During a latest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Pierce Brosnan reflected on his audition for Tim Burton’s Batman movie in the ’80s.
“I went up for Batman way back in the day when Tim Burton was doing it,” Brosnan said. “Obviously I didn’t get the job.” Fallon quipped back, “You had to settle for James Bond, sorry, yeah.” After a laugh, Brosnan revealed what really lost him the part. “I remember saying something stupid to Tim Burton. I said, ‘You know, I cannot recognize any guy who could put on his underpants outdoor his trousers.’ But there you go, the exceptional guy were given the job, and also you know, Doctor Fate and I had been supposed to fulfill at the identical page, I think,” he said.
This is not the first time Brosnan has reminisced at the process of trying out for Batman, 33 years previous to his present day access into the DC Universe with Black Adam’s Doctor Fate. In a 2014 Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread, Brosnan echoed the underpants tale and brought some personal anecdotes about his love for the Caped Crusader. “… I simply could not really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously,” he said. “That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a child in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed…”
Batman Tends to Wear His Underwear at the Inside, Anyway
Ironically, regardless of Brosnan’s feedback on Batman’s unique clothing choices — which had been at the start inspired through the clothing of circus strongmen, much like Superman’s — the model of the person presented in Tim Burton’s movie wore an all-black rubber in shape without a hint of the so-called “underpants” visible. All subsequent live-action Batmen have observed in shape, and the only actors to have portrayed Batman as carrying trunks at the outside of his in shape are Lewis Wilson in the 1943 Batman movie serial, Robert Lowery in its 1949 follow-up Batman and Robin, and Adam West in the well-known Batman 1966 television show.
Black Adam stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because the titular character, Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall/Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Albert Rothstein/Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone and Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz/Isis. The film premieres in theaters Oct. 21.