Darren Aronofsky has said his failed comic book film “Batman: Year One” was killed by Warner Bros studio executives because of his insistence on hiring Joaquin Phoenix as Bruce Wayne. He had gotten Frank Miller on board to write the 70s crime film inspired flick in the same vein as Taxi Driver, The French Connection and Death Wish, but negotiations stalled because of Phoenix.
“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix. I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we’re making two different films here. It was a different time. The Batman I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”
Aronofsky also revealed Miller was “shocked” by how dark he wanted to take the Batman comic book story. Aronofsky said his story “veered into torture territory.”