For those that don’t know, before Batman Begins became a thing with Christopher Nolan, it began its life as an adaptation of Batman: Year One with Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller involved in screenwriting. The studio ended up going in another direction and it morphed into what we now know as Batman Begins. From there on, of course, we had the critical and box office smash hit Dark Knight trilogy.
How would things have been different had Aronofsky not decided to go and make an original movie instead? In this writers opinion, things would have not gone so well for the return of the caped crusader to theaters, but judge for yourself.
In a video interview with Empire Online, Aranofsky has indicated he would be keen to step back into the superhero world if the right opportunity arose, but has that horse bolted now? Aronofsky also talked a little about the differences between his project and Nolan’s eventual film.
“I think Nolan’s version is exactly what the studio wanted. I think I was much more of a gritty feel is what we were going for.”
Aronofsky then talked about why he chose to make The Fountain instead.
“I probably wasn’t in the right place. I had too many stories that I wanted to tell and I just wanted to make The Fountain at that time.”
As someone who has read the script for Aranofsky’s Batman: Year One, I’m inclined to say we dodged a bullet. Batman Begins is one of my favorites ever superhero origin stories. I love it. Despite it being a realistic take on a masked vigilante, it still has heroic moments that make you geek out. For me Aranofsky’s script didn’t have any of that, it was depressing and sought to completely change who Bruce Wayne was. One of my favorite scenes in Batman Begins is when he rescues Rachel from Arkham and leads the police on a car chase using the new Batmobile. There’s nothing like that in the script for Batman: Year One.
But opinions are dime a dozen, and you readers may disagree with my take on the script. Has anyone read it online, if so would you have liked to see Aronofsky’s take on Batman? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: Empire Online