Like many projects in Hollywood, most are tossed around in the hope that someone will actually get the thing up on the silver screen. One such project was the Joe Dante Batman movie, which of course, was never made.
The story would have been dark, but not as heavy as the Nolan trilogy, Dante admits.
Dante explained that he was asked to do the project right after “Gremlins” and described it as a “revenge story” that “started with his parents getting killed.” He also stated that it was outlandish and had “a lot of giant props in it,” which brings to mind the giant booby-trapped balloons in Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” movie.
Its a pretty lengthy piece but worth reading just on the fact that John Lithgow was the director’s choice to play The Joker. How crazy would that have been?
Lithgow has the chops. Just look at his portrayal of a serial killer in the fourth season of Dexter: Creepy as waking up to a clown sleeping next to you.