James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has admitted that he turned down the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film because he couldn’t take the character seriously.
When he was asked if he was ever approached to play a character in Batman movie here’s what he had to say:
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? 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 …
According to media source, the character was then given to Michael Keaton. “The image of Batman is a big male-model type, but I wanted a guy who’s a real person who happens to put on this weird armour,” producer John Peters has said. “A guy who’s funny and scary. Keaton’s both. He’s got that explosive, insane side.”