Cinescape received a couple of good titbits on the latest “Batman” flick.
“Dennis Quaid is "close" to being signed for the part of Jim Gordon, the Gotham City beat cop that will one day become police Commissioner. Gordon has an important role to play in the picture. One might even say that fate will deal him — and subsequently the Dark Knight — a card that sets the course for their future and that of Gotham City….Cillian Murphy is playing The Scarecrow, but you already know that. …At present, the concept for this film’s Batmobile is unlike the looks of Batman’s wheels from the four earlier films. Instead, this incarnation of the Batmobile — at least at this stage of development — might look like it has more in common with the behemoth depicted in Frank Miller’s legendary THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comic book series. As our source tells us, "the Batmobile will be big and bulky, like an urban tank." ….There is talk about changing the working title of the project to BATMAN BEGINS. …One of the film’s major action scenes will take place inside a Tibetan palace and will not involve Batman — but a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. Much ass-kicking will take place inside that palace, and it will be upon the film’s main villain, or more specifically, his henchmen. ..When you see the way Goyer and Nolan choose to end their movie, you’ll be wishing that the sequel will be coming out tomorrow. And that’s all we’ll say about that.”
Batman On Film also report “Ken Watanabe was offered the role of Ra’s Al Ghul, and declined over scheduling problems. Warner Bros. then offered him the role of Ducard. Watanabe desperately wants to be involved in the "Batman" film, and the offer is still, apparently, there. I have no idea how this impacts on reports of Liam Neeson being cast as Ducard. Perhaps the initial reports of Nesson being cast as Ra’s are correct, but I can’t confirm or deny as I don’t know. Also, expect a big or, at the very least, up-and-coming actor to be cast as Jim Gordon. There is a short list which I will have access to shortly. And FYI: The rumors of Laurence Fishburne being offered the part of Lucius Fox were complete lies. Fishburne is way too big a star for such a small role. That was total fanboy fantasy.”
Meantime, according to Superhero Hype, Christian Bale spoke about playing the role of Batman whilst at the Berlin International Film Festival promoting his latest film “The Machinist”.
"I think Batman is probably more aggresive than most everybody I’ve ever played, you know. I wanted to take it, because, firstly, when I heard that there was a consideration of doing more of the movies, I just felt like I hadn’t been quite satisfied with what I’d seen in the other movies. Certainly in the last two," says Bale.
He said that "it seemed as though there was actually a real character here, that it wasn’t just a bland kind of superhero, one-dimensional. With him there really was an interesting character to be played. I loved the kind of fantastical notion of the superhero, but at the same time being able to bring a psychologically interesting element to that."
Bale added the people behind the film were also a deciding factor whether or not to take the role. "Then Chris Nolan is directing who, you know, is not a director I would have expected to do this movie. So that was ideal to me, I liked the fact that the people hiring Chris, hiring myself, were going with people who did want to reinvent the story and have it not just be a continuation."
It feels weird to be excited about a “Batman” movie again doesn’t it?