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Joel Schumacher wanted Nicolas Cage to be the Scarecrow in his aborted Batman flick

10.05.2011

Oh to travel to a parallel universe and see the insane films that might populate their DVD library.

One of those flicks could very well have been BATMAN TRIUMPHANT if the audiences in that universe were mentally defective enough to have thought BATMAN AND ROBIN was good. The third film in a Schumacher trilogy almost existed, as early buzz around BATMAN AND ROBIN was that is was A-OK, and so plans were set forth as to a possible plot.

It was going to revolve around the Scarecrow making Batman hallucinate some of his old enemies, like Jack Nicholson's Joker who was technically still under contract at the time. What a sight that would have been.

Schumacher wanted none other than Nicolas Cage to play the Scarecrow role, and as you'll recall, Cage was also going to play Superman in an aborted Tim Burton variant. Guess the man has a magic death touch for all superhero films that aren't motorcycle themed.

As for what Schumacher did to poor Batman with his movies?

“I have awards for selling more Batman toys than anyone in the world.” In regards to “Batman and Robin,” he was convinced he made “the wrong choice” but says, “I did my job. It was more family friendly and it sold a lot of toys, and it supported the Warner Bros. stores. But I did disappoint a lot of fans.”

Extra Tidbit: Schumacher went on to make 8MM with Cage instead afterwards.
Source: Indiewire

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4:42PM on 10/06/2011

STAY COOL!

I didn't realize he directed 8MM, Tigerland & The Number 23.
I didn't realize he directed 8MM, Tigerland & The Number 23.
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1:42PM on 10/06/2011
Yeah be honest, when you were 7/8/9/10, you thought that movie was good.
Yeah be honest, when you were 7/8/9/10, you thought that movie was good.
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4:06AM on 10/06/2011

Perfect casting IMO.

Though Schumacher would have fucked it up no doubt. He would have had Cage go as far over the top with as much camp as he could muster for The Scarecrow.
Though Schumacher would have fucked it up no doubt. He would have had Cage go as far over the top with as much camp as he could muster for The Scarecrow.
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8:32PM on 10/05/2011
Schumacher's not the guy I would've wanted to direct, but that's a storyline I've always wanted to see.

Why they've never used Scarecrow as the main villain in one of the movies is beyond me. There's so much great stuff that could be done with the hallucinations.

Instead, we get the incredibly lame Bane for a second time.
Schumacher's not the guy I would've wanted to direct, but that's a storyline I've always wanted to see.

Why they've never used Scarecrow as the main villain in one of the movies is beyond me. There's so much great stuff that could be done with the hallucinations.

Instead, we get the incredibly lame Bane for a second time.
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8:44PM on 10/05/2011
Were you out of the country when Batman Begins came to theaters? Scarecrow was one of the main villains for that one.
Were you out of the country when Batman Begins came to theaters? Scarecrow was one of the main villains for that one.
5:36PM on 10/06/2011
... Something tells me you don't know much about Bane.
... Something tells me you don't know much about Bane.
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8:01PM on 10/05/2011
I you want to forgive him, just think about Bane in that costume saying "bomb...bomb." There you go, now you hate him again.
I you want to forgive him, just think about Bane in that costume saying "bomb...bomb." There you go, now you hate him again.
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6:35PM on 10/05/2011
The funny thing about this is that depending on the director Nic Cage could have been brilliant in the role or down right awful. Something tells me with Schumacher he would have been cracking wise more than Mr. Freeze. However with a director like nolan Cage could actually put in a great performance.

One thing is for sure though, Nic would definitely have lost his shit at some point in this film.
The funny thing about this is that depending on the director Nic Cage could have been brilliant in the role or down right awful. Something tells me with Schumacher he would have been cracking wise more than Mr. Freeze. However with a director like nolan Cage could actually put in a great performance.

One thing is for sure though, Nic would definitely have lost his shit at some point in this film.
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11:58PM on 10/05/2011
Just think of all the Fear-related puns! You know "Scared-y bat" would have been said at some point.
Just think of all the Fear-related puns! You know "Scared-y bat" would have been said at some point.
6:17PM on 10/05/2011
Think its finally time to forgive Schumacher for Batman & Robin & i would have liked to see that Batman Triumphant & Nic Cage as Scarecrow would have been interesting.

On a side note 8mm is a great movie.
Think its finally time to forgive Schumacher for Batman & Robin & i would have liked to see that Batman Triumphant & Nic Cage as Scarecrow would have been interesting.

On a side note 8mm is a great movie.
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6:16PM on 10/05/2011
Glad this never saw the light of day for 2 reasons. 1: Batman Robin was a huge steaming pile of shit and 2: 8MM is a great fucking movie!!
Glad this never saw the light of day for 2 reasons. 1: Batman Robin was a huge steaming pile of shit and 2: 8MM is a great fucking movie!!
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6:08PM on 10/05/2011
I'd want to see Batman Triumphant if only to finally have Harley Quinn in a Batman film. Wasn't see also rumored to be the 2nd villian in this film w/ scarecrow.
I'd want to see Batman Triumphant if only to finally have Harley Quinn in a Batman film. Wasn't see also rumored to be the 2nd villian in this film w/ scarecrow.
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5:57PM on 10/05/2011
that quote is 100% accurate. those ridiculous costumes were made for action figures
that quote is 100% accurate. those ridiculous costumes were made for action figures
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4:18PM on 10/05/2011
He's right, I had a bunch of those toys.
He's right, I had a bunch of those toys.
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3:53PM on 10/05/2011
Proof that some abortions work.
Proof that some abortions work.
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3:20PM on 10/05/2011
Everything is better with a little Nic Cage.
Everything is better with a little Nic Cage.
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3:16PM on 10/05/2011
D-bag.
D-bag.
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