You may have found Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to be dark. However, the first version of the film from the early 2000s would’ve been “the darkest thing you’ve ever seen” had it been made. That’s what its screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, said, according to IGN.
Wolfgang Petersen (“Troy”) was going to direct the film. Jude Law was set to play Superman and Colin Farrell, Batman.
Goldsman (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin) told Collider details behind the determined work. Goldsman was developing it several years before we saw the collection of Detective Comics films from director Zack Snyder. That collection included Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“It was really The World’s Finest, in a kind of dark and interesting way.
“I think it could have been lovely,” Goldsman said, referring to a comics series called World’s Finest Comics.
Goldsman affirmed Petersen sought Law and Farrell to play the heroes. Goldsman remembered: “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.”
He added: “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 sorts 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 world wasn’t ready for this film. The Batman v Superman we did see was still too dark for most folks, a decade-and-a-half later.
Some may say that in having Batman not be able to maintain his heroism, Goldsman may have gone overboard on the humanities. However, that argument should go out the window if Goldsman was immersed not into the humanities, but psychology — that his script meant that Batman was mentally unstable. (I would have been down with that.)
We are talking about the screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind, which deals with the mental instability of a brilliant mathematician.
So, what do you think? Comment below!