Batman Unchained was the original proposed sequel to Batman & Robin.

Development

During the filming of Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. was impressed with the dailies. This prompted them to immediately hire Joel Schumacher to return as director for a sequel, but writer Akiva Goldsman, who worked on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin with Schumacher, turned down the chance to write the script. In late 1996, Warner Bros. and Schumacher hired Mark Protosevich to write the script for a fifth Batman film. A projected mid-1999 release date was announced.

Synopsis

Titled Batman Unchained, Mark Protosevich's script had the Scarecrow as the main villain. The Joker would return as a hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin. Harley Quinn appeared as a supporting character, written as the Joker's daughter trying to get revenge on Batman for the Joker's death in the first film.

Two-Face, Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman and the Joker appeared in courtroom hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin as the finale.

Casting

George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Alicia Silverstone were set to reprise the roles of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl.[1] Actors Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Goldblum were the most likely candidates for the role of Scarecrow.[2][3] Singers Madonna and Courtney Love were considered for the role of Harley Quinn.

Cancellation

When Batman & Robin was panned by both critics and fans and failed to, make as much money as expected, outgross any of its predecessors, and earn back twice it's budget Warner Bros canceled the project. In 2005, it was released a reboot with no connection with the Anthology.

References

  1. Michael Fleming (November 11, 1997)."Schumacher trims sails".Variety.
  2. "Batman Begins review".web.archive.org.
  3. "Nic Cage's Strange Batman Past".IGN.com. 5 October 2011.
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