Frank Miller Says Darren Aronofsky’s Film “Was 90-Minute Origin Story” and Criticizes "Batman" Movies

Frank Miller spoke to Variety about his own vision of how the Batman movies should have turned out and also about his aborted Batman project with Darren Aronofsky, which sounded amazing. That eventually had Christopher Nolan jump on-board and make the seminal films that we now know, but one does wonder just how great a Aronofsky/Miller film would have been. I do get what Miller was trying to convey here and it would have been great to get HIS OWN vision, especially since this is the guy that is responsible, he wrote the graphic novels, for what is quite possibly known as the greatest superhero movies of all-time: The Dark Knight Trilogy.

“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.”

About the Aronofsky/Miller movie:

“It didn’t have the toys in it. The Batmobile was just a tricked-out car. And Batman turned his back on his fortune to live a street life so he could know what people were going through. He built his own Batcave in an abandoned part of the subway. And he created Batman out of whole cloth to fight crime and a corrupt police force,” 

“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 [a] 90-minute origin story,”