Mark Hamill Shares an Unused DVD Feature For Tim Burton's Batman Featuring Himself and Kevin Conroy

The Joker in Batman (1989).
The Joker in Batman (1989).
Image: Warner Bros.

Making storyboards interesting for a special feature is tricky, especially when the original actors aren’t around to provide any voice-over work to make the images pop on screen. In what appears to be a cancelled special feature, the best voices ever to get on board the Batman franchise were there to help.

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The feature, from the original Tim Burton Batman flick, has been unearthed thanks to Mark Hamill, who found it in an old upload on YouTube and shared it on Twitter. The video, he explains, was voiced by Hamill and Kevin Conroy (playing the Joker and Batman, respectively) as a look at a cut scene from the original Batman script that would have introduced Robin. Eventually, Robin was deemed unnecessary and the scene was cut. And so, for unknown reasons, was the special feature, likely slated for some DVD release or another.

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The feature, which also includes Jason Hillhouse as Dick Grayson, has been online for a while, but I’ve never seen it before and I’m betting you haven’t either. Check it out.


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DISCUSSION

sui_generis

Wow — literally the only thing that sequence has going for it is Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.

The rest of it is ridiculous.

He changes into his costume from a full business suit, while horseback riding?

Alfred delivers him said costume in the middle of a chase, by way of a VW bug?

Worst of all, Batman is now indirectly responsible for the death of Grayson’s parents, by chasing the Joker thru their performance...? Yikes.

Robin goes immediately from that tragedy to joining in the chase, before we even see his parents’ bodies? Where we see he already has his full costume and mask, for some reason?

Joker gets the drop on both of them while they pointlessly struggle, but lets them go?

Sigh.

This whole thing was better off dead. Good call.