During development for Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, the director apparently made a mild change to the script that left this awesome Batman store on the cutting-room floor.
As 1989 Batman reports, the original draft of the script featured a very cool meta-Batman store that would’ve been in downtown Gotham selling a boatload of Dark Knight merch. Well, before Burton axed the set for a regular ol’ toy store, the set designers had gone ahead and built the store — and had it fully stocked with all kinds of awesome Batman merch. Seriously, we want to shop here.
Here’s the script excerpt below explaining how it would’ve fit:
FROM OUT OF THE DARKNESS OF THE OPENING CREDITS WE GO TO...
EXT. A STORE--EARLY EVENING OF THE CURRENT ERA
Where the Batman logo fills the frame with a portentous soundtrack boom. A playful salvo of snowballs reverberates against this image as the logo is revealed to be a hanging centerpiece in the window of a Batman merchandising store, along with Batman sleds, lunch boxes, T-shirts, and ticking clocks...
EXT. THE PLAZA--NIGHT
A FIRE BREATHER smashes open a big hole in the Batman Store display window with his Fire-rod. He sticks his rod in his mouth, then bellows a cloud of flame onto the Batman merchandise.
If you watch closely during the actual film, you can see a toy store in the background of some downtown fights. Yep, that’s where the Batman store was supposed to be.
(Via 1989 Batman)