Weekly Ketchup: Anne Hathaway cast in next Batman movie

Plus, a reboot for Lethal Weapon!?

The last several weeks have been slow in movie news, as Hollywood loves taking holiday vacations five times longer than what the rest of the world can manage. This week, however, enough news stories came out to fill a couple Weekly Ketchup columns of ten news stories each. Here, then, are the cream of the crop, at least in terms of high-profile stories, because at least half of them are arguably "Rotten Ideas." There's casting news for The Dark Knight Rises (the next Batman movie) and Prometheus (formerly known as the Alien prequel), as well as potential new movies for Robert Downey Jr, Beyonce Knowles and the former governor of California.


THIS WEEK'S TOP STORY


BANE AND CATWOMAN CONFIRMED FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

After months of speculation, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros this week lifted the veil of secrecy about the identity of two of the villains in The Dark Knight Rises. Or, perhaps more accurately, we know who at least one of the villains is. Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle, who the world knows better as Catwoman, but the press release doesn't say explicitly that Selina Kyle is Catwoman, or that the role is that of a villain. Catwoman's role in the comics, particularly in the last 15 years, has been sort of a mixture of both a villain and a hero (the modern Catwoman's a burglar with a heart of gold, basically). Tom Hardy (Inception, Star Trek: Nemesis) was announced as cast as a mysterious role last year, but now we know that he will be playing Bane. Bane is most famous for being a villain addicted to the strength-enhancing drug Venom (no connection to the Spider-Man villain), and for breaking Batman's back. Bane appeared as a supporting villain in Batman and Robin, but the casting of Tom Hardy suggests a more subtle portrayal (Americans know him as skinny from his roles in Inception and Star Trek: Nemesis, but as seen in Bronson, he can also bulk up quite impressively). Warner Bros has scheduled The Dark Knight Rises for release on July 20, 2012.


FRESH DEVELOPMENTS THIS WEEK


#1 RIDLEY SCOTT'S ALIEN PREQUEL WILL BE CALLED PROMETHEUS, AND IS MORE THAN JUST A PREQUEL

Last month, there was a story online that the title for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel was actually going to be called Paradise, which was quickly debunked by 20th Century Fox. However, we learned this week that the basic idea of that story (that the movie would be called something other than Alien) was in the right direction, if not exactly correct. The project that was formerly known as "the Alien prequel" now has the title of Prometheus, along with quotes from Ridley Scott and LOST cocreator (and the latest writer of Prometheus) Damon Lindelof about how the change came to be. "The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative," Scott said, while Lindelof added, "In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie. It's daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects." As for that title, Prometheus was a Titan in Greek mythology who Zeus punished for giving mankind the gift of fire. The news doesn't stop there, however, as Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels), who has been known to be the front runner for the lead role for a while now, has officially been cast as scientist "Elizabeth Shaw." 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott are still looking for the other female lead role of Vickers, and are reportedly considering either Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron. 20th Century Fox also announced this week a release date of March 9, 2012, but it was Disney that made news with that date, quickly deciding to slate their own big sci-fi epic John Carter of Mars for March 9, 2012 as well.


#2 ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER SAYS "I'LL BE BACK"

Now that his eight years as the governor of California are over, bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is now considering returning to his second career. Talking to an Austrian website, Schwarzenegger revealed that he is currently reading three scripts, only one of which he gave details on. "I would play an older soldier, who gets the order at the ending of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn't do it and gets them to safety at the risk of his life and it has all kind of adventure. This script is based on a true story!," Schwarzenegger said. From that information, it's easy to figure out that he is talkign about With Wings as Eagles, which has been in development as a potential Schwarzenegger starring vehicle for at least 15 years now. Now 63, Schwarzenegger has also said that he plans on focusing more on drama than action movies, comparing his current career position to that of Clint Eastwood's. The next question for With Wings as Eagles, if Schwarzenegger does indeed choose it as his next movie, is which director he might work with. That question mark is why With Wings as Eagles is one of the week's "Fresh Developments" for now. As a final footnote, it's worth mentioning that this news also broke in the same week that Schwarzenegger's father-in-law Sargent Shriver died from Alzheimer's Syndrome complications at the age of 95.


