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Rumor: Karl Urban Is The Batman For The Small Screen?

Rumor: Karl Urban Is The Batman For The Small Screen?

We’ll just come out and say it: the following report stinks like so much bullshit that we have to hold our noses while typing. Nonetheless, there might be a kernel of truth to the notion, and if not, it’s certainly a stepping stone for some interesting discussions in the comments section, right? Nonetheless, it’s our duty to inform you that the famously dubious is claiming that Warner Bros.’ post-“The Dark Knight Rises” plans for the Batman franchise involve him coming to television.

The report mentions that the studio, with no plans to step on Christopher Nolan‘s shoes, wants to use the films as a stepping-stone for the show, which will have a “real world” feel. Karl Urban is the name linked to the Caped Crusader, an appropriately TV-ish name now, but not by next year when his starring role in “Dredd” is seen by fans. The executive in charge of this show has had his name withheld from the announcement, though apparently he’s been involved with “The Mentalist,” “Friends,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Without A Trace,” “ER” and “The West Wing.” So “The Dark Knight: The Series” will be a needlessly gory procedural with wacky sidekick characters. We could easily look up the one guy associated with all these projects and “out” him, but that would involve assuming there’s some truth to this story.

What really sets the bullshit meter off is that the series would also benefit from a new actor taking on the role of the Joker. Somehow, keeping him out of the movies is respectful, but switching mediums preserves the sanctity of Heath Ledger‘s memory? The piece mentions the oddly specific note of a “closed set” being used to re-introduce the Joker, the kind of fake detail that could never be the result of a show being developed now for a likely 2013 debut.

As far as a “Batman” television series in the vein of the movies goes, there’s nothing to say it couldn’t work. And “Smallville” is currently in its tenth season of Superman heroics, providing the CW with a boatload of revenue over the years. There was a rumor that Bruce Wayne would cameo in the earlier seasons of “Smallville” as a backdoor pilot for a young Batman series, but most fans point to the eerily-similar Adam Knight played by Ian Somerhalder in season three as the possible prototype for that failed concept. Oh, and speaking of failed concepts: “Smallville.”

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‘We’ll just come out and say it: the following report stinks like so much bullshit that we have to hold our noses while typing… ‘ very funny. who is writing your leads? Davis Stern this blog and create some superstars already. lol.

I think a Batman sketch comedy show based of the Batman from Zur- En- Arrh would be a better idea.


This is stupid. End of discussion.


This is stupid. End of discussion.

Scott Mendelson

The Joker is an icon, arguably the most famous fictional villain in modern history. He does not belong to Heath Ledger anymore than he belongs to Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero, or Mark Hamill. If someone else wants to take a crack at the character in a different film series or a television series, have at it.

Dw Dunphy

The story is extremely far-fetched, but the concept of a returning Joker is not. I’ve heard, on various occasions, that the concept of turning the Joker into an anarchy icon a’la V For Vendetta, with anyone and everyone assuming the identity, is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Now, do I like that idea? No. When someone finally nails a character down such as Ledger did with the Joker, you should at least offer a couple decades up as a buffer before you “reboot” (gag). That “asset” mentality has seized the studios so much that, while it would be at the least highly distasteful, WB sees an asset going to languish.

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