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Warner Bros. Wanted Steven Seagal For Tim Burton’s Batman

June 25, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Michael Keaton was initially viewed as an odd choice for Tim Burton’s Batman, but one of Warner Bros.’ picks was also a head-scratcher: Steven Seagal. Speaking with SyFy for a retrospective on the now-30 year-old film, screenwriter Sam Hamm revealed that the studio wanted someone with action chops, and Seagal was a name that the studio suggested to them.

“There were a lot of people at Warner Brother who wanted to cast it with an action star,” Hamm said. “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 … 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.”

Seagal at the time was known primarily for his role in Above the Law, and had not yet broken out with the likes of Under Siege, Hard to Kill, and Marked For Death. The studio eventually agreed to go with casting off Bruce Wayne, which resulted in Keaton’s casting — which, safe to say, worked out better for the movie.

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