Michael Keaton is joining the cast of DreamWorks' video game adaptation, Need for Speed, reports Heat Vision.
He joins a cast that includes Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi.
According to the site, "the story tells of a local street-racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison.
After his stint in the joint, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge.
But when the ex-partner learns of the scheme, he puts a massive bounty on the racer’s head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.
Keaton will play the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world.
The script for the film was written by George Gatins. His brother, John Gatins, is producing with Mark Sourian and Patrick O’Brien.
If I were ever to write a Batman story, it'd have to have something different. Something that hasn't been done before in depth and presents a real challenge to Batman where he's out of his comfort zone. I'd want it to be scary, funny and sad. Paying tribute to the rich history in some way. I was thinking about what scenario could interest me, and then I recalled this post I made back in 2009. A scenario that goes above and beyond Nolan realism, but in a world where it's full on gothic and fantasy.
Take the Batmobile, for example. Even if you could build one without anyone finding out, someone would eventually follow you back home.
I've always thought that. Going to and from Wayne Manor in the Batmobile each night really is rolling the dice. No matter how stealthy you may be - or how hard you try, eventually someone is going to follow you back, place a tracer or whatever. It's mostly out of your hands.
It's a big City out there with lots of people in it. People talk and people observe. And you can't tell me after operating in Gotham for years, Batman is rather complacent about the whole thing.
And that's just with people. Technology really would complicate things.
Given his vigilante status, in reality they'd view the entire Gotham area via satellite with heat vision capabilities. He wouldn't even know. You'd have footage of his movements to and from Wayne Manor and it would be all over the news.
Say they had just began the monitoring, and they didn't know where he lived - and Batman was in Gotham and *somehow* aware of this, he's still going nowhere. He'd be driving around all night and all the police would be after him. That really would be it. He's caught. He couldn't drive back to Wayne Manor. And it would eventually be morning.
I think it's a cool concept and would love to see DC tackle it.
You could have this with no lead in, Batman just out on the street and realising, OMG, what on Earth do I do? Thinking on the spot. I'm not sure how he'd get to that realisation at the moment, but it would be dynamite. Or perhaps a lead in where something happened, ala being framed for the Ice Princess in BR. The City being on a lockdown afterwards, hunting Batman from then on with all the resources and technology they have. And Bruce is forced to go back in to deal with it by some 'subtle' villain ala Penguin in BR. Showing long term problem solving and detective work.
Either way it would be interesting to get into Bruce's internal dialogue about the problem. You could have signal scrambler gadgets, etc. Using a penthouse as a base. Scenes with him being pursued in the Batmobile via police, rigs the car to blow and escapes via the deep sewers, away from surveillance, for example. Having to get things sorted out and back home before dawn breaks, with the real truth coming out at an emotional cost.
So the trailer for the fourth Mission Impossible film has hit. And it looks slick (check out the cinematography), energised (check out the action) and above all - fun. There is nothing wrong with comic book simplicity. I know people here are longing for that interpretation. There is something more campy and heightened about the Mission Impossible films that I enjoy. Now, they’re not as good as the Bournes or most of the Bonds. But they're still reasonably well-made, entertaining and have never given us a dog like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or Terminator Salvation. Roll on December. Take a look: