Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.
12 years had passed since Batman & Robin. It was indeed a film of the time, but the 70s heralded some filmmakers pushing Holywood’s buttons in ways never pushed before. With these Easy Riders and Raging Bulls leading the way, producers felt like they were ready to reinvigorate Batman, bring him darker.
They had good intentions, but were unable to let a director and screenwriter have complete creative control. Ultimately, they made some inspired casting choices, but the overall product brought with it too much baggage.
He was the male star of the 1970s, who could lead a romantic film and drama.
Alfred-Sir Ralph Richardson
One of the most distinguished actors of all-time!
Jim Gordon-Roy Scheider
One of the decade’s favorite supporting men/ everymen.
Ra’s al Ghul (false)-Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune was incredibly significant as an acting icon, and had second-billing, all in an attempt to mislead the public.
Henri Ducard/ Ra’s al Ghul-Omar Sharif
Picking up the & credit, Sharif’s role was as a wise, kindly associate of Brice Wayne’s. Only in the final Act, is his true identity revealed.
Talia al Ghul-Cher
Bruce Wayne +Batman’s love interest, introduced as the daughter of Henri Ducard, Cher was a big star, but not for any of the right reasons, but producers saw within her an ability to act. She did not disappoint, picking up several award nominations.
Trained dancer, film and TV star, Carradine brought some of his patented charisma to the role.
Barbara Gordon-Tatum O’Neal
Already an Oscar winner and movie star in her own right, producers threw an Easter Egg in introducing Babs, setting the stage for her introduction later as Batgirl.