#3 MARVEL OFFICIALLY PUTS BLACK PANTHER BACK IN DEVELOPMENT

In 2005, Marvel Studios finally acquired the film rights to Black Panther after over a decade of development. At one time, Wesley Snipes was in talks to follow up Blade in a movie that would have adapted the African ruler-turned-superhero into an Indiana Jones-type adventure hero. Six years later, Marvel has finally put Black Panther back into active development by hiring documentary writer/editor Mark Bailey (Pandemic: Facing AIDS) to work on a script adaptation. Bailey may seem like an odd choice to adapt a superhero movie, but Marvel (and Marvel projects at other studios) actually has a history of choosing writers and directors outside the action genre. The connection between Mark Bailey and Black Panther may be the inherent politics and gravitas of T'Challa's role as the proud leader of the African nation of Wakanda, known for its advanced technology and natural resources. Mark Bailey is also working on adapting the non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon for director Doug Liman (Fair Game, Mr. and Mrs. Smith).


#4 ODD COUPLE CLINT EASTWOOD AND BEYONCE TEAMING UP FOR A STAR IS BORN

Hollywood is obviously deeply in love with the current trend of remakes and reboots, but there are a few titles where remakes are actually part of a tradition. Perhaps the most obvious is A Star is Born, which started in 1937 (starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March), was revived in 1957 (with Judy Garland and James Mason) and most recently again in 1976 (starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson). Warner Bros has been trying to get a fourth version made for over 10 years, with Will Smith often mentioned as the male star in the story of an upcoming female performer who falls in love with an older male star. Beyoncé Knowles has long been mentioned as the potential star, and this week, Beyoncé was confirmed as starring. The bigger news, however, may actually be the older star, Clint Eastwood, who has been hired to produce and direct (but not star, which would be... sort of weird). Although Clint Eastwood may not seem an obvious choice for a movie that is likely to be heavy on modern R&B and pop, Eastwood's career actually includes a number of music-related movies such as Honkytonk Man and the Charlie Parker biopic Bird. Clint Eastwood has also composed (or collaborated on) the scores of some of his recent movies like Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino. With Beyonce and Eastwood signed, the next step for the fourth version of A Star is Born will be to find the older male lead.


ROTTEN IDEAS OF THE WEEK


#5 ROBERT DOWNEY JR IS OUT AS OZ, BUT IN AS MR. PEABODY?

One of the biggest casting stories of 2010 was the decision by Walt Disney Pictures to recruit Robert Downey Jr to star in Oz, the Great and Powerful, their prequel to The Wizard of Oz, which does for the Wizard what the Broadway musical Wicked did for the Wicked Witch of the West. This week, however, Downey dropped out of the project, which is the second time in the last few months that he has left a big-budget movie. George Clooney has now signed to replace Robert Downey Jr. in the science fiction movie Gravity, which also stars Sandra Bullock (who herself was cast after a long process that started with Angelina Jolie). Disney is now hoping to sign one of their favorite stars, Johnny Depp, to replace Robert Downey Jr, but Depp's own schedule is very busy (and he sort of just recently played a similar character in Disney's Alice in Wonderland). The week in RDJ news doesn't end there, however. DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to adapt one of the animated shorts, Peabody and Sherman, that was a regular feature on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show back in the 1960s. Mr. Peabody was an incredibly smart talking dog, who along with "my boy Sherman," went on time travelling adventures to solve the great mysteries of history. DreamWorks has signed Robert Downey Jr. to provide the voice for Peabody in a fully CGI 3D movie that the company is scheduling for release in 2014. The directing job is going to Rob Minkoff, who was the codirector of The Lion King and Stuart Little before going solo with movies like Stuart Little 2, The Haunted Mansion and Forbidden Kingdom. Peabody and Sherman (not necessarily the final title) was adapted by the screenwriting team of Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin, who were producers and writers on That 70s Show, and have more recently cowritten Tooth Fairy, Surviving Christmas and Yogi Bear. This writer is actually a pretty big fan of the original Peabody and Sherman shorts (they were my favorite part of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show), but this story lands in the Rotten Idea section for a few reasons. First, there is the fact that it comes along with Downey's departure from Sam Raimi's long awaited first movie after leaving the Spider-Man franchise last year. Finally, the credits of both the screenwriters and the director include several movies with either low or mixed average scores on the Tomatometer.


