In the early 2000s Warner Bros. was trying to get a new Batman movie off the ground that would hopefully launch a new franchise. Two projects emerged as front-runners: Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and Darren Aronofsky's Batman: Year One. We obviously all know which one of those ended up becoming a reality, but that doesn't mean we can't peek into the alternate world where Aronofsky's got off the ground to see what it would have looked like.
Keep in mind that these images that ComicBookMovie.com dug up are far from final images. They're concept art in the purest sense of the word. The thing is, this concept kind of stinks. Batman's got a fancy lad-looking suit, and the weapons and car designs are too close to the over-the-top, impractical, wacky designs that defined Joel Schumacher's Batman movies.
It's doubtful that the studio heads opted to not make the movie because the concept art was too similar to Batman & Robin, though. Reportedly the reason they passed and went with Batman Begins is because Batman: Year One was a radical reboot that completely changed crucial points of the hero's origin story. For starters, Alfred was actually Little Al, the son of a car garage owner who became Bruce Wayne's mentor. And Batman stabbed people in the eyes with pens, made explosives from reading The Anarchist Cookbook, and turned a Lincoln Continental into a Batmobile. So, yeah, just a tad different than the Batman everyone knows and loves.
But you tell us. Would you like to see a Batman movie with this kind of stylings?
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UPDATE: As per Darren Aronofsky, via Twitter: