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Note: Please do not add "Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014". This was before his death.

Batman 3 (also going to be marketed as "B3") was to be a 1995 superhero sequel 1992's Batman Returns. During the early development of the cancelled Catwoman spin-off, Tim Burton agreed to meet with Lee and Janet Scott Batchler to advise them before they wrote their first draft for new director Joel Schumacher. Michael Keaton was actively involved with the screenplay as well. Keaton disliked the Batchler's script and brought on Akiva Goldsman to make changes that reflected his hopes for the third outing.

Plot[]

The premise was pretty much the same, with NygmaTech rivaling Wayne Industries. There were some big tonal and dialogue differences. Undoubtedly this would also require a very different visual design take for the movie, such as the H.R. Giger Batmobile. Rene Russo was actually cast as Dr. Meridian while Michael Keaton's negotiations were ongoing, as well as Tommy Lee Jones.

Cast[]

  • Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Robin Williams as Edward Nygma / The Riddler
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Harvey Dent / Two-Face
  • Rene Russo as Dr. Chase Meridian
  • Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson / Robin
  • Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Pat Hingle as Commissioner Jim Gordon

Why It Was Cancelled[]

Giger's Batmobile was deemed "impossible"
  1. Michael Keaton asked for too much money and too many demands of the screenplay and he did not care for Schumacher's vision.
  2. Robin Williams refused to meet with Joel Schumacher after trying to call him for over a year
  3. H.R. Giger's Batmobile was too complex for the art department to figure how construct in a timely manner (too expensive)

Results[]

  • Warner Brothers spend $30 million on both Michael Keaton and Robin Williams, and Val Kilmer stepped in the role of Batman, and Jim Carrey as The Riddler. Rene Russo was considered "too old" for Kilmer, and Nicole Kidman was cast as Chase Meridian.
  • Michael Keaton got to appear as a revised version of his Batman in the 2023 Flash movie, a cinematic take on Flashpoint, opening the door for a Multiverse of possibilities for WB.
  • DC Comics released its limited comic series, Batman '89, which is based on unused ideas from Sam Hamm with his Batman II script.

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