#4 SPIKE TV'S DEADLIEST WARRIOR TO BECOME THE BIG SCREEN'S DEADLIEST, WARRIORIEST MOVIE?

Paramount Pictures announced in September their plans to adapt the Spike TV series Deadliest Warrior as a big screen movie. That news just barely missed making that week's Ketchup, but now just four months later, we now have enough information about the actual movie plans to land it a spot as one of this week's Rotten Ideas. Paramount has hired screenwriters John D. Payne and Patrick McKay to adapt the history-based reality show which each episode pits fighters from different historical periods up against each other to determine who would win in a fight. Example episodes of Deadliest Warrior include "Apache vs Gladiator," "Spartan vs Ninja," "Attila the Hun vs Alexander the Great," and "Jesse James vs Al Capone." Payne and McKay are new screenwriters who don't yet have any produced movies to their credits, but they did recently sign on to script a movie called Goliath, based upon the Biblical character that famously fought the young, future King David. It's easy to see the connection between the two movies, with Deadliest Warrior possibly being like Goliath if instead of a young kid with a rock, he was facing off against an Aztec Jaguar warrior or a Somali pirate. There's no word yet as to how the concept of Deadliest Warrior will be adapted as a movie, but a good guess would probably involve some sort of time travel. Deadliest Warrior is being coproduced by producer/director Shawn Levy, who may decide to direct (although that is not yet confirmed). Levy is currently working on the upcoming Real Steel, and has also directed the two Night at the Museum movies, which obviously share some similar concepts with Deadliest Warrior.


#3 CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE TO BECOME A MOVIE WHERE YOU DON'T GET TO CHOOSE?

When you ask someone to guess the best-selling book series of all time, they might guess J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books (which would be the correct answer). The series that come in after Harry Potter is where people might get really surprised, however, and that leads us today to the 5th best selling book series of all time: Choose Your Own Adventure. In 185 books published from 1979 to 1998, young readers were given a choice as they read each book, with prompts to proceed to a given page based upon which direction the reader wants the story to go. In today's interactive world, Choose Your Own Adventure would be a great idea for a video game series, and has already been used by many YouTube video creators. What Choose Your Own Adventure does not seem particularly well suited for is a movie, since ostensibly, you can't allow 200 people in a movie theater to decide how a movie's story is going to unfold. That, however, may be exactly what a new production company called Red Crown has in mind with their announcement this week of plans for either a theatrical movie or a TV series based upon Choose Your Own Adventure. One possible route that Red Crown might have in mind might be similar to the 1985 comedy Clue (based on the board game), in which each theater had a different ending out of three different possibilities. Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Red Crown has a producing filmography which includes the Golden Globe-winning 2010 movie The Kids Are All Right, as well as other indie movies like Grace is Gone and Lonesome Jim.


#2 JADEN GOT THE KARATE KID, SO WILLOW MIGHT GET ANNIE

After producing a remake of The Karate Kid which proved to be a box office succcess for son Jaden Smith, Will Smith is now considering producing a 1980s remake for daughter Willow Smith as well. The project Will Smith has in mind for his daughter is a new movie based upon the newspaper comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, which was adapted as a Broadway musical in 1977, and then as a musical movie in 1982. In the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie is a plucky little redhead girl with spooky pupil-free eyes who is adopted by a very wealthy man coincidentally named Daddy Warbucks. There's no word yet as to what sort of adaptation this latest remake will be, such as whether it will be set during the Great Depression of the 1930s or modern times, whether the music will be adapted faithfully or changed, or whether or not Willow Smith will wear spooky contacts to cover up her pupils. One thing that is known about the music is that rapper Jay-Z may be involved. Jay-Z recently collaborated with Willow Smith on her single "Whip My Hair," and in 1998, he released the hit song "Hard Knock Life," which heavily sampled the song "It's the Hard Knock Life" from the original Broadway musical Annie. It should be interesting to see if Will Smith's going to let his 10-year-old daughter sing along with Jay Z's song, considering the adult language. The idea of Will Smith producing a remake of Annie for his daughter is one of this week's Rotten Ideas mostly because it seems like a movie that will exist solely because, well, Will Smith has a ton of money. Past productions of Annie have gone through exhaustive and massive talent searches to find the perfect young girls to star. Willow Smith won the casting call for this version of Annie on October 31, 2000.


