Originally Blade Runner actress Sean Young was set to play Batman’s love interest Vicki Vale in Batman (1989).
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Well let’s be honest, it’s not rocket science... Sean Young would have been the female lead in the 1989 box-office smash, where she would have starred opposite Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton!
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
Young had a riding accident just before filming was set to begin on Batman (1989), which resulted in a broken arm. Due to her injury she was dropped from the movie at the very last minute and replaced with Kim Basinger. However it didn’t end there as Young was so determined that she should have a role in a Batman movie that she made it her goal to nab the part of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED THIS TIME?
Young would have appeared as the villainous yet seductive Catwoman in 1992s Bat-sequel (this time around with a meatier role than she had been cast in before) and she would have finally snuggled up to Batman!
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
During the casting process in order to convince director Tim Burton she was the right woman for the job, Young arrived at his office dressed in a homemade Catwoman outfit. This freaked the living bajeebus (technically not a word) out of the director and he decided not to give her the part. Michelle Pfeiffer was cast instead.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Well it was probably a bit of a kick in the erm... ‘lady area’ for Young, as losing a part she'd already been cast in was one thing, but then not getting another after she'd pranced around an office in a cat suit just added insult to injury. She probably felt worse over the Catwoman role because after being dropped from Batman she was dumped from the role of Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1990) as well, so she was having a run of bad luck when it came to casting choices. Clearly comic-book movie adaptations during the 80s/90s and Sean Young did not mix. In all honesty photographer Vicki Vale was hardly the most dynamic of parts in the original Batman movie and Pfeiffer was so perfectly cast as Catwoman that it would have been a crime (A CRIME) if Pfeiffer hadn’t have played the part.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Sean Young had landed (and kept) her part in Batman then she would have no doubt been a lot happier than when she got the call telling her she was set to be a resident of Dumpsville. This happiness would have probably caused the actress to give all her money to charity and devote her life to looking after those less fortunate than herself. If on the other hand events had transpired as they did but she had managed to bag the part of Catwoman instead, then she would have been even happier for receiving a second chance and she would have made it her goal in life to improve the happiness of everyone on the planet... including pointless creatures like snails and daddy-longlegs.