Christopher Nolan may be finishing up his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, but some may not know that Darren Aronofsky had plans to reboot our silent guardian and watchful protector. Long before Batman Begins, the director was asked by Warner Bros. to revive the franchise.
He came up with a “hard, R-rated Batman” and what “he pitched them was Travis Bickle meets The French Connection - a real guy running around fighting crime. No super-powers, no villains, just corruption.” There is even a script review of the thing, but we all know Nolan did a great job on his own (thus far). With a franchise this popular for WB and Nolan saying he is finished after TDKR, they may to put the caped crusader in another directors hands. After his superhero experience with The Wolverine and his past interest, could they ask Aronofsky to return?
CoF: Speaking of which, you’ve worked in the comic-book medium before, with your adaptation of The Fountain (2006), and the tie-in book to Pi. Do you ever feel like realising your vision of something like the Batman story that you were working on as a comic book?
DA: Well, we’re actually doing one. It hasn’t really been announced, I don’t know if I should give you the scoop! But we’re getting there. We’re doing a comic book of a script that’s really hard to make and we’re going to do a comic version first and see what happens…
It seems like if you come up with an original script, in Hollywood it’s not as effective as a comic book. It doesn’t even have to be successful as a comic; I mean how successful were Kick-Ass or Scott Pilgrim? Those were fringe comics, right, and they were basically turned in to big pictures.
After his excellent graphic novel for The Fountain, I’d love to at least see a Batman one. I haven’t even processed him taking on the Wolverine character, so I don’t think my brain can handle an Aronofsky Batman film.
Would you like to see Aronofsky take on Batman?
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