Darren Aronofsky wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman in 2000s-era movie

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, …

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.

In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, but also recalled how bosses at Warner Bros. weren’t enthusiastic about his choice of leading man.

“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr. and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix,” he stated. “I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we’re making two different films here.’ That’s a true story. It was a different time. The Batman I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker went on to share that he was keen to overhaul the DC Comics superhero after George Clooney’s turn as the famed character in 1997’s Batman & Robin and noted that he was looking to adapt Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic.

“The Batman that was out before me was Batman & Robin, the famous one with the nipples on the Batsuit, so I was really trying to undermine that, and reinvent it. That’s where my head went,” Aronofsky added.

The project never made it into production and the role of Batman has since been played by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Ben Affleck.

Robert Pattinson will be taking on the part for Matt Reeves’s upcoming film, The Batman.

And while Phoenix missed out on playing Batman, he did end up portraying the Joker in Todd Phillips’ bleak 2019 drama, for which he nabbed the prize for Best Actor at the Academy Awards in February.

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Jennifer Lawrence reunites with ex Darren Aronofsky at arts gala

Jennifer Lawrence came face to face with her ex Darren Aronofsky when she presented the honours at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Gala on Wednesday (30May18).The Oscar-winning actress presented an honourary award to her director ex as the evening celebr…

Jennifer Lawrence came face to face with her ex Darren Aronofsky when she presented the honours at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Gala on Wednesday (30May18).

The Oscar-winning actress presented an honourary award to her director ex as the evening celebrated a number of creatives for their commitment to the arts.

The pair were photographed posing together backstage, and chatting amicably at the gathering ahead of the presentation.

“I’m thrilled to be here tonight to present this honour to my very good friend, Darren Aronofsky,” Lawrence, wearing a sparkling white satin corset dress and strappy heels, told the audience.

An eyewitness told ET that Lawrence was in “great spirits” while introducing her ex to gala guests. However, she didn’t stay to socialise, leaving once her part in the ceremony was over.

Lawrence and Aronofsky split in November last year (17) after a year of dating, which began during the filming of their controversial film Mother!

The 27-year-old had previously attributed the film’s poor reception to the end of their romance, telling Variety at the time that dating a director was “different”.

“I normally just kind of let (bad reviews) go. Dating the director was different. We’d be on the (press) tour together, I’d come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie,” she explained to the U.S. publication.

“He comes back from the tour, and that’s all he wants to talk about and I get it,” she sighed. “It’s his baby. He wrote it. He conceived it. He directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be a supportive partner, while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about mother! for one second?'”

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