Thank God someone over there has some sense, even if I don’t always like how he goes about writing them into the movies. The guy in question is David Goyer, who recently spoke to Digital Spy and made it very clear that he and the Batman Begins gang has no plans to introduce either Catwoman or The Penguin into “Batman Begins 3”, or whatever it ends up being called. Damn straight, Goyer. Why keep re-introducing the same bloody characters, when Batman’s Rogues Gallery is as massive as it is? They got it right by using Ra’s Al Ghul in the first one, and I suppose it was inevitable that the Joker eventually showed up in the second one.
Here’s what Goyer said:
“Batman has been published for 70 years. In the first movie, we used Ra’s Al Ghul and the Scarecrow, who had not been in the movies before, and had not been in the ’60s TV show before.
“There are dozens if not hundreds of other characters that fit that bill. Everyone says it’s got to be the Penguin or Catwoman [in the next film]… well I completely disagree.”
My suggestions for villains in the third one: Two-Face. That’s it. Aaron Eckhart vs. Christian Bale. Is that too much to ask?
Although I have to admit, if they can get someone to fill out the black latex as well as Michelle Pfeiffer did (ahem, below), and floated test photos of it around, I may reconsider the Catwoman stuff… But the Penguin? Too stupid a character for words, that one. And oh yes, don’t even think about the Riddler, too.