RARA-AVIS: Batman is noir again

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 21 Sep 2000

http://movies.yahoo.com/hv/news/va/story.html?s=movies/news/va/20000921/0969 52016300.fn Thursday September 21 12:09 AM ET
''Pi'' guy ventures into Bat Cave

By Dana Harris

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Darren Aronofsky, the visually innovative director of
``Pi'' and the upcoming ``Requiem For A Dream,'' will take wing at the helm of the fifth installment of Warner Bros. Pictures' lucrative ``Batman'' franchise, ``Batman: Year One.''

Aronofsky has signed on to write and develop the screenplay with Frank Miller, the author of the Warner Books graphic novel ``Batman: YO'' on which the film will be based.

Miller originally penned ``Batman: YO'' in 1987 as a film noir-infused, four-issue story published by DC Comics that detailed Bruce Wayne's first year as the Batman, including the self-doubts and blunders he had to overcome in order to emerge as a full-blown crimefighter.

Paralleling Batman's development is the story of the future Commissioner Gordon. In ``Batman YO,'' however, he is merely Lieutenant James Gordon, who is busy battling the internal corruption of the Gotham City police force. The story initially posits the two as natural enemies -- the vigilante and the law enforcement officer -- but the two learn to respect and trust each other.

(more) Reuters/Variety REUTERS

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