My take on the whole thing, a Batman casting is only as good as the script. Like one69chev stated, Keaton got a lot of negative feedback. Imagine if social media had existed back then. People were so mad that Mr. Mom was playing Batman…even the studio wasn’t too keen on the idea, but Burton believed in him, and I’m so glad it happened. The only time since that anything like that has happened is when Chris Pratt, a goofy overweight guy, becomes the new blockbuster man. I miss action stars that could be goofy. Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson were downright hilarious at times.
I would’ve liked to have seen Billy Dee William’s take on Two-Face. I don’t know if his transformation would’ve topped the 2 part episode from the Animated Series. Maybe with Tim Burton’s direction, it could’ve worked.
I’ve often wondered about whether Tim Burton’s Superman film would’ve been good, because all the concept art and casting choices look iffy to my eyes. Nicholas Cage would’ve been fun to watch, but I don’t know if I could ever see him as Superman.
With Tim Burton you never know what you’re going to get. I think he was going in an interesting direction with Batman, and then Schumacher came in and derailed that train. Schumacher is another one that you never know what you’re going to get, but Burton’s poorer offerings are still well crafted and watchable. I still don’t like most of his choices in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I don’t completely hate the movie. The Oompa Loompas fall into Jar Jar territory for me. Lacking the charm the 70s versions had, but I digress…