Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns is one of those fantasy movie concepts that never goes away. Everyone wants to see it, everyone wants to direct it, everyone wants to be in it, and yet it never actually gets made. I'm not sure exactly -- I don't think it's unfilmable, but it's kind of nightmarish. I don't know why, but I always want to scrub my brain after I read it. (When someone invents a method for doing just that, please let me know.)

Anyway, Geoff Boucher, who has the most enjoyable sit-down chats with geek gods, mentions that the last time he spoke to Miller, the writer/director/man about town said that he envisions Sylvester Stallone in the role. "Just that mouth of his, the scowl and the way it would look in a mask. I loved Rocky Balboa. This wounded warrior, that's what Batman is in Dark Knight Returns. "

You can't blame Miller for thinking so visually; he is a comic book man, after all. But Miller's retired Batman has a real elegance about him as he drinks hard liquor with Commissioner Gordon, and thinks about the good old days. He's like Gregory Peck, if Peck had ever been an ass-kicker of Arkham escapees. That's not Stallone -- who does battered, bruised, and pissed off very well, but could never be Bruce Wayne. But if they ever do Returns, they really do have to cast one of our former 80's heroes for added poignancy -- I'm just not sure who. Bruce Willis? Kurt Russell?
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