For many, he was the finest actor ever to don the identity of the caped crusader, and it seems as though Michael Keaton has no interest in any other Batman portrayal other than his own, revealing that he hasn’t seen a comic book movie since Tim Burton’s effort.
Discussing his upcoming appearance and return to the character in 2022’s new DC film The Flash, Keaton told the Hollywood Reporter, “After the first Batman, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an entire [comic book] movie”.
Continuing, the actor noted, “I just never got around to it. So you’re talking to a guy who wasn’t in the zeitgeist of that whole world. When I went down to do the Marvel things in Atlanta … It’s an entire city dedicated to Marvel … They’ll be doing Marvel movies forever. I’ll be dead, and they’ll still be doing Marvel movies”.
Tim Burton also discussed Michael Keaton’s suitability for the role, stating, “They’re somebody who’s intelligent and kind of screwed up. And Michael has such an intensity that it’s like, ‘Yeah, I could see that guy wanting to dress up as a bat’. It’s all rooted in psychology, Jekyll and Hyde and two sides of a personality, light and dark, and he understood that,” he concluded.
Michael Keaton is due to reprise his role as Batman opposite Ezra Miller’s The Flash in 2022’s time-bending superhero film directed by Andy Muschietti, from a screenplay by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.
In a recent interview with Jake’s Takes, Keaton revealed how it felt to reprise the iconic role in Andy Muschietti’s upcoming DC Flash film. Describing the experience as “shockingly normal”. Keaton spoke about how the project has invoked memories of Burton’s production: “You start to play the scenes and a lot of memories, a lot of interesting sense memories [come back]”.
The Flash is currently due to be released on November 4th 2022.