The Bat-Signal shines brightly over Gotham City, as the Caped Crusader celebrates Batman Day on Saturday 17th September.
Making his first comic appearance in 1939, Batman has graced the big screen since 1943, but far from the years of Michael Keaton, George Clooney and Christian Bale’s growling “where am I?” Brazier, there have been more adventures than ever before. arrived at the cinema.
From a pre-Margot Robbie Harley Quinn to one of the Wayans boys who plays Robin, from the fanciful return of Jack Nicholson as the Joker to Robin Williams who plays the Riddler, here are the boxed Batman movies you’ll never see.
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Not everyone has Michelle Pfeiffer’s nine lives of Catwoman.
The most famous Batman movie that never happened is Tim Burton’s third, or as some know, Batman continues. Seeing the marketing potential of Happy Meal toys (after McDonald’s got slammed for his Batman come back tie-in), Warner Bros. wanted a lighter tone for the next chapter. This did not go well with Tim Burton, who promptly left and inadvertently took Michael Keaton with him.
Just like the eventual release of Joel Schumacher’s Batman forever, was to feature Two-Face, the Riddler and Robin’s debut. They wanted Burton’s ambitious plans White womenMarlon Wayans will play Dick Grayson. Incidentally, Wayans was paid $ 100,000 for his role come back and its mythical sequel was cut and still gets the royalties.
Star Wars alumni Billy Dee Williams were supposed to reprise the role of Harvey Dent from Batman, while Renee Russo was introduced as Dr. Chase Meridian. Michelle Pfeiffer was also advertised to return as Catwoman, and to top it off, Robin Williams was in talks to play the Riddler after he was previously linked to the role of Nicholson’s Joker. Sadly, we left Burton’s Art Deco Gotham behind in 1992.
We could have had the acclaimed Batman over cartoon and direct-to-video Return of the Jokerbut it’s baffling that we have yet to get a live-action film based on a grizzled Bruce Wayne training Terry McGinnis as his protege.
As a big fan of Batman overBoaz Yakin was supposed to direct a Batman over film around 2000. Hoping to drive us crazy, the director wanted Clint Eastwood to play the elderly Bruce Wayne, with series creators Paul Dini and Alan Burnett hired to write the script.
It was another case of a director’s will Jokerlevel of violence and with the study pushing for a PG-13 rating, Batman over was suspended indefinitely in 2001. Ironically, it appears a lot of this is happening with Keaton’s return as Batman in The flash And Bad girl, but all this is now in the air following the cancellation of the latter.
Joel Schumacher had talked about his battle with Warner Bros. over his vision of Batman, saying he wanted a darker aesthetic. Batman and Robin It was once considered by some to be the worst superhero movie of all time, and despite its icy reception, Schumacher had been billed for a sequel.
Batman Unattached he had what it takes for something big. In addition to the frankly brilliant idea of Nicolas Cage as the Scarecrow, a who’s who of past villains would return thanks to Dr. Crane’s fear toxin. One particularly heartbreaking scene featured Batman facing the trial (in his head) against Nicholson’s Joker, Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Pfeiffer’s Catwoman.
Harley Quinn was about to enter the fray, renewed as the Joker’s daughter who was seeking revenge after her father’s death. It has never been fully confirmed, but Courtney Love has been eyeing for Quinn. As we all know though, Batman and RobinPanning left this on the ice.
After Batman Unchained was canceled, Lee Shapiro and Stephen Wise drafted a script for Batman: Dark Knight. The Scarecrow-centric film brought Dick Grayson to Gotham University, with Crane serving as dual professor and head of Arkham Asylum, where he would use his position of power to exploit inmates for his own nefarious means.
There was the choice of Man-Bat as a secondary villain, while Scarecrow would trigger Kirk Langstrom’s metamorphosis into the winged beast. In this full reboot, a more mature Robin takes center stage, however, when the Gothamites think Man-Bat is Batman, Bruce is forced to retire to try to restore the hero’s reputation.
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Despite the film going on without Schumacher, Clooney and O’Donnell were optioned to return, with the lead character flatly refusing. In terms of others, Jeff Goldblum was teased for Scarecrow. Dark night was shelved when the studio wanted to Batman: Year One adaptation, which would eventually evolve into Nolan’s Batman begins.
Batman vs Superman
No, not that. Between the cancellation of Brett Ratner’s Superman: Fly and that of Bryan Singer Superman returns, the Marvel Metropolis and the Dark Knight were about to collide. Long before she wore the prosthetics to play the Penguin The BatmanColin Farrell was supposed to play Batman opposite Jude Law as Superman.
Batman was a widower, Supes had divorced Lois Lane and these titans would be Lex Luther’s puppets. For anyone who thinks this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s quite similar to what happened at Snyder’s Batman vs Superman.
Opening with Alfred’s funeral and having Bruce’s wife killed on his honeymoon, writer Akiva Goldsman dubbed her “the darkest thing you’ve ever seen” during a 2020 interview with Collider.
Justice League: deadly
Forget Zack Snyder Justice Leaguewe tried to “unite the seven” a whole decade ago. Crazy MaxGeorge Miller was just weeks away from filming Justice League: deadly when the studio pulled the plug. Featuring a who’s who of famous faces, Armie Hammer was dressed as Batman, teaming up with a stellar cast that included DJ Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as Flash and Common (rapper-turned-actor) as Cyborg.
If an already bloated roster of actors wasn’t enough, villains included Maxwell Lord and Talia al Ghul, as well as a cliffhanger finale with Starro the Conqueror. Concept art is everywhere online, and even if the film could have been better Justice League Compared to that of Snyder, his disappearance was largely due to the writer’s strike of 2007/2008.
The fact of Nolan is striking aside The dark Knight did it so well it also meant Warner Bros decided it was more profitable to go on with movies with a single hero instead of a budget-blown ensemble bet.
that of Ben Affleck The Batman
Hoping to follow Batman vs Superman And Justice League he was a Batman in his own right. Wearing a cape and hood is one thing, but writing the film together is also a challenge. Juggling the two seemed too much for Ben Affleck The Batmanand although it somehow survives, Reeves’ film shares only one name with the failed Batfleck blockbuster.
Justice LeagueDeathstroke’s post-credits sting would see Joe Manganiello return, while the star has since claimed there were plans to introduce Batgirl. Just recently, Reeves told EW this version The Batman it would feature the action of “James Bondian” and include cameos from other “great heroes”. Although, he paused before revealing who.
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Affleck admitted to GQ that he lost his passion for the project, and even though Reeves says there was nothing wrong with the idea, he felt the weight of a DCEU-related movie.
Breaking free from the past, Reeves decided to start over with Pattinson’s version of The Batmanwhich now includes a younger version of the menacing billionaire.
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