I think we are splitting hairs now. Funding, yes I think they could have. The first Batman movie had a huge budget for the time. I think the studios would have backed it, it had been a while since there had really been a superhero movie which is an old audience favorite, and for actors... there are always great actors out there. I am sure that if they had gotten the write casting director we would have had a good Bruce Wayne/Batman. I am a big Batman fan and had previously seen The Machinist with Christian Bale, when I found out he was going to be Batman I about fell out of my chair laughing. After seeing the movie I was very impressed and I'm glad they chose him for the role, and the sequel that was just announced :)
Not that I mind talking about this, but do you think we have given this subject more thought than it deserves?