Robin Williams was one of those comedian-actors who made that successful rare transition from the small screen with Monk & Mindy to the big screen with comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire and dramas like Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting, of which he received Oscar nominations for the former two before winning one for Best Supporting Actor for the latter.
Good Will Hunting was also the launching pad for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who will play Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is being shot in Detroit, and is set for release on March 2016.
And speaking of the Caped Crusader, according to a July 2010 interview from Empire magazine, Williams was considered for the parts of the Joker and the Riddler in the Batman franchise. Known for his flamboyant and over-the-top performances, Williams would have been the perfect choice to play either one of Batman's 'Rogue Gallery' of super-villains.
Unfortunately, the role of Jack Napier/the Joker went to Jack Nicholson, as Tim Burton's Batman became the blockbuster of 1989 with $250 million dollars in the U.S. A few years later came Batman Forever from Joel Schumacher with Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma/the Riddler.
Like Robin Williams, Jim Carrey began his career doing stand-up before getting his big break on television on the FOX sketch comedy In Living Color. After that, Jim became a superstar thanks to Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber, and The Mask before branching out into dramas with The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.
Released in the summer of 1995, Batman Forever grossed over $300 million dollars worldwide, and after the 1997 disappointment of Batman & Robin with George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell as the Dynamic Duo, it would be almost a decade before Batman Begins once more from Christopher Nolan, of whom Williams worked with on the suspense thriller Insomnia with fellow Oscar winners Al Pacino and Hilary Swank.
"The Batman films engage you so heavily as a viewer because the detail is all there" Williams told Empire back in 2010. "Even the small characters are interesting, and you can absolutely see how Heath Ledger could create a character as crazy and fascinating as The Joker with a director like Chris, who's totally in control but lets you go wild. I would work with Chris again in a second, playing anyone in anything. ... Chris, call me, I'll do anything. I could be a great character - or some weird little man in the background in Arkham Asylum."
With Christian Bale wearing the cape and cowl, Batman Begins brought the brooding superhero out of hibernation when released in the summer of 2005 -- and The Dark Knight Rises to become a trilogy grossing over two billion dollars worldwide, as The Dark Knight earned Ledger a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
It will be one week ago this Monday that Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63.