#1 WHEN THE STARS OF LETHAL WEAPON REALLY ARE TOO OLD FOR THIS $#!&, REBOOT?

Following the departure of studio executive Jessica Goodman after 13 years, Warner Bros is looking to ramp up development of several remakes based on properties that were formerly under her aegis. Two of the projects that are being considered are remakes of the 1973 robot science fiction movie Westworld (originally written by Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park fame) and director Sam Peckinpah's 1969 classic revisionist western The Wild Bunch. That last idea would have normally been the most Rotten Idea of the week, but it is the third concept that actually got additional news, and is arguably even more of a Rotten Idea. Lethal Weapon was a 1987 buddy cop action movie starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover which went on to have three successful sequels. Warner Bros has hired LAPD police officer-turned-screenwriter Will Beall, the writer of the WB project Gangster Squad, to start work on a Lethal Weapon remake. The plan to reboot Lethal Weapon entirely follows over a decade of development on a possible Lethal Weapon 5, which would have seen Mel Gibson and Danny Glover returning as the mismatched partners Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. As noted in this article, Lethal Weapon was a movie and a franchise that "was considered an 'event' movie in the late 1980s [but now] seems almost quaint in 2011." In order to reboot Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros would have to find a new pair of actors who have the same chemisty as Gibson and Glover, and in particular, the casting of "a new Mel Gibson" seems like one few actors would be qualified for, or if they were, would want to take on.


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Comments

Ian K.

Ian Kirchner

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Mmmmmmmm... :)

Jan 21 - 05:36 PM

Jake. L

Mark Lambert

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Jan 22 - 04:57 PM

Mervin l.

Mervin lastname

Remember everyone's reaction when they found out Heath Ledger was playing the Joker? Yeah, that's why it's much wiser to with hold all comments on Anne for now.

Jan 22 - 06:32 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

Can you repeat that?

Jan 22 - 10:48 PM

Mervin l.

Mervin lastname

Remember everyone's reaction when they found out Heath Ledger was playing the Joker? Yeah, that's why it's much wiser to with hold all comments on Anne for now.

Jan 22 - 06:38 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

Thank you

Jan 22 - 10:48 PM

Mervin l.

Mervin lastname

Remember everyone's reaction when they found out Heath Ledger was playing the Joker? Yeah, that's why it's much wiser to with hold all comments on Anne for now.

Jan 22 - 06:39 PM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

Well, I won't say this thrice, but welcome to the intardnet - WHERE NO ONE WAITS TO BE HEARD.

Jan 22 - 09:39 PM

Skelerax V.

Skelerax Von Evilface

Thriiice.

Jan 24 - 11:11 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Wait, say that again? I didn't catch you the first, second or third time. :)

Jan 23 - 10:43 AM

Hunter N.

Hunter Neal

i dont care how many times he says it the negative comments need to wait at least until there is some footage releaed

Jan 23 - 09:37 PM

Hunter N.

Hunter Neal

i dont care how many times he says it the negative comments need to wait at least until there is some footage releaed

Jan 23 - 09:37 PM

Hunter N.

Hunter Neal

i actually promise i didnt mean to post that twice

Jan 23 - 09:40 PM

jrod1978

jarrod taylor

In Nolan I trust.

Jan 21 - 05:49 PM

Russell

Ridley Fox

I second that.

Jan 22 - 07:00 AM

Robert  K.

Robert Ketcher

i agree

Jan 22 - 12:55 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Heh...whats really funny is that if Nolan were doing the Annie reboot with the exact same casting news, folks would be tripping over themselves saying how innovative and brilliant the call was...

whatever...

Jan 23 - 10:56 AM

The Dude

Gene Arnold

In Nolan The Dude trust

Jan 21 - 06:17 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

There's only one Dude and it aint Nolan, it's Bridges.

Jan 21 - 06:52 PM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

He's saying that he, "The Dude", trusts in Nolan.

Jan 21 - 09:56 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Sorry about that, I didn't read it right. My bad.

Jan 22 - 06:52 AM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

No, you did read it right. The Dude needs english classes. lol (I'm kidding)

Jan 22 - 12:41 PM

ICantRememberMyNumber

Daniel Wilkinson

In Nolan TheDudeVinciCode trusts.

