11 Astonishing Facts About Batman

Posted Jan 04, by Jose Duarte [+]

Michael Keaton was so against Batman Forever, that even $15 M couldn't sway him to reprise his role.

 

15 million dollars could probably sway most people to do a lot of things. 15 million dollars and the chance to play Batman would probably be heaven for some others. Not Michael Keaton, however.

Keaton played Batman in the first two films, Batman and Batman Returns. Though he was at first going to come back for the third movie, when Tim Burton was dropped as the director, Keaton left too.

Keaton was unhappy with the screenplay, because he felt it was too lighthearted. When he first said he would leave, he was offered the 15 million, but still refused. Consequently, he was replaced by Val Kilmer, who was later replaced by George Clooney.

Obviously after that came Chris Nolan’s reboot trilogy, and rumors say in 2016 comes the next Batman reboot with an all new cast and production team.

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Batman could exist in real life, but only for a few years!

Technically, Batman could really exist. There are a few flaws in how he’s portrayed that would need to be reconsidered, however. For instance, when Batman wins, he usually takes a good beating himself. Yet, the next night he’s out there all over again. There’s never any recuperation time for the guy.

That much physical abuse would take a toll on the man. Not to mention how messed up his sleeping patterns would be from being up all night and sometimes in the day. Let’s get back to the injuries. Batman’s longevity would take a heavy beating from all the fights and injuries he sustained. Becoming Batman would take a lot out of a person, but maintaining it would be even harder.

Interestingly, the Christopher Nolan version of Batman is pretty realistic about it. Bruce Wayne is only Batman for a few months combined in total over the course of the trilogy.

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In comic books, Superman gave Batman a kryptonite ring in case he went rogue and needed to be stopped!

You’re probably wondering why the most powerful man in the universe would ever voluntarily give his only weakness to another person, but the answer is actually quite interesting. In one comic book, the Superman and Batman team up to solve the mystery of a series of deaths related to Lex Luthor’s stolen kryptonite ring.

After a series of exciting escapades and the solving of the crime, Superman gets the ring back from Luthor and instead of having it destroyed gives it to Batman for safe keeping. The reason? Superman isn’t sure whether he will stay good in the course of his lifetime, and in the event of him going rogue, he wants to ensure there is a force of good strong enough to defeat him.

Before you roll your eyes and say Superman is incorruptible, there are several stories in which he either switches bodies with someone and nearly destroys the world or has a mental breakdown and goes berserk. To prevent catastrophes like this, Superman voluntarily preserves his only Achilles heel! Would you do the same thing if given the chance? Tell us in comments!

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The penguins from Batman Returns had their own luxury swimming pool!

Additionally, they had half a ton of ice and fresh fish delivered daily. Needless to say, no penguins were harmed in the making of this movie! In fact, the animals’ comfort was prioritized above the humans; the plane on which they all flew over was refrigerated down to 45 degrees F, and the entire set to 35 degrees F. 

During shooting, 50% of the Warner Bros. property was occupied by the Gotham City sets. The penguins and Penguin shot their scenes in Universal’s Stage 5, which was transformed Penguin’s underground lair. 

A half-a-million gallon tank filled with water was used for the penguins’ comfort. Production went smoothly for the most part, but there was a brief moment when they were interrupted by protests from Animal rights groups after they discovered the penguins would have rockets strapped to their backs. 

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Adam West has a Batman logo on his teeth!

Adam West starred in the Batman TV show that revitalized Batman in the 1960s. According to his biography, he was a Batman fan since very young. He liked the dual action hero / detective aspect of Batman. After a few years of working in a Hawaiian TV show, he finally landed his signature role as Batman in the 1966 show. Since then, he has over 60 movie and 80 TV show credits, including appearing as himself in Family Guy.

Batman is his most iconic role, and it seems like he looks back at it as fondly as his fans do. He had a cosmetic dentist put a little Batman logo in one of his molars! No word on whether it contains some sort of secret spray that gives him fresh breath when he presses the little logo though.

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Harley Quinn was originally created for a one-time appearance on Batman: The Animated Series, and was so popular that she was added to the canon!

