Akiva Goldsman has revealed new details about an early version of Batman v Superman featuring Colin Farrell and Jude Law.
Batman and Superman were both created in the late ’30s, but the two DC Comics heroes didn’t get to share the big screen until Zack Snyder’s 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Warner Bros. had been trying to make a movie featuring the two characters long before Snyder’s project hit theaters.
During a recent interview with Collider, Akiva Goldsman talked about some of his Batman projects, including an early version of Batman v Superman that never saw the light of day. Goldman’s take would have starred Colin Farrell as Bruce Wayne and Jude Law as Clark Kent under the helm of Wolfgang Petersen, the director behind Das Boot and The NeverEnding Story. Here’s what Goldsman had to say about the unmade movie:
“I wrote on […] this version of Batman v Superman [around 2001 or 2002]— when Colin Farrell was cast as Batman and Jude Law was cast as Superman and Wolfgang Petersen was directing —we were in prep and it was the darkest thing you’ve ever seen. 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]. It was a time where you would be able to get these sort of stories together in script form but they couldn’t quite land in the world. Somehow, the expectations of the object — whether they be audience or corporate or directorial — it wasn’t landing quite in the way I think we imagined when we put them on the page.”
Later on in the interview, Goldsman compared his version of Batman v Superman with Colin Farrell and Jude Law to the Golden Age comic book series The World’s Finest.
It was really The World’s Finest, in a kind of dark and interesting way. I think it could have been lovely. On the other hand, none of me is sad that Nic Cage’s Superman didn’t get made. So, I guess in that whole period of time, there were wins to be had and losses to be avoided (laughs).
What do you think? Are you sad that we never got to see this Batman v Superman movie with Colin Farrell and Jude Law? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
Here is the official synopsis for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter.
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