Jan 22 - 12:05 AM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

I trust, I Nolan.

Jan 22 - 09:44 PM

Murdock408

David Acosta

BANE!!!!!! YEAH!

Jan 21 - 06:21 PM

Smartest Person Here

Greg Bonnette

The should make a movie about the Black Panthers, the black, revolutionist group, not Black Panther, the comic character.


BTW, I remember that cover from the Deadwood City book. I read that when I was 10 or so. Crazy.

Jan 21 - 06:22 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That is very interesting, but it may not ever happen.

Jan 21 - 06:57 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Well, there was that movie Panther, made by Mario Van Peebles. I think it came out in 1995.

Jan 21 - 07:22 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

And the "smartest person here" should already know this.

Jan 24 - 05:23 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I've probably read the stupidest comments in association with any movie just in the last few days for Batman 3. All this hate and skepticism for Anne Hathaway. Really? And then, my personal favorite, the gripe about Bane from those who clearly know nothing about the character beyond the 1997 Schumacher debacle.

It's funny that we're getting all this so soon after TDK. As if no one learned a thing from that. Does Hathaway have to be comparable as an actor to Heath Ledger? No. Even Heath Ledger wasn't comparable to Heath Ledger before people saw him in TDK and then looked back over the body of his work and then said, "aah, what a fine actor."

I won't even dignify the crap about whether she's hot..

And then Bane. Folks shamelessly lament him being in it. Some have gone so far as to express regret over Bane being chosen instead of, *snicker*, the Riddler. I've said it before, but one simple Wiki search will reveal that Bane is one of Batman's not only toughest but most intelligent adversaries. He's also had a link to Ras', setting the film up for a perfect bookend to Begins. Can it be any more obvious how brilliant a choice this is? For the Dark Knight to face off against a brutal doppelganger in his departing opus?

Really folks, do your research. And if nothing else, wake up and smell the goddamn record.

Jan 24 - 05:40 AM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

First of all, calm down. Secondly, I have read up on Bane, and he is still basically a guy who is juiced up on some supernatural/doesn't exist serum which makes him super strong and intelligent. In Nolans universe everyone is basically normal. That is my problem with this villain choice. What's next Clayface?

Jan 24 - 03:31 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

My friend, you have not read enough. First, the serum does not make him intelligent. He is hardened by being imprisoned for most of his life, and he owes his intelligence to spending most of that time studying. The serum, at first, was imposed on him. Then it quickly became an addiction.

Ras has mentioned that Bane is one of the most intelligent men he's ever known -a very high compliment considering the source. His association with Ras in the comic, in fact, is a perfectly good reason to include him in this finale. A reason, by the way, that offers quite a few possibilities. What kind of physical threat will he pose in the film, considering this is the guy who famously broke the Dark Knight's back in the comic? And knowing full well that he will, how, me must consider, will Nolan make use of Bane's famous intelligence? (And really, does anyone here truly think that Nolan will portray this character in a corny Gothic dog collar?)

It's considerations like these that make the comments on these boards frustrating. For one, these possibilities and many more inevitably exist in the world of the comic and therefore will likely come up as considerations in the development of Nolan's film. How can this, and things unmentioned, not appeal to our interests? As self professed fans anyway. That's my beef.

Jan 24 - 04:26 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Also, it probably bears mentioning that the serum can very easily be portrayed in a realistic fashion. The first film, after all, did well with the Microwave Emitter.

Jan 24 - 04:29 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Dude Clayface. The microwave emitter is a machine that could possibly exist. A serum which makes you super strong is a stretch. I would have preferred a more realistic villain. You laugh, but the Riddler done well and darker could have been amazing. Anne Hathaway is going to be SMOKING in the tight leather. I hope they go with the black custome, and the mask that lets her hair out in the back.

Jan 25 - 03:12 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

i'm really sorry for disrupting ......
What in the hell is TDK???

Feb 3 - 09:57 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

i'm really sorry for disrupting ......
What in the hell is TDK???

Feb 3 - 09:58 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

oh..... The Dark Knight.....

Feb 3 - 09:59 PM

JRM

Raul M

I'm already hyped for TDKR. My expectations aren't through-the roof quite yet as I don't expect it to be better than TDK, but I'm hopeful that will change once the trailer hits.

