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Clint Eastwood could have been Batman? What?!

Jan. 12, 2010by: Niki Stephens

Yesterday most of us were stunned about the SPIDER-MAN reboot. So stunned in fact that another interesting piece of information passed right by us.

At one point, The Hughes Brothers were going to be behind the camera for "The Dark Knight Returns". Frank Miller's tale takes place ten years after the death of Jason Todd (the second Robin). Since the passing of his sidekick, Batman has been in retirement. However, Bruce is forced to come back as the Dark Knight when Harvey Dent returns to the life of a criminal, and that's not even the bulk of it.

The Brothers explain, "Three different Batman projects were presented to us over the years. The first time, it was 'The Dark Knight [Returns].' I remember how dark the comic book was. Batman was old. He had to rely more on his tools and other shit, and he was a decrepit, 60- or 70-year-old man in this comic book."

That wasn't the best part of the news though. This was where they dropped the bomb, "I remember saying to them back then, 'We want to do this, and you should get somebody like Clint Eastwood to do it'". Can you imagine that shit? Really makes you wonder about the possibilities of that project.

The guys say that their film would have killed the franchise, but for a lot of people, Joel Schumacher was the one that murdered it. Basically, they just weren't feeling it, "It was a different regime at the time at Warner Brothers, and they did offer it to us a couple times, but we were never going to do that. Nolan's done a phenomenal job with Batman especially the first one and that's what we would've done if we were interested, but we were never going to do a Batman or Superman movie. I know we couldn't do that. After our first movie, we were getting offered everything, but we're not capable of delivering a corporate project like that, it's not in our blood." It would be something seeing Eastwood as a bitter, old Batman chasing after Dent. Just another one for the book of what ifs.

Extra Tidbit: This is a Marvel tidbit, but I think that I'd rather see "The Astonishing X-Men" series than "First Class".
Source: MTV

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3:54AM on 01/14/2010

OR......

just bring back michael keaton.
just bring back michael keaton.
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3:53AM on 01/14/2010

MEL GIBSON

Although i would like to see this i think Mel gibson would also be perfect for the role and maybe direct it too
Although i would like to see this i think Mel gibson would also be perfect for the role and maybe direct it too
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9:57PM on 01/13/2010
SWEET!Clint AND the HUGHES BROS.That would be wicked
SWEET!Clint AND the HUGHES BROS.That would be wicked
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6:49PM on 01/13/2010
Too bad they'll never do a Batman Beyond movie. That's where I still could see Clint playing an older Bruce Wayne.
Too bad they'll never do a Batman Beyond movie. That's where I still could see Clint playing an older Bruce Wayne.
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12:40PM on 01/13/2010

THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!

Damn I wud love 2 c that! Book of Eli luks pretty sweet
Damn I wud love 2 c that! Book of Eli luks pretty sweet
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10:34AM on 01/13/2010

Hughes Bros Should Direct A Luke Cage Film...

.....make it happen.
.....make it happen.
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2:53AM on 01/13/2010
yeah Ocelot_Snake has got it right Old News but how cool would it had been.A Movie wet dream.
yeah Ocelot_Snake has got it right Old News but how cool would it had been.A Movie wet dream.
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12:40AM on 01/13/2010

Awesome!

I always said he would've been awesome as Batman. The right chin, the right voice. Oh hell yeah!

I also always said they should've cast Telly Savalas as Lex Luthor in the original Supes instead of Gene Hackman. Then again it would've helped if it was actually Lex Luthor in those movies instead of that second rate knock-off.

Will they ever get Lex Luthor right?
I always said he would've been awesome as Batman. The right chin, the right voice. Oh hell yeah!

I also always said they should've cast Telly Savalas as Lex Luthor in the original Supes instead of Gene Hackman. Then again it would've helped if it was actually Lex Luthor in those movies instead of that second rate knock-off.

