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Batman 3 (working title)
General Information
Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: Characters:
Bob Kane
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Previous Film: Batman Returns

"The truth is that Burton was only around to approve his creative successors." -Janet Scott Batchler[1]

Batman 3 was a rumored film project that the public assumed would have been directed by Tim Burton. When the third Batman film went into production, it was initially going to be starring Michael Keaton once again, but with a new director. The film ended up being titled Batman Forever, where Burton was credited as producer.


Micky Dolenz statements

Some sites claim Burton approached former Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz about playing the Riddler. Dolenz later rebuffed these claims.[2]

Burton's on-camera public comments

Statements from Janet Scott Batchler

According to an interview with Janet Scott Batchler, Burton's only involvement with Batman III was approving Schumacher as director and Lee and Janet Scott Batchler as the writers. Burton did not contribute story ideas and by the time the Batchlers signed on, Schumacher already had hired Tommy Lee Jones to play Two-Face. The Riddler was also not considered for the villain until Schumacher and the Batchlers were at the development stage[1] when Warner Bros. wanted two villains in the movie; they wrote the role with Robin Williams in mind, but no deal was made with him. Also, it was Schumacher who wanted to bring in the character of Robin and the Batchlers turned to their assistant, who grew up in the circus, for research. The character of Dr. Chase Meridian was also created as a way to challenge both sides of Batman's personality, with Nicole Kidman's name mentioned for the role in the early stages,[1] but ultimately Renee Russo was cast. After some negotiating, Keaton left the film as he was not interested in Schumacher's vision or Akiva Goldsman's revised script. Renee Russo was deemed too old to play Kilmer's love interest, and therefore was replaced by Nicole Kidman.


  • Burton agreed to helm a Catwoman spinoff while the studio moved on with new director for future Batman sequels.
  • An early draft of Batman Returns included Harvey Dent in the place of Max Shreck, trying to have The Penguin replace the current mayor. Late in the script, where Shreck was killed, Dent would be scarred at the hands of Selina Kyle. Indicating that very early in the making of Batman Returns, the villain intended for the third film was to be Two-Face.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yip, Ben (September 3, 2011). "Interview With Batman Forever's Janet Scott Batchler", "The truth is that Burton was only around to approve his creative successors." 
  2. Jennings, Thom (November 13, 2014). "Micky Dolenz embraces his Monkees past", Niagara-Gazette. "I never auditioned for the part of The Riddler, I did audition for the role of Fonzie in Happy Days" 

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