Jan 21 - 06:36 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

I wonder if Bane would break Batman's back...anyway, has anyone seen the new Spidey suit pics? They say it's a stuntman suit(Which it does look like it) but it looks terrible. Looks too hipster than ultimate.

Jan 21 - 06:51 PM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

Saw it on TMZ. Stuntman looked appropriately agile and strong. He flipped into the bed of a pick-up truck.

Jan 21 - 09:57 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

That was awesome.

Jan 22 - 06:52 AM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

Yeah it was. I like the costume design. Dare I say it even has hints of Spider-Man 2099 in it? Because Ultimate Spider-Man's costume doesn't look exactly like that pic.

Jan 22 - 12:43 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

There's only one Dude and it aint Nolan, it's Bridges.

Jan 21 - 06:52 PM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

He's saying that he, "The Dude", trusts in Nolan.

Jan 21 - 09:56 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Sorry about that, I didn't read it right. My bad.

Jan 22 - 06:52 AM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

No, you did read it right. The Dude needs english classes. lol (I'm kidding)

Jan 22 - 12:41 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Ok, I'm interested to see how Anne Hathaway can manage to pull off Catwoman. It may be very well pulled off. The fresh ideas are not bad either, but all of the rotten ideas need to be shot on sight.

Jan 21 - 06:53 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That is very interesting, but it may not ever happen.

Jan 21 - 06:57 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Beside the Dark Knight News nothing interesting this week. Did anyone happen to see the first episode of Roger Ebert presents At the Movies? I thought it was great, much better then I expected it to be. My favorite part was the voice Roger decided to use for himself.

Jan 21 - 07:04 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 21 - 07:18 PM

otoniel

otoniel gonzalez

great choice for The Dark Knight RIses! Anne Hathaway is a great actress

Jan 21 - 07:18 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

Since when?

Jan 21 - 07:41 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sediments exactly.

Jan 21 - 08:14 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sentiments* exactly. Stupid phone lol.

Jan 21 - 08:15 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

I would say since Havoc, Brokeback Mountain, Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married but that's just my opinion.

Jan 21 - 09:47 PM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

Yeah, her Oscar nod for Rachel Getting Married, and many other award show nods over the years, say she's good enough. Plus Nolan's smart.

Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

Even if she won an oscar it still wouldn't fix her annoying face

Jan 22 - 12:56 AM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

She was great in "Love and Other Drugs" as well. And no, not because she was topless in it a lot. Though, I have no complaints with that either.

Jan 22 - 01:31 AM

Mensa Devoid

John Mancz

Agreed, she is a very capable actress just not sure if she can top Michelle Pfieifers. I thought the same about Heath before hand, but I think his body of work showed more of what he could do with the Joker (especially with Brokeback, the darkeness of his character). Anne's body of work I don't see as much Catwoman in (maybe a little mental imbalance from Rachel and sexy/sultry from everything). Though I completly have faith in Nolan, he is not a man for "tricks" he is very straightforward and gets real performances from his actors, though the love intrests are usually the weakest parts...

Jan 22 - 08:21 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Well, there was that movie Panther, made by Mario Van Peebles. I think it came out in 1995.

Jan 21 - 07:22 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

And the "smartest person here" should already know this.

Jan 24 - 05:23 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I've probably read the stupidest comments in association with any movie just in the last few days for Batman 3. All this hate and skepticism for Anne Hathaway. Really? And then, my personal favorite, the gripe about Bane from those who clearly know nothing about the character beyond the 1997 Schumacher debacle.

It's funny that we're getting all this so soon after TDK. As if no one learned a thing from that. Does Hathaway have to be comparable as an actor to Heath Ledger? No. Even Heath Ledger wasn't comparable to Heath Ledger before people saw him in TDK and then looked back over the body of his work and then said, "aah, what a fine actor."

I won't even dignify the crap about whether she's hot..

And then Bane. Folks shamelessly lament him being in it. Some have gone so far as to express regret over Bane being chosen instead of, *snicker*, the Riddler. I've said it before, but one simple Wiki search will reveal that Bane is one of Batman's not only toughest but most intelligent adversaries. He's also had a link to Ras', setting the film up for a perfect bookend to Begins. Can it be any more obvious how brilliant a choice this is? For the Dark Knight to face off against a brutal doppelganger in his departing opus?

