The 1989 movie Batman was a big gamble for the director Tim Burton. Fans were unsure of his choice of Bruce Wayne, as Michael Keaton was widely known as a comedic actor, and Batman is anything but funny. But as fans saw, Keaton pulled it off in a big way. He embodied the moody superhero and landed a huge hit at the box office.
A few years later, Burton was poised to return for a sequel, as was the studio, and Keaton had his reservations. He had never played the same character twice and wasn’t sure how to execute it. But he accepted the challenge, and unfortunately this film was as well received as its predecessor.
In a recent interview in the shadow of the bat Featurette spoke to Keaton about the experience in retrospect, saying:
“The only challenge I thought of before starting this was the mere fact that I’d never done a character twice. So I was interested in doing it. What I didn’t expect was that on my second or third day, I realized something was wrong. And I think I copied myself. You play the same character. So I kept thinking, ‘I played this role. So what is he doing here?’ And I’ve ruled out all other possibilities.
So I caught myself saying, ‘Okay, it seems like he’s doing this. But it doesn’t sound right and it doesn’t feel very right.’ So I found that I was imitating myself, which at first was impossible. And second, really weird. So I just dropped that and said, ‘No, no, no. You just have to open up like it’s your first time and trust that the character will be there.’”
He was reclaimed Batman forever, but this time he passed on the experience, with Val Kilmer filling the role. This was known to be the franchise’s biggest flop.
For decades, fans were hoping to see Keaton in the cape and hood again, and then last year we learned he was returning as the Dark Knight in DC’s film The Lightning. But the 2023 film is now on hold following the legal troubles faced by the film’s star. Ezra Miller found himself in it. So we have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully Miller can get it together and move on so we can see his story and Keaton’s Batman back on the big screen!
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