Released back in , it helped usher in a new era for caped crusaders like the Dark Knight, where realism was king and everything was dark. Really dark. What we do know is that Aronofsky was working on a very different version of the Caped Crusader alongside renowned Batman writer and comic book visionary Frank Miller. And, if the stories are true, it would have been unlike any superhero movie fans have seen before or since. At this point, Warner Bros. But those plans went out the window when the studio got wind that 20th Century Fox was moving forward with plans for a movie based on the exploits of the Marvel superhero collective the X-Men, and that Bryan Singer, best known for The Usual Suspects, was on board.

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Wonder Woman To succeed in his crime-fighting crusade, Batman must rely on detective skills, gadgetry, martial arts prowess and a certain chiropteran je ne sais quoi. To remain relevant for the public, his writers and directors have subjected the superhero to more reinventions than a pop star. Just a few years earlier, the Batman animated series had concluded with acclaim. It had successfully taken some of the wackier elements from the source material and coupled them with a brooding atmosphere.

All the film franchise needed was a similar contemporary feel, and a dedicated guiding hand. Even with an embrace of realism, larger-than-life villains like the Scarecrow and the Joker could still be depicted with a good degree of faithfulness to their original incarnations. Darren Aronofsky with mother!

To their tastes, his vision for Gotham City took it in a grounded direction. The only problem with a lot of manifestations was it was too grounded. Aronofsky had, however, been collaborating with Frank Miller, the celebrated comic book writer and artist. Miller was most famous for writing The Dark Knight Returns, and while Aronofsky liked it, he was more taken by another of his stories, Batman: Year One.

Miller agreed to write the screenplay, and Aronofsky contributed his own ideas. The draft of the screenplay available publicly shows the degree of revisionism that the pair were happy to pursue.

He is brought under the wing of Big Al Alfred , the black owner of an auto-repair shop. Bruce grows up working there and watches the city deteriorate as he comes of age. He sees the neighbourhood frequented by pimps, prostitutes one of whom is Selina Kyle, later Catwoman and corrupt police officers.

His rage at the state of the city leads him into undisguised vigilantism, but mishaps and close escapes make him rethink his approach. He improvises a costume-a cape and a hockey mask-but his ingenuity grows and he designs advantageous gadgets. Aronofsky saw Year One as a companion to s films like Taxi Driver, The French Connection, Death Wish and Serpico-anything involving corruption, societal decay and the complications of justice, whether individual or state-sanctioned.

To this end, the character of Jim Gordon, and his struggles against his Gotham police colleagues, forms a major part of the script, as do his unhappy personal relationships. And this was before taking adult Batman fans into account, who would surely take issue with every Aronofskian departure from lore. Before his exit from the project he had been in talks with Christian Bale to play Bruce Wayne. Batman Begins also functions as an origin story and part of its plot deals with institutional corruption.

In cinema alone he is welcomed across the spectrum of genres, from the played-straight Batman V Superman to the comedy of the Lego Batman Movie. While promoting his new film Mother! Aronofsky was asked about the abandoned film, and he noted the premature nature of his pitch. And, as he stated in a interview, there was another side to the story. So my theory was if I can write this Batman film and they could perceive me as a writer for it [The Fountain].


Batman: Year One (Darren Aronofsky)

The film itself was nominated for a special Jury Award. Bale later would be cast in the role for Batman Begins. Production was ultimately set for late October in Queensland and Sydney. Aronofsky said that Cage pulled out of the movie because Aronofsky wanted Rourke to star; Aronofsky said, stating that Cage was "a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside. I have so much respect for Nic Cage as an actor and I think it really could have worked with Nic but, you know, Nic was incredibly supportive of Mickey and he is old friends with Mickey and really wanted to help with this opportunity, so he pulled himself out of the race. She introduced Aronofsky to Mila Kunis , who joined the cast in It received a standing ovation whose length Variety said made it "one of the strongest Venice openers in recent memory".



In all likelihood, this was a direct response to the success of the film X-Men, which similarly ended discussion of the Bruce Wayne TV series. The vision that ultimately emerged seems to have been closer to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver than to previous versions of Batman. Aronofsky also told Cinefantastique magazine that the film was to be a period piece set in the s and that he aspired to capture a cinematic feel similar to The French Connection. In fact, Catwoman gets the last shot of the film — as she finishes a cat burglary. As in the comic-book version, Gordon is a more important character than in Batman Begins. A subsequent scene between Gordon and his wife suggests some debate over raising children in Gotham, echoing a plot thread in the David Fincher film Se7en.


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