Here in America, last Friday was Black Friday - not only the most ruthless, legitimately dangerous, and overall worst shopping day of the year, but also the official beginning of holiday shopping season. A good portion of that shopping will (as it does every year) undoubtedly include Batman-related merchandise and toys.
So, where am I going with this? Well, here's a weird nugget of information that even the most dedicated fans of the Batman franchise may not know. There was actually an authentic festive Batman store built for Batman Returns (1992) that was nearly included in the movie's opening and also around a fairly climactic scene involving The Red Triangle Circus Gang. This would have broken the fourth wall in one of the weirdest ways possible (or, at the very least would've made Batman seem like a celeb and not a crime fighter) and I think that's why director Tim Burton decided not to stick with it.
Here's an excerpt from how the script originally looked...
FROM OUT OF THE DARKNESS OF THE OPENING CREDITS WE GO TO...
EXT. A STORE--EARLY EVENING OF THE CURRENT ERA
Where the Batman logo fills the frame with a portentous soundtrack boom. A playful salvo of snowballs reverberates against this image as the logo is revealed to be a hanging centerpiece in the window of a Batman merchandising store, along with Batman sleds, lunch boxes, T-shirts, and ticking clocks...
There were Batman masks, action figures, umbrellas, and more lining the walls of the store.
The thing is, if this store existed in real life it would never be empty.
Arcade games, hats, they've got it all!
The store was supposed to be burnt down by The Devil Fire Breather from the movie, but they ended up settling on a much less cool, but probably more realistic boring mundane toy shop. To watch that scene, check this clip out (skip to :25)
That poor, poor Teddy Bear...
Also, the sleds above were supposed to be featured. Skip to :55 and you will see a regular sled replacing what would've been a Batman one.
Pretty crazy. Would you have preferred to have seen the Batman store in the movie or do you think it was a good idea to leave it out?