner. If what he says is true, I'm sure we'll be hearing much more soon.
"They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not have seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and you go, 'Holy crap,' and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R-rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R-rated. ... They may or may not have wanted to shoot about eight minutes of the movie to see how it would play. And all I can tell you is, it’s close. It’s closer than it’s ever been to going [into production], or going, 'Nah, that’s too scary a proposition to make an R-rated Deadpool movie.'" - Rob Liefeld
You can watch a video of Liefeld's entire panel discussion here 

Some information in this article can be found at http://www.reelz.com/movie-news/12864/deadpool-movie-creator-rob-liefeld-teases-blow-your-mind-test-footage/

Director Joss Whedon Talks Captain America and 'The Avengers'

Entertainment Weekly had some interesting quotes this week from Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers (May 4) - about Captain America and how the movie is seen from his point of view. To fans of The Avengers comic books, it's probably not a surprise that Cap (as played by Chris Evans) will be a central focus of the movie, since he was the team leader in the books. One of my favorite things about the Avengers series was how the extremely independent heroes would put aside their disagreements when things got hairy and look to Cap for leadership. I'm hoping the same holds true for the movie. Although the EW article doesn't really go into Cap's leadership of the team, it does shed some light on how much of the movie is centered around him.

Here's what Whedon told EW about Cap's place in The Avengers -

“So much of [The Avengers] story takes place from Steve Rogers’ perspective, since he’s the guy who just woke up and sees this weird-ass world,” Whedon says. “Everyone else has been living in it. He’s the guy that feels that sense of loss.”
Marvel Entertainment- art by Alex Ross

 
“[Captain America] is kind of the ultimate loner in that way. There is an anachronism to him, and Chris and I have always tried to, without making it goofy or too obvious, make him that same grounded ’40s Steve Rogers he was in the other movie.”
So, to boil it down - it sounds like we'll see the movie unfold through Cap's eyes as he adjusts to our modern society and faces the fact that he's alone in the world. To me, this sounds like a brilliant way to construct the film. Having Cap as the focus gives the audience a character for whom they can have empathy and it gives the movie a human element to balance out the green rage monsters and space gods. How about you? Do Whedon's quotes give you any thoughts on how Captain America might be presented in The Avengers? If so, let's hear 'em.  

Source: Entertainment Weekly 

'Fantastic Four' Movie Might Have Its Director

Fantastic Four - Marvel Comics, art by Terry Dodson
Josh Trank
Variety has reported that 20th Century Fox might have lined up the director for the next Fantastic Four movie. Josh Trank is the man who insiders say is very close to being given the reins to the FF flick. Trank is the director of Chronicle, which is set open on February 3 in the USA. Chronicle also happens to deal with a group of super-powered individuals - a trio of high school students who, according to the movie's site "...find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides." 
"Trank has had several meetings regarding the project, but with his debut feature still three weeks away, insiders tell Variety that Fox is expected to wait to see how "Chronicle" opens over Super Bowl weekend before extending an official offer." - Variety
For a sample of Trank's work, check out the Chronicle trailer below.






Some information in this article can be found at  http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118048639

What's up with 'The Wolverine'?

The Wolverine is a movie that's been on the radar for at least two years, but we really haven't heard much about it lately. Originally, filming was supposed to start in the spring of 2011, but it was delayed because of natural disasters in Japan, where many scenes were going to be filmed. The start date was then pushed to the fall of 2011, but a schedule conflict for star, Hugh Jackman, nixed those plans. (Jackman signed onto the musical version of Les Miserable.)

If you recall, about this time last year, the movie had another delay.  A year ago, fans were going nuts over the announcement that Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler - Black Swan) had been hired to direct, and then in March he left the project.

The search for a new director put the movie on the back burner for a few months, but then Fox hired James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted - Walk the Line) in June 2011. Recently, I've been wondering if the movie was already filming or if any start date had been announced.

So, after doing a search for the latest news, it sounds like summer of this year is when the cameras might finally roll. That's according to statements from the film's producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, but she stresses that it's all up to Jackman's schedule. The movie's IMDb page has 2013 as the only info regarding when it will open.

