Tim Burton’s Batman certainly was a different kind of Batman for a lot of reasons. It was dark and gritty, and people were used to the campy Batman of the 1960s despite the fact that the Bronze age of comics had brought the caped crusader back to his darker roots in the 1970s, and then finally made him the brooding dark avenger we all know and love after the Crisis on Infinite Earths with stuff like Batman: Year One or A Death In the Family. It was great! With that said, did you know there was almost a far more brooding and different poster for Batman ’89? The poster for the film was simple and iconic, the dark knight’s shiny gold oval crest with the iconic Bat silhouette on it. It was simple, it was memorable, it was fantastic. So let’s take a moment to look at the ‘What If’, the poster that almost became the poster for the film that really helped relaunch Batman’s popularity in the late 80s, and early 90s.
Brian D. Fox did the official poster Batman, and he’s worked on film posters from movies like “E.T” and “The Matrix”, so the guy’s got a pretty solid resume when it comes to movie posters. While I’m glad this didn’t become the official poster, I do like it, because it gives it a kind of Robocop or Judge Dredd kind of vibe. I especially think of Judge Dredd with the tagline it has. Although I’m not sure why Batman will ‘return’. Did something in the script change? I suppose a tagline should be taken with a grain of salt in any case. So what do you readers think of the Batman poster that almost was?