James Bond and Batman were the main 'B's of the 1960s and 9/11 era: saving the world from evil and injustice.
Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002, renewed his license to kill in his new film The November Man -- playing a retired spy whose latest assignment makes him the target of his former protege.
We all know that Pierce originally won the role of 007 before losing the part to Timothy Dalton due the former's commitment to NBC's Remington Steele, but a recent session with Reddit AMA revealed that Pierce was also up to be Tim Burton's "Batman".
"...I just couldn't really take it seriously" Pierce stated. "Any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?"
Very wrong, as "Batman" had enough 'wonderful toys' against "License to Kill" to become the biggest movie of 1989: spawning a blockbuster 25-year franchise with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale having the privilege of being either a brooding Caped Crusader or brooding Dark Knight who defended Gotham City from the Joker; the Penguin and Catwoman; the Riddler and Two-Face; Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy; Ra's al Ghul and the League of Shadows, and Bane. Ben Affleck is now taking up the mantle with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is set for a spring 2016 release.
Still, Pierce remained unshaken -- and unstirred -- since, as he finally became dashing super-spy Bond with 1995's Goldeneye, resurrecting both the character and his career. Pierce is succeeded by Daniel Craig, whose Bond is much darker and brooding like Batman.
Well, what do you know? You take James Bond and Batman (minus the cape and cowl), you have 'The Equalizer', a former spy who offers his services to helpless and powerless people as a detective/vigilante/problem-solver. That role is already taken by Denzel Washington, who will balance the scales of justice on September 26, while The November Man comes out of the cold on August 27.