Today, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder took to VERO to give fans a live commentary to the film to celebrate the four-year anniversary of the DC Comics flick.
At one point in the commentary, Snyder mentioned that he hopes to eventually see a live-action version of Frank Miller’s seminal Batman story The Dark Knight Returns and doesn’t believe that Batman v Superman negates the studio’s ability to do that.
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Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents’ murders. As civil society crumbles around him, Bruce Wayne’s long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles. The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by this generation’s Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors. But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have made them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout of an undeclared war between the superpowers—or a clash of what were once the world’s greatest superheroes?
Batman v Superman certainly took elements and some design notes from Miller’s work but ultimately was something else. Some might also argue that Bane’s forces overrunning Gotham City in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises slightly mirrored the Mutant gang.
Ben Affleck left the Batman role with Robert Pattinson taking over the mantle and could end up playing him in a potential trilogy of solo films from director Matt Reeves (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, Cloverfield).
With the studio tackling Elsewhere stories like with the Oscar-winning billion-dollar hit Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, it allows them to potentially tackle standalone mature features that don’t need to connect to the overall cinematic universe. Pattinson would certainly be way too young to play Bruce in a Frank Miller adaptation that gives Warner Bros. wiggle-room to hire a whole new cast, audiences don’t seem to care how many Jokers and Batmans the studio throws at them.
SOURCE: ZACK SNYDER