Most thank Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking reboot of the Batman franchise for this, but if the universe had played out a little differently, we would have had Darren Aronofsky to presumably thank. Alas, the mother! director's bite at the Gotham City apple never happened, and part of the reason was because his radically different approach to the material came too early. As he sees it:
You know what, I think it's finally... I think we were basically -- whatever it is -- 15 years too early. Because I hear the way they're talking about the Joker movie and that's exactly -- that was my pitch. I was like: we're going to shoot in East Detroit and East New York. We're not building Gotham. The Batmobile -- I wanted to be a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines in it.
During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Aronofsky confided that the reason his project, based in part on Frank Miller'sBatman: Year One, didn't work out was because of the above factors.Read more at HollywoodReporter