While we posted about this a while back. Today in an interview with GQ, Wedon talked again about his rejected Batman film, this time a bit more in depth. Here was his pitch of Batman’s new origin:
And he’s like this tiny 12-year-old who’s about to get the shit kicked out of him. And then it cuts to Wayne Manor, and Alfred is running like something terrible has happened, and he finds Bruce, and he’s back from the fight, and he’s completely fine. And Bruce is like, ‘I stopped them. I can stop them.’ That was the moment for me. When he goes ‘Oh, wait a minute; I can actually do something about this.’ The moment he gets that purpose, instead of just sort of being overwhelmed by the grief of his parents’ death.
He talks a little about how at the time WB didn’t care about his creativity but more about the buck. This took place before Batman Begins so maybe times have changed at WB:
The executive was looking at me like I was Agent Smith made of numbers. He wasn’t seeing me at all. And I was driving back to work, and I was like, ‘Why did I do that? Why did I get so invested in that Batman story? How much more evidence do I need that the machine doesn’t care about my vision? And I got back to work and got a phone call that Firefly was cancelled. And I was like, ‘It was a rhetorical question! It was not actually a request! Come on!’
While it would have been a great “What If” if Joss’ Batman pitch was green-lit, we wouldn’t have had Nolan’s amazing trilogy. Nolan’s trilogy I.M.O is still the pinnacle of Super Hero films. Complex, thought provoking and far more serious. However having seen the “Avengers” at midnight last night, I can tell you it was awesome and just pure fun. I would fully support Whedon directing the reboot 🙂