Volume 26 Tuesday, August 17, 2004 Page 1 of 1


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Maxim: You wrote the new Batman, got any new secrets you can leak?

Goyer: I'm sorry, there's such a heinous nondisclosure agreement for that. I can basically comment on stuff that's been released. What do you want to hear?

Maxim: Give us a progress report that won't get either of us sued.

Goyer: I'm approaching the movie from a professional standpoint, but also as a fan. And I can honestly say that as a kid who grew up in the '70s reading "Batman" comics, there were many times that I was working on the movie and I would say to Chris [Nolan, the director], "I can't believe they're letting us do this." It is so different from the other installments.

Maxim: Does it resemble the style of any of the previous Batman flicks?

Goyer: No. I think the first one is the best of the ones that came before. But this movie is so different from all of them that it's like comparing the cartoons to it. The other movies had points of reference, like the metropolis, but our points of reference are "The Man Who Would Be King," "Lawrence of Arabia," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" — we are pulling from things that inspiredus.
Maxim: Does this mean no Alicia Silverstone?

Goyer: No. And no bat nipples, no inline skating…Of all the movies, it's definitely the one in spirit that's closest to the comics. We didn't arbitrarily change any names, even minor characters. Having said that, there are parts that have never been told in the comics, and DC was not only cool with us coming up with some new back story, but Warner Bros. let us do certain things that will totally shock people. I'm really happy with it.

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