Pierce Brosnan on turning down the chance to play Batman

News Simon Brew
21 Aug 2014 - 07:22

Tim Burton and Pierce Brosnan met to discuss the role of Batman - but Brosnan wasn't convinced. Here's why...

Pierce Brosnan has been on the promotional trail for his new film, The November Man, over the past few days. Part and parcel of that has been a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, where a surprising admission came up: that Brosnan was took a meeting with a view to playing Batman.

This was back when Tim Burton was bringing the Caped Crusader to the screen in the late 1980s, and we suspect that Brosnan would have nonetheless been edged out by Burton's preferred choice, Michael Keaton (the pair having just worked on Beetlejuice together). 

Yet it was Brosnan who admitted he wasn't interested in the role. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman", he said. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?"

Brosnan also admitted to being a Batman fan, but it looks like any hope of him taking a screen trip to Gotham City are long gone. Unless there's a villain they want to cast him as...? He did, of course, get to work with Burton in the end on Mars Attacks!, though.


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