Nolan’s “Batman: The Intimidation Game” Starts Filming in the UK March 16

The next installment of the “Batman” franchise is scheduled to begin filming in the UK on March 16, has learned. The production, which is presently going by the name of “The Intimidation Game” in casting documents, will also be shooting scenes from the hugely anticipated film in Iceland and New York.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, the fifth film will bring the comic character to his roots. As Variety wrote this past weekend, “this time around, it’s about the genesis of Batman: How billionaire Bruce Wayne makes a series of decisions that turn him into the Caped Crusader. Batman will be more realistic and less cartoonish. There are no campy villains. Wayne — younger, more vulnerable, more human — will be getting as much attention as his masked alter-ego.”

There has been some disagreement on the name of the current film, which the Varietypiece was able to skip over.

At this time, the production is looking to cast an “enormous” Asian man, who will be involved in a fight scene. Producers are not specifying an age range for the character, saying it can be “any age as long as he is enormous,” as well as looks dangerous and is able to speak in broken English.

The film stars Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes and Cillian Murphy. The producers for the film are listed as Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven.

The Scorecard
Producers: Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven
Director: Christopher Nolan
Casting Director: John Papsidera
Date: March 16, 2004
Location: United Kingdom