Hidden amongst the huge pile of interviews with Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers, there’s this small one featuring Whedon revealing his favourite scene for his original script for a reboot of Batman. Before Nolan was hired, Whedon penned a script. Not only does his take seem completely different from Nolan’s, but it’s undeniably Whedon-esque. Read an exercept below:
There was a lot more, in Whedon’s take, about the orphaned Bruce Wayne as a morbid, death-obsessed kid. There was a scene—Whedon used to well up, just thinking about it—where young Bruce tries to protect this girl from being bullied in an alley, an alley like the one his parents were murdered in.
“And he’s like this tiny 12-year-old who’s about to get the shit kicked out of him. And then it cuts to Wayne Manor, and Alfred is running like something terrible has happened, and he finds Bruce, and he’s back from the fight, and he’s completely fine. And Bruce is like, ‘I stopped them. I can stop them.’ That was the moment for me. When he goes ‘Oh, wait a minute; I can actually do something about this.’ The moment he gets that purpose, instead of just sort of being overwhelmed by the grief of his parents’ death.”
I actually quite like this idea. Obviously, Warner Bros didn’t run with this idea and at this moment are probably a little jealous that Whedon is now in Marvel’s good books and has made an extremely successful Avengers movie. Would you have liked to have seen Whedon’s Batman on the big screen? Sound off below!