'True Detective' Creator Believes Batman Could Defeat God, Will Write For Free

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wants to write a Batman movie unlike anything that's come before, one which would radically realign how we see Bruce Wayne.

Describing Batman as "the only character in the world I didn't create that I want a shot at," Pizzolatto shared his thoughts on the World's Greatest Detective in an Instagram post, comprised of screenshots from a direct message conversation.

"A random answer to a support becomes a small Q&A on Batman," Pizzolatto captioned the post, which he followed by a direct appeal to DC Entertainment. "DC, Hi ... WILL WORK FOR FREE."

While in some ways radically revisionist, especially compared to on-screen portrayals, Pizzolatto's approach to the Dark Knight is more often a difference in interpretation, which doesn't break the rules of Batman as a character, but instead recalibrate the motives behind them. He takes most issue with the on-screen pathologizing of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman, who is often portrayed as driven by trauma and haunted by the memory of his parents' murder.

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Pizzolatto's interpretation of Batman would deemphasize the character's childhood trauma. Warner Bros. Pictures

"Batman is not some wounded boy, some man-child who can't get over his parents' death. He's not an arrested child. He's not broken in any way. He's the opposite. Batman is not the story of a traumatized rich boy who works out his catharsis on the mentally ill," Pizzolatto wrote. "If I want to see a fucked-up person, I can look at literally any real person anywhere."

Instead, Pizzolatto would emphasize Batman's indomitable will and long-term strategic thinking, a long-running theme in the comics that differs somewhat from the more reactive and improvisational Batman played by Christian Bale in the trilogy of movies directed by Christopher Nolan.

"Batman's superpower is that he thinks of everything. And he has the strongest will of the species," Pizzolatto wrote. "If he had some time to strategize, Batman could credibly defeat God."

Rather than troubled, Pizzolatto sees Batman as the ultimate in human perfection and rejects standard storytelling approaches that tell us a character has to be flawed and relatable.

"He doesn't need to have our neuroses or fears to be 'humanized.' Then he ceases to be Batman," Pizzolatto wrote. "It is very possible to be swept away by and root for a hero who is recognizably human but has none of our foibles."

Cinematic versions of Batman have emphasized Wayne's tortured soul and as a consequence have pitted him against enemies who psychologically destabilize him. In Batman Begins, Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson) shatters Wayne's desire for a father figure, while Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) plays on his still-lingering childhood fears. In The Dark Knight, Joker (Heath Ledger) embodies social chaos, challenging Batman's notions of order and a common good worth fighting for. Pizzolatto isn't impressed by this approach, preferring instead an enemy who can challenge Batman with willpower and material resources of his own.

"Lex Luthor could be problematic for Batman... but a frail, twiggy man who won't stop smiling? Dressed like a clown, you say? I cannot imagine any scenario where that takes more than ten minutes."

But for Pizzolatto, Batman's real enemy isn't a member of his rogues' gallery at all, but instead a holy humanitarian crusade—he compares Batman to a saint—against death itself.

"Batman's no-kill policy is valid and should always remain. BUT the policy does not exist because 'Killing makes me as bad as them' or some kindergarten bullshit," Pizzolatto wrote. "Batman's no-kill policy exists BECAUSE BATMAN'S REAL AND ETERNAL ENEMY IS DEATH. DEATH is his real enemy."

While this approach would be a radical departure from the gritty crime focus of Batman's recent -on-screen appearances, Pizzolatto's Batman is not without precedent in the comics. His description is most evocative of comic book writer Grant Morrison's approach to the character in the mid-2000s.

In the massive crossover event Final Crisis, Batman goes up against galactic tyrant Darkseid, only to be struck down by the Superman villain's Omega Sanction, which is directly related to the evil god's pursuit of the "Anti-Life Equation"— Batman's struggle against the concept of Death itself. In Batman R.I.P., a Morrison-penned story leading up to Final Crisis, Batman is revealed to have created a back-up personality, known as Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, in case an enemy successfully shatters Bruce Wayne's mind. It's the kind of superhuman planning and indomitable will Pizzolatto describes, with Batman creating contingencies for even the possibility of his own insanity.

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The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, as he is depicted in 'Batman R.I.P.' DC Comics

Pizzolatto wouldn't just realign how we look at Batman in movies, but also how the Dark Knight relates to Bruce Wayne. While movies and comic book readers have often debated which is the more "real" of the two identities—Is Bruce Wayne the mask?—Pizzolatto sees it as a largely false complication.

"Bruce Wayne IS the character. Authentically charming, perceptive, strong, wise. Smartest and and most dangerous creature alive," Pizzolatto wrote. "Batman is just the sacred war mask of Bruce Wayne, who of course is the real and only character."

"Thank God he's on our side," Pizzolatto concludes.