Remember that rant I went on a couple weeks back about how Clint Eastwood playing an elderly Batman would be the only thing that could trump Nolan's Batman movies at this stage in the series? Turns out in his new book Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? writer David Hughes discusses a time where Eastwood was actually in the running for Batman!
Most Batman fans know that Batman: Year One (released by DC earlier this year in animated form) was actually first developed to be Batman's next movie following the flop that was Batman and Robin. It is known that Darren Aronofsky was set to direct the film, and it was ultimately shelved for Batman Begins, but Hughes shares some additional unknown info about casting and Joel Schumacher's third pitch for a Batman film. Read a piece of the excerpt below!
Despite Schumachers interest in using Year One as the basis for a darker, grittier adaptation, in the summer of 1999 Warner Bros asked New York film-maker Darren Aronofsky, fresh from his breakthrough feature, Pi, how he might approach the Batman franchise. 'I told them Id cast Clint Eastwood as the Dark Knight, and shoot it in Tokyo, doubling for Gotham City,' he says, only half-joking. 'That got their attention.' Whether inspired or undeterred, the studio was brave enough to open a dialogue with the avowed Bat-fan, who became interested in the idea of an adaptation of Year One.