Way back in 2000, Warner bros. hired Darren Aronofsky still hot following Requiem for a Dream, to write a treatment for a Batman reboot. This reboot was to be based on cult graphic novel Batman: Year One. Accordingly, Aronofsky collaborated with Year one writer Frank Miller who finished an early draft of the script.
They had collaborated once before on an adaptation of Miller’s graphic novel, Ronin, which never got off the ground. Unfortunately the studios shelved the project. Aronofsky later claimed that their Batman film wasn't greenlighted because Warner found it to be too violent and that an R-rated Batman film wouldn't appeal to children. Then the director came up with the idea of making two separate films, one based on Aronofsky/Miller's Year One that wouldn't require a big budget and the second, a family friendly affair. This was also rejected but that script eventually morphed into Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. So that became history until recently while doing publicity for Black Swan, Aronofsky began bringing up his long-dead Batman movie, and it sounds like he might be about to breathe new life into the project. According to The Guardian Aronofsky had wanted to do a gritty "hard R-rated" version of the story and the story “he pitched them was Travis Bickle meets The French Connection- a real guy running around fighting crime. No super-powers, no villains, just corruption.”
ClothesOnFilm asked the director: Do you ever feel like realizing your vision of something like the Batman story that you were working on [Batman Year One] as a comic book?
"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."
Early last year the director with involved in putting together a reboot of Robocop for MGM and in April it was revealed he was working on a comic version of his RoboCop with Dynamite Entertainment. So are we seeing Aronofski about to take back the reins from Nolan, or is he discussing his Robocop venture? Either way we have Aronofski's The Wolverine to look forward to first.