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.