Now, with #BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice having taken a whole heap of plot and tonal elements from his seminal Bat-comic, #TheDarkKnightReturns, you might imagine that controversial comic book legend #FrankMiller would have been fairly content with the results. After all, director #ZackSnyder went to great pains to make his on-screen #Batman a whole lot more like Miller's comic book take than any other we've seen in theaters. What's more, with the #BenAffleck-directed #TheBatman currently in pre-production, it's entirely possible that a distinctly Miller-inspired version of the Dark Knight will be hanging out on the big screen for years to come.
And yet, blind, passive acquiescence to a corporate reality has never really been Miller's thing, making it relatively unsurprising that...
Frank Miller Wants To See A Very Different Kind Of Batman Movie
Indeed, as he recently revealed in an interview with Variety:
"My dream would be to make it much smaller. To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more. Because he’s got a loving relationship with the city he’s protecting. And unlike Superman his connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would not be a good place to make toys from. There wouldn’t be a line of toys."
Indeed, as Miller noted, he once came close to bringing that particular vision of the hero to the screen, back in the ill-fated attempt to bring a Darren Aronofsky-directed tale of the Dark Knight into being:
"That screenplay was based on my book 'Batman: Year One,' and yeah it was much more down to earth. In it a fair amount of time is spent before he became Batman, and when he went out and fought crime he really screwed it up a bunch of times before he got it right. So it was 90-minute origins story."
Now, of course, it's entirely possible that Ben Affleck will somehow — through sheer force of will and chin-strength — make a stripped down solo Batman movie much like the one Miller describes above, but it does admittedly seem unlikely. After all, for all that Zack Snyder's take on the #DCEU has been influenced by Miller's gritty early work, it's also a deeply commercial enterprise. One, indeed, that is surely aiming to make a cool billion or so off of The Batman, suggesting that a truly low-key, gadget-free take on the hero is pretty darned unlikely.
Then again, y'never know. If you had told us all 10 years ago that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in a movie he's also co-writing and directing, we'd all have laughed in your face, and pointed at you with frantic derision. By comparison, then, a low-budget noir take on Batman might not be all that out there.
What do you think, though? Would you like to see The Batman head in the sort of direction that Miller is describing? Let us know below!