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Christopher Nolan Takes on Batman

The Bat Signal is flashing, and Christopher Nolan is the latest director to respond. Variety says the "Insomnia" and "Memento" helmer has been hired by Warner Bros. to bring the Dark Knight back to the screen. Details of how or when this will happen haven't been released, but Nolan's version is the latest entry in an ongoing "Bat" saga. Two other "Batman" projects are in development -- Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" and a "Catwoman" spin-off starring Ashley Judd. Last year it looked like "Batman vs. Superman" was chugging toward reality, but director Wolfgang Petersen shelved the project in favor of the epic war flick "Troy."

Nolan's involvement could make his project the frontrunner since the young director's work has been accepted by a fairly wide audience ("Insomnia" made around $67 million in the U.S.). Aronofksy earned critical respect for "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream," but the dark edge of those films kept most regular moviegoers on the sidelines. That darkness could translate into an excellent "Batman" film, but it remains to be seen if Aronofsky can successfully jump into blockbusters.

Ashley Judd's star power makes "Catwoman" a contender, but the film is in the hands of first-time director Pitof ("Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc"). Pitof's experience as a visual effects supervisor assures that "Catwoman" will look good, but will the story live up to the aesthetics?

Posted by Mac on January 28, 2003 05:16 PM
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