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Trivia: Batman

Examples from Batman in Comics

  • Fan Nickname: Fans refer to Dick as Batman only as Dick Bats, since THE Batman is Bruce.
  • Jossed: A scientist baring a striking resemblance to Strange appears in a flashback to Bane's origin story on how he received Venom. While helping to create a Genius Bruiser, giving him a Fantastic Drug to make him bulkier, and unleashing him against Batman is exactly the kind of thing Strange would do, it wasn't him, and seems to be a coincidence.
  • Name's the Same: The name "Red Robin" sure would sound more intimidating if it weren't the name of a fast food franchise. Especially if their slogan weren't:
    Red Robin! Yuuuuuum!
    • Cassandra Cain to Kate Kane, at least in terms of sound.
    • And Katherine "Kate" Kane to Cassandra Cain, sound-wise.
    • A very confusing example with Doctor Simon Hurt. Lincon March also claims to be Thomas Wayne Jr., and may in fact be Bruce's long-lost brother.
  • One of Us: Bluebird is a fan of Supernatural.
  • Recycled Script: One of Hugo Strange's earliest stories had him unleashing a fear-inducing powder on Gotham City; the Scarecrow debuted less than a year later (though he didn't use his fear gas then).
  • What Could Have Been: This image was created in case Jason Todd was voted to survive A Death in the Family. A very similar colored version (here) was printed in Batman Annual 25, which recounts Jason Todd's resurrection, as well as the reality-warping that caused it.
    • Dick was going to be Killed Off for Real in Infinite Crisis. For the same reason that saved him in fact. Considering how much emotional weight came from Barry Allen's death he could have been gone a while...
    • In the early 00's, there was brief talk at Warner Brothers of possibly making a live action Batman Beyond movie to reboot the Batman franchise but the idea was passed over for Batman Begins instead.
    • Hawkfire almost got featured, alongside Beast Boy and a host of other 1970s characters, in a spin-off called Titans L.A. As Bat-Girl, she was initially set to be part of the main '70s Teen Titans team and be involved in a love triangle with Robin and Duela Dent, but DC pulled the plug on the title before Bob Rozakis could get to those plans.
  • Word of Gay: Poison Ivy with Harley Quinn.

Examples from Batman, the 1966 TV Series

Examples from Batman, the 1989 Film

  • Creator Backlash
    • Tim Burton once said of the film "I liked parts of it, but the whole movie is mainly boring to me. It's OK, but it was more of a cultural phenomenon than a great movie." He also wasn't horribly enthusiastic about how Prince's songs were used in the film.
    • Main screenwriter Sam Hamm, one of the many writers who worked on the script, has also absolved himself from the sequence where Alfred leads Vicki to the Batcave, a move that didn't sit well with a lot of fans. Hamm said the scene didn't come from him and that the day Alfred let someone in the Batcave would be his last day of employment. It gets a Call Back in Returns.
  • The Danza: Jack Nicholson as (pre-Jokerization) Jack Napier.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Keaton hated the Batsuit because he suffered from claustrophobia. Elfman and Keaton both decided that it would enhance his performance. And it did.
  • Executive Meddling: This was a big reason the Schumacher films turned out the way they did, but again, Burton's films weren't immune.
  • Playing Against Type: Comedian Michael Keaton as the Batman. Keaton himself lampshaded this in interviews with the observation that Bruce Wayne should be the person who looks least likely to be Batman.
  • Prop Recycling: The doctor's tools were originally Orin Scrivello's dentist tools, and then perverse gynecological equipment.
    • The Axis Chemicals set was originally the xenomorph hive from Aliens. The crew had to remove most of the xenomorph webbing before filming, but bits of it can still be spotted if you look carefully enough.
  • Throw It In
    • When exploring Wayne Manor with Vicki, Knox (Robert Wuhl) ad-libbed the jokes aimed at Bruce's decorative collection of odd-looking armour.
    • After the Board to Death meeting when the Joker tells Bob to tail Knox, Jack Nicholson ad-libbed his Grisson impression (complete with Jack Palance's breathy voice).
    • Michael Keaton came up with the famous "I'm Batman" line - in the script it was "I am the (K)night".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Also considered for the role of Batman: Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Selleck, and Bill Murray?
    • Also considered for the role of the Joker: Tim Curry, Willem Dafoe, James Woods, David Bowie, and Robin Williams.
    • In the original script, written by Tom Mankiewicz, crime boss Rupert Thorne hires Joe Chill to murder Thomas Wayne because he is running against Thorne for city council.
    • A later draft written by Sam Hamm also has a large part of the film concentrating on Bruce traveling abroad and training with Henri Ducard, whom Bruce would later discover to be a film. This script was later overhauled into the version seen in the film, and Ducard was deleted. Months before the film's release, then-DC Comics editor Denny O'Neil asked Hamm to guest-write a "Blind Justice" storyarc throughout Batman-themed comics as a tie-in, and Hamm introduced his character there (specifically, in Detective Comics #599, April 1989). Ducard would later appear, played by Liam Neeson, as a Composite Character with Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins.
    • Burton stated in an interview that he had initially wanted Adam West and Julie Newmar, from the 1960s series, to play Thomas and Martha Wayne in the flashback. Audiences would recognize West and Newmar from the series and see them get shot, symbolizing the "death" of the old Batman. Script rewrites caused this to be scrapped, and West later said he wasn't even offered the role (and even if he was, he wouldn't have taken it).
    • Sean Young was originally going to play Vicki Vale before Kim Basinger. Young had to bow out at practically the last minute after breaking her collarbone in a horseback riding accident.
    • That hooker who smiles at Little Jimmy in the film's opening scene? Originally, she was supposed to be only 14 years old. She was also going to be shown chatting casually with a couple of cops, showing us how corrupt the Gotham police are even before we meet Eckhart.
    • Some of the earlier drafts focused on Batman's origins and featured Robin.
    • This film went through so many different directors, screenplays, tones (including but not limited to straight up Adam West style parodies) and possible casts before we got the film we know and love today that there are truly too many to list here. Legend has it that Richard Donner himself, the man who directed the 1978 Superman film, was among the directors approached at one point to make this film, but had to decline due to previous commitments. Actors considered for Batman included Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck and even Bill Murray opposite Eddie Murphy as Robin.

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