Troubling details of Nolan’s ‘Shadow of the Bat’ revealed

Posted by · 12:34 am · April 1st, 2009

Cover of Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1I really don’t know what to say about this.  I understand Christopher Nolan is a progressive artist, a guy who understands both the necessity of shunning convention and the idea that what one may expect isn’t always the best solution.  He’s proven it time and again with the films in his re-booted Batman franchise, starting at the top with a story that involved a villain largely unknown to the masses.  He brought in Heath Ledger in a move some thought a bit too outside-the-box, and boy were they wrong.

But bringing Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher on as creative producing figures?  Having the gall to cast Carrey as the Riddler again (even though I’m strangely okay with sticking to the one-major-villain-per-film paradigm)?  I’d follow Nolan to the ends of the earth, but even I can’t go along with his creative reasoning here, which sounds like the whims of a mad man.  I mean, I dig the title (which a lot of us saw coming).  It’s a nice nod to an extinct series of books.  But the rest of it…I just…

From Variety:

Warner Brothers’ Batman franchise will take a third bow in the summer of 2012.

“Shadow of the Bat,” the sequel to 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” will introduce quiz-master villain the Riddler to audiences for a third time after the character appeared in the 1960s television series and 1995’s “Batman Forever.”  Funny man Jim Carrey has been tapped to reprise the role in “Shadow,” while helmers Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton, the filmmakers behind the Caped Crusader’s first theatrical franchise, have been brought on as consultants to the production, which director Christopher Nolan says will be his final take on Gotham City.

“I felt it novel to tie this third and final chapter to the character’s roots on the screen,” Nolan said.  “Tim and Joel had two completely different visions of the Batman, visions that contrast vastly with my own.  But I don’t feel that negates the possibility of a creative convergence.  Batman is more than the ideas of one person, of one team of artists.  He is the result of seven decades of pop culture influence and innovation.”

WB is eying a May 2012 release date for the film to coincide with the 73rd anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance in 1939.

Nolan begins shooting his latest film, “Inception,” with Leonardo DiCaprio later this year for a 2010 release.

Read the full story here.  I need to go off into a corner somewhere and think hard about this.

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47 responses so far

  • 1 4-01-2009 at 12:53 am

    Alex said...

    This is beyond lame. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • 2 4-01-2009 at 1:00 am

    adam said...

    Another movie website has also used TDK2 as their April Fool’s.

  • 3 4-01-2009 at 1:49 am

    Scott Ward said...

    April Fools?

  • 4 4-01-2009 at 2:39 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Any anouncement about Batman 3 would’ve been enough. This was just too obvious. Much unlike the apparent Wolverine workprint that leaked online…

  • 5 4-01-2009 at 2:59 am

    Michael Rogers said...

    Who is WB and why are they eying a May release? I would have thought considering the success of TDK it would be another July release.

  • 6 4-01-2009 at 3:46 am

    Alex said...

    I’m still waiting for the two King Kong sequels that Peter Jackson announced a few April Fools ago….

  • 7 4-01-2009 at 4:43 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Ya got me, good work

  • 8 4-01-2009 at 5:22 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Peter Jackson’s thing was brilliant. He had everyone fooled with that.

  • 9 4-01-2009 at 5:47 am

    The April Fool said...

    Christian Bale told me this when I was making breakfast this morning. Needless to say I was shocked and appalled.

  • 10 4-01-2009 at 6:40 am

    Chuck said...


  • 11 4-01-2009 at 6:41 am

    N8 said...

    Saw it coming, but nice try.

  • 12 4-01-2009 at 6:45 am

    CHAD23 said...


  • 13 4-01-2009 at 7:00 am

    Marlowe said...

    CHAD23 is pissed because he got fooled by this and missed his “How to spell ‘was’ 101” course at the Home.

  • 14 4-01-2009 at 7:31 am

    Corrosive said...

    This was prett pathetic for a very pathetic “holiday.”

