Keaton’s reason for leaving Batman is pretty simple…
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Michael Keaton explained why he left the Batman franchise that helped boost his career. After reading the script for the third movie (this was the first film Tim Burton didn’t direct. Instead, director Joel Shumacher took the helm) Keaton had a pretty simple reason for wanting to step away from the franchise.
Keaton on Batman Forever:
“It sucked,” Keaton said about the script. “I knew it was in trouble when he [Schumacher] said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’ ”
Keaton stuck his neck out to play the part to begin with. Superhero movies were nowhere near what we know and love today.
“If it went down, we were going down in a big way,” he said of starring in the two classic Bat-flicks.
Batman fans are very aware of what Schumacher ended up doing to the franchise…it didn’t go very well at all. Of course, Val Kilmer and George Clooney put on the cape and cowl for the next two movies, and it took nearly 20 years with the release of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy to bring the Bat back to prominence on the silver screen.
What do you guys think of the news? Do you think Schumacher’s movies would have been any better (or worse) if Keaton had stuck around? My guess is no. I loved Batman Forever and Batman & Robin as a kid, when I didn’t know any better, but now I find them almost unwatchable. I also watched anything Batman related back then so don’t fault me too much for my fandom! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the news. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but join in on the conversation in the comments below and tell us what you think!