Michael Keaton Explains Why He Did Not Return For A Third ‘Batman’ Film

Batman Michael Keaton Grappling GunFor many, Michael Keaton’s performance as Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film remains the definitive portrayal of the Caped Crusader. Though Keaton returned for the sequel, Batman Returns, the actor opted not to reprise the role for the third installment of the film series. Now, Keaton explained why he chose not to don the cape and cowl for a third time during an interview with The Guardian.

Keaton explained that he decided not return because of the film’s poor quality:

“The film] just wasn’t any good, man. I tried to be patient, but after a certain point, I was like, I can’t take this any more, this is going to be horrible. But, look, there was some really horrible taste in the 90s, and I probably contributed to that, unfortunately. It was a time of nouveau riche excess – everyone was known for their jets and their stuff. And I thought, I’m in this job for the long run, I don’t want this. And the truth is, I’m not boasting, but I was correct. There are a whole load of people who ran things that are long gone.”

Of course, few would argue with Keaton’s assessment of the third Batman film. Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were critically lambasted, prompting Warner Bros. to cancel a fifth entry in the film series. The franchise remained dormant until Christopher Nolan was hired to reboot the film series, resulting in the critically acclaimed Batman Begins.

Ben Affleck, the latest actor to assume the role, will return as Batman when Justice League arrives in theaters this fall.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: The Guardian

Batman’s Top 5 Gadgets In Film & Television

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The Dark Knight Batman ArsenalBatman’s gadgets have helped make him one of the most interesting characters in comic book history. Whether it’s for intimidating thugs or fighting villains like the Joker, Penguin or Two-Face, Batman has used his gadgets to assist the people of Gotham on several occasions. Of course, the Caped Crusader has a ton of gadgets in his arsenal, which begs the question of which ones are the most important.

On both the big and small screen, Batman has shown that he always has the right gadgets for the job. His utility belt houses some of the greatest gadgets in the world, allowing him to get away from any situation in just the nick of time.

Each hero has their own unique fighting style and way of helping people — it’s just a matter of finding your niche. But what’s cool about Batman is that he doesn’t have any superpowers. All he needs is his intellect and a few gadgets. Think of it this way: Batman without his gadgets is kind of like The Flash without his speed, but he’s cool even without them.

Click Next to learn more about Batman’s top 5 gadgets. 

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.