Will they ever get Lex Luthor right?
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12:32AM on 01/13/2010
Really old news. There was also a rumor of him playing Bruce in a Batman Beyond movie
Really old news. There was also a rumor of him playing Bruce in a Batman Beyond movie
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12:12AM on 01/13/2010
I can batman staring down a crook, tell me punk do you feel lucky? could you imagine ledger as joker and clint as batman together! wow! Come to think of clint would rock as hush!
I can batman staring down a crook, tell me punk do you feel lucky? could you imagine ledger as joker and clint as batman together! wow! Come to think of clint would rock as hush!
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11:22PM on 01/12/2010
Eastwood would have been rad as old Bruce, but when I read it I saw an old Bruce Willis Personally. But that is just me.
Eastwood would have been rad as old Bruce, but when I read it I saw an old Bruce Willis Personally. But that is just me.
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10:17PM on 01/12/2010

I've been hearing that rumour for years

It would have been fucking awesome, though. Clint Eastwood would've been ideal as 60-year-old Batman but, at the time, Warner Bros. wasn't smart enough to do it right.
It would have been fucking awesome, though. Clint Eastwood would've been ideal as 60-year-old Batman but, at the time, Warner Bros. wasn't smart enough to do it right.
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10:14PM on 01/12/2010
Wow.. thank god.. could you imagine how much raspier Batman's voice would be?!
Wow.. thank god.. could you imagine how much raspier Batman's voice would be?!
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9:45PM on 01/12/2010

Old News

I read about this "interesting" tidbit like 3 years ago.
I read about this "interesting" tidbit like 3 years ago.
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12:17AM on 01/13/2010
I think Wizard originally had Eastwood when they had their Dark Knight Returns cast line up (which was probably closer to 10 years ago). They also had Tim Curry as Joker. I can't remember who they cast as Harvey.
I think Wizard originally had Eastwood when they had their Dark Knight Returns cast line up (which was probably closer to 10 years ago). They also had Tim Curry as Joker. I can't remember who they cast as Harvey.
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9:28PM on 01/12/2010
eastwood comes with his own built in gravelly voice too.
eastwood comes with his own built in gravelly voice too.
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9:24PM on 01/12/2010

Lets get it done

I am down with having two simultaneous story arcs with the Nolan Batman and the older Eastwood version. Even if the Eastwood version is one-off, it still is one of the best stories I have read in a graphic novel format (Yes, I have read Watchmen too. This is on point compared to the over the top climax of Watchment. Sorry guys, just my opinion here.).

So before Eastwood completely hangs his boots, lets get this done.
I am down with having two simultaneous story arcs with the Nolan Batman and the older Eastwood version. Even if the Eastwood version is one-off, it still is one of the best stories I have read in a graphic novel format (Yes, I have read Watchmen too. This is on point compared to the over the top climax of Watchment. Sorry guys, just my opinion here.).

So before Eastwood completely hangs his boots, lets get this done.
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9:19PM on 01/12/2010

what's the news?

