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Pierce Brosnan met with Tim Burton for the lead in 1989's Batman

08.20.2014

Before he became a debonair, well-dressed gentleman with an affinity for gadgets and kicking the asses of supervillains, Pierce Brosnan almost played a debonair, well-dressed gentleman with an affinity for gadgets and kicking the asses of supervillains. In his recent Reddit AMA, Brosnan was asked by a fan if he was ever considered for the role of Batman. Brosnan's answer was an absolute yes.

Yes, I did. 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?

Brosnan certainly sounds like he regretted the decision to pass on what would become an iconic performance from Michael Keaton and kick off a three decade debate on who the best Dark Knight has been. Brosnan would obviously go on to make a lasting impression as James Bond, but it does make you wonder just how different BATMAN would have been with Brosnan in the lead.

Before you say that Brosnan's comments show that he is out of touch with what BATMAN was all about, he did provide this comment as well.

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.

In 1989, Brosnan was just past his most successful role to date, the television series REMINGTON STEELE and was still six years away from GOLDENEYE. Everyone likened his small screen character to 007, but he easily could have been Bruce Wayne at that time. While I would never change the final film we got, this is definitely an interesting what if scenario.

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5:27PM on 08/21/2014
You have to remember that in 1989 (before the first Burton film), the only screen version of Batman that people knew was Adam West. It's not surprising that Brosnan thought it was going to be the same.
You have to remember that in 1989 (before the first Burton film), the only screen version of Batman that people knew was Adam West. It's not surprising that Brosnan thought it was going to be the same.
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12:36AM on 08/21/2014
that's exactly why Michael Keaton was so perfect as that Batman.

i saw a clip where Tim Burton said he chose Michael Keaton because at the end of the day, he seemed like a serious guy who was just crazy enough to run around at night dressed like a bat.
that's exactly why Michael Keaton was so perfect as that Batman.

i saw a clip where Tim Burton said he chose Michael Keaton because at the end of the day, he seemed like a serious guy who was just crazy enough to run around at night dressed like a bat.
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12:22AM on 08/21/2014
Oh yeah, I remember reading that on a Batman fan site many years ago. Nice to see Brosnan confirm it. Same site said Willem Dafoe would have been The Joker if Nicholson turned it down. And I believe James Garner was offered the role of Gordon but turned it down due to a prior commitment. Still would have been a hell of a movie with that cast. Different, but still good.
Oh yeah, I remember reading that on a Batman fan site many years ago. Nice to see Brosnan confirm it. Same site said Willem Dafoe would have been The Joker if Nicholson turned it down. And I believe James Garner was offered the role of Gordon but turned it down due to a prior commitment. Still would have been a hell of a movie with that cast. Different, but still good.
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11:02PM on 08/20/2014
According to this article, so did Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen and several other interesting choices: [link]70+Years+Onscreen+8.jpg
According to this article, so did Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen and several other interesting choices: [link]70+Years+Onscreen+8.jpg
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11:23PM on 08/20/2014
I'd love to see Tom Selleck as Commissioner Gordon.
I'd love to see Tom Selleck as Commissioner Gordon.
11:48PM on 08/20/2014
Yeah, especially after seeing him on Blue Bloods in a similar-ish role.
Yeah, especially after seeing him on Blue Bloods in a similar-ish role.
9:01PM on 08/20/2014
As much as I love Douglas' s Batman, I'm a fucking Brosnan mark and would of loved to see him take on the mantle.
As much as I love Douglas' s Batman, I'm a fucking Brosnan mark and would of loved to see him take on the mantle.
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9:08PM on 08/20/2014
Douglas?
Douglas?
10:33PM on 08/20/2014
He's trying to be a smark. Michael Keaton changed his name because there was already another Michael Douglas.
He's trying to be a smark. Michael Keaton changed his name because there was already another Michael Douglas.
10:55PM on 08/20/2014
Ah, right. I remember it now. Thanks.
Ah, right. I remember it now. Thanks.
8:38PM on 08/20/2014
I'm having a hard time imagining Brosnan deliver the "You want to get nuts? Let's get nuts!" line, but I'm sure it would have been awesome.
I'm having a hard time imagining Brosnan deliver the "You want to get nuts? Let's get nuts!" line, but I'm sure it would have been awesome.
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7:50PM on 08/20/2014
Wow, Pierce Brosnan would have made a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. Still, at that point in time, he was quite successful with Remington Steele and various other movies like The Lawnmower Man or 2 movies of The Detonator.
Wow, Pierce Brosnan would have made a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. Still, at that point in time, he was quite successful with Remington Steele and various other movies like The Lawnmower Man or 2 movies of The Detonator.
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5:57PM on 08/20/2014
Would have definitely made an awesome Bruce Wayne and Batman. But as good as he may have been, I'm glad he passed so that we were able to have Keaton's iconic version instead.
Would have definitely made an awesome Bruce Wayne and Batman. But as good as he may have been, I'm glad he passed so that we were able to have Keaton's iconic version instead.
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5:26PM on 08/20/2014
Wow he would be a great Bruce Wayne I never even thought of that.
Wow he would be a great Bruce Wayne I never even thought of that.
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