Here's a tweet from Darren Aronofsky concerning the art:
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
Before Warner Bros. decided to move forward with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, Darren Aronofsky was trying to sell them on his vision of the comic book franchise. It looks and sounds a lot like a Batman Rockabilly style story. It completely reinvents the origin story of Batman, and that's probably why the studio decided to pass on it. The movie was supposed to be an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, but that's not how the Aronofsky and Miller script turned out.
Bruce Wayne isn't a billionaire playboy in this version of the story, instead after the death of his parents Bruce was homeless, living on the streets of Gotham. He ends up living in a car garage owned by Big Al, and his son Little Al. After Big Al dies Little Al eventually becomes Bruce's mentor (Alfred). Batman drives around in a souped up Lincoln Continental as the first Batmobile, and the first Batman costume is just a hockey mask and a cape. While going around fighting crime, he wears his father's ring with an intertwined “T” and “W” engraved on it for Thomas Wayne. He smashed the ring into his victims faces leaving what looked like a bat shaped symbol, which he dubbed "The Bat-Man". There's a more detailed synopsis for the story that you can read here at Archive.org if you're interested.
A lot of people didn't like the idea, but I'd actually like to see this thing brought to life. I think it might have potential to be cool. I like that it's different from everything else. There's also a little bit of Catwoman art that was included as well. Check out the concept art and let us know what you think of it!
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