To get him right, you have to make Bruce embody a great many traits that are hard to convincingly balance, and that's before you even start trying to bond him with Batman. And the upbeat, cocky wit that naturally comes with knowing you’re almost always the sharpest man in the room, along with the knowledge of how isolating that can be.
But yeah, long story short, George did his best, and had a couple of scenes that showed the potential he had, if only he could have been cast in a serious Bat-flick. But every step of the way, he had his legs swept out from under him by Bat-credit-cards, airborne snowboarding, and the fact that Arnold ‘nightmarish miscast’ Schwarzenegger got top billing over the guy who played Batman.
Clooney eventually embraced the blame for the film’s wretched nature, but the tragic fact is that he was actually its one shot at quality. Wilson, you see, was the very first on-screen Batman that there ever was, appearing in the 1943 cinematic serial that kick started the entire 70-year adaptation craze that currently adorns our homes with far more cool plastic that than we’d ever admit in most social circles.
Skinny, mustachioed Alfred, for instance, was a product of the serial’s casting, actor William Austin being either removed from the contemporary comic book portrayal of a portly butler. Previously the comics had only included references to a secret tunnel from Wayne Manor to the barn that housed the Bat mobile.
You know that fake-asshole Schick that Christian Bale plays with in the Nolan trilogy in order to keep people distant? Wilson is all over that, playing it more than lighthearted, decadent lounger than hedonistic jerk, but snapping between the public persona and the real Bruce rather effectively.
Okay, the man behind the mask(s) isn’t anything like as intense or driven as later Wayne's, but given the nature of the serial, he’s not bad. While the ’43 serial informed multiple, now-canonical elements of the bat-universe, one thing we categorically did not hang onto was the trope of good old-fashioned bat-racism.
An unfocused, incoherent story, crippled by cast-bloat and a complete disregard for logical narrative or character dynamics. In fact, he's one of several quintessential, textbook examples of a good Bruce Wayne simply being hamstrung by a bad director.
Effectively representing Bruce Wayne via all the obvious negative traits that traditionally get ignored in the name of suspension of disbelief (over-privileged, self-assured loner takes the fate of a city into his own hands, ignoring the basic values of law and order, because he’s strong and rich and knows better than everyone else), Lego Wayne is a fantastically funny, self-obsessed, arrogant douche whose fixation on his own miserable martyrdom (but simultaneous denial of the same) consistently holds him back from the happiness and effectiveness that he claims to personify. As such, he’s a perfect parody of the character, and a quietly excellent discussion of the legitimate themes at play under the surface.
On the one hand, he’s the longest-running, live action movie Wayne, with easily the most complete and interesting character arc. Rather, I always feel that the brilliance of the Nolan trilogy is down to the creative moving parts around the central character, rather than the man himself.
He’s also the only on-screen Wayne to really ramp up the ‘cocky, self-indulgent jerk’ persona in order to increase his distance from others, so that’s nifty. Yes, the Nolan trilogy isn’t exactly intended to be a pure adaptation of the comics, but rather a stripped back, more realistic remix.
Another awkward case of ‘potentially good Bruce Wayne ruined by being in a flatteringly awful film, because oh my God, Joel Schumacher’. For all the Technicolor camp on show in Batman Forever, Killer’s Wayne remains largely grounded.
He really seems to get it, basically, to the degree that Batman co-creator Bob Kane actually cited him as his favorite on-screen Wayne of all time. It’s entirely arguable that Killer’s portrayal of Batman without the Catsuit goes a decent way toward holding the film’s tonal excesses together.
After a vast, spurting torrent of judgmental fanboy outrage at Tim Burton’s casting of a ‘comedian’ as Batman, many were simply relieved that he turned out to be such a decent straight actor. The distracted, not-quite-there vibe he gives off at the same time, like his mind is always on crucial matters that he can’t quite get to because he’s wearing the wrong clothes.
The intense focus on Something More Important Than This, layered with that discordant sense that he could shatter at any moment if he doesn’t maintain his concentration. One of the few cinematic scenarios in which Wayne almost fails to keep his day and night personas separate, the daylight showdown between not-quite-Batman and now-identified-Joker is brilliant.
When Conroy’s Bruce has moments of weakness and uncertainty, they always sound like the controlled breakdown of a man whose primary instinct is to never break down. And Conroy exhibits that fact constantly, his every word and deed dripping with propriety and decency, whatever personal turmoil or conflict he might be dealing with on the inside.
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