Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hit the theatres in 2016. But there was almost a different version of the film which would have arrived much earlier.
Moviegoers often joke about how dark movies based on DC Comics are. But there was almost a much darker take on some of the biggest characters the brand has to offer.
According to screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, known for writing, amongst other things, 1997’s Batman & Robin. She wrote a version that had a very different cast. It was a lot darker than anybody could imagine, with death and severe emotional weight being a part of its story.
DETAILS OF SUPER DARK VERSION ARE CREEPING OUT SLOWLY!
Details of this version seem to creep out over the years. However, the full scope of the project has never quite come into view.
The screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, penned a draft of the movie. This would have seen Colin Farrell suit up as Batman, with Jude Law on board as Superman.
She had mentioned it in an interview that Wolfgang Petersen was on deck to direct this particular version of Batman v Superman around 2002.
HERE IS WHAT GOLDSMAN SAID ABOUT IT!
“I wrote on […] this version of Batman v Superman [around 2001 or 2002] when Colin Farrell was cast as Batman, and Jude Law was cast as Superman and Wolfgang Petersen was directing, we were in prep, and it was the darkest thing you’ve ever seen. It started with Alfred’s funeral. Bruce has fallen in love and renounced as Batman, the Joker kills his wife, and then you discover it was all a lie”.
Furthermore, she 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 weren’t landing quite in the way I think.”
IMAGINE IF THIS IDEA OF DARK VERSION HAD COME INTO ACTION EARLIER!
Subsequently, the version of Batman v Superman, featuring Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman, was intensely divisive.
As the story moves on, the movie was never set into production. On the other hand, it is quite beguiling to think about how different the comic book movie landscape would be. It is engrossing if something as dark as this idea from Goldsman had come before even Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe were born.