2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice took quite a bit of inspiration from TDKR. From an older, disillusioned Bruce Wayne to Batman’s armored suit which he uses to do battle with Superman, there are no shortages of calls to the infamous comic. There are even a few shots in that film that were practically ripped from the pages of the comic.
Speaking to the The Nerd Queens (via ScreenRant), Zack Snyder revealed that one of his dream projects to work on would be an adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (TDKR).
Snyder said he’s “obsessed” with The Dark Knight Returns:
“I saw a tweet recently like ‘Snyder needs to stop reading Dark Knight Returns, he needs to read another Batman comic.’ I almost tweeted back. I’m sure Jay [Oliva] replied like ‘there aren’t any others!’ I’m so obsessed with that comic. I’ve always thought that maybe one day down the road as a one-off, just as a crusty old Batman, we’d just do it. It’s a dream I have.”
As for Snyder’s dream of adapting The Dark Knight Returns, one wonders exactly what that would resemble. Would it include Ben Affleck’s Batman, or would Snyder cast someone else? If anything, Affleck is bordering on being quite age-appropriate for the role.