10 Things You Might Not Know About Batman '89
While Mel Gibson has only recently started being removed from Hollywood’s blacklist, he was a hot commodity in the late 1980s. In fact, at one point, he was Warner Bros.’ top choice for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. However, due to his commitment to Lethal Weapon 2, Gibson had to pass.
In the comic book source material, The Joker’s real name remains a mystery. However, in Batman, he was given the alter ego Jack Napier, which was created specifically for the film. The name itself is derived from the word “jackanapes,” which is a medieval term used to describe a fool who resembles an ape. Furthermore, it’s also a nod to actor Alan Napier, who played Alfred Pennyworth in the 1966 Batman TV series.