Ever seen the Batman movie that Tim Burton directed in 1989? Ever thought if there were any other options as who could play the Joker? Well, John Lithgow himself revealed that he auditioned for the Batman movie as the Joker. Before Jack Nicholson took on the role, it was John Lithgow’s choice if he wanted to take the role as the Joker or not. He left the role and he is regretting it.
“My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman. I have never told anyone this story, but I tried to persuade him I was not right for the part, and I succeeded. I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. About a week later I heard they were going after Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson.”
Tim Burton’s Batman was the first success in the DC Comic movie series. If you look at Marvel, their X-Men franchise only started in 2000. While Nolan’s Batman trilogy came out in 2005 and Marvel’s Iron man in 2008.
“I was doing M. Butterfly on Broadway and it was an exhausting show,” Lithgow recalled of why he passed at the time. “It would have meant leaving that show and going right into a movie, and I said, ‘I just don’t think I can.’ How about that for stupid? Actors are not necessarily smart people.”
I think it would’ve been one different movie if John Lithgow was the Joker. But, we wouldn’t be able to see the Batman movie with anyone else as the Joker as Jack Nicholson.
What do you guys think? Would John Lithgow have been a good Joker? Or do you prefer Jack Nicholson’s Joker?
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