View Full Version : Orsen Welles' Batman

Imperial Monarche
09-26-2003, 11:55 PM
I just read an article on www.comicbookresources.com about how back in the 40's, after Welles' finished with Citizen Kane that he considered doing the first Batman movie. He even went as far as to casting the villians and drew up designs for the costume. The villians were The Riddler, The Joker, Two-Face and Catwoman. The movie was to begin with Bruce Wayne's parents murder and end with Batman unmasked fighting against the villians in a prison they have taken over. It was suppose to be an adult drama, kinda like Tim Burtons first Batman. Think about how cool that would have been. A Citizen Kane like Batman. I think that would definitely be the best Batman ever made. It was abandoned in the end when the studio would not allow Welles to be Batman in it so he walked away from the project.

09-27-2003, 01:10 AM
Sounds like a good tale, but I don't buy it. While Joker and Catwoman were introduced in '40, Two-face wasn't introduced until '42 (well after "Kane" had hit theaters in May of '41), and the Riddler wasn't until '48. Yet Scarecrow, Clayface, and Penguin all came out before Two-Face and aren't mentioned.

09-27-2003, 07:06 AM
It would have been awsome to have a Batman movie by Welles :D!


09-27-2003, 12:20 PM
That would've been very very interested indeed. Hell, Orson could've played the part of the Penguin; he was a good size for it. :D

09-27-2003, 10:04 PM
Hmm... citizen Kane.. Bob Kane.....

Wasn't Orson Welles in I Love Lucy? Erm, he was kinda.. him as Batman? noooo >_< Adam West's gut was bad enough. The story sounds like it would've been really good though.

09-28-2003, 08:33 PM
Orson Welles didn't get fat until the '50s.

09-30-2003, 12:22 AM
My GOD, that would've been frikkin' AWESOME
Ol' Orson would've even made an excellent Batman, at that (he had the perfect voice for the part, by the way). Of course, I also tend to highly doubt at least part of this info due to the inclusion of the later characters as mentioned by JediTricks.
Also right is that Orson Welles was actually quite physically fit during those days.