Monday, May 13, 2013

BATMAN FOREVER! The Movie You Never Saw! Robin Williams? Billy Baldwin?! 1995 DC Comics Speculation!

Before the recent (and deadly dull) Chris Nolan BATMAN films, there were the Tim Burton BATMAN movies. Starting in 1989, with a morose Michael Keaton as the Dark Detective, this franchise soon become so overwhelmingly popular, that the creators found themselves pulled in every direction, suddenly being held to the wishes of merchandisers, licensees, and studio chiefs. Such wretched wrangling caused director Burton, and star Keaton, to soon bow out of the increasingly over-bloated series, leaving fans to speculate over who would  be involved in the coming Bat-flicks! Below are some 1994 musings (from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and COMIC BUYER'S GUIDE), forecasting such never-to-be doings such as Robin Williams cast as the Riddler, William Baldwin as Batman, and more! Click below to enlarge and remember, Bat-fans!

Odd to think that it took the more recent Nolan BATMAN films to finally center
on the Batman character himself, as per Keaton's 1994 wishes above! The CBG
article also nails the fact that future Bat-films did go into a more "family-friendly"
tone, due to the demands of merchandisers wishing to appeal to kids 

and their toy-buying parents, after the dark and disturbing BATMAN 
RETURNS caused a stir with the public!

1 comment:

Kapt. Blasto said...

In 1992's "Batman Returns" also starring Michelle Pfiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken...

I find myself remembering watching the one scene where Batman, after defeating everyone in the Red Triangle Gang, as well as the Penguin...

...slumps down and tries taking a load off his feet.

And if I also remember correctly, at the end of the SECOND PILOT of The Original STAR TREK Series, James "R." Kirk, ALSO struck that VERY SAME POSE, after dispatching Gary Mitchell...

And I remember watching them BOTH at the SAME TIME on my TIVO...and going to THAT ONE SHOT on both flicks...Looking at SHATNER take a load off for a second...and looking at KEATON take a load off in the SAME WAY....

And it was just then that something SCREWY happened to either my TV, or my TIVO, because it kept flipping back and forth between the two film clips of them slumping down and taking a rest...kirk, then batman, then kirk, then batman...

...and finally I had all I could stand of this irritating malfunctioning...so I did the only thing a MAN using MAN LAW, could possibly do...

...reach inside my fridge for TWO BOTTLES OF MILLER LITE, pop open the tops of them with my thumbs....drink a little off each one, and then slam ONE BOTTLE DOWN on the TV, and the OTHER on the TIVO, in what I figure was "the right spot..."

and I swear on a stack of DC WHO's WHO issues, that I saw the scene of BATMAN, revealed as BRUCE WAYNE, in his BATMAN uniform, sans the ripped off mask, feel something under his butt as he sat down to rest...reaching behind him, only to find....

A ODD little handheld DEVICE, with a peculiar GOLD GRILLE COVER...

With Batman/Bruce shaking it a little, then with a flick of the wrist...it comes to life!

Batman hailed the Enterprise...

And told Scotty to beam him up, by saying the word...."Energize!"

Which Scotty does...

Batman (kirk) and CAtwoman (yeoman rand) are now onboard the Enterprise....

And Bruce says, "Helmsman...ahead warp one!"

Now maybe to you, that would be a REAL FREAKY THING to see on screen....

Michael Keaton as KIRK
Gary Sinise as BONES
and I don't know who would play Spock, maybe that tall dark-haired guy from Gary Sinise's CSI:NY show as well....

and can you imagine Jack Nicholson as KANG, instead of Christopher Plummer? THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWWWWWSOME!

Michelle Pfiffer in a starfleet redshirt/black miniskirt and boots, as Yeoman Rand/Catwoman...

and they're flying along in space, and they picked up a very strange thing on their sensors...it's only two meters long, and it's showing signs of life!

They opt to recover it by letting it float into the hangar bay in the back of the ship!

which it does...

It's a man....all in some blue skintight spacesuit...

....with, to "kirk," a familliar red cape.

Now this flick's REALLY GONNA GET CRAZY NUTS!