Michael Keaton on THR about why not doing Batman Forever (1995): “It sucked”

Michael Keaton on THR about why not doing Batman Forever (1995): "It sucked"

In a recent interview to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Michael Keaton explained, among other issues, why he walked out from the suit and cape of Batman once Joel Schumacher took over the director position for the 3rd installation Batman Forever (1995): “It sucked”. “If it went down, we were going down in a big way”, Keaton, explains. “I knew it was in trouble when he [Schumacher] said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?‘”. It is well known that Michael Keaton was totally right. The role of Bruce Wayne/Batman went to Val Kilmer who ended up being a victim of that nonsense Batman Forever (1995), a title condemned to oblivion despite the presence of big and competitive names like Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman.

Keaton chats with the reporter about his past and present in the film industry. From his early steps in films like Mr. Mom (1983), his big success with the tandem together with Tim Burton achieved in Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Also his fading out from the big titles, focusing more on his family and personal life than on being in all the billboards. He also has words of joy for his second golden professional times at the age when he is aproaching his 70 years of age. He’s been in 2 of the last Best Movie Oscar winner films, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Spotlight (2015), and in the following months we will see him in 2 other movies that for sure will give reasons to talk about, The Founder (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

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Michael Keaton on THR about why not doing Batman Forever (1995): "It sucked"


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