In addition to the recent news that Neil Gaiman is writing a Batman two-parter that will come out in January 2009, Kevin Smith will also be writing a Batman mini-series, with good pal Walt Flanagan (via /film). His will come out in November 2008.
Any thoughts? I am intrigued. I love Batman in general and it will be fun this Fall/Winter to have two writers (Gaiman and Smith) that I really respect giving us what I anticipate will be very different takes on something that has been done so many times over, particularly following The Dark Knight which was the best Batman anything I’ve seen, maybe ever. I think most people think of Kevin Smith as a filmmaker/director, but I actually think of him as a filmmaker/writer, more than a director. He primarily is a writer, the direction just happens so he can make his own films. He’s said as much himself. So I do look forward to seeing his writing set in a different universe than New Jersey. I also heard he had a great Daredevil run for a short while, years ago.
(Note to self… see if I can get my hands on a copy of Kevin Smith’s Daredevil books. For research purposes, of course.)
In the Hollywood rumor mill, people are getting themselves all churned up over an incredibly far-fetched rumor that Angelina Jolie may be attached to the next Nolan film, as Catwoman. I say, not likely. So says the Geeks of Doom. And they have a lot more authority, even just in blog title, than I do. Regardless, it sounds ridiculous that Nolan would be following up The Dark Knight with a Catwoman-as-villain film. I just can’t see it.
But how about Johnny Depp as the Riddler and… here’s my personal favorite… Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin?!!???! (again via Geeks of Doom)
Now don’t get me wrong – I love PSH. PSH is one of my all-time favorite-favorite actors. He is brilliant. He could make it work. I’m convinced he can make anything work. Could I see it happening following The Dark Knight? I really can’t answer that, because I’m having a hard time processing anyone being able to match or even try to top that film, to be honest.
And Johnny Depp as the Riddler is also a mixed bag. He is kind of the “go to” wacky character actor right now and I’m not sure what he would do with the role. I think it could be good. I also think it could be too much. I don’t know.
Oh also… what do we think about Paul Bettany as the Riddler? Or Parker Posey as Poison Ivy?
(I’m helping to spread some completely unfounded gossip and start some of my own)