Darren Aronofsky Directing ‘Batman 4’?

The director of ‘The Wolverine’ reveals that he may turn his discarded ‘Batman’ reboot into the next installment of the franchise.

Darren Aronofsky to direct Batman 4?
Darren Aronofsky to direct Batman 4?
Its long been known that The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan's last film in the Batman franchise, thus making his take on the material a trilogy. Though, with this upcoming installment set to break box office records and possibly become the highest grossing film of all time, its likely that we'll be seeing Bruce Wayne return to the big screen sooner than later.

Darren Aronofsky has recently opened himself up as a possible candidate to direct the next Batman movie after The Dark Knight Rises has its run. The director behind the critically acclaimed Black Swan will next take on Marvel Comics The Wolverine, but its not his first foray into the superhero genre. He actually was poised to direct Batman Begins before Christopher Nolan came on board. But his script was deemed a little too dark and unusual for the suits at Warner Bros.

Aronofsky's script for the discarded Batman movie is actually being turned into a comic book. And Darren foresees the possibility that he may turn that comic book into a feature film sometime in the near future.

Here's what he had to say in a recent interview:

"It hasn't really been announced, I don't know if I should give you the scoop! But we're getting there. We're doing a comic book of a (Batman) script that's really hard to make and we're going to do a comic version first and see what happens...It seems like if you come up with an original script, in Hollywood it's not as effective as a comic book."

To read the entire lengthy interview with Darren Aronofsky, Click Here!

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Batman Begins was released June 15th, 2005 and stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

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  1. WongFu

    I really hope this happens

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  2. Ryan Moran

    f*cking awesome keep making batman movies i love batman

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  3. alan mighell 3

    I would like to see in the new batman 5 play the cast jean claude van damme as mr. zsasz candace cameron bure as poison ivy dolph lundgren as black mask please please please

    4 years agoby @alan-mighell-3Flag

  4. alan mighell 3

    I would like to see in the new batman 4 play the cast dwayne johnson as mr. freeze jodie sweetin as harley quinn david bautista as killer croc please please please

    4 years agoby @alan-mighell-3Flag

  5. Emmytt

    i think he should do it he can make a good batman movie i think but his Wolverine is going to suck i am sorry to say

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  6. TheMime

    He should do it......

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  7. Dan

    @IUH I've never liked that term.. "selling out". If Aronofsky did something like Batman (hypothetical), it would simply be another notch on his belt (much as The Wolverine will be). Nolan started out doing smaller, more intimate pictures like Following and Memento, and then moved into mainstream with Bats, and I don't think anyone calls him a "sell out" (at least to my knowledge). But I'm not disagreeing with you, as like you said, it is a lame argument. I just think that term is ridiculous.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Jakn

    The Director of 'Black Swan'? Cool!

    4 years agoby @jaknFlag

  9. that-kid

    Hell yeah, I'd be down for this. It'd be like Warner Bros. going out of their way to make the franchise NOT '90s Batman. That's 100% the correct mindset, and Aronofsky has the artistic chops, the drive and the credibility to take up Nolan's mantle. I really hope this gets out of "crazy speculation" territory.

    4 years agoby @that-kidFlag

  10. T.Clark

    Cell probably thinks he's "selling out" if he does it, or another lame argument he always uses.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  11. Dan

    @Cell Why not? Aronofsky understands dark material better than just about any other director out there. After he gets his feet wet with The Wolverine, he may just be the perfect man for the job (if this was happening, which it is not and these are just poor rumors people are running too much with).

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. fake

    i can see a Batman running around wearing the snorricam now. lol
    batman beyond would be cool then have keaton portray old batman.

    4 years agoby @fake343333333Flag

  13. Summit10


    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  14. T.Clark

    Why shouldn't he do it, Cell? If you're going to post such a statement, at least back it up.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  15. bud2fresh

    This is very premature of Darren to announce but if this holds true till sometime around 2014 to start production then we'll see. I personally like this idea but thats just me .

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  16. CelluloidDreams

    ............ Don't do it Darren Aronofsky !!!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  17. renodc

    Given the success of Nolan's interpretation of Batman, WB would be incredibly stupid not to first off throw lots of money at Nolan in the hopes of changing his mind, or at least convince him to stay attached as a producer. Even if Bale isn't involved, I don't see why they couldn't carry on the franchise. James Bond has survived 22 films, going on 23, with different directors and actors while maintaining basically the same formulation. If they stay with Nolan's vision I'm not sure Aronofsky would be the best fit to carry that on.

