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.
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Source: Screen Rant