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Disconcerting News from the "Batman" Front

I thought the addition of nipples and codpieces was as bad as it could get, but a report from Entertainment Weekly is proof that the "Batman" franchise will be further bastardized. Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, an EW writer, says that Brad Pitt is a heavy favorite to star in the next installment, thereby turning the Dark Knight into the Dark Dumb Knight. Writer/director Darren Aronofsky—best known for the independent movie "Pi"—is rallying Warner Bros. to direct, but he's competing against "X-Men" auteur Bryan Singer.

In related Bat news, Studio Briefing says that George Clooney told Movieline magazine about a treatment he wrote for the next Batman movie. Clooney's dubious Bat past and his affection for practical jokes put this report in doubt, but the Studio Briefing item says that Clooney's Batman would be film noir. The dark story would follow Batman as he deals with the deaths of both Alfred and Robin. No word on how Batgirl bites it, but something involving fake nipples and form-fitting rubber would be particularly appropriate.

Posted by Mac on September 7, 2000 04:35 PM
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