|Batplane flies in Batman, Source: Warner Bros.|
1. The tone and themes of the film were influenced in part by Alan Moore's The Killing Joke and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
2. Tim Burton says he never read comics as a child because he never knew what order to read the boxes. The Killing Joke was the first comic he ever read that made sense.
3. Gotham City's design was described by art director Anton Furst as "what New York City might have become without a planning commission."
4. The 1985 film Brazil by Terry Gilliam was a notable influence upon the film's production design, as both Burton and Furst studied it as a reference.
|Brazil (1985); Credit: Universal Pictures|
6. One scene had a young James Gordon on duty the night of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, but was cut. The scene was later recreated in Batman Begins.
7. Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Selleck and Bill Murray were all considered for the role of Batman.
8. Keaton's casting caused a controversy among comic book fans who only knew him as a comedian in movies like Mr. Mom. They sent 50,000 protest letters to Warner Bros. offices.
9. Tim Curry, Willem Dafoe, David Bowie, John Lithgow and James Woods were all considered for the Joker.
10. Producer Jon Peters approached Nicholson about playing the Joker as far back as 1986, during filming of The Witches of Eastwick.
|Jack Nicholson and Jon Peters on set, Source: Warner Bros|
|Fan art of Robin Williams as the Joker|
13. Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale, but was injured in a horse-riding accident prior to commencement of filming.
14. Burton suggested replacing Young with Michelle Pfeiffer. Keaton (who was dating Pfeiffer at the time) declined, saying it would be too awkward. But he changed his mind for Batman Returns.
15. Michael Keaton found the Batman suit claustrophobic, but used his discomfort and fear in his portrayal of the character.
16. The police sketch handed to reporter Alexander Knox (a funny drawing of "Batman") is by Bob Kane, the original artist and co-creator of Batman. Note the signature on the lower left.
17. Knox was originally supposed to die by the Joker's poison gas in the climax. The studio liked his character so much they allowed him to live.
18. It was Burton's last-minute decision to have the Joker murder Wayne's parents, and have Alfred let Vicki Vale into the Batcave.
20. The Joker's real name, Jack Napier, is not from the comics and was made up for the movie. The last name is an homage to Alan Napier, who played Alfred Pennyworth on the 1960's Batman TV show.
21. The map of Gotham City examined by Vicki Vale is actually a map of Vancouver.
22. Originally in the climax, the Joker killed Vicki Vale, sending Batman into a vengeful fury
23. Jon Peters reworked the climax to the now-famous cathedral scene, and had Furst build the model cathedral, all without telling Burton. Burton disliked the idea, having no clue how the scene would end, even while shooting it.
24. Jon Peters wanted to use a Nike product placement with the Batsuit, so Batman's "boots" in the movie are actually modified Nike Air Trainer sneakers.
25. In the months leading up to Batman's release in June 1989, the character experienced a pop culture craze known as "Batmania." Over $750 million worth of merchandise was sold.
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Correction: Bob Kane wasn't in the cameo due to scheduling conflicts.