Warner Brothers Pictures took time out with nearly 6,500 fans to preview some of the cinematic happenings from their corporate cousin DC Comics. Enthusiastic fans got to hear from screen David Goyer and actor Cillian Murphy, who brings life to the villainous Scarecrow.
Before they spoke, actor Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan appeared on a videotaped message to the fans, apologizing for not being at Comicon, and discussing some of their happiness with the process and the character. This led the way for Goyer and Murphy to take the stage.
Goyer told the story of how he came to be involved with the production. While in pre-production for “Blade: Trinity,” he heard the rumor that Christopher Nolan had been tapped to direct the next Bat-film. Calls soon followed from Nolan’s agent and then the director himself, asking Goyer to come on board. “I’d love to,” Goyer told them, “but I’m in pre-production for this ‘Blade’ movie …”
Goyer then, over the course of an hour, laid out how he would develop the film, and told Nolan he could take all those plans “for free.” Nolan was impressed, hung up, and called back shortly saying Goyer was the only man for the job. Doing both “Blade: Trinity” and writing “Batman Begins” led for some long nights, but Goyer said the experience was really rewarding.
“Warner left us absolutely alone, on casting, script,” Goyer said. “[Christopher Nolan] would not have done this movie if he thought he would betray the fans. They [Warner Brothers] said the movie is bigger than any star. I wrote the movie that I always wanted to see. I truly believe you guys don’t have anything to worry about.”
Cillian Murphy was asked about the costume, and was quickly shushed by Goyer. He did admit that he was masked, but was strictly forbidden to say more about his costuming. Similarly slapped down was questions on the Batmobile design. “Some people come up with a cool concept and try to jam it into the script,” Goyer explained. “You’ll be able to see, in the movie, the reason why the Batmobile looks this way, why it was built.”
Finally, when a fan asked about what comics inspired the story, Goyer said that the film tread similar ground as the seminal “Batman: Year One” but was “bigger in scope.” He also cited the 1970s Batman work of Denny O’Neil and the “Long Halloween” story by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.