Having had a success with wolfmen, moving to the field of batmen was a natural for John Landis. The Guardian notes that Landis has been signed to direct Bat Boy; though Landis has been directing shorts for jibjab.com, he has otherwise been cinematically idle since Blues Brothers 2000. Bat Boy is the film version of the tabloid-inspired hit West End musical. Devin May will star as the big-eared, blood-thirsty fugitive, running for his life; May's previous credit is starring in the rock musical film Temptation. (While I never heard of it, I had to laugh at the comments on the IMBd; there, a correspondent was crowing about the extreme novelty of a rock musical based on Faust. How soon they forget. ...)

This gross parody of Andrew Lloyd Weber is loaded with those matinee crowd-pleasers: Incest and bestiality. Bat Boy the musical debuted at Tim Robbins' Actors Gang Theater on Halloween 1997, and has since become a hot potato when high school theater arts students wanted to perform Bat Boy instead of Grease; Wikipedia chronicles the various free-speech squabbles over the musical's performances in the SF Bay Area. Despite this age of rogue franchising, it's a matter of personal happiness to have Bat Boy be the first film based on articles from the Weekly World News, the only newspaper in America that has any guts. Since Borat paved the way, what about an Ed Anger movie? A foaming, pig-biting mad patriot with a steel plate in his head could really get furious Americans to speak up on the issues of the day -- much more so than some misguided foreigner. ...