What Would Joss Whedon’s Batman Be Like?


Geek God Joss Whedon is of course now the director of the mega successful Avengers & Avengers 2. But before that, he was just a cult director who had been attached to plenty of canceled projects. Most everybody know about Wonder Woman, but he also had an idea for Batman that he actually pitched to Warner Bros. in one of their many attempts to reboot Batman after the disastrous Batman & Robin before they ultimately ended up with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

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"My heart was on the table, I was so into it. And I could tell the executive I was talking to was just completely thinking about their schedule and their window and it was like I was talking to a wall. It was a different language. And I drove away from the meeting and I actually said to myself, like, how much more indication do I need that the machine doesn’t care?"

So apparently Warner Bros. either wasn’t too keen on his idea or just wasn’t even listening in the first place. But what ideas did Joss Whedon have for Batman:

"[Bruce is] like this tiny 12-year old who’s about to get the s[hit] kicked out 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."

"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 Lecter’ 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."

Will we ever see this version? Well Whedon is red hot coming off both Avengers movies and said he’d love to do another comic book movie, specifically saying he’s dying to do Batman, so it seems all Warner Bros. would have to do is give him a call. HINT HINT…

h/t Business Insider

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