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Michael Keaton (b. September 5, 1951) is a prolific American character actor best known for his portrayal of Batman in Batman and Batman Returns. He also portrayed an alternate version of that character in The Flash.

Pictured: Keaton as Bruce Wayne in Batman

Professional History

Michael Keaton is a prolific American character actor known for his wide range of comedic and dramatic roles. Some of his most famous roles include Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice and the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, most know him for his iconic portrayal of Batman in the 1989 film Batman helmed by Beetlejuice director Tim Burton. A critical and box office success, it was followed by Batman Returns in 1992, which did well financially and with critics, but was seen by many audiences as too dark and disturbing, with many parents being furious that such a demented movie was being marketed towards children.

Burton was reduced to a producing role on the third film, Batman Forever, which was instead directed by Joel Schumacher and was meant to be lighter in tone as to please the studio and audiences. Keaton, however, hated the script and passed on the project, leading him to be replaced by Val Kilmer, who himself would be replaced by George Clooney in the sequel, Batman & Robin. The films did well financially, but were not liked by critics or fans, and many came to prefer the Burton films.

In 2014, Keaton starred as Riggan Thompson in the comedy-drama Birdman, a story about a faded star who struggles to find work after portraying a famous superhero, which paralleled Keaton's real life career with the Batman movies.[1] In 2020, it was announced that Keaton would return to the role of Batman, portraying an alternate version of the character in The Flash. Keaton was supposed to replace Ben Affleck as the Batman of the DCEU, shooting scenes for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom[2] and the infamously shelved film Batgirl,[3] but the idea was scrapped when James Gunn took over DC Studios and Keaton was relegated to only returning in The Flash, which released in 2023.[4]

Work History

Acting Credits

Batman June 23, 1989 Batman
Batman Returns June 19, 1992 Batman
The Flash June 16, 2023 Batman

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