Pierce Brosnan was James Bond aka 007 to me growing up. Whether it was in the films, or his depiction in the video games - most iconically, Goldeneye - I felt he captured the essence of the suave, handsome, and dangerous secret agent.
But did you know that he was, in fact, in the running to play Batman in place of Michael Keaton as well? It seems he wasn't really feeling the idea of taking on the role of Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's film.
That was back in 1989. Years later, you would maybe expect Brosnan to have admitted he may have made a mistake passing on the gig. But check out what he had to say about how he felt about the idea of a superhero movie at the time... specifically, one where he'd be playing The Dark Knight.
He spoke with Details about his thought process while plugging his new film No Escape:
"It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, "Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously." So, yeah".
He didn't give much of an update on how he feels now, but it doesn't sound like he was overly bummed about missing that opportunity.
Maybe it would have hurt him more if he hadn't nabbed the James Bond role. He got it in 1995 and ran with it. Speaking of Bond, he was also asked about what he thought of a black or gay 007. Always a relatively dicey question... take a look at what he had to say:
"Sure. Why not? [Pauses thoughtfully] Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing. Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet".
I think in both cases, Brosnan did a pretty good job of delicately answering these questions that could have upset two entire massive fandoms. Clearly, in the case of James Bond, there is a strong contingent of anti-gay anti-black Bond fans, but there are also Batman fans who don't want to hear anything negative about their favorite guy.
Overall, I just think the BatVoice™ that Keaton nailed and his overall amazing job as Batman - and solid job as Bruce Wayne as well, to be fair - wouldn't have been matched by Brosnan. Not to say he couldn't pull it off, but to many from the generation of Keaton's Batman, the idea of Pierce Brosnan living up to that is almost comical.
So, there's lots to unpack here. What do you think about a gay or black Bond (perhaps Idris Elba, who Brosnan seems to endorse)? Also, what about Pierce Brosnan as Batman? Would that have been any good?