In 1989, June 23rd to be exact, the world was introduced to a Batman that was not Adam West. Tim Burton’s Batman paved the way for the wave of comic book movies that came after: Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and their many sequels. That was a long time ago, so there are probably a lot of things on this trivia list that you never knew, or may have forgotten. For example,
4. Robin Williams had his feelings hurt. Tim Burton and Warner Brothers had always wanted Jack Nicholson as their top choice, but when he hesitated to take the part they began seriously talking to Robin Williams about the Joker role. When Nicholson caught word of this he accepted the part and Williams was left by the curb. Williams was so offended that he refused to play the role of the Riddler in Batman Forever or even do a Warner Brothers production until the studio apologized.
9. Fanboys weren’t happy about Michael Keaton. Dark Knight fanboys hating on Ben Affleck is nothing new for the Batman movie franchise. Michael Keaton’s casting of the caped crusader wasn’t met with positivity at first either. Batman fans were worried that the actor would come off as too comical and Warner Brothers received nearly 50,000 letters from angry fans. The controversy was eventually picked up by national news outlets including the Wall Street Journal.
We know how that turned out, as the movie was a blockbuster and Keaton was cast in the sequel. You’ll learn a lot more in this trivia list at Gamma Squad, with plenty of video clips to enhance the experience.