Leaked concept art from Aronofsky's aborted early-2000s Batman

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May 7, 2013

Before Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins rebooted the Caped Crusader, we almost got a very different origin tale. Now we have a look at that weird Year One movie that could’ve been.

Right around 2000, Warner Bros. and DC hired filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to come up with a pitch for a way to reboot Batman after the critically disastrous run of the 1990s. His idea? Chuck a lot of the basics and make Bruce Wayne a poor guy living on the street who develops his tools and suit out of garbage and other standard wares.

It was risky, to say the least, which explains why the studio ultimately passed in favor of Nolan’s more traditional adaptation. But what was the studio aiming for if Year One had happened? This, apparently, at least according to some recently leaked concept art from the aborted flick.

These suit designs look like a nice mix of the classic design with a more homely edge, which makes sense, considering the premise. So enjoy these oddities of what could’ve been, and dream about all the comic-book movies we’ll never get to see.

With these pics making the rounds, Aronofsky himself has noted that he didn’t have much to do with the designs — but did not go so far as to label them fakes. Most likely this was just one of many ideas commissioned by the studio during the development process.

btw none of that year one batman art circling the web originated from mine or frank's work. so can't take credit or blame for it.

— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) May 7, 2013

 (Via Geek Tyrant)