RAY LIOTTA On Passing On BURTON's BATMAN: 'It Seemed Silly'

Still from 'Goodfellas'
Still from 'Goodfellas'
Credit: Warner Bros.
Poster for 'Batman'
Poster for 'Batman'
Credit: Warner Bros.

Tim Burton drew criticism in the late '80's when he cast comedic actor Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in his Batman film - but he reportedly wanted another heavy hitter for the role. Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta said Burton sought him out for the role, but he refused to meet with him because playing the Dark Knight "seemed silly."

"I think Tim Burton is a great, great director, and I always regretted not going and meeting him, just to talk," Liotta told the Los Angeles Times. "It just seemed silly."

At the time Batman was made, superhero films were rare, and public perception of Batman was still guided by the 1960's series, known for its campy take on the Caped Crusader.

Burton directed two Batman films, the eponymous 1989 film, and the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, both of which starred Keaton in the title role.

23 years later, Liotta did eventually work on a comic book-based film, voicing the title character in Dear Dracula, and later appearing in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

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