wishful casting? anyway, I think it'll be soon enough that we'll start seeing multiple incarnations of super-hero movies... I don't see why they can't make that graphic novel into a movie while they continue to develop Nolan's (shitty) batman movies...? Audiences can handle a few hours a year on both movies. start working on story-arcs and director influenced versions of these films instead of rebooting. studios have been able to make mass audiences shell out for shit, they can certainly get
wishful casting? anyway, I think it'll be soon enough that we'll start seeing multiple incarnations of super-hero movies... I don't see why they can't make that graphic novel into a movie while they continue to develop Nolan's (shitty) batman movies...? Audiences can handle a few hours a year on both movies. start working on story-arcs and director influenced versions of these films instead of rebooting. studios have been able to make mass audiences shell out for shit, they can certainly get them to shell out for 2 batman movies, or 2 spider-man movies, etc...
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9:13PM on 01/12/2010
WHY THE FUCK WASNT THIS MADE!?
WHY THE FUCK WASNT THIS MADE!?
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9:11PM on 01/12/2010
I think everyone lucked out pretty well in the end. Batman was already tortured enough by shitty directing at that point.
I think everyone lucked out pretty well in the end. Batman was already tortured enough by shitty directing at that point.
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8:49PM on 01/12/2010
Thank goodness the Hughes Brothers didn't take the job. Their movies have been really sucky so far.
Thank goodness the Hughes Brothers didn't take the job. Their movies have been really sucky so far.
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8:42PM on 01/12/2010
Yes! I had been sayin' that back in 1988 when Burton was doing Batman-Eastwood and Lee Majors both looked like Frank Miller's Batman from the "Dark Knight Returns "Graphic Novel series (1-4) a Batman in his late 50's...how cool was that novel! Tim Burton and the 2 main producers missed it big time! I was buyin' issues of the old "Cinefantastique" and reading abt the Joker candidates being tossed around -like David Bowie-James Woods-Willem DaFoe and obviously Jack Nicholson - even Batman
Yes! I had been sayin' that back in 1988 when Burton was doing Batman-Eastwood and Lee Majors both looked like Frank Miller's Batman from the "Dark Knight Returns "Graphic Novel series (1-4) a Batman in his late 50's...how cool was that novel! Tim Burton and the 2 main producers missed it big time! I was buyin' issues of the old "Cinefantastique" and reading abt the Joker candidates being tossed around -like David Bowie-James Woods-Willem DaFoe and obviously Jack Nicholson - even Batman candidates (unfortunately not the senior one from the graphic novel) like Mel Gibson -Charlie Sheen and of course Michael Keaton....those were some cool pre-production snippets.
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8:23PM on 01/12/2010

Holy crap.

Wow! Talk about scaring criminals. Gotham's Finest would be full up with criminals turning themselves into Arkham. I'm giving myself goosebumps just thinking about Clint as the Batman... let alone running into him in a dark alley in Gotham. That would suck royally. (Not that I could get away from Bale either, but that's Dirty Harry as Batman...you're not getting away, at all.)
Wow! Talk about scaring criminals. Gotham's Finest would be full up with criminals turning themselves into Arkham. I'm giving myself goosebumps just thinking about Clint as the Batman... let alone running into him in a dark alley in Gotham. That would suck royally. (Not that I could get away from Bale either, but that's Dirty Harry as Batman...you're not getting away, at all.)
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8:22PM on 01/12/2010

Eastwood

Hugh Jackman does Eastwood to play Wolverine, and Bale tries to Channel Heartbreak Ridge era Eastwood to do his Bat voice. Clint was even the model for Old Bruce in Batman Beyond.

In an Alternate Reality, a young Clint would have kicked some serious ass getting roles now.
Hugh Jackman does Eastwood to play Wolverine, and Bale tries to Channel Heartbreak Ridge era Eastwood to do his Bat voice. Clint was even the model for Old Bruce in Batman Beyond.

In an Alternate Reality, a young Clint would have kicked some serious ass getting roles now.
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8:10PM on 01/12/2010

ahem...

Jason TODD
Jason TODD
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8:16PM on 01/12/2010
Thanks. That's what it was supposed to say. Damn my arthritis. :)
Thanks. That's what it was supposed to say. Damn my arthritis. :)
8:08PM on 01/12/2010
It sounds good to me. He has the voice to do it after all. I'm not sure of continuity in the Batman world, I'm more of a casual fan, but that could have led right into a Batman Beyond scenario where he turns over the cape to someone younger and mentors him (which would have to be done carefully, I don't want something like a Waynes brother hopping through Paris finding out what his new suit can do. That would make me cry more than anything)
It sounds good to me. He has the voice to do it after all. I'm not sure of continuity in the Batman world, I'm more of a casual fan, but that could have led right into a Batman Beyond scenario where he turns over the cape to someone younger and mentors him (which would have to be done carefully, I don't want something like a Waynes brother hopping through Paris finding out what his new suit can do. That would make me cry more than anything)
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