We all know that Joss Whedon is the director behind Marvel’s The Avengers movie that opens tonight – but did you know that before he landed this primo gig that he was also involved with the Batman franchise and a potential Wonder Woman film? Read on for some interesting info.
GQ recently published a profile of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind, and some of the most interesting passages include details about the writer’s attempts to get a Wonder Woman film up and running (something that still hasn’t happened) and his effort to revive the Batman franchise after Joel Schumacher’s disastrous Batman & Robin. That never came to pass, but Whedon has shared some of what he envisioned for the Dark Knight before Christopher Nolan came in and took the series in its current direction.
Whedon describes a scene wherein a young Bruce Wayne saves a girl in an alley not unlike the one where his parents met their end.
“And he's like this tiny 12-year-old who's about to get the shit kicked out of 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."
It’s hard to gauge exactly what kind of Batman film Whedon would have made based on that brief scene, but it’s sort of interesting to imagine what a Whedon-inspired Batman might have looked like. With Nolan departing the series after The Dark Knight Rises, maybe the filmmaker will get a crack at the world’s greatest detective – although we suspect Marvel might want him back for more Avengers action too. That would be cool, but personally we’d just be happy if Whedon used his newfound super-fame to bring back Firefly.
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