For those of you who don't know, plans for a film based on Batman: Year One began around the same time development started on a third Batman film around the early 1990s. Batman Returns had underperformed at the box office (in Warner Bros. eyes) due to the fact that it was much darker than it's predecessor. Joel Schumacher was then hired to direct a third Batman film. But at first, Schumacher planned to do an adaptation of Batman: Year One which was given the thumbs down by Warner Bros. because they wanted a sequel, not a prequel or a reboot. Thus, we ended up with a good, albeit slightly more outrageous Batman film and a terrible piece of crap notorious for being filled with campy one-liners and sexual innuendo. Because Batman & Robin was such a flop, the planned sequel to that film (Batman Triumphant) was cancelled and Warner Bros. decided to move forward in a new direction with the franchise. Many attempts including a "requel" (think The Incredible Hulk) entitled, Batman: DarKnight, which would've featured Scarecrow (who was already the intended villain for Triumphant) and Man-Bat as villains, an adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One, and an adaptation of the Batman Beyond animated series. Both DarKnight and Batman Beyond were dropped almost instantly in favor for Year One. Despite Joel Schumacher's interest (considering it was the movie he actually wanted to make) Warner Bros. hired then up-and-coming writer-director Darren Aronofsky to write and direct the film. Aronofsky then brought the writer of Year One, Frank Miller to aid him on the script. The entire story was similar to the comic, but with some differences, including Bruce Wayne being poor after his parents are murdered which in turn leads him to being raised by an African-American version of Alfred named "Big Al" who owns a junkyard and lives with his son "Little Al". It was going to be more "realistic" with no sets involved, filming entirely in cities and such. Aronofsky was even in negotiations with Christian Bale for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman (who, as most of you know, portrays the character in Christopher Nolan's Batman films) But alas, it was not meant to be as Warner Bros. decided to move forward with Batman vs. Superman and completely abandon Year One. What's my on this? To put it simply, I'm glad we got the films we have now because personally, I think Year One wouldn't have been that good. It definitely would've been interesting seeing a normal car fitted with engines, turbines, and other large parts in order to make a makeshift Batmobile (search up "Batman: Year One Concept Art by Draxhall Jump" on Google to know what I'm talking about) but in general, I wouldn't want anything different. What are your thoughts? Would you've liked to see the film made? Or are you happy with the films we've gotten now like I am?