With Army Of The Dead passing 72 million views on Netflix and becoming their ninth most watched production, Zack Snyder is looking to the future. With his deep roots in the DCEU it’s no surprise that DC is never far from his thoughts. Including The Dark Knight Returns.

On the Happy Sad Confused podcast he revealed that  Matthias Schoenaerts (The Old Guard, A Bigger Splash) was his back-up for Batman if Ben Affleck declined the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and that they had discussed the project together.

He went even further, and referred to an adaption of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns as his:

”White Whale”

He said that like his version of Watchman it would be an extremely accurate adaption and faithful to the source material. Snyder said his desire is to make it:

“…really frame-accurate…”

He also made a bold claim regarding the budget, that it wouldn’t be high.

“I don’t think it would be that expensive, to be honest. I don’t think so. It’s pretty gritty.”

Twitter will, of course, do it’s thing so it’s only a matter of time before a campaign with a hashtag starts. Who knows, with Warner Media and Discovery merging and DC potentially in search of a new home then stranger things have happened.

Snyder with Affleck returning? The mutants, the junkyard fight, the tank Batmobile, Two-Face and the Joker? Superman? There are worse ideas. As long as Snyder only directs.

The Dark Knight Returns is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential Batman stories ever published, as well as one of the greatest works of comic art in general, and has been noted for helping reintroduce a darker and more mature-oriented version of the character in pop culture during the 1980s. Various elements of the series have since then been incorporated in other aspects of Batman media.

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