In a recent sit down with The Hollywood reporter, the Birdman actor and former wearer of the mantle of the bat, took time to talk about superhero movies. The industry has certainly seen a massive rise in the genre. Some people even go as far as to say that it was actually Michael Keaton’s Batman that can be labeled as the kick-starter for the genre itself. Keaton revealed though that he’s had quite a complex relationship with superhero movies since the late 80s.
What’s The Big Deal?
There are many actors who have criticized the superhero movie genre over the years. Great film directors like Martin Scorsese also bashed these types of movies. Why can’t Keaton be a hater as well? The thing is, most of Keaton’s success has come from these types of movies. Plus, he’s been in at least 4 or 5 superhero films way after the 80s! Even his career renaissance film Birdman has superhero movie elements in it. Granted, that whole movie can be taken as a criticism of the genre as well. He’s recently been in a Spider-Man movie, and he even did his last Batman in 92. Plus, he’s got an upcoming Batman film to not watch!
The Movies Seem To Bore Him
It’s not that Keaton hasn’t tried to watch super hero films since the 80’s. He mentions that he just can’t find a way to get through them. He’s seen part of many of these films. The fact that he’s been part of these films may be the reason he doesn’t watch. On the subject said,
“After the first ‘Batman,’ I’m not sure, I’ve ever seen an entire [comic book] movie, I just never got around to it. So you’re talking to a guy who wasn’t in the zeitgeist of that whole world.”
He Still Thinks He Can Play Batman Again
After admitting that he doesn’t have a major liking for superhero movies, although he’s still got a couple of appearances coming up, particularly in The Flash, Keaton actually said that he always hoped he’d get a chance to play The Dark Knight again. Now he’s literally getting a chance to do just that. On coming back to play the caped crusader, Keaton mentioned,
“Frankly, in the back of my head, I always thought, ‘I bet I could go back and nail that motherf–ker,’” Keaton added. “And so I thought, ‘Well, now that they’re asking me, let me see if I can pull that off.”
Still Very Active At 69
Keaton is coming up on his 70th birthday. Reaching the milestone is probably not going to mean slowing down for him, though. He says he takes his work very seriously. Even a little too serious at times, adding,
“I would love to phone something in. Trust me. I would like to just go, ‘Hey, I don’t know what the f*ck we’re doing. Let’s just go have some laughs.’ But I take what I do for a living seriously.”
Before dressing up as Batman once again, Keaton has a very serious role ahead. He’s going to play attorney Kenneth Feinberg in the Netflix film Worth. A flick precisely about the attorney’s journey to give out 7 billion dollars in compensation to the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11.