‘Andy’ pointed us to an article in Variety which talks about both Batman and Superman, and the possibility of still seeing a versus movie. Here’s clips from the article…
Warner execs and helmer Chris Nolan are readying “Batman” for a production start in early 2004. And the long-delayed “Superman” is showing new signs of life.
Last week, WB and Nolan tested several actors — among them Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Cillian Murphy and Eion Bailey — to determine who will next don the bat cape. A casting decision is expected as early as this week.
Film, developed from a script by David Goyer, should hit theaters in 2005.
Meanwhile, the studio has just received a new draft of the “Superman” script and is going through the budgeting process with helmer McG, following the departure of Ratner, who fell out over casting and other issues.
Though no deals are in place with McG and the pic does not have a greenlight, if Warners can get to a budget that works, the next step could be casting. If all goes well, “Superman” could see a 2005 or spring 2006 release.
Insiders say a final clash of the superheroes is still possible, but the studio is determined first to breath life into “Batman” and “Superman” as separate entities — a function of Horn and WB chairman-CEO Barry Meyer’s mandate to build AOL TW’s lucrative library gradually.