An Unmade Batman VS Superman Script Saw Joker Kill Bruce Wayne’s Wife
If you thought that DC and WB movies were dark, you’ll find relief in the fact that the studio rejected a script that explored much darker stories.
In a recent interview with Collider, Oscar winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman opened up about his script for the planned Batman vs Superman in the early 00s, which was ultimately scrapped by Warner Bros.
Goldman recalled that his take on the DC superheroes was “the darkest thing you’ve ever seen.” Just to give you an idea about how dark it was, this script involved Joker cold-heartedly killing Bruce Wayne’s wife. “It started with Alfred’s funeral and Bruce has fallen in love and renounced being Batman, the Joker kills his wife, and then you discover it was all a lie. Just that the love itself was constructed by the Joker to break [Bruce].”
As gripping as the story sounds, Warner Bros. chose to go in a different direction. But DC has never ran away from dark content. The comics have always expanded into dark story arcs, but the movies have tried going another route. When you compare them to Marvel, they still seem a bit darker since they were clear about not following the same Marvel formula, with Shazam being a highly successful exception.
I personally think Goldman’s script would have made for a great film. Batman and Joker have never been characters that swap jokes and share a cute, frenemy relationship. DC stuck to its darker portrayal of the Joker, and look how well that turned out. They now have an Oscar to prove it.