Apparently, we were close to having a film with George Clooney returning as Batman, Nicolas Cage as Scarecrow and Courtney Love as Harley Quinn. The film would have been called Batman Unchained and would have been directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Mark Protosevich. Protosevich sat down with Hollywood Reporter to discuss the unmade sequel:
“Its two villains had each hated a different aspect of Batman. The brilliant (and satanic) Prof. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow had a personal vendetta against Bruce Wayne, while Harley Quinn despised Bruce’s alter ego. Harley, a toymaker whom Protosevich describes as “sadistic in a mischievous, fun sense,” learns that her true father was The Joker. This sets her on a path of vengeance against Batman for taking him away in the 1989 film. Eventually, Crane learns Batman’s secret identity and teams up with Harley to drive him insane and have him sent to Arkham Asylum. – The Hollywood Reporter
Schumacher met with Nicolas Cage (The Rock) for the role of Scarecrow/Dr. Jonathan Crane and Protosevich met with Hole lead singer Courtney Love, who had interest in playing Harley Quinn.
“I think she had heard about the possibility of Harley Quinn being in the new Batman and was thinking she would be good for it,” Protosevich told The Hollywood Reporter. “But we didn’t really talk about that. We talked about a lot of other things. It was certainly one of the better lunches I’ve ever had in my career in show business.”
What do you guys think? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!