Ever wanted to know a little bit more about Tim Burton’s Batman? Of course you do, it was one of the biggest movies of 1989 and featured an awesome cast which included Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger – so, why wouldn’t you?!
Well, stick around, because in this post I am providing you with ten factoids about Batman. So, if you want some nuggets of information about the hit Bat-film, you’re in the right place!
Did you know… before director, Tim Burton was attached to Batman, the movie went through an exhaustive development process, which saw the project shopped around to every movie studio in Hollywood?
During this early development stage, various directors were attached to Batman, including Ghostbusters (1984) director, Ivan Reitman and Gremlins director, Joe Dante.
Did you know… when Michael Keaton was initially cast in the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne his casting was met with negativity and ridicule?
Despite the backlash, director Tim Burton was convinced Keaton was the man who would be Bat and stood by his actor.
In the book, The Making of Batman, Burton said: “There aren’t many performers that when you look into their eyes you see a lot going on.”
Did you know… Jack Nicholson received $6 million to play the part of the Joker in Batman?
In addition to his impressive salary, Nicholson also received star billing on all Batman promotional material and received a percentage of the film’s box office take. It is believed, in total, Nicholson received somewhere between $60 million and $90 million for his involvement with Batman.
Did you know… the part of Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Vicki Vale, was originally given to actress Sean Young?
Just before Batman was about to begin shooting, Young was involved in a horse riding accident and had to drop out of the movie. The part was quickly recast, with actress Kim Basinger taking on the role.
Speaking about the situation on the documentary series, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Young said: “In a way I look back at that particular time in my life and I go, wow I wished I’d been able to hang on to that horse.”
Did you know… Billy Dee Williams signed up for the role of Harvey Dent under the belief that he would get to play Dent’s villainous alter-ego, Two-Face in a Batman sequel?
Speaking on the Special Edition DVD release of Batman, Williams, said: “I really wanted, desperately, to do, Two-Face. I mean I was hoping that it would segue into that and that’s what I wanted to do.”
While Two-Face would appear in the Batman movie series via 1995’s Batman Forever, by this point Williams was no longer in the role.
Did you know… in the original script for Batman, the Dark Knight’s crime-fighting partner, Robin was a part of the movie?
Robin was initially part of the story, but the character was dropped when the production team decided to focus solely on Batman. Robin would later appear in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin (1997).
Did you know… during an early scene in the movie, reporter Alexander Knox is handed a cartoon sketch of Batman, which is signed ‘Bob Kane’?
In the movie, the sketch is from Gotham Globe cartoonist, ‘Bob Kane’. The sketch and signature is a nod to Batman’s co-creator.
Did you know… when Batman was released in UK cinemas, it was the first film to be awarded the newly created 12 Certificate?
But while the movie was a 12 at the cinema, on VHS Batman carried a 15 certificate. The reason? The 12 Certificate did not come into effect for home video releases until 1994.
Did you know… Batman’s soundtrack combined the sounds of two different artists?
Danny Elfman composed the movie’s score, which included the film’s bombastic opening theme, while Prince wrote and performed a collection of tracks which appeared at different intervals throughout the movie. Both artists received their own tie-in CD soundtrack.
And finally, did you know… by the end of its theatrical run, Batman was the second highest grossing movie of 1989?
Batman raked in an impressive $411.3 million at the box office, but it wasn’t enough to become the biggest film of the year. The movie was pipped to the top spot by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Should you want to know more about the Batman movies, head on over to I’ll Get Drive-Thru – my blog dedicate to Bat-films. Here you’ll find information on both the live-action and animated Batman movies.