Harley Quinn was first introduced in 1992 to the Batman: The Animated Series, and she was the animated equivalent of a walk-on role. She wears traditional harlequin jester clothing, hence her name Harley Quinn. The episode called for a number of police officers to be taken hostage by someone jumping out of a cake, and the writers thought it’d be weird to have the Joker do that.

The Joker ended up doing it anyways, but that’s not the point. They created the super villain Harley Quinn, the girlfriend/sidekick of the Joker. She appeared in a dream sequence, instead. She was so popular, that she became a regular and was added to the canon. In the comic book, she’s described as Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at the Arkham Asylum.

She falls for the Joker and becomes his accomplice and sometimes lover/sidekick. She falls hopelessly in love with the Joker and helps him escape the Asylum, and thus it began.

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Pee-Wee Herman was the reason Tim Burton directed Batman!

Warner Bros. hired Tim Burton to direct Batman due to the financial success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure grossed $40 million worldwide. The film was Tim Burton’s full length debut as director and starred Paul Reubens, who co-wrote the movie’s script.

Reubens and the producers hired Burton to direct the film after being impressed with Burton’s films Vincent and Frankenweenie. Though, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure received mixed reviews, it was nominated for Young Artist Award and was given a sequel. Due to the financial success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985 and the 1988 film Beetlejuice, Warner Bros. hired Burton in 1989 to direct Batman, starring Michael Keaton. Batman grossed more than $400 million and set a new record. Others starring in the film were Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, and Robert

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A Batman villain is an Alice in Wonderland obsessed pedophile!

People who only follow the Batman movies might be familiar with the chilling antics of the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. But their heinous acts might just be overshadowed by those of The Mad Hatter.


In the Batman comics Jervis Tetch is a genius scientist who styles himself after the Lewis Carroll character. He wears an oversized hat and speaks in rhyme. But his tea parties are far from innocent.


Tetch often kidnaps children and makes them roleplay as Alice and the other characters from the well-known children's stories. He's a villain who might even give The Joker the creeps.


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The Dark Knight is the first Batman film not to incorporate the word "Batman" into its title.

More Dark Knight trivia.

The film was such a success that director Christopher Nolan is making a second film without the word "Batman." The third and final installment in his comic book vision is entitled "The Dark Knight Rises" and will be coming to theatres in July 2012. TDKR will feature Anne Hathaway in the role of Catwoman and Inception's Tom Hardy as Bane. This is despite rumors that the new film will feature Johnny Depp as the Riddler, or that Batman will be facing off against a villain called \"Killer Croc\". (More TDKR updates)
Luke Skywalker is the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.

We know this sounds crazy, but it's true! The actor who played the galaxy's final Jedi warrior also has a bit of a DARK SIDE, lending his vocal talents to the animated version of Batman's archnemesis! Mark Hamill has played the Joker since 1992's Emmy award-winning animated series and has appeared in most of the films, video games, and animated spin-offs since then.

Last year, Hamill appeared as his clowny alter-ego in the blockbuster video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, hailed by many as the greatest superhero game of all time. He is due to reprise the role when its sequel, Batman: Arkham City, hits store shelves later this year. However, this sadly will mark the end of an era because Hamill has officially announced that the sequel will be the last time he will appear as the Joker. This is highly appropriate, as one YouTube commenter, because "you can't spell Arkham without Mark Hamill" (mARK HAMill!).

Still not convinced he's the guy? Then suspend your disbelief by watching the following video!



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The towns of Silent Hill and Arkham Asylum are based on real places!

Arkham Asylum is designed after a turn of the century insane asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. The creepy, labyrinth-like hallways and patient rooms are sketched from the real deal. The Arkham Asylum comes for Batman and D.C. comic video games.

Silent Hill is an abandoned town that always has fog or mist covering it. It’s been made popular by video games and movies. It’s based on an old mining town called Centralia, Pennsylvania. The mine caught fire and the town was evacuated. Five decades later and the fire is still burning! The town of Centralia has sink holes and steam pits all over it! Check out a video of people going through the town below

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