- Batman writer David S. Goyer talks about Jake Gyllenhaal’s possible portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins
- Goyer mentions that The Dark Knight Rises was inspired by the film Rocky III
- Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy remains an influential element of superhero cinema
In a recent interview, Batman writer David S. Goyer opened up about Jake Gyllenhaal nearly being cast as Bruce Wayne in the 2005 film Batman Begins. Goyer further discussed how The Dark Knight Rises was influenced by the popular film Rocky III.
Goyer pointed out that if Gyllenhaal had been chosen for the role instead of Christian Bale, the entire trajectory of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy might have been different. While the final casting decision resulted in an immense success for the series, it’s interesting to consider how Gyllenhaal’s take on the character would have played out.
Furthermore, Goyer went on to say that they “modeled” The Dark Knight Rises after the 1982 Rocky III film. According to him, they wanted a redemption arc for Batman similar to that of Rocky Balboa’s journey. As a result, the third film in the trilogy was greatly influenced by the boxing film.
Even after all these years, Nolan’s Batman trilogy remains a significant and powerful part of superhero cinema, and Goyer’s recent insights provide an exciting glimpse into the creative process and decisions that led to its success.