Batman has been receiving lots of love from the mainstream movie world lately, but according to Joss Whedon, DC's Dark Knight is the publisher's only character with any chance of holding onto that lovin' Hollywood feeling.
"With that one big exception (Batman), DC's heroes are from a different era," Whedon recently told Maxim Magazine when asked why the publisher had so much trouble bringing its iconic characters to the big screen. "DC's characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity. Batman was the only character they had who was so rooted in pain, that had that same gift that the Marvel characters had, which was that gift of humanity that we can relate to."
Of course, Whedon's sentiment shouldn't be news to fans of Batman or the wildly popular "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator, who shared the details of his own Batman movie pitch with MTV last year -- a film that introduced a new villain to the character's rogues gallery, and was "less epic" but "similar in tone" to Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins."
"It was more about the progression of him and it was more in Gotham City," Whedon told MTV of his big-screen Batman story. "He didn’t go to Tibet and meet cool people ... In my version, there was actually a new [villain], it wasn’t one of the classics — which is probably why they didn’t use it."
In the Maxim interview (which was detailed in Coventry's "Geek Files" blog), Whedon further explores the differences between DC and Marvel characters ("[Marvel's characters] didn't live in mythical cities, they lived in New York. They absolutely were a part of the world.") and even sheds a bit more light on his much-discussed experience with the on-again, off-again live-action "Wonder Woman" movie.
"I have no idea the status of the movie and, honestly, I never did," said Whedon. "I was told they were very anxious to make it. I wrote a script. I rewrote the story. And by the time I'd written the second script, they asked me...not to."
"They didn't tell me to leave, but they showed me the door and how pretty it was," added Whedon. "Would I like to touch the knob and maybe make it swing?"
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