Birthed through the improbable alliance of screenwriters Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) and Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin), this 2002 script opens with Clark Kent and Lois Lane going through a divorce, because being faster than a speeding bullet isn't always a good thing. Meanwhile, Batman quit Batmanning because Robin, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon died, presumably after going to see that Antonio Banderas Zorro movie together.
Batman/Bruce Wayne finally catches a break, meets a nice woman, and gets married... only to have the Joker reappear and murder his new wife. And not just any Joker, either -- Jack Nicholson's Joker, who looked rather indisposed the last time we saw him:
He saw a glimpse of a Jared Leto-filled future and willed himself back to life.
Don't worry, there's a perfectly sensible explanation: Lex Luthor brought him back to life with magic DNA. It's kind of Luthor's thing.
Anyway, since Superman is a paragon of virtue, he doesn't allow Batman to use the Joker's face to redecorate the Batmobile's wheels, so they beat the ever-loving s**t out of each other. Eventually, they make/team up to take down Luthor and Joker, and it even turns out Batman's newly murdered wife was only a genetic experiment created for the sole purpose of mindf**king him. A perfectly happy ending! We're not sure why Warner Bros. dropped this movie faster than a hot turd -- it was precisely the kind of light distraction America needed in 2002.