Every year, Hollywood releases a movie that sparks up so much pre-release controversy that I find myself discouraged from ever seeing it in theaters. For example, I still have yet to see La La Land, the 2016 Best Picture runner-up, owing mostly to the ugly back-and-forth I saw regarding the movie. This year’s contender for that slot? mother!, the brilliant or terrible or visionary or derivative thriller by brilliant or terrible or visionary or derivative filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (depending on who you ask). Like La La Land, I know I’ll see the movie eventually, I just need some of the shouting to die down a little before I give it a chance.
Many directors and actors have had their sights set on Batman in the past, including Darren Aronofsky, director of mother!, whose take on the character languished in development hell and was eventually canned because Warner Bros. thought it was too dark. Yeah, yeah, ha ha. Apparently, Aronofsky had already had a dream cast in mind: Joaquin Phoenix.