Zack Snyder on The Dark Knight Returns
We are never far away from a Zack Snyder story these days, what with the Watchmen release just round the corner. Less than a week away people.
And someone has taken the opportunity to ask Snyder about the possibility of him taking on The Dark Knight Returns.
Zack Snyder talked about his desire to make a film of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, at the end of last year. The comic book sees an older Batman coming out of retirement, to save Gotham and take on a few old adversaries. The main problem then was the overwhelming success of The Dark Knight (Filmstalker review). He has been asked about it again though, and despite having just made the "unfilmable" Watchmen, he's not too sure how it would work.
I think the thing that's awesome about Dark Knight, like Watchmen, is that it is a complete and total experience, that was unlike anything anyone has ever seen, and still is. I think the big challenge for me would be — it's so 'montage-y' and so media thick, that you just have to — that's the techniques you'd have to develop and make work. But as far as the rest goes, the thing I'd be really interested in is that kind of Frank [Miller] narration over that cool action, that's a thing we haven't really seen in that context.
Snyder was talking to First Showing.net. The comic book does use TV footage to move the story along a lot. So I guess any film would be tied to that concept. Adapting it without those aspects would probably be a recipe for disaster.
I'd really like to see The Dark Knight Returns as the basis for a film. And Frank Miller's idea of Sylvester Stallone playing an older Batman is a great one. However I suspect that much like the comic book, we may have to fast forward a decade or two before it's even entertained. Christopher Nolan's success may have scuppered any chances of this one being made. Should we file this under films that will never be made? Or films that should never be made?