Tuesday, June 21, 2005
  No Katie for Batman, No Alan for X-Men

If you read the IMDB daily news, you already know this:

Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman have signed to star in a second Batman movie, but love interest Katie Holmes has been dropped. Movie bosses are thrilled with the response to Batman Begins - it took $46.9 million in its first weekend at the US box office - and have snapped up the film's stars for a sequel. Bale as Batman was the first to put pen to paper, followed by Caine as butler Alfred and Freeman as Bruce Wayne's business associate Lucius Fox. But Holmes won't reprise her role as district attorney Rachel Dawes - reportedly because Warner Bros is angry her engagement to Tom Cruise has stolen media attention away from the movie. A source tells Pagesix.Com, "Everyone is in agreement that the movie's strength is with Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman." Adding of Holmes, "She won't be in the sequel... the next romantic interest will be a much stronger actress. Warner is happy that people are now focusing on who'll be playing the Joker rather than Katie and Tom."

Just for the record, by the way, the official film geeks pick for the role of Joker is Adrian Brody.

My point of view is that Batman doesn't need a love interest, anyway... a point of view shared by tons of other bloggers. I thought Katie Holmes was extremely OK in the current film, but I won't miss her in the sequel. I can live with the love interests, though... just keep the Boy Wonder out of these films and I'll be fine with all the mushy stuff.

More bad news about the upcoming third installment of X-Men Movies... Now Alan Cumming has dropped out not been picked up for the movie by Fox. He was good as Nightcrawler in the last movie, and he would have been a welcome presence in the third one. People are fleeing this thing like rats from a sinking ship. First Bryan Singer, who directed the first two movies, bailed out... then Matthew Vaughn abandoned the director's chair. Advance script reviews from Ain't It Cool are troubling, too. I'm not holding out much hope for this one.

PS - Thanks to The Write Jerry for pointing out that Fox had dropped Cumming, not the other way around. I swear, when I first read that, I thought it said that Cumming had elected not to participate.
I wasn't expecting to see Katie again. I'm somewhat disappointed to lose Nightcrawler, but that leaves room for more new characters or to bring some of the younger characters to the forefront. The X-men movies have been so great so far; I'm going to be really disappointed if they fizzle. The end of X2 had me so psyched for the sequel, and now everything is falling apart.

Adrian Brody...I could see that. He pulled of crazy well in the Village, which is all I've seen him in. He also has the nose and jaw line; the guy has the Joker's face. Maybe they'll find another relatively unknown like they did with Scarecrow. I never saw that kid before, but he was PERFECT and CREEPY as Jonathan Crane.
Actually, according to the liink you provided, it was Fox who dropped Cummings, not Cummings who abandoned X-Men.

Stupid Fox.
Adrian Brody? I like that, very interesting. However, I think if they go with the casting trend of the first movie, it'll be a British star playing an American.

No Allan Cumming? That is another blow to the third X. Oh, what a bummer. My hopes are starting to sink.
Jerry, thanks for the heads up on the situation with Cumming. The post has been changed, and your observation duly noted.
Stinky on losing Nightcrawler. I really liked his character in X2. Sadly, I think the law of averages says that sequels will fizzle, no matter who is or isn't in them. That doesn't mean some of us hardcore fans will totally bail.

I like the idea of Adrien Brody as the Joker. Completely different than Nicholson, whom I thought was fabulous in his given context.

And Jerry, I totally second the "stupid fox" motion. For reasons other than named, but still.
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