Michael Keaton Reveals Why he Dropped Out of Batman
I want to start by saying; Michael Keaton was my favourite Batman. I have always loved him as an actor altogether, and when he played the caped crusader, I though he smashed the part. Though I know he may have been a bit short, his darker voice was sensual and deep, which to me fits better for Batman than someone growling when they talk… But that’s just my opinion.
Now the Batman title has changed hands through many actors, Starting back in 1943 when it came to the big screen and played by Lewis Wilson, switching actors like its changing underwear until ending with Ben Affleck. The one actor, though, that I was most sad to see stop his light as the Dark Night was Mr Keaton, and I never got the closure I needed from this until now.
He first dawned the Batman costume back in 1989 and rocked the role with his co-star Jack Nicholson (still best joker to me..) He only held the title for two movies then dropped out after that… And why did he decide to hang his cape?
“It sucked, the script never was good. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to do what he wanted to do.” Even after being offered $15 mill to be in the next Batman movie. He places blame on the director “I knew it was in trouble when he said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?” Explained Keaton. Which makes sense if you think about it, this is the DARK knight, and so the film should be DARK right? I mean Batman Forever and Batman and Robin were way to flashy if you ask me. So I see where he is coming from.
“Ya, I was glad. Are you kidding? Who gets to play Batman? It was awesome!” Keaton states while talking about his time in the suit with Tim Burton leading the way. Well thankfully its not because he didn’t want to play Batman, but because he didn’t like where the film was going, and I can respect that. The other movies that followed did go a bit on the techno bright side and steered away from the essence that is Batman. ^_^