Really folks, do your research. And if nothing else, wake up and smell the goddamn record.

Jan 24 - 05:40 AM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

First of all, calm down. Secondly, I have read up on Bane, and he is still basically a guy who is juiced up on some supernatural/doesn't exist serum which makes him super strong and intelligent. In Nolans universe everyone is basically normal. That is my problem with this villain choice. What's next Clayface?

Jan 24 - 03:31 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

My friend, you have not read enough. First, the serum does not make him intelligent. He is hardened by being imprisoned for most of his life, and he owes his intelligence to spending most of that time studying. The serum, at first, was imposed on him. Then it quickly became an addiction.

Ras has mentioned that Bane is one of the most intelligent men he's ever known -a very high compliment considering the source. His association with Ras in the comic, in fact, is a perfectly good reason to include him in this finale. A reason, by the way, that offers quite a few possibilities. What kind of physical threat will he pose in the film, considering this is the guy who famously broke the Dark Knight's back in the comic? And knowing full well that he will, how, me must consider, will Nolan make use of Bane's famous intelligence? (And really, does anyone here truly think that Nolan will portray this character in a corny Gothic dog collar?)

It's considerations like these that make the comments on these boards frustrating. For one, these possibilities and many more inevitably exist in the world of the comic and therefore will likely come up as considerations in the development of Nolan's film. How can this, and things unmentioned, not appeal to our interests? As self professed fans anyway. That's my beef.

Jan 24 - 04:26 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Also, it probably bears mentioning that the serum can very easily be portrayed in a realistic fashion. The first film, after all, did well with the Microwave Emitter.

Jan 24 - 04:29 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Dude Clayface. The microwave emitter is a machine that could possibly exist. A serum which makes you super strong is a stretch. I would have preferred a more realistic villain. You laugh, but the Riddler done well and darker could have been amazing. Anne Hathaway is going to be SMOKING in the tight leather. I hope they go with the black custome, and the mask that lets her hair out in the back.

Jan 25 - 03:12 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

i'm really sorry for disrupting ......
What in the hell is TDK???

Feb 3 - 09:57 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

i'm really sorry for disrupting ......
What in the hell is TDK???

Feb 3 - 09:58 PM

minjun k.

minjun kim

oh..... The Dark Knight.....

Feb 3 - 09:59 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

Since when?

Jan 21 - 07:41 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sediments exactly.

Jan 21 - 08:14 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sentiments* exactly. Stupid phone lol.

Jan 21 - 08:15 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

I would say since Havoc, Brokeback Mountain, Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married but that's just my opinion.

Jan 21 - 09:47 PM

RJ Smoove

Ryan Rutherford

Yeah, her Oscar nod for Rachel Getting Married, and many other award show nods over the years, say she's good enough. Plus Nolan's smart.

Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

Lando Griffin

ben keesing

Even if she won an oscar it still wouldn't fix her annoying face

Jan 22 - 12:56 AM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

She was great in "Love and Other Drugs" as well. And no, not because she was topless in it a lot. Though, I have no complaints with that either.

Jan 22 - 01:31 AM

Mensa Devoid

John Mancz

Agreed, she is a very capable actress just not sure if she can top Michelle Pfieifers. I thought the same about Heath before hand, but I think his body of work showed more of what he could do with the Joker (especially with Brokeback, the darkeness of his character). Anne's body of work I don't see as much Catwoman in (maybe a little mental imbalance from Rachel and sexy/sultry from everything). Though I completly have faith in Nolan, he is not a man for "tricks" he is very straightforward and gets real performances from his actors, though the love intrests are usually the weakest parts...

Jan 22 - 08:21 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sediments exactly.

Jan 21 - 08:14 PM

wastedgerbil

Kris Carpenter

Haha! My sentiments* exactly. Stupid phone lol.

Jan 21 - 08:15 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

"Willow Smith won the casting call for this version of Annie on October 31, 2000"

Wow, that is one of the funniest lines i've ever read on an RT article!

Jan 21 - 08:34 PM

Mensa Devoid

John Mancz

what's funnier is I didn't get that (I actually was confused and didn't care) until I just read your comment lol

Jan 22 - 08:26 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Thanks for noticing that. ;)

Jan 23 - 10:02 AM

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