10 Things You Might Not Know About Batman '89

Author Thumbnail Jon Arvedon June 09, 2019 08:22 AM

1Robin ‘The Joker’ Williams?

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Although fans loved Jack Nicholson’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime, it was nearly Robin Williams who played The Joker in Batman. Initially, Nicholson balked at the idea of playing the iconic villain, at which point Warner Bros. reached out to Williams. The studio then told Nicholson that Williams was in contention, prompting him to reconsider the offer. Naturally, Williams wasn’t pleased with being used as “Nicholson bait,” which is the primary reason he refused to play The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever.

2The Two-Face That Almost Was

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In Batman, Billy Dee Williams portrayed Harvey Dent, leading many to believe he’d eventually take on the villainous alter ego of his comic book counterpart. However, in Batman Forever, Tommy Lee Jones played Two-Face, but that wasn’t always the plan. When Williams signed on for Batman, it was under the expectation (along with a clause in his contract) that he’d play Two-Face in a sequel, but Warner Bros. opted for Jones instead and bought Williams out of his contract.

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