Wing of bat, and tongue of actor.
“You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set.”
Cockle-warming to see Matt Damon sticking up for old pal Ben Affleck, but he’s wrong, as this page from Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ clearly shows:
How’s that for Lear? Old, weary of power, naked but for the loyalty of a young girl (and the odd faithful steward). Miller’s Batman wrestles with retirement amidst a violent power-struggle, with a cast of players defined not by the moral binary of a tossed coin but the prismatic chaos of a house of cards.
Envisaging a coming-together of Batman and Superman, ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ has been cited by Zack Snyder as “the thing that will help us tell the story” for his forthcoming movie mano-a-mano, having been touted by said director as long as four years ago as a comic he would “love to see [...] made into a movie”.
It would be a new kind of crazy to imagine Snyder attempting as faithful an interpretation as he did for Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN, and the director himself is clear that “we’re not adapting this thing”. Comforting nonetheless to know that he has it in his sights.
More comforting at least than the news that Matt Damon thinks Ben Affleck would make a shit King Lear.