If you're not quite up to speed on The Wolverine, here's a little info -

The movie is not a sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's going to be a stand-alone story in which Logan/Wolverine travels to Japan to search for the truth behind his origin. It's at least partially based on the classic 1982 comic book run by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. In that story, Wolverine also tries to win back the woman he loves while battling her samurai sword-wielding family. Will that part of the story be included? Nobody knows, yet.

Here's how Mangold described the movie to MTV News -

"I was just really intrigued by the script and the project and the boldness of making a really personal Wolverine movie. But it's also more of a journey for the character in a completely foreign land and more of a mystery and an adventure than it kind of is another save the world X-Men film."

Some information in this article can be found at
 http://screenrant.com/wolverine-2-release-date-rob-121675/
http://www.reelz.com/person/120691/james-mangold/news/

The Dark Knight Issue of EW Hits Stands Friday

Christian Bale is sporting the new, improved Batsuit on the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly, and if the cover copy is to be believed, we'll see even more new pics from The Dark Knight Rises. Being  called "this year's hottest movie"  - as the magazine says- is high praise indeed when you consider how rare it is for the third movie in a franchise to get that type of hype.
“I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” Christian Bale tells EW. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.” 
Check out the Dark Knight issue of Entertainment Weekly when it hits stands Friday, Jan. 13.

Also this week, it was reported that some theatres are already selling tickets to the midnight showing of TDKR on July 20! You might recall when Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol opened a few weeks ago in IMAX theatres, a six minute TDKR prologue attached to it. (Sidenote - About 40 minutes of footage in TDKR was shot with IMAX cameras and to get the maximum effect of that technology, it's best to view it in theatres with a 70mm IMAX projector.) Well, it turns out the fan response to that prologue was so great, some IMAX theatre operators in New York and Los Angeles made tickets available to the July 20 midnight screening of TDKR, and guess what? Yep, they they sold out instantly. Now, Fandango is selling tickets to other IMAX midnight screenings of TDKR.

So, what does that mean for everybody who's counting the days until the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan's masterpiece? It means if you live near an IMAX theatre, stay on top of the Fandango ticket availability in your area and buy your tickets waaay early. If these early ticket sales are any indication, we can expect sold out IMAX shows in some of the larger cities for at least the first few days.

You can find your nearest IMAX theatre by going to Fandango.

Thanks to ScreenRant for some of the information in this article.

A Guide to 'The Avengers' Movie Now Online

Now that 2012 is finally here, I think we can safely say that opening day for Marvel's The Avengers is just around the corner (May 4 in USA, April 27 in UK) - so it's a perfect time to get caught up on all the news surrounding this mega-event. Now, honestly if I tried to compile everything there is to know about The Avengers, I probably would finish the article about the time the sequel was opening. The movie was first announced in 2005, and since then hardly a day has gone by without some news regarding its progress.

Fortunately, Total Film took on the huge task of creating a time-line of sorts - they call it The Avengers: The Complete Guide - it explains how the movie got from the concept stage to finished product in about six years. The author, George Wales, did a great job of connecting all the Marvel movies that've lead up to The Avengers and giving a little backstory info on the main players.

The only problem is, the article consists of fifty slides and can take almost an hour to read. Knowing that most people might not want to invest that much time, I've listed a few key quotes and hope that you bookmark the Total Film article. Be sure to check it out when you have the time.

The article collects quotes from all of the stars regarding their characters and how he or she fits into the  whole picture. Here's a few choice lines -

Thor - played by Chris Hemsworth
Hemsworth says - “Thor has more of a personal investment. It's not just some bad guy that he's gotta take care of; for him, it's family. There's a sense of, 'I'll beat him up and teach him a lesson, not you guys.' It's the first time in ages since he's seen his brother, and it's amongst all this chaos.” 
"I think Thor’s motivation is much more of a personal one,” explains Hemsworth, “in the sense that it’s his brother Loki that is stirring things up. Whereas for everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.”