    4 years agoby @renodcFlag

  18. The Real Lex Luthor

    Hell yeah BATMAN BEYOND is what I've wanted to see for a long time! :)

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  19. nightwatch1203

    i also agree daveactor 7. i would absolutely LOVE to see a batman beyond film and not just because it would be cool but because it would make more sense than a reboot or a continuation. theyve already done two franchises of the same batman. whats the point in doing it again if there is a completely new and original take on batman out there for them to turn into a film. batman beyond is a different universe and there are so many new villians and stories from that world that they could use in a movie instead of rebooting the same character and the same villain(rebooting the joker twice). batman beyond would be the wisest, freshest, and most sensible direction they could go.

    4 years agoby @nightwatch1203Flag

  20. the Narrator

    I agree with @incomb. I would like WB to actually hold onto their hats, avoid the urge to reboot or prematurely-sequalize the franchise, and let a few years pass before they continue the saga of Batman with a final trilogy. Hell, who knows, Nolan could come on as a writer then, and/or Aronofsky or someone similar can take the reigns completely, so long as it keeps Nolans theme. Either way, I'd rather they not touch Batman on the silver-screen for a while, and give it a breather.

    @Insert, nice analogy, with Nolan having established the playground, and someone else simply playing in it, appropriately of course. Far better than my analogy of Snyder being Superman's plumber a while back. :P

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  21. Daveactor7

    @Pjwolsker agreed. I would love to see a Batman Beyond film

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. incmob

    i would almost want to option for a dark knight returns or kingdom come where batman must come out of retirement because of the hopelessness of gotham, maybe he went into seclusion for the death of robin where the guilt consumed him, not so much a batman beyond where he becomes a mentor or a yoda like character... however i do agree with @ChiRep_1 that any of this is speculation, and no matter what we come up with in our heads or wishes, what actually comes about could be completely different even warner bros. finally bringing their justice league film to reality. who knows, but i think this is great hope for fans not wanting to just see the franchise die without them continuing in one form or another.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag

  23. ChiRep_1

    You guys remember when Zack Snyder hinted about making a batman film set in Bruce Wayne's later years? Now he's directing Superman. We could speculate all we want but watch Darren end up directing The Flash or something lol..

    4 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  24. Pjwolsker

    Batman Beyond?

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  25. Pjwolsker

    i would LOVE to see a Batman movie where it takes place in his 50's or older

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  26. incmob

    Personally when nolan leaves i would not favor a direct sequel or a reboot... as the first three are primarily the first years of batman (year one if you will, but with nolans vision) i would option for the next trilogy to be the later part of batmans years (ala dark knight returns). It would make sense, and would put it in the same tone, yet give the opportunity to not step on nolans toes (or even the fans adoration for his films) with what he created, continued and finished. I am not necessarily saying give it this apocalyptic feel, but give batman a future, scarred, broke down, alfred is gone, robin is dead (which would include him in the universe, yet keep him out of the films) make some reference to the nolan films without indicating they are direct sequels... bale has optioned out when nolan leaves, so that would give the opportunity to have another actor fill the shoes, without the audience going... "why is this supposed to be a year after dark knight rises, yet this actor looks nothing like bale" much like the batman of the 90's, where with each film, each actor looked different, but also had different personality takes on wayne and batman... each film seemed like a reboot in its own right.

    Aronofsky is a good director and comes from a background much like nolan. i personally think he would be a good replacement, however all this is very much speculative... things are always changing in hollywood, and is not always definitive... if that were the case we would have had cameron directing spider-man in the 90's. I would be interested in reading this comic when it comes out, maybe then i might get a better perspective on it.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag

  27. ed_wood

    This is so far off but he is perfect for it.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  28. Gandoff

    Best person to fill the shoes when Nolan leaves.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  29. ejk1

    True, @Insert, but the article suggests that Aronofsky doing a Batman project, movie or comic, is a given. It's not. My problem is that the article is misleading people into believing something that may not be happening. I mean, wouldn't it piss everyone off it they were expecting a Batman comic, and they get something else? I'm just telling you, and everyone else, not to get your hopes of yet. Right now, this is just fanciful BS.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  30. RojoDiablo

    I wouldn't mind seeing Keaton return as well.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

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