‘Batman Begins’ Filming In Iceland With Gary Oldman On Board As Young Commish

Warner Bros. Films hopes star-studded film, slated for summer 2005 release, will reignite franchise.

Looks like the man who’s played Dracula, Lee Harvey Oswald and Sid Vicious is about to do some good in Gotham City.

Gary Oldman has joined the cast of director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman film — now titled “Batman Begins.” Oldman will play police Lieutenant James Gordon, who in Batman lore goes on to become Gotham City’s police commissioner.

Oldman’s casting ties up one final major loose end just as work on the film gets under way in Iceland. Production will eventually move on to London and Chicago, and Warner Bros. Pictures hopes to have the film in theaters in the summer of 2005.

Nolan (“Memento,” “Insomnia”) has assembled an impressive cast for the film that Warner Bros. hopes will resuscitate the Batman franchise. Oldman joins Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred the butler), Katie Holmes (Rachel), Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). Last week, Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe signed on to play the film’s villain, Ra’s Al Ghul (see “Batman To Battle An Oscar-Nominated Foe In Next Flick” ).

Filmmakers say that “Batman Begins” will focus on Bruce Wayne’s first days as Batman, and Gotham City’s initial reaction to the caped crime fighter.