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– by Seth McDonald

Director Darren Aronofsky says the recently announced Joker origin film has similarities to a pitch he made to the studio roughly 15 years ago. A project he worked on with the great Frank Miller, brought a lot of differences to the character, making Bruce Wayne a homeless orphan who was adopted, and used brass knuckles in his crime fighting. While promoting his latest film Mother!, Aronofsky (via Screen Rant) spoke about the similar concepts between his pitch and the word on the new Joker film which is said to be very dark and grounded:

“You know what, I think it’s finally… I think we were basically — whatever it is — 15 years too early. Because I hear the way they’re talking about the Joker movie and that’s exactly — that was my pitch. I was like: we’re going to shoot in East Detroit and East New York. We’re not building Gotham. The Batmobile — I wanted to be a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines in it.”

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Aronofsky is spot on with the timing issue in my opinion, I think he was just too early with his concept for the Dark Knight. With DC rolling out a new banner that isn’t connected to their shared universe, it is likely that under this new venture the studio will give writers and directors more freedom with the characters.  A concept such as Aronofsky’s would have needed a good deal of freedom. Aronofsky also spoke about how some of the ideas for his take on Batman got out, and some even made it into recent films:

“Some of my ideas got out there through other films. Like the ring with “BW”, Bruce Wayne’s ring making the scar was our idea and I think that was in Zack’s or something. Which is fine, you write these ideas and they get out. We were all about reinventing it and trying to make it more Taxi Driver visceral. That was the whole pitch. But the toy people were like, “Oh it can’t be a Lincoln Continental, you have to make a Batmobile.”

From the little we know about Aronofsky’s Batman, it sounds like a really cool take on the character, something different to say the least, almost like Mad Max with a cape and cowl, which I absolutely would have watched. It just wasn’t the time for such a change in the character, but with DC’s new banner, it is possible we could get an abstract take this like on Batman at some point in the future.

Would you watch a film with Aronofsky’s version of Batman? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Screen Rant

  • CoolHandJuke

    was in a bad way yesterday, so i watched the NSP last unicorn cover. when my daughter saw the unicorn, she said “princess unicorn”…

  • Eli

    If you make that many changes you might as well call it something else. Make your own masked vigilante and run with it. Too much of a bastardization of Batman for my tastes. So, no I wouldn’t want to watch Aronofsky’s take on Batman.

    • J’Accuse

      Yeah but this kind of “make it your own” business has been going on in comics for years, to the point where nothing is cannon anymore.

    • SeanDon

      Maybe at the end of the movie they can reveal it was a 12 year old Bruce Wayne dreaming that all up, the original idea to be a vigilante before all the tech changed his idea of what he could be.
      Note: that would still be stupid as hell, but a way to keep the two universes connected.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I think his idea would have been cool in the way that people do alternate art and make steam punk stars and shit like that. Maybe a one off I could do just to see the interpretations of the characters. But it wouldn’t be no franchise starter and that is what they wanted at the time.

  • Victor Roa

    I got a hold of that script outline, Alfred was black and was bugging Bruce about the STD he got while banging a chick. There’s leaked art on it, looks more like a cross between Bruce Timm and Alex Ross.