Warner Bros. Reportedly Wanted Steven Seagal To Play BATMAN Before Michael Keaton Landed The Role

Warner Bros. Reportedly Wanted Steven Seagal To Play BATMAN Before Michael Keaton Landed The Role

It may be hard to picture Steven Seagal as Batman now, but back in 1989 before Micheal Keaton signed on to play The Dark Knight for Tim Burton, Warner Bros. was considering the action star for the role...

Can you picture Steven Seagal in the Batsuit? Well, Warner Bros. certainly could back in the late '80s when the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne was being cast for Tim Burton's first ever big-screen take on the iconic DC hero.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the film, Screenwriter Sam Hamm gave SyFy Wire an intriguing insight into the studio's early plans for the character. It seems WB had decided to focus more on Batman than Bruce Wayne, and wanted to cast someone who could handle the physical aspects of the role.

One name the studio suggested was then rising action movie star Steven Seagal.

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

Hamm doesn't think Seagal ever actually read for the part, and, thankfully, the far more capable and charismatic Michael Keaton ultimately donned the cape and cowl.

While Bruce Wayne is arguably more important to get right than Batman, a lot of fans believe that The Caped Crusader's considerable fighting prowess still hasn't been done justice to in live-action. Hopefully that's something Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson take into account for their upcoming reboot.
DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
BATMAN AND ROBIN Star George Clooney Elaborates On His Feelings Towards The DC Film: I Was Terrible In It

BATMAN AND ROBIN Star George Clooney Elaborates On His Feelings Towards The DC Film: "I Was Terrible In It"

George Clooney frequently talks about his role as the Dark Knight in Batman and Robin, but the actor has now elaborated on how he feels about being able to discuss his role in the disaster-piece so openly!
BATMAN FOREVER Star Val Kilmer Jokes (?) About Donning His Ol' Batsuit For The Upcoming DC FanDome

BATMAN FOREVER Star Val Kilmer Jokes (?) About Donning His "Ol' Batsuit" For The Upcoming DC FanDome

Batman Forever star Val Kilmer was recently added as a surprise guest to the upcoming DC FanDome event, and the actor has now joked about the possibility of once again donning the cape and cowl...
CLUELESS: The Classic Alicia Silverstone-Starrer Gets A Special 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Release

CLUELESS: The Classic Alicia Silverstone-Starrer Gets A Special 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Release

For its 25th anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing Amy Heckerling’s classic comedy Clueless, which starred Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, on a special limited edition Blu-ray!
Latest Headlines
HAWKEYE: Latest Set Photos Spotlight Hailee Steinfeld And Her Adorable Canine Co-Star

HAWKEYE: Latest Set Photos Spotlight Hailee Steinfeld And Her Adorable Canine Co-Star

Some more hi-res photos from the Hawkeye set have been shared online, and this time they spotlight Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop) & her canine co-star. Jeremy Renner has also shared a BTS shot of his own.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Concept Art Gives Us A First Official Look At The GAME OF THRONES Prequel

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Concept Art Gives Us A First Official Look At The GAME OF THRONES Prequel

HBO has now confirmed that production on House of the Dragon is scheduled to kick-off early next year, while sharing our first look at some official concept art from the Game of Thrones spinoff series...
BLACK PANTHER Star Letitia Wright Comes Under Fire After Sharing Anti-Vaccination Video On Social Media

BLACK PANTHER Star Letitia Wright Comes Under Fire After Sharing Anti-Vaccination Video On Social Media

We've heard that Letitia Wright's Shuri will have a larger role in Black Panther 2, but that could be jeopardised by backlash aimed at the actress after she shared a video questioning the COVID-19 vaccine.
ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE Could Be Hitting HBO Max Next Year Much Sooner Than Anticipated

ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE Could Be Hitting HBO Max Next Year Much Sooner Than Anticipated

We know that Zack Snyder's Justice League is coming to HBO Max next year, but comments from WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar points to the DC Comics movie hitting the streaming service sooner than expected...
SPIDER-MAN 3: International Sony Video Seemingly Teases All Three Peter Parkers In The Upcoming Threequel

SPIDER-MAN 3: International Sony Video Seemingly Teases All Three Peter Parkers In The Upcoming Threequel

We're still not sure whether a Spider-Man 3 reveal of some sort will be made during CCXP this weekend, but a new promo shared by a Latin American Sony YouTube channel teases a major crossover event...
THE MANDALORIAN Season 2 Spoiler Recap And Discussion For Chapter 14

THE MANDALORIAN Season 2 Spoiler Recap And Discussion For "Chapter 14"

Today's episode of The Mandalorian definitely didn't disappoint, and while it may have had a short runtime, it packed in an awful lot of story. Find our spoiler-filled recap of "Chapter 14" right here...