Marlon Wayans Was Paid $100,000 For Batman Returns Movie & Still Gets Residual Checks, Despite His Character Being Axed From Film
A canceled role has Marlon Wayans cashing in big time!
The actor revealed over a series of interviews that he was originally set to star as Robin in the Tim Burton “Batman” franchise. However, after directorial changes, the character was cut from the film. Resulting in Marlon Wayans never starring in one of the biggest films of the 90s, but receiving pay and royalties from the original deal.
During press interviews back in 2009, the actor revealed he was cast and paid for the role of Robin in the “Batman Returns” movie. He stated:
“I was actually supposed to play Robin, in Batman Returns, about 15 years ago. But there was too many characters. I was cast, I was paid and everything. I still get residual checks.”
If you recall, Tim Burton’s version of the comic book movie starring Michael Keaton filmed two movies. Reportedly, a third installment was supposed to see Michelle Pfeiffer reprise her role as Catwoman, and introduce Batman’s sidekick Robin into the series, which was the role Marlon Wayans was contracted to portray. However, once Tom was replaced by director Joel Schumer, an alternate script was greenlit. Giving life to the “Batman Forever” film starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jim Carrey.
But since Marlon had already signed on for the part of Robin, he was paid and continues to be paid from royalties. The contract reportedly has cashed in $100,000 over time.
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