There have been other batman adaptations of the comic long before Tim Burton's directorial film Batman, most notably the 1966 television show with Adam West as the cape crusader. Burton’s movie opened the way for comic book/action movies to succeed and be taken seriously by Hollywood. It became the highest grossing film in 1989. It became the first batman or any DC comic book character to do so. And though Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has surpassed it, Tim Burton’s dark, gritty, and idiosyncratic take on Batman and his mythology is still acclaimed and admired by many fans, comic book film directors, and movie-goers alike 27 years after its release.
I’m sure many of you out there still probably listen to the soundtrack whenever you get a chance (I know I do!). Who can blame you for hearing “Bat Dance” in your head whenever you think of Prince? In fact, I’m sure you know this film backwards and forwards, including many behind the scene facts on top of that, such as knowing that Michael Jackson was going to do the soundtrack before Prince. Or more commonly known truth, that fans were angry when comedic actor Michael Keaton was cast. When people got a glimpse of him as Batman, Keaton became the standard of how we would want Bruce Wayne to be portrayed on film.
Now we see the same thing happening with Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Comes to show that the film has an influence, even in today’s current wave of comic book movies.
So let’s take a look at some facts you may or may not know about Tim Burton’s Batman.
10 Tim Burton And Kevin Smith Fought Over the Film’s Accuracy
Another unlikely person had a bone to pick with Tim Burton. This time it was Kevin Smith, who got into an argument over the phone with the eccentric director on his show The Jay and Silent Bob Show. Burton, who suffered from dyslexia as a child, admitted he wasn't a huge comic book fan prior to directing the movie. Smith replied, “Well I guess that explains Batman!”
9 Robin Williams Was Rejected
8 Jack Nicholson Fell Asleep In The Makeup Chair
7 The Film’s Origins Began at Indiana University
6 Keaton’s Comedy Chops Helped A Lot
5 Actress Sean Young Was The Original Choice For Vicki Vale
4 A Young Tim Burton Got Called Out!
3 The Filmmakers Made Up the Name 'Jack Napier,' The Joker’s Alter Ego
2 Robin Was Featured in the Original Script
1 Creator Bob Kane Was Set to Make a Cameo
Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, served as a creative consultant to the production. Kane was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the film. Unfortunately, he suffered from poor health and the scene that was meant to be shot was not rescheduled. There is a part when Alexander Knox goes into the press room and a reporter gives him a sketch of Batman (as a plain bat) in a striped suit. That sketch was drawn and signed by Kane himself. He was supposed to play the cartoonist who gave Knox the drawing. He would later make a cameo appearance in the 1995 sequel Batman Forever.
Sources: imdb.com, wikipedia.com
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