Darren Aronofsky's Batman Movie Script to become Comic Book?
Clothesonfilm.com interviewed Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, who was asked to reboot the Batman franchise pre-Christoper Nolan.
Aronofsky's vision of Batman was one without "super-powers" and villains - just corruption, and said to be an "R-Rated Batman," according to the Guardian.
Aronofsky let it be known to Clothesonfilm, when asked about doing his version of Batman as a comic book -
that they were, indeed, doing one. Aronofsky stated that if he can't get one medium to give it a go, he'll try another - as he is a "storyteller." Aronofsky is no stranger to comic books as DC Vertigo's, "The Fountain" is based on the Aronofsky's script; "The Fountain" graphic novel pre-dated the movie.
Updated: 1/17/10 11:30pm Eastern: This actually might be something other than Batman, read through:
CoF: Speaking of which, you’ve worked in the comic-book medium before, with your adaptation of The Fountain (2006), and the tie-in book to Pi. Do you ever feel like realising your vision of something like the Batman story that you were working on as a comic book?
DA: Well, we’re actually doing one. It hasn’t really been announced, I don’t know if I should give you the scoop! But we’re getting there. 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…
It seems like if you come up with an original script, in Hollywood it’s not as effective as a comic book. It doesn’t even have to be successful as a comic; I mean how successful were Kick-Ass or Scott Pilgrim? Those were fringe comics, right, and they were basically turned in to big pictures.
CoF: They were popular for comics…
DA: Yeah, but what are you talking about? 50,000? 100,000? Scott Pilgrim – how big of a comic was it? I didn’t even know it. It was very underground.
CoF: You’re saying here that you’re taking unfilmable scripts and turning them into comics, but then you’re saying that you’re making films that no one else wants to make. Do you not worry you’re narrowing your audience even more?
DA: You work really hard on something and want to get it out there. The reason that The Fountain comic exists is because for a long time we didn’t think that the film was going to happen, so I went after an artist because I wanted to get that finished and out there. I’m a storyteller, so if I can’t tell it in my medium of choice I try to do it another way.
Aronofsky compares doing comic books to original scripts in Hollywood. The Director states it almost seems like doing a comic book is better than coming up with an original idea - and uses Mark Millar's "Kick-Ass" and Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" as examples. While the Director seems to think they might not have been huge hits in the comic book world (they were), he is right (or at least insinuates) that compared to comic book sales, movie sales outnumber them by a substantial amount. (The numbers Aronofsky quotes for the two titles may be very low compared to movie sales, but for comics are actually considered good).
Aronofsky is also doing, "The Wolverine" (Marvel Comics' ferocious adamantium-laced mutant from the X-Men movies) starring Hugh Jackman and should be working on it soon. Reportedly this is not an "official" sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as from the sounds of things - will not tie into the movie, but will be a "one-off" and hence the title, "The Wolverine."