If you are an avid fan of the Batman movie series you will know that of all the legendary actors to appear in the Batman films, one is notably absent. The late, great Robin Williams never featured in the series – not even in a minor role. 

An oversight? Most certainly. But did you know that Robin Williams was almost in a Batman movie? 

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Robin Williams was very, very close to appearing in Batman Forever. So close in fact, the role of the Riddler was written with the actor in mind.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, Lee Batchler, one of Batman Forever’s screenwriters, said: “When we wanted to do the Riddler, it was going to be Robin Williams. With the Riddler, we wrote it with Robin’s voice. He read our script and loved it, they just didn’t make the deal.”

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With Robin Williams out of the frame, the role of the Riddler went to Jim Carrey. The actor put his own stamp on the part, but in essence not much changed in terms of what was written for Williams.


Batchler said:

“So when it came to Jim Carrey, he very much did our script. It was just a little less Robin Williams. It was a little more straight. It was very much the same character and the same lines.”

It is a shame we didn’t get to see what Robin Williams would have brought to the screen, but I think we can all agree that Jim Carrey proved to be larger than life in the role. 

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