Michael Keaton Talks The Moment He Realized ‘Batman Forever’ Would Suck

batman-foreverWhile Michael Keaton is entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villainous Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the actor will always be remembered for his portrayal of the DC hero Batman. Keaton portrayed the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s two installments of the beloved character before Joel Schumacher took over the franchise with Batman Forever.

The third and fourth installment, Batman & Robin, became some of the character’s weakest portrayal which eventually killed the franchise. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton chatted about not doing the third one because of the script. When talking about it, Keaton admitted when he realized that this film was problematic.

“It sucked! The script never was good. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to do what he wanted to do. I hung on for many meetings. I knew it was in trouble when he [Joel Schumacher] said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’

Check out Keaton in the new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming and sound off in the comments below if you did or didn’t enjoy Batman Forever.

“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.”

The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly and Bokeem Woodbine, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice and Abraham Attah.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Behbakht

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  • John

    I lament the fact that Burton never did a third Batman film with Keaton. Even if they phoned it in, my feeling is that it still would have been more interesting than the nightclub, neon-drenched joke we ended up with.

    I remember reading and being disappointed in Wizard Magazine that Burton was “out” but then being somewhat optimistic when I hear the filmmaker who made Falling Down, Lost Boys and Flatliners was taking over. I thought it was going to get really dark.

    What makes zero sense to me is how the studio zoned in on a filmmaker who was primarily known for making very dark films to brighten things up, and even more perplexing is that he was game for it.

  • Bill

    Forever is better than Returns and it’s not even close also Returns started the campiness not Forever

  • Thanostic

    None of those old Batman movies holds up very well; the only one I can even watch anymore is Keaton/Burton’s first one. The others go from mediocre to awful.