Back at the 2015 NYCC saw Frank Miller offer up that he would like to direct a Batman movie, and Frank Miller was also pretty adamant that the Zack Snyder-directed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t an adaptation of his Dark Knight Returns graphic novel (watch video below from the NYCC).
Variety caught up with Frank Miller a couple of days ago who offered where he would take the Batman movie franchise.
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.
Frank Miller was actually attached to a Batman movie at one time with Darren Aronofsky.
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 90-minute origins story.
Frank Miller also offered up thoughts on the Batman Vs. Superman movie.
I’ll just say: ‘Thanks.’ What can I say? — he laughs — no, actually I’ll withdraw that; I’ll say: ‘You’re welcome!’
Regarding the upcoming Batman movie directed and co-written by Ben Affleck, it doesn’t have a release date attached, but it’s said to begin filming next year also starring Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.