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..

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By DEVLIN712 - 8/20/2014

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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SonofBatman - 8/20/2014, 2:06 PM
SonofBatman - 8/20/2014, 2:07 PM
He really turned down a role like that? Wow what a dumbass.
Sipprelle - 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