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The Hughes Brothers wanted Clint Eastwood for their DARK KNIGHT

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 12th, 2010

File this one under films that once were but will never be. While promoting their new movie THE BOOK OF ELI, the Hughes Brothers reminisced about their once proposed take on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which finds Bruce Wayne a gruff old fogey forced to dust off the Batsuit when Harvey Dent shows back up on the scene.

Here's what Allen & Albert had to say about their vision of the film. "Three different Batman projects were presented to us over the years. The first time, it was 'The Dark Knight [Returns].' I remember how dark the comic book was. Batman was old. He had to rely more on his tools and other shit, and he was a decrepit, 60- or 70-year-old man in this comic book."

Let's play dream casting for a minute...who would you have cast as an elder Bruce Wayne? For my buck, you could do no better than Robert Redford as a decrepit Dark Knight. Well, the Hughes Brothers had someone a little more rough around the edges in mind.

"I remember saying to them [Warner Bros.] back then, 'We want to do this, and you should get somebody like Clint Eastwood to do it,'"

Clint Eastwood! Can you believe it? They could have called it THE GOOD, THE BATMAN AND THE UGLY FACE!

Despite how interesting this would have been to see, it never quite spread its wings. As the brothers explained, they told the studio that by giving them Bats, they would basically be killing the franchise. In other words, their vision wasn't quite what the studio would have wanted from a big comic book film. Furthermore, they said it was never "in their blood" to take on something like a BATMAN film, despite it being offered to them a few times, stating they are "not capable of delivering a corporate project like that."

Guess the Hughes' can join Darren Aronofsky's shelved BATMAN project, which was also canned by the studio for being too gritty, violent and off base from what they wanted. Then came along a guy named Christopher Nolan that said "Wait till they get a load of me," subsequently putting a smile on that face of everyone!

So, is this something you would have liked to see? A past-his-prime Batman played by a GRAN TORNIO-esque character? Or is this storyline better suited for the pages of a graphic novel and nothing more?

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  • ErikGarcia

    Rough translation to film, but doable. In the book, sure Batman was old, that doesn't mean he can't take out a couple of mutants with his shear strength and wit. He went blow for blow with the head-master mutant and took him out. Sound like something Eastwood is capable of? Sure he's a badass amongst badasses but I in no way picture him under the cowl taking out Mutants. Oh, by the way, he also fights Superman too.
    You know the Frank Miller Batman when you see it. Frank Miller drew his Batman a lot stouter. A very thick Bats, with a lot of muscle for a 60+ year old man. Who's the man for the job? None other than Micky Rourke. That busted mug of his, along with that build, and a son-of-a-bitch attitude: you have the quintessential Dark Knight.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com JamesWallace

    I could totally see Rourke playing Miller's older Batman. He looks and feels like he's seen more than a few rough fights in his days.

    But then again, the hard sell about him also happens to be his look. He may not carry the debonair that Brice Wayne always had, even in his older years. Even still, I like where your heads at.

    On the note of an older Batman, I would have loved to see a big screen version of BATMAN BEYOND with an older Bruce Wayne mentoring a younger heir to the cowl. Maybe Eastwood or Redford would have been better suited for this role.

  • ErikGarcia

    Rough translation to film, but doable. In the book, sure Batman was old, that doesn't mean he can't take out a couple of mutants with his shear strength and wit. He went blow for blow with the head-master mutant and took him out. Sound like something Eastwood is capable of? Sure he's a badass amongst badasses but I in no way picture him under the cowl taking out Mutants. Oh, by the way, he also fights Superman too.
    You know the Frank Miller Batman when you see it. Frank Miller drew his Batman a lot stouter. A very thick Bats, with a lot of muscle for a 60+ year old man. Who's the man for the job? None other than Micky Rourke. That busted mug of his, along with that build, and a son-of-a-bitch attitude: you have the quintessential Dark Knight.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com JamesWallace

    I could totally see Rourke playing Miller's older Batman. He looks and feels like he's seen more than a few rough fights in his days.

    But then again, the hard sell about him also happens to be his look. He may not carry the debonair that Brice Wayne always had, even in his older years. Even still, I like where your heads at.

    On the note of an older Batman, I would have loved to see a big screen version of BATMAN BEYOND with an older Bruce Wayne mentoring a younger heir to the cowl. Maybe Eastwood or Redford would have been better suited for this role.

  • ErikGarcia

    OOOOO! Now that would be a very well suited role for either of the gentleman you just listed. I like this idea a lot.

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