With the recent release of The Dark Knight it is hard to think of anyone other than Christopher Nolan who could tackle Batman (even though they have in the past). However, there are a lot of what if’s in the superhero movie world. What if James Cameron directed Spider-Man? What if Warner Bros went with Tim Burton’s Superman?
The latest one to add to the ever growing list is: What if Joss Whedon directed Batman?
Whedon regaled MTV News with the details of his proposed plan to reboot the “Batman” film franchise before Director Christopher Nolan got the gig.
“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,” said Whedon. “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 [to Nolan’s “Batman Begins”].”
After a little prodding, Whedon opened up a bit about his “Batman” idea, even going into detail about what villain he planned on using…or not using.
“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,” he laughed. “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 [ed. note: HINT HINT, DC Comics… ].”
I am glad Warner Bros went with Christopher Nolan as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are amazing movies, however it is always interesting to consider what could have been if someone else was sat in the directors chair.