A live-action telling of the story of a young Bruce Wayne as he
begins on his journey to become... a Bat.
television series takes a comics icon and re-energizes it for
the 21st century. The project has a lot of buzz, and could be
a hit that the WB could use for their unique audience weaned on
popular shows such as Buffy.
you think we're talking about Batman Begins or Smallville
here, you're wrong.
late 1999, fans were buzzing with excitement over an announced
television project that would cover the "missing years"
of DC Comics' famed Caped Crusader. Everyone knows how the story
begins - young millionaire Bruce Wayne's parents are killed, and
he grows up and dresses like a rodent to put fight crime. But,
as writer Tim McCanlies pointed out in the Bruce Wayne
series bible, "Never answered--in comics, TV, or films--are
the questions, 'Why?' and 'How?'"
S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins film, which
hits theatres June 15, 2005, aims to cover that ground in what
will likely be a very different way. But back in 1999, when this
project got off the ground, this is something that had never been
seen on screen. Even Frank Miller's Batman: Year One focused
primarily on the early adventures of Bruce after he had become
in 1999 was best known for writing the screenplay to the animated
feature The Iron Giant. He teamed up with the Tollin-Robbins
production company to bring the project to life.
didn't it happen? What would it have been like? All of these answers
and more in the pages within.
Hopefully no one involved with the production of Bruce Wayne
feels stepped on or intruded upon by the placement of this pages,
and no Warner Bros. lawyers get angry for infringement - after
all, this is a project that never existed and otherwise would
be unknown to a lot of fans. And hey - these pages are also meant
as a reminder to SEE
BATMAN BEGINS (now in theaters!) or watch Smallville,
moving to Thursdays at 9 on the WB this Fall. Send all comments,
etc. to PlanetGotham@aol.com
but be aware that webmaster Craig will be away from the computer
for most if not all of Wednesday 6/15.