Hard as it is to believe, Michael Keaton wasn’t Tim Burton’s first choice for the role of Batman in 1989. According to a recent Reddit with Pierce Brosnan, he dished about his brief flirtation with the role of the Caped Crusader.
I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman but I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed…
Well, that was interesting. I think it’s funny how defensive he got about making fun of Batman. With the recent revelation that Robin Williams almost played The Joker, imagine what a different film that would have been. If Brosnan could have hidden his accent, I think he would have made an awesome Bruce Wayne, for sure.
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