The numbers don’t lie, and they spell disaster for “The Neon Demon” at the box office. Nicolas Winding Refn’s fashion-world fantasia made just over $600,000 at 783 theaters in its opening weekend, which comes out to an anemic $775 per-theater average. The Danish auteur has expressed interest in many projects as he moves forward — a French police-procedural miniseries appears to be his next — few of which make as much twisted sense as one he mentioned a Business Insider interview: Batgirl.
Speaking about comic-book adaptations in general, the “Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director said he would “would love to make one, it would probably be great fun…I just don’t know when it’s going to happen.” The disappointing numbers on his last two films may not put him at the front of the line for tentpole fare, but there’s no doubt that Refn would have a unique approach to this ubiquitous genre. “I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity…What ones are left? You know the one I want to do? I want to make ‘Batgirl.’ Let’s get Warner working on it.”
Considering that Refn has referred to himself as a 16-year-old girl, Batman’s young sidekick does seem like the superhero he’d have the closest affinity for. There were preciously rumors that he would helm the “Wonder Woman” adaptation a number of years ago, but that eventually went to Patty Jenkins.