Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joss Whedon's Rejected Batman Movie

Director Joss Whedon has discussed his rejected plans for a new Batman movie.

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator claimed that he spoke to Warner Bros. about a project for the superhero franchise before Christopher Nolan began work on Batman Begins.

"Well, I actually did pitch a Batman film when [Warner Bros. began developing Batman Begins], and it wasn't what they did but the vibe was very similar," he told MTV.

"Mine was a bit less epic. It was more about the progression of him and it was more in Gotham City. He didn't go to Tibet and meet cool people, but it was very similar in vibe."

He continued: "In my version, there was actually a new [villain], it wasn't one of the classics - which is probably why they didn't use it. It was more of a Hannibal Lector type - he was somebody already in Arkham Asylum that Bruce went and sort of studied with.

"It was a whole thing - I get very emotional about it, I still love the story. Maybe I'll get to do it as a comic one day."

Whedon also went on to say:

“I thought Christopher Nolan’s done an amazing job of bringing out the comic book, and I see a lot of movies [coughs “HULK”] — sorry, I had a Hulk stuck in my throat — that don’t really have the aesthetic or the pathos or really get why the comic book works.”