Dafoe Was First Choice For Batman's The Joker

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Jack Nicholson almost lost out on the role of The Joker in 1989's Batman movie - because SPIDER-MAN star Willem Dafoe was director Tim Burton's first choice.
The Shining actor landed the iconic part opposite Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader, but Dafoe admits the movie could have been very different had he agreed to work on the superhero film.
He tells MTV.com, "Very early, they talked to me about playing (The Joker in) Batman."
Dafoe decided against signing up for Batman and later impressed comic book fans by portraying Norman Osborn and his villain alter ego, the Green Goblin, in the Spider-Man movies.


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