The film's title star, Christian Bale, told me in June that he'd signed a multi-picture contract. When I caught up with Batman Begins ... All I can tell you is, we're talking. There was quite an air of secrecy around the development of 'Batman Begins,' and there will be even more around the development of another film, if they move forward.
I studied English Literature. I wasn't a very good student, but one thing I did get from it, while I was making films at the same time with the college film society, was that I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well.
I didn't do a commentary on the DVD, which people were maybe surprised by. To be honest, my feeling is that commentaries are very tricky because I feel like the audience completes the film, and until a film gets out there you almost don't know exactly what it is that you've done. You have to do commentaries these days before the movie is even in theaters, so I wanted to hold off and instead just have them use the material that we generated during production to explain our intentions.
I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.
Somehow he just really fit the bill and had that fire in his eyes that made you believe this guy could make himself fit into a superhero role,
In addition to the excellent audio and video quality on the Begins DVD, it's also packed with a plethora of behind-the-scenes features. I very much enjoyed all the material relating to how we made the film, ... I hope the fans enjoy it as well. I think our EPK crew and DVD guys were able to get an enormous amount of footage, and they really got a lot of the most interesting parts of the filmmaking process. As a movie fan, I just have always loved getting information about the ways that movies get made and I think there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way I do.
As soon as television became the only secondary way in which films were watched, films had to adhere to a pretty linear system, whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and answer the phone and not really lose your place.
The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
I have always been a big fan of the character and am more of a moviegoer than a comic book guy. There is always something about the character of Batman that is very elemental. There is a great, powerful myth to the character and romantic element...that draws from a lot of literary sources.
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