Pierce Brosnan Explains Why He Turned Tim Burton Down For The Role Of Batman

As we celebrate The 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman, it’s been revealed that the director originally approached Pierce Brosnan for the caped crusader role before eventually going with Michael Keaton. Today, Brosnan held an AMA on Redditand one fan asked if he’d ever been approached to play The Dark Knight.

Fan: You were a great Bond but I always thought you’d make for a great Batman. Were you ever approached for that role?

Pierce: Yes, I did. I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?

Looking back, it was a huge mistake for him to not take the role. But in 1989, the only other huge superhero movie was Superman: The Movie from 1978, so you could only look at this sort of project at face value. Nowadays, any actor would jump at the chance. Even George Clooney, which proves it’s not always a wise decision.

Pierce: Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed…

Of course Brosnan went on to eventually work with director Tim Burton on the movie Mars Attacks in 1996, but obviously with success. Still a pretty great movie, though, if you ask me.

Personally, I’m thankful that Keaton ended up being Batman. And if anything can come from Brosnan looking back regretting he turned the role down, let’s remember that it eventually lead Keaton to a more than lackluster post-Batman career. So who knows, maybe we would’ve never seen Brosnan as James Bond (another franchise he lobbied for until it was his) had he been known worldwide as Bruce Wayne.

Would you have dug Pierce Brosnan as Batman?

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