Kiefer Sutherland has revealed that he turned down the chance to play Robin in Tim Burton‘s first Batman movie.
The 24 star says that he was approached about playing the caped crusader’s boy sidekick, but turned the chance down, not realising that they were making the “coolest movie ever”.
He told On The Box: “I’d just finished Stand By Me and Young Guns about the time that Warner Bros were making the first Batman film with Michael Keaton and I got a call which asked me if I would be interested in playing Robin.
“I was like, ‘As in Robin with tights? No!’ I didn’t realise they were going to make the coolest movie ever! They didn’t have a Robin in the end, but I was only 19 so my agent could have helped me out a bit on that one.”
Robin eventually appeared played by Chris O’Donnell in Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever and Batman And Robin sequels. However, the character has not featured in any of Christopher Nolan‘s latterday trilogy which concludes this summer with The Dark Knight Rises.