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Darren Aronofsky to relaunch his Batman script as a comic book?

01.17.2011

UPDATE - Our own Dave Davis has pointed out that Aronofsky doesn't actually mention Batman in his response and he could be simply referring to doing a comic adaptation of another script he worked on in the past that didn't get made. What do you think? Is he talking Batman or do you think he's referring to something else?

Darren Aronofsky has already turned to the Marvel universe and THE WOLVERINE for his next film but it wasn't all that long ago that Aronofsky was developing a film for DC. Back in 2000, Aronofsky was hired by Warner Bros. to relaunch the BATMAN franchise. In what seemed like a smart movie at the time, he hooked up with Frank Miller for a big-screen adaptation of "Batman: Year One." Miller worked on an early draft of the script (which you can read here) that was a very loose interpretation of his own work. Batman worked in a junkyard, Alfred was a big fat, black guy and Catwoman was a dominatrix/prostitute. Warner Bros. not surprisingly squashed the idea.

But now that Aronofsky is one of the hottest directors in tow, could BATMAN: YEAR ONE see the light of day again? Warner Bros. seems very happy with their Christopher Nolan-led Bat-verse but DC Comics appears interested in relaunching Aronofsky and Miller's vision for a new comic book.

Aronofsky spoke while promoting BLACK SWAN's release in London just prior to the Golden Globes and said, "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…"

Aronofsky said the news "hasn't really been announced" so it could still be very early in the planning stages and, like the film, may never happen. And while I was never a fan of Miller's script as a movie, it could make for an interesting comic miniseries. Maybe even something adapted into a one-shot animated movie?...

Extra Tidbit: Would you rather have Darren Aronofsky direct a Wolverine movie or a Batman movie?
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4:30PM on 01/18/2011

Just read Frank Miller's script

All I can say is . . . I never expected that perspective. While it is definitely not the Batman I know, I was sucked into the story. I enjoyed it and can only imagine how it would have been on the big screen. Maybe not a masterpiece, but I could definitely see it gracing my dvd collection.
All I can say is . . . I never expected that perspective. While it is definitely not the Batman I know, I was sucked into the story. I enjoyed it and can only imagine how it would have been on the big screen. Maybe not a masterpiece, but I could definitely see it gracing my dvd collection.
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8:35PM on 01/17/2011
Aronofsky is one of the best directors working today, but I didn't like his take on Batman and am glad we got a more "classic" batman from Nolan. I'm sure Wolverine will be great as long as he doesn't stray to far from the original material for the character like he did with Batman.
Aronofsky is one of the best directors working today, but I didn't like his take on Batman and am glad we got a more "classic" batman from Nolan. I'm sure Wolverine will be great as long as he doesn't stray to far from the original material for the character like he did with Batman.
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3:14PM on 01/17/2011
He may as well release it as a comic, since everyone else is jumping on the bandwagon. The old script for "Freddy vs. Jason vs Ash" was resurrected as a comic book, I don't see why this one can't. Hell, if Tyrese Gibson can release a comic book...
He may as well release it as a comic, since everyone else is jumping on the bandwagon. The old script for "Freddy vs. Jason vs Ash" was resurrected as a comic book, I don't see why this one can't. Hell, if Tyrese Gibson can release a comic book...
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2:59PM on 01/17/2011
"Batman worked in a junkyard, Alfred was a big fat, black guy"

This is why I think The Wolverine will either be a 10/10 masterpiece or a complete artsy fartsy clusterflub. Can't wait to see which one! No chance at the middle ground.
"Batman worked in a junkyard, Alfred was a big fat, black guy"

This is why I think The Wolverine will either be a 10/10 masterpiece or a complete artsy fartsy clusterflub. Can't wait to see which one! No chance at the middle ground.
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1:40PM on 01/17/2011

I'm on board

Got to sit in on a Q and A session Aronofsky did for THE WRESTLER at the 2008 NYFF and he touched upon the idea he pitched for his version of Batman. As much as I loved THE DARK KNIGHT, I was intrigued at his idea.
Got to sit in on a Q and A session Aronofsky did for THE WRESTLER at the 2008 NYFF and he touched upon the idea he pitched for his version of Batman. As much as I loved THE DARK KNIGHT, I was intrigued at his idea.
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12:23PM on 01/17/2011
that is FUCKING AWESOME
that is FUCKING AWESOME
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12:02PM on 01/17/2011

elseworld

It seems like a good "elseworld" mini-series to me (the comics line from DC that explore the alternate universes)...
It seems like a good "elseworld" mini-series to me (the comics line from DC that explore the alternate universes)...
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11:54AM on 01/17/2011
He's a great director, but his vision for Batman doesn't sound that great. Alfred as a big, fat black guy? Come on!
He's a great director, but his vision for Batman doesn't sound that great. Alfred as a big, fat black guy? Come on!
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11:15AM on 01/17/2011
Aronofsky is one hell of a Director, but this batman version is too damn dark to fit in the bruce wayne universe.. If you see it as an alternative version for a comic book is ok, but if you put this in a movie, hardcore batman fans(which with nolan's films the number has been increasing by thousands) wouldn't accept that.. this fact won't change even in ten years from now, when the franchise will be probably ready to be rebooted again.
Aronofsky is one hell of a Director, but this batman version is too damn dark to fit in the bruce wayne universe.. If you see it as an alternative version for a comic book is ok, but if you put this in a movie, hardcore batman fans(which with nolan's films the number has been increasing by thousands) wouldn't accept that.. this fact won't change even in ten years from now, when the franchise will be probably ready to be rebooted again.
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11:10AM on 01/17/2011

I say Wolverine.

I didn't really like the Batman script so Wolverine it is. Besides that character needs a good movie ha ha. But if Nolan finishes his trilogy, Aranofsky is next is probably my first choice.
I didn't really like the Batman script so Wolverine it is. Besides that character needs a good movie ha ha. But if Nolan finishes his trilogy, Aranofsky is next is probably my first choice.
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11:15AM on 01/17/2011
I think I'd rather see Aranofsky doing his own thing. As much as I want to see a good Wolverine film, I even think THAT is a waste of his time.
I think I'd rather see Aranofsky doing his own thing. As much as I want to see a good Wolverine film, I even think THAT is a waste of his time.
10:57AM on 01/17/2011
Ehhh, I'm intrigued by ANYTHING Aranofsky does (get him on a Dark Tower film, Ron!), but if this story truly includes the junkyard, fat black guy and dominatrix / prostitute, can't they just call it something OTHER than Batman?
Ehhh, I'm intrigued by ANYTHING Aranofsky does (get him on a Dark Tower film, Ron!), but if this story truly includes the junkyard, fat black guy and dominatrix / prostitute, can't they just call it something OTHER than Batman?
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10:39AM on 01/17/2011
Holy Bat Boner! The man could direct an oral surgery and I would check it out.
Holy Bat Boner! The man could direct an oral surgery and I would check it out.
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