  • 15 4-01-2009 at 7:34 am

    Shorter Everyone said...

    Waaaah! Waaah! You aren’t entertaining us sufficiently! WAAAAAAAAH!

  • 16 4-01-2009 at 8:00 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    *rolls eyes* Ha ha ha ha ha….

  • 17 4-01-2009 at 8:31 am

    Daniel said...

    A lot of that stuff isn’t that bad really… I mean.. Carrey as The Riddler again would work just fine. And hell, Burton made the best Bat-film yet, so I wouldn’t see any problem with that.

    4/10 for the effort.

  • 18 4-01-2009 at 8:50 am

    Chris said...

    I liked this. I knew it was an April’s fool, but still that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

  • 19 4-01-2009 at 8:58 am

    head_wizard said...

    That was cruel!

  • 20 4-01-2009 at 9:10 am

    Norm Schrager said...

    Outstanding work. Smoosh the Batboys’ noses in it.

  • 21 4-01-2009 at 9:22 am

    andrew said...

    Nice try. That made me laugh. Although Burton’s Batmans are classic.

  • 22 4-01-2009 at 9:24 am

    entertainmenttodayandbeyond said...

    Well done! I wonder how many sites will pick it up as fact!

  • 23 4-01-2009 at 9:39 am

    Joe said...

    People really bought this?

  • 24 4-01-2009 at 10:32 am

    Bill said...

    I thought it was well played. You kept it all in a realistic voice-and had different but equally realistic voices for Nolan and the Variety writer.

  • 25 4-01-2009 at 10:32 am

    The Other Ryan said...

    Jesus, people don’t know how to take a goddamn joke.

  • 26 4-01-2009 at 11:01 am

    BurmaShave said...

    Too bad I wouldn’t mind serious actor Carrey getting another shot at The Riddler.

  • 27 4-01-2009 at 11:59 am

    Chris said...

    You can definitely tell this is April Fool’s stuff.

  • 28 4-01-2009 at 12:15 pm

    awfulstink said...

    No no! Johnny Depp told me that HE is playing the Riddler!

  • 29 4-01-2009 at 12:45 pm

    Cinnamon Life said...

    I’ll admit. I was fooled.

  • 30 4-01-2009 at 2:07 pm

    Art Vandelay said...

    You’re horrible! Horrible!


  • 31 4-01-2009 at 2:49 pm

    david said...

    haha APRIL FOOLS!!!
    everybody calm down its not true
    but goshdran if it didn’t have me going for a second

  • 32 4-01-2009 at 3:55 pm

    Mr. Harmonic-mehhh said...

    Should have done something believable, but out of left field that anybody expecting AF jokes would good minds would still have read, if only out of hope that it were really true.

    The Other Side of the Wind to be released this Summer!

    Avatar trailer!

    After successfully wasting everybody’s time, Zack Snyder retires!

  • 33 4-01-2009 at 4:47 pm

    eric said...

    nice try but ive been fooled too many times today to fall for something that stupid.

  • 34 4-01-2009 at 5:10 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Cheers to those classy enough to take this in stride and feel the loving good humor of it all today. Too few of you.

  • 35 4-01-2009 at 8:22 pm

    Carrie said...

    Whew….Thank goodness this is just an April Fool’s story!! Cause if it isn’t Christian Bale is going to have another….ahem…..moment.

    And all BB/TDK and BOF fans are crying themselves to sleep tonight.

  • 36 4-02-2009 at 4:35 am

    Jett said...

    What Kris T. said and BOF was happy to be “in” on it!

  • 37 4-02-2009 at 10:33 pm

    Eunice said...

    Wow. I was fooled and it’s already past April Fools. Nice one, Kris. That was pretty funny. Still looking forward to the third installment. :)

  • 38 12-09-2009 at 3:49 pm

    DARK KNIGHT said...

    BATMAN 3 — WILL = UNRATED & +18