Hulk - played by Mark Ruffalo 
 Director, Joss Whedon, speaking about Ruffalo - 
“He was my first and only choice for Bruce Banner," Whedon told MTV. "I'm stunned that we landed that, just stunned. He has what I remember loving about the show, he invites you in in a way that [no] other performer has since Bill Bixby. He is a guy who's been beaten up by life, but not defined by that. That’s what I want from Bruce Banner, is a guy who’s still getting it done, even though he has his problem.” 
Ruffalo on the Bruce Banner/Tony Stark dynamic - 
“No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, who just wants to see him pop,” reveals Mark Ruffalo. “It’s funny, there’s a really cool dynamic between Stark and Banner. They’re a lot alike in a strange way. They’re both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades. Banner, for all his mild-mannered mythology, he’s still the dude who was testing some pretty crazy shit on himself, so he has that rebel streak in him.”


Captain America - played by Chris Evans
“That’s where he is gonna get some conflict,” agrees Chris Evans. “It’s gonna be about not just adjusting to the fact that every human being he knows is dead, but adjusting to the evolution in society, and how modern values and morals have changed. But Cap’s not a complainer. He doesn’t whine. So it’s gonna be a matter of finding conflict but without moaning.”
Whedon speaking about writing the Cap role -
“I am the guy who loves Cyclops on the X-Men, because he is square,” admits Whedon. “[Captain America] is a little square, and he is aware that he is a little square, and he is aware that the world is a beat ahead of him, or in his case, 70 beats. I think that's very disarming and very charming. I relate to that guy. I also don't know who the popular singers are right now, so he is actually really easy for me to write.”


Hawkeye - played by Jeremy Renner and Black Widow - played by Scarlett Johansson


“I like [Hawkeye] because he isn’t a superhero,” he (Renner) told MTV. “He’s not a guy in tights doing his thing, he’s just a regular dude with a highly trained set of skills. I think that’s kind of cool, and I can actually connect to that more than if he was flying around with a codpiece on.” 
“Our characters have a long history,” confirms Scarlett Johansson. “They've fought together for a long time in a lot of battles in many different countries. We're the two members of this swinging group who are skilled warriors - we have no superpowers.” 
“It's a lonely game,” agrees Renner. “[Hawkeye’s] an outcast. His only connection is to Scarlett's character, Natasha. It's like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to physical mission.” 

Some cool quotes there, yeah? Believe me, the Total Film article is a treasure trove of more Avengers info, so give it a look. Meanwhile, as always, gimme a heads up if you've seen any other great Avengers articles that deserve some love.

Some information in this article can be found at http://www.totalfilm.com/features/the-avengers-the-complete-guide/thor

What Lies Beyond 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Fan-made poster by Guy Bourraine, Jr   

Thanks to Forever Geek for the heads up about these images. Guy Bourraine, Jr. created these posters for a live-action Batman Beyond  film that will probably never be made. However, as Forever Geek points out, Warner Bros. has committed to re-booting the Batman franchise once the Christopher Nolan-helmed trilogy is complete - of course the last installment is The Dark Knight Rises, which is opening this summer. Granted, it might be a tad early to speculate about what the next film version of Batman will be, but what the hell - it's fun.


Full disclosure here- I'm not very familiar with the DC Animated Universe, which the Batman Beyond TV series was a part of, but from what I've seen, I think the story would translate quite well into a live action movie.
Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Australia, Japan, and Mexico) is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting the teenager Terry McGinnis as a new Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne, the series began airing on January 10, 1999, and ended its run on December 18, 2001. (from Wikipedia)



Fan-made poster by Guy Bourraine, Jr   
Of course, Batman Beyond is not the direction Warner Bros. will take the Bat franchise, but that leads into the question - What are WB's plans for the post-Nolan Dark Knight? Although Nolan will be involved in future Bat films, I think it's safe to assume they won't resemble the current trilogy. Do you think WB will follow Sony's Spider-Man strategy and re-tell the origin story and pretend the first trilogy never happened, or do they try to maintain some connection to the Gotham that Nolan created in his films? I try to keep up with the latest rumors surrounding the future of Batman films, but if you've read any articles that might offer clues as to the direction WB is headed, I'd love to hear about them.