He quickly nips it in the bud.
Famed director Tim Burton destroyed the entire Batman franchise 30 years after he left the DC Comics universe with his film Batman Returns.
In a new interview with Empire Magazine, the Oscar nominee recalled being told the film was “too dark” three decades ago. Now, when he watches Matt Reeves’ The Batman, it “makes him laugh a little,” Burton said.
“[Back then] they went the other way. That’s the funny thing about it,” Burton said of the cult films. “But then I thought, ‘Wait a minute. OK. Hold on here a second. You complain about me I’m too weird, I’m too dark, and then you pin nipples on the costume? Go f–k yourself.’”
Known for his eerily dark films, Burton vowed never to direct a Batman film again after the 1992 theatrical release. But after his adaptation of the infamous DC Comics hero, Joel Schumacher’s nipple-enhanced 1995 “Batman Forever” took a more colorful turn.
“I’m not just too dark. That represents me in the sense that… that’s how I see things. It is not meant as pure darkness. There’s a mix,” he said. “I’m really comfortable with it because of the weird experiment it felt like.”
But moving away from Batman films hasn’t slowed Burton. He is now directing an upcoming Netflix spin-off of Addams Family titled Wednesday, which released a teaser clip on Monday. Leading the star-studded cast is Jenna Ortega, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán as Wednesday’s parents, Morticia and Gomez. Christina Ricci, who memorably played the title role in previous franchise films, has reportedly joined the show in another role as well.
Meanwhile, Batman Returns star Michael Keaton is set to reprise his version of the Caped Crusader in Warner Bros.’ The Flash, starring the embattled Ezra Miller in the Justice League role — despite fan opposition. Keaton was originally supposed to remain the infamous Dark Knight, but he quit because Burton was absent and didn’t see Schumacher’s creative vision.
“I kept trying to rationalize it,” Keaton once revealed in an interview with Backstage, noting that Schumacher was planning to go in a different “direction” that “he wasn’t going to deviate from,” according to the actor .
“I walked away and said, ‘Oh boy, I can’t do this,'” revealed Keaton. “[Joel Schumacher] asked me, “I don’t understand why everything has to be so dark and everything has to be so sad,” and I said, “Wait a minute. Do you know how this guy became Batman? I mean it’s pretty easy!”