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21 Things You Might Not Know About Tim Burton's “Batman”

The movie would have never happened if it weren’t for Pee-wee Herman.

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4. After it was announced that Michael Keaton was cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Warner Bros. received over 50,000 angry letters from comic book fans who felt he was the wrong choice.

5. Adam West, who portrayed Batman in the 1960s TV series, was reportedly disappointed that he was not offered a chance to reprise the role — despite the fact that he was 60 years old at the time.

6. Jack Nicholson was always the first choice to play the Joker, but he initially declined the role. The part was then offered to Robin Williams, who accepted the role while the film was still in pre-production. But Nicholson then had a change of heart and Williams was released.

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9. Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale, but had to be replaced one week before shooting started after she fell off a horse and broke her collarbone.

10. After Sean Young dropped out of the role of Vicki Vale, Tim Burton wanted to cast Michelle Pfeiffer in her place. But Michael Keaton objected as he was dating Pfeiffer at the time and believed it would be too awkward.

12. Dick Grayson/Robin was originally supposed to appear in a cameo, but the scene was cut as the filmmakers felt he was irrelevant to the plot. The video below is an animated storyboard sequence of how the scene would have appeared:

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16. Near the beginning of the film, when the character of Alexander Knox enters the pressroom, he is handed a cartoon sketch of a "bat man." The sketch was drawn and signed by Bob Kane, who is the original co-creator of Batman.

17. Prince was not the first choice to write and perform songs for the film; it was actually Michael Jackson.

Jackson had to turn down the opportunity due to his touring commitments.

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19. Prince’s campy single "Batdance," from the Batman soundtrack, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Batdance" was a also a last-minute replacement for the original title track "Dance with the Devil," which Prince felt was too dark.

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