Next year, Batman villain Harley Quinn will make her feature film debut as portrayed by Margot Robbie in the adaptation of Suicide Squad. But a decade prior, another leading lady was considered for the part.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joel Schumacher discussed his vision for Batman Unchained, a sequel that he began working on prior to the 1997 disaster that was Batman & Robin. As Schumacher tells it, Batman Unchained was to see George Clooney return as the Dark Knight, with the premise revolving around him learning to conquer fear and to confront the demons of his past.
The plan was to include cameos from past Batman films — including Danny DeVito (The Penguin), Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (The Riddler), and Jack Nicholson (The Joker). However, the two main villains were to be Scarecrow (possibly played by Nic Cage) and Harley Quinn.
While rumors have long attached Madonna to the role of Quinn, screenwriter Mark Protosevich says he initially met with another famous rocker: Courtney Love.
Unfortunately, before Love could be cast, Warner Bros. canceled the film due to the poor box office showing off Batman & Robin.
This anecdote is part of a larger story from The Hollywood Reporter about plans for never-to-be-made Batman films. Read it here.