It's Wayne, Bruce Wayne; Pierce Brosnan Talks Turning Down BATMAN

It's Wayne, Bruce Wayne; Pierce Brosnan Talks Turning Down BATMAN

He's mostly known for his portrayal of legendary super-spy James Bond, but Irish actor Pierce Brosnan has revealed that he once turned down the opportunity to play Tim Burton's iconic Dark Knight! Hit the jump to find out why..

While taking part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on Reddit, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan ("James Bond​​" and "Mrs Doubtfire") revealed that he once met with director Tim Burton to play the (comic book) world's greatest detective, Batman! Bronson was offered the role but turned it down because he believed the concept could never be taken seriously on the big screen. Here's what he had to say:

"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?"

While Brosnan seemed less than impressed with the Dark Knight's formal wear, he went on to talk about his childhood memories of the caped crusader, saying "I love Batman, I grew up on Batman."

Tim Burton's initial take on Batman began the evolution from campy to serious live action comic book properties and was (arguably) the most important film in the genre's early history. How different would things be with Pierce Brosnan leading the charge? Would you have preferred the Bond star? Sign off your thoughts below!

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JAC - 8/20/2014, 2:08 PM
Fair enough.

@SonofBatman How the hell is he a dumbass?
BigMikeReviews - 8/20/2014, 2:10 PM
A Brosnan Batman would have totally worked, but I'm glad we got him as a kick ass Bond
Nubase - 8/20/2014, 2:14 PM
it was at the time when cbms was not taken seriously, l'm sure a lot of actors were approached for the role, look at how much money it took to get jack nichcolson to play the joker, he is still most getting paid till this day
SuperCat - 8/20/2014, 2:14 PM
I don't know. Can't picture Batman with that accent.
batz11 - 8/20/2014, 2:16 PM
Only man I could ever be sexually attracted to, no gay, wait...
batz11 - 8/20/2014, 2:18 PM
G'day mate, I'm Botmon...
kevberg - 8/20/2014, 2:19 PM
Yeah Visually the guy would be a great bruce wayne..but Brosnan wouldn't do a good american accent. misspelled his name several times as BRONSON.
shabat - 8/20/2014, 2:24 PM
Pierce would have been cool.
DEVLIN712 - 8/20/2014, 2:25 PM
He spells it Brosnan
Starfox - 8/20/2014, 2:29 PM
I always thought he would have made a great Bruce Wayne.
McGee - 8/20/2014, 2:30 PM
When he was young?

Perfect Bruce Wayne.
CaptShipwreck - 8/20/2014, 2:31 PM
Shoulda woulda coulda
Bl00dwerK - 8/20/2014, 2:32 PM
Remington Steele...
batmanvsuperman - 8/20/2014, 2:33 PM
Nomis - 8/20/2014, 2:33 PM
dnno1 - 8/20/2014, 2:35 PM
That ought to piss of Batman fans.
KnobGoblin - 8/20/2014, 2:35 PM
He was pushing hard to play Bond at that time, probably turned it down because he thought it would hurt his chances getting that role.
AlfredWayne30 - 8/20/2014, 2:35 PM
Bruce yes batman nah but a great bond
Brainiac13 - 8/20/2014, 2:36 PM

I loved this game.......this game kept me and my house buddies busy when I was at University.
REPOMAN - 8/20/2014, 2:39 PM

batz11 - "G'day mate, I'm Botmon..."

He's Irish, not Australian.

COREY6487 - 8/20/2014, 2:39 PM
id turn down batman for 007 100% of teh time. remember during that time the superhero genre was tiny. also its 007
ICDYG - 8/20/2014, 2:41 PM
Thank god he turned it down. Horrible actor
TopCat89 - 8/20/2014, 2:43 PM

Brosnan is the correct spelling....but you have misspelt his name as 'Bronson' a few times in the article and even 'Bronsan' in the article description....
sKeemAn - 8/20/2014, 2:45 PM
My thing is how could you say you grew up on Batman and loved him but decide that his character would be dumb for the big screen. I don understand that in the slightest.
sKeemAn - 8/20/2014, 2:46 PM

one of the better shooter games
CommanderShepard - 8/20/2014, 2:52 PM
MAKE MINE Turk drinking this:

sameoldthing - 8/20/2014, 2:53 PM
Pierce thought as many did at that time,Batman in live action was campy. Burton made Beetleguice (sp),Edward Scissorhands &
Pee Wee movies..who thought he would make a serious superhero movie? Did he really even?

He would have done a better job than Keaton,looked the part & good actor.

I like Michael Keaton but he was miscast. Only reason people like him is nostalgic reasons.
Obviously Tim Burton went to Brosnon before Keaton but was turned down.
Zoolitron - 8/20/2014, 2:57 PM
What. No photoshop to see how it would be?
BANEofExistence - 8/20/2014, 2:57 PM
Oddly I thought he would have made a great Batman for "Batman V Superman" and was someone I thought should have been given the role alongside the possibility of Josh Brolin. But once I heard Affleck I was instantly sold. The guy is a HUGE Bat fan and has shown his 100% dedication. I been a supporter since day one
Binker - 8/20/2014, 2:58 PM
There were alot of actors considered for the role for the first film. For Bronson, and that time, it makes sense for him not to have taken the part. Hell, here's this for you guys: if Bronson was cast, we wouldn't have had Keaton as Batman. Heck, even now, Keaton STILL IS Batman, after Bale and before Affleck. How about that?
rockstar728 - 8/20/2014, 2:58 PM
Anyone who was actually around during this time knows what a joke comic book movies were at that time. Before Tim Burton's Batman, no one thought a Batman movie would work. I even remember thinking it was silly when I heard about it as a kid, because the only example I had was the Adam West TV show.
sameoldthing - 8/20/2014, 2:59 PM
Brosnon admits it was a "foolish take"...he was a kid who liked Batman,as an adult many don't continue following that stuff.
Nowadays superhero/sci-fi...all that is now much more prevalent in our adult lives than when Pierce was a lad.

I wish Burton chose a young Alec Baldwin to be Batman. He cast him in Beetleguice & back in late 80's Baldwin has the Bruce Wayne look & his voice would have been perfect. Keaton was more famous & that's that.
l0rdleg0las - 8/20/2014, 3:07 PM
he would have been a great Bruce Wayne but i don't know about Batman
pintoman - 8/20/2014, 3:11 PM
I think he's being nice. What he really meant, rightfully so, is he couldn't take Tim Burton seriously.
spidey1994 - 8/20/2014, 3:13 PM
Pierce Brosnan should play Alan Scott in DCCU!!
Nomis - 8/20/2014, 3:14 PM
Alternative casting for Burton BATMAN '89 and Batman Returns (circa 1988 pics)

Alec Baldwin as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Sir John Gielgud as Alfred

Chrispin Glover as The Joker

Paul Newman as Commisioner Gordon

James Woods as Harvey Dent/ 2-Face

Diane Lane for Silver St. Cloud (forget Vikki Vale)

Ally Shelly As Selina Kyle/Cat Woman

Danny Divito STILL as the Penguin (Born for the role)

And the LATE GREAT Robin Williams As the Riddler

Darktower - 8/20/2014, 3:16 PM
Gmoney84 - 8/20/2014, 3:18 PM
Goldeneye. Awesome game.
batz11 - 8/20/2014, 3:20 PM
It was a joke lol...kinda inside...
DylanTBest - 8/20/2014, 3:26 PM
"I wish Burton chose a young Alec Baldwin to be Batman."
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