The unmade sequel to Batman & Robin (1997)
From 1989 to 1997 a series of films were made about the caped superhero Batman, the last two of these being Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. Warner Brother were so impressed by the dailies for Batman and Robin that they immediately made arrangements for a fifth Batman film.
Schumacher signed on to direct again, but Akiva Goldman, writer of the previous two films declined leading them to hire Tom Protosevich. Protosevich wrote a script called Batman Triumphant (although, you probably knew that from the title of the post).
The story featured the Scarecrow, Harley Quinn and possibly the Mad Hatter as villains. The Scarecrow’s fear toxin would make Batman have hallucinations of The Joker, and Harley would feature as the Joker’s daugther out for revenge on Batman for her father’s death.
George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell were signed on the reprise the roles of Batman and Robin and it is assumed that Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Gough (Alfred) and Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl) would return. The mention of the Joker’s return has meant that there are rumours that Jack Nicholson would return. The film was never officially greenlit so there is no official casting for the Scarecrow, however that hasn’t stopped fans suggesting Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor or Jeff Goldblum. Some sources claim that Schumacher favoured Madonna for the role of Harley Quinn.
Batman & Robin wasn’t the success that Warner Bros envisaged. It made $55 million less that Batman Returns and was hated by not only critics but the fans causing the sequel’s immediate termination.
The failure of Batman & Robin lead to Warner Bros to consider a reboot a several more Batman ideas (including Batman: Year One, Batman Beyond, and others) before finally going with Batman Begins (2005).
Originally published here on 5th Dec 2013
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