Image of the day: Robin concept art unearthed from Tim Burton's aborted Batman 3

Before Christopher Nolan rebooted things with his Dark Knight trilogy, the Batman franchise had pretty much become garbage. But things could’ve been a whole lot different.

Yes, before Tim Burton exited due to studio interference largely based on toy sales in the early-to-mid 1990s, the acclaimed filmmaker was knee-deep in development for his third Batman film. He had Michael Keaton back as Bruce Wayne, and had Marlon Wayans lined up to play Robin.

But all that went up in smoke when Joel Schumacher stepped in and ditched a boatload of Burton’s plans and recast Robin with Chris O’Donnell. Keaton was also replaced with Val Kilmer in the title role, although, admittedly, Keaton decided to exit along with Burton because he could see the mediocre writing on the wall.

Looking back to what could’ve been, we don’t know much about how Burton’s aborted sequel could’ve turned out. That’s what makes this newly unearthed piece of concept art from costume designer Bob Ringwood all the more interesting. The piece reportedly comes from the pre-Schumacher era, though possibly before Wayans was cast in the role. 

There’s no telling if this is exactly what Burton’s vision of Robin would’ve looked like, or if it was just one of many designs floated, but it’s a fascinating peek at one of the early options before this movie went absolutely off the rails.

Check it out below and let us know what you think:

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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