September 27, 2003

Dorks Calling Orson! Come In, Orson!

At this very moment in an alternate reality, my nerdy little doppelganger just flipped on TCM to watch the newly restored and remastered 1946 Batman, written and directed by Orson Welles and starring Gregory Peck as Bats, Basil Rathbone as the Joker, James Cagney as the Riddler, George Raft as Two-Face, and Marlene Dietrich as Catwoman. Sounds nuts, right? It almost happened. Apparently the main reason it didn't was that Welles wanted to squeeze into the Bat-tights himself, but the studio wanted Peck. So Welles got pissed off and did The Lady from Shanghai instead, gained several pounds a year for the next few decades, and became a punchline. But hey, the wino propellant and frozen peas weren't just going to sell themselves.

Cagney would have made a better Two-Face than Riddler, don't you think? Can't you just see him flipping that coin?

(Or it could be a hoax. Probably a hoax, come to think of it...)

Update: Yep. Reel me in. Ah well. Fun to think about, anyway.

Posted by Jim Treacher at September 27, 2003 08:13 AM