Batman ’89 Writer Says Warner Bros Suggested Steven Seagal For Batman

Tim Burton’s Batman turns the big 3-0 this year. The film marked the first time the Dark Knight was seen on the big screen. Sure, you could count the movie with Adam West and Burt Ward in which the plot, if I remember correctly, revolved around a gallery of retro rogues inacting a diabolical plan to use the Infinity Gauntlet to reduce the diplomats of the world to powder.

Oh right, back to the reason you clicked on this article. Burton, Keaton, Nicholson, Batman. Being as fantastically unique as Tim Burton is he was thought to be an, interesting choice to direct the film. On top of that he began the tradition of casting controversies concerning the Caped Crusader. Batman writer Sam Hamm recently spoke with SyFy Wire and spoke about a casting suggestion that had the internet existed back then, might have broken it. As Hamm explains below, the studio suggested an actor for Batman that was Above the Law.

“There were a lot of people at Warner Brother who wanted to cast it with an action star. They wanted to cast the part as Batman, as opposed to casting it as Bruce Wayne. You have to make Bruce Wayne work, because Batman is, for the most part, going to be a stunt guy, or it’s going to be somebody running around in a costume in long shot. You don’t need the martial arts expertise of, say, Steven Seagal or somebody like that because you can fake all of that kind of stuff. Seagal was one of the people that was suggested to us.”

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“Believe it or not, he had just kind of appeared on the scene, people thought holy cow, this guy’s badass. He could be Batman. I don’t think it ever got to the point where he read for it. He was just one of the names that was floated.”

I don’t enjoy Seagal’s films much, I think I’ve seen two of them, maybe. I have nothing against the guy, I actually recently became aware that Seagal is a kick-ass blues guitarist (he only uses his thumb to pick with.) but as Hamm said above, you cast Bruce Wayne, not Batman. And I just don’t think he would have been a good fit.  Yes, Keaton’s casting was…

And likely never crossed the minds of fans something many fans could have predicted. However, Keaton silenced the naysayers by being a pretty good freakin Bruce Wayne/Batman, in a fine, at least for the time, comic book film.

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Source: SyFy Wire

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