To follow up box-office hit Batman (1989) with a sequel that would continue to develop the story and include more Batman related characters.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
After the success of Batman (1989), Tim Burton commissioned a script from screen-scribe Daniel Waters that aimed to be a social satire focussing on the credibility of ‘people in power’. Max Shreck (as played by Christopher Walken in Batman Returns) was the long-lost brother of Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin and Harvey Dent was set to make an appearance, foreshadowing his transformation into the villainous Two-Face in a potential third Batman movie. The film would have also acted as an introduction to Batman’s sidekick, Robin.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
The script went through numerous drafts and an uncredited rewrite from Wesley Strick and in the process Harvey Dent was removed from the story and it was decided that Max Shreck would no longer be related to the Penguin. As for Robin, Marlon Wayans was cast in the role (he attended a wardrobe fitting), but the character was cut from the script through a fear of the film featuring too many characters. After being whipped into shape, Batman II became Batman Returns (1992).
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Not really as Batman Returns was the most interesting Batman movie of the original run of films and it’s difficult to see how the addition of Robin would have made it any better. It was a shame that Harvey Dent was cut from the movie, as his inclusion would have vastly improved the character’s development in Batman Forever (1995), but as he was hardly the most dynamic DA in Batman, it may not have made much difference.
BUT WHAT IF?
If the Batman sequel had included the additions of Robin and Harvey Dent, then there would have been the need to make Batman Forever even bigger than Batman II by including more characters!This would have then meant the introduction of Batgirl into the third movie, which would have resulted in the need for Bat-Mite and Ace the Bat-hound in the fourth movie.At that point the audience would have become so bamboozled by all of the additions to the ever expanding Bat-family, that they would have started to question if they themselves were in some way part of Batman’s posse.This would have resulted in grown men and women dressing in leather outfits claiming it was all for the good of mankind, whilst their children watched in horror.