“The Darkest Thing You’ve Ever Seen”

In a recent interview with Collider, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has spilt the beans about his failed Batman adaptation, saying it was the “darkest thing you’ve ever seen.”

Goldsman claims to have once written a version of Batman Vs. Superman which involved a very different cast and was a lot darker than anybody could have imagined, with death and emotional weight being a huge part of its story.

Goldsman said –

“I wrote on […] this version of Batman Vs. Superman [around 2001or 2002]— when Colin Farrell was cast as Batman and Jude Law was cast as Superman and Wolfgang Petersen was directing —we were in prep and it was the darkest thing you’ve ever seen. It started with Alfred’s funeral and Bruce has fallen in love and renounced being Batman, the Joker kills his wife, and then you discover it was all a lie. Just that the love itself was constructed by the Joker to break [Bruce]. It was a time where you would be able to get these sort of stories together in script form but they couldn’t quite land in the world. Somehow, the expectations of the object — whether they be audience or corporate or directorial — it wasn’t landing quite in the way I think we imagined when we put them on the page.”

The movie was never sent into production and years later Zack Snyder took over with his vision and the cast included Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the titular roles.

Goldsman’s scrapped Batman Vs. Superman project isn’t the only ill-fated attempt at adapting the character from that era, as there was also Darren Aronofsky’s hyper-dark vision that was in the works prior to Christopher Nolan’s hiring to reboot the franchise.

The Caped Crusader will next be seen on the big screen when Matt Reeves’ The Batman hits theaters on October 1st, 2021.