Hey Batman, you're wanted back in the Batcave, pronto. And leave that funny-looking Robin kid behind. Say what, caped crusader?
Daily Variety is reporting today that Darren Aronofsky, director of the visually weird-ass movie "Pi" and the forthcoming flick "Requiem for a Dream," has been hired by Warner Bros. to resurrect the Dark Knight and direct the fifth installment in the franchise.
Aronofsky will also cowrite the screenplay for "Batman: Year One" with Frank Miller, upon whose popular graphic novel (titled "Batman: YO") the movie will be based. The story follows a younger Bruce Wayne in his first year as Batman, complete with the trials and tribulations of a new superhero.
The announcement is the latest and biggest in a flurry of superhero projects that have emerged in the wake of the success of "X-Men," including a live-action version of "Batman Beyond," also by (of course) Warners.
Feature film versions of "Iron Man" and "Ghost Rider" also have been greenlighted recently, as well as a TV show about a young Superman.