Let’s play a game of What If?  What if you travelled back to 1988 and convinced Tim Burton that instead of hiring Michael Keaton, he should hire Bill Murray to don the big rubber mask?  It almost happened – apparently, at least that’s the way Bill Murray recounts it in a recent interview with MTV.

I would have been a fine Batman. You know, there have been a number of Batmen. I like them. … I thought Mike Keaton did a great job as Batman. It’s obviously — it’s a great role.

I could see Bill Murray as Bruce Wayne, just look at Dr. Venkman, and tell me he wouldn’t have been able to pull off a smarmy billionaire playboy?  Of course that means the Batdance theme by Prince would probably have been written by Ray Parker, Jr. “Who You Gonna Call? – BATMAN!”

I’m sticking to that fantasy theme song, so there.

via MTV

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. October 28, 2008 at 11:45 am — Reply

    As much as I like Bill Murray, I’m glad he never donned the cowl.

    I still think Val Kilmer could’ve played an excellent Matt Murdock, though.

  2. October 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    You know who I think would play a great Batman? George Cloo-

    Er, nevermind. Glad it never happened but still picturing it in my head, I think I’d rank Peter Venkman’s Batman somewhere behind Clooney and Adam West.

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