Last night I started getting into this conversation with my girlfriend and thought it might be a nice cooperative game for this forum. So here’s the situation:
Warner Brothers, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to release another Batman movie, the fifth installation in the series. It will be released in the summer of 2005. They have decided on a producer, or rather a committee of producers, and it is us.
We must decide, collectively, what this movie is going to be. All of our decisions need to be unanimous, or at least a majority of votes. Of course, there will be some negotiations among us, some compromises made, and a few hurt feelings, but if we are to get this done, we have to play nice.
Warner Bros. have already assured us a decent script writer, costume designer, cinematographer, etc. There will be a casting director for minor roles, but not for major ones.
We have a decent budget, but not unlimited. We can’t afford to pay Harrison Ford the hundred million dollars he’d probably demand to do what he might consider a fluff piece, one which might hurt his career. We might be able to get Ben Stiller, but we probably can’t get Ben Kingsley.
On the other hand, we need actors with some box office credibility. TV actors are OK, but they need to be decent box office draws.
This movie needs to make money. Likewise, it needs to be a good enough movie to develop a sizable fan base. It needs repeat ticket buyers, and it needs to generate merchandising.
Here are the tasks before us:
Come up with a name for the movie.
Decide on a villain. Remember that in past movies, some villains have died. Catwoman might be OK, but she’s been done. Audiences want something fresh.
Decide on a director.
Cast the 4 (or 5) largest roles. This should constitute the biggest of our tasks. We need to cast:
Possibly a secondary villain
Since past actors might be getting too old, and because audiences want something fresh, actors who have been cast in previous Batman movies are off limits.
Off we go, then…