Robert Wuhl on why Knox wasn’t in Batman Returns

He may have finally got to reprise the role for The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – some thirty years after originating the role – but “Batman” actor Robert Wuhl tells The Production Meeting he would’ve preferred to have returned to Gotham City much sooner.

Wuhl,who confesses to not being a fan of superhero films, or sci-fi films in general, wasn’t anywhere to be seen in 1992’s “Batman Returns”. Why?

“In the original script, the original Sam Hamm script – which was terrific – and right up until the time I arrived in London, Knox died [in Batman]. Then, when I got there, they told me ‘we’re keeping him alive’. I thought ‘great! Batman 2’!. Then my agent got a call one day and they said Knox is not in the second picture. And that’s it, it was that simple.”

On reprising the role for the Arrowverse crossover event, Wuhl says “That was nice. They asked me if I wanted to do this one shot and I said ‘sure’.”

Wuhl says he got an idea just how big superhero films had gotten, and how rabid a fanbase they now have.

“I got there [in Vancouver] about 3 O’Clock in the afternoon. We shot the scene – it was a night shoot – around 10 or 11 O’Clock at night. I got on the first plane back [to L.A] about 7 or 8 O’Clock, and by the time I had arrived, about 10 or 11 O’Clock in the morning, there were pictures all over the internet of the whole thing.”