If Joss Whedon Had Done Batman

Published 7 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 10:35 pm,

Wow, what a crazy combination of fans. Take Joss Whedon and his Joss-Verse fan craze and combine that with the Batman fan following and I think we would have seen quite an explosion across both worlds.

Before Christopher Nolan got the nod to reboot the Batman mythos, Joss Whedon had pitched his own idea for the next film for the Caped Crusader to Warner Bros!

When Warner Bros was developing the new take, he admits his version was a bit less epic and more Gotham City centric. We’d watch Batman‘s progression within the city, though it had the same vibe as Batman Returns.

The bigger twist, or the originality we’ve come to expect of Joss Whedon, was that that bad guy in his version was not a known commodity. It would have been a new bad guy that was more along the lines of a Hannibal Lector type. Someone who Bruce Wayne had studied under at Arkham Asylum.

He surmises that his bad guy was probably why he didn’t get the nod.

Ever gracious, he gives the nod to Christopher Nolan and the fantastic job he’s done with the franchise,

“I just love the respect [Nolan has] for the character and the world,” he said. “I thought Christopher Nolan’s done an amazing job of bringing out the comic book, and I see a lot of movies [coughs “HULK”] — sorry, I had a Hulk stuck in my throat — that don’t really have the aesthetic or the pathos or really get why the comic book works.”

He’s still stuck on the idea and even dropped the notion that he might still do a comic version of his idea. If DC Comics is reading, or listening, I’d say give the man a call. You can’t go wrong just chatting with him.

The idea of Joss Whedon having a crack at Batman is mind blowing. That would have been a very different, yet familiar story. He’s an admitted life long comic book fan and would have paid proper homage to the franchise. I’m sure of it.

Or we might have seen Batman: The Vampire Slayer and he probably would have had an uneasy alliance with Spike. Either way, the cool potential I think would have been pretty high for many. (Whoa, that’s one heck of a team up I just had fly from my typing fingers!)

Source: Much thanks to MTV for the cool interview.

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  1. Would have been horrible !!

  2. Oh!!! And maybe a musical too!

  3. Bruce, I almost had milk come out my nose when I read that!!!

    I am SOOOO glad that Nolan got the nod instead…..

  4. Oh yea, it is what it is.

    Disclaimer: Screen Rant is not responsible for any milk spilled, no matter what the process for spillage!

  5. Maybe they’ll give him Justice league..

  6. Is Whedon bagging on the Hulk,,,
    Like he could have done a better job!!

    Whedon, I hear Universal is looking for a Director to bring some of the Parker Bros board games to life.

    Get out of here !!!

  7. 790, for some reason when you said Parker Bros, I thought Hardy Boys (Parker Stevenson, maybe?) and I was thinking, “Yeah, Whedon can SOOO do a new Hardy Boys movie!” :P

    Actually, I am somewhat shocked that Hollywood hasn’t started up the Hardy Boys movie machine. There are SOOOO many books to choose from.

  8. (No offense)
    Liz, I will admit that Alien 4, Firefly and Serenity were great, but that’s about it for me. (Subjectivly)

    I respect the Buffy fans, (even worked on that show) but never liked it ,,,
    They shot that series in Santa Monica California,,,

  9. Wonder what his take on “Wonder Woman” was that the studio didn’t like? Maybe he wanted Summer Glau or Morena Baccarin as W.W.

  10. Yeah, that Joss Whedon is such a hack with his wildly successful T.V. shows and his cult hero status. Laaaame.

    I would have liked to see this.

  11. Batman by Whedon would have been more quirky and lighter.
    Personally more than happy with how it turned out by Nolan.

    Was a big fan of Angel though. That show never should have stopped after 5 series.

  12. I agree Steven. Though it would have been interesting, I’m not sure how the Dark Knight would have been received under his helm. There’s lots of perceived concerns about what he might or might not have done with the franchise.

  13. Yes, can imagine the problem – fans of his expecting lots of witty dialogue and pop references, and very good jokes; haters wanting none of those things and hissing at the slightest Whedonesque moment. It could have ended up being not Batman enough for some, and not Whedon enough for others, and vice versa.
    I do think he would have done a good job though. Not as good as Nolan, but would have been worth seeing.

  14. ANOTHER DIRECTOR WILL PROBABLY GET THERE CHANCE AFTER NOLAN BOWS OUT AFTER HIS TRIOLOGY IS COMPLETED. There’s many different visions out there but NOLAN’s act will be hard to follow. Personally Id love to see Warner Bros show some guts and let MIcheal Keaton come back as an aging BATMAN in a universe like BURTON’S ORIGINAL. It would make a ton of money and fans would not compare it to what Nolan has done! It could be something totally seperate.

  15. Joss Whedon? Well, David Boreanaz would have made an okay Batman.


  16. Joss makes great TV shows but doesn’t mean it will translate to great films. I can think of Alien Resurrection and that was a terrible script he wrote, Serenity was alright but that had a lot of material to work with.

  17. People, need to look Alien 4 Resurection in the face, and deal with its awesomeness.

    I reccomend the Extended version, make sure you stay for the last scenes. 8-)

    “Serenity” is based on the subplot crew in A4,,,, 8-)

  18. @Pete

    Keep in mind that the director of “Alien 4″ changed Whedon’s script DRASTICALLY. What we saw in the final movie was not Whedon’s vision.

    We had the briefest glimpse of Whedon’s script in the coolest scene in the entire film: Ripley taking on the bunch of macho dudes at basketball and kicking their butts.

    That final nose wipe where she flicked blood off her finger and it sizzled when it hit the deck… SWEET!

    Rest of the movie, not so much.


  19. Have to say really liked A4. Not near the first two, but it managed to engage me, and yes 790, I’ve always seen the ‘motley crew’ of that film as the prototype of Firefly. The group of misfits had Whedon’s mark all over them.

    One big issue I have with the film is that a miliary station’s security is so poor that guns in the sleeves gets through, but that was pretty cool at first time so didn’t bother me much then.

    I also have to say I like A3 as well. Both the latter movies get abuse but found them gripping in different ways.

  20. Speaking of Hardy Boys,

    Aren’t Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller doing an adult comedy version of that?

    I guess Tom Cruise is on a new career path nowadays. Tropic Thunder in 1 hour 40 min :)