Back before Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins hit the silver
screen in 2005, there was a plan in place for Darren Aronofsky to tackle the
Dark Knight. Hot off the back of Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky was tapped by
Warner Bros. to develop a movie drenched in the influence of Frank Miller’s
iconic Batman: Year One.
Of course, that film would fall apart, leading to Nolan
getting the nod to deliver his tour de force trilogy of Christian Bale-headlined
films. And now, Aronofsky has revealed how one of the big sticking points
between he and Warners was that the filmmaker wanted Joaquin Phoenix for the
role of the Caped Crusader.
Speaking to Empire
about the Batman role, Aronofsky explained, “The studio wanted Freddie Prinze
Jr. and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix. I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we’re making two
different films here’ It was a different time. The Batman I wrote was
definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”
Last year saw Phoenix stun as the titular Harlequin of Hate
in Todd Phillips’ Joker – a performance that saw the ridiculously talented actor
take home an Oscar!
As for Aronofsky, the same interview sees him reveal that
not only was Frank Miller to be on writing duties for this Batman picture, but
that Miller was actually in shock at how dark Aronofsky wanted to make the
Even though he never got to make the Batman movie that he so
wanted, Aronofsky has continued to wow in the director’s chair with offerings
such as The Fountain, The Wrestling, and Black Swan. Although the less said about 2107's Mother!, the better.
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