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DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise noted, all BATMAN movie news should be considered rumor and treated as such.


THE MOVIE

BATMAN BEYOND: THE MOVIE*
Status: Script stage, pre-production

Studio: Warner Brothers

Director: Boaz Yakin($)

Screenwriter(s): Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Boaz Yakin($)

Source material: The animated series, BATMAN BEYOND, by Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Bruce Timm and appearing on the WB network. A sequel to the very popular BATMAN: TAS which ran throughout the 90's.

Producers: Unknown

Release: Summer or Holidays 2002(*-it is on the "fast track" at the studio).

Premise: Years after retiring as The Batman, an aged Bruce Wayne hands over the mantle of the Bat to young Terry McGinnis--and a new Batman is born! (It is unclear whether this film will be set in the continuity of the last four films, of YEAR ONE, or be completley separate.)

C A S T
Batman/Terry McGinnis........Freddie Prinze, Jr.(?-VERY unlikely)
Bruce Wayne........Clint Eastwood(?-fan favorite), Paul Newman(?-he has denied involvement), Michael Keaton(?-unlikely)

BATMAN: YEAR ONE($)
Studio: Warner Brothers

Status: Script stage

Producer(s): Lornenzo Di Bonaventura($), Eric Watson($)

Director Darren Aronofsky($)

Screenplay: Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller($)

Source material: The 4-part story arch--BATMAN: YEAR ONE--by Frank Miller. Appeared in DC COMICS in the mid-80's and revamped the "BATMAN" mythos.

Release: Summer, 200?

Premise: Young Bruce Wayne's first year as the vigelante/crime-fighter: The BATMAN. And concurrently, the rise of Lt. James Gordon in the corrupt GPD. Adversaries at first, the two soon grow to forge a mutual respect--and need--for the other. This will be a restart to the Bruce Wayne/Batman series; not a prequel.

C A S T
Bruce Wayne/The Batman........Josh Hartnet(?), Aaron Eckhart(?), Brendan Fehr
Lt. James Gordon........Aaron Eckhart(*)

(*=uncomfirmed ?=rumor $=confirmed)