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Old 01-07-2013, 03:12 PM   #851
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Keaton's idea for the third movie.
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While Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan have taken over the popular image of Batman on the big screen thanks to "The Dark Knight" series of films, it's easy to forget that Michael Keaton was one of the best to ever put on the codpiece. While Tim Burton's distinctly more cartoony films still hold up well, he only ever got to make two, after which the franchise saw a downward trend culminating in the egregious 1997 entry "Batman & Robin," before Nolan and co. restored the character to his current glory. But things might have gone differently...

Keaton recently sat down to chat with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, and he revealed he had pitched an origin story for his proposed third collaboration with Burton. "The guy who's doing them now, Chris Nolan, he's so talented, it's crazy. [Christian Bale] is so talented. It's so good." he enthused. "But I say that like I've seen them, and I actually haven't. I didn't even see much of the second one that I did."
"You look at where he went, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I was having meetings about the third one," he continued. "I said you want to see how this guy started. We've got a chance here to fix whatever we kind of maybe went off. This could be brilliant." But alas, his vision wasn't supported.
By this point, Burton had left the franchise, and Joel Schumacher was now on board, and as the actor simply says: "[He] didn't want to do it, so I didn't want to do it." And it was probably for the best as Keaton wisely saw that things weren't going to turn out well. "I could see that was going south," he stated.


And indeed, we got "Batman Forever" with Val Kilmer in the lead, and we all know how that turned out. And while we can dream of what a Keaton-led, Batman origin story would've looked like, at least we got two movies with the actor. Listen to his full interview with Marc Maron at the link above.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:41 PM   #852
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Nice video about the "bat-turn".
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:42 PM   #853
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Keaton's idea for the third movie.
So he wanted to go the way Nolan did, by making Batman the focal of the story.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:43 PM   #854
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Nice video about the "bat-turn".
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haha, I liked the "bat-turn"... it made for some really dramatic shots on film.

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Old 01-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #855
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Bale even had a few Bat-turn moments in Batman Begins. He had a little more neck mobility than Keaton, but not much at all.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:07 PM   #856
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I know it will never happen, but I'd love to see Michael Keaton voice Batman in one of the DCU animated movies.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #857
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So he wanted to go the way Nolan did, by making Batman the focal of the story.
Mad respect for Keaton in terms of him not just treating the series like a cash-cow.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #858
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I know it will never happen, but I'd love to see Michael Keaton voice Batman in one of the DCU animated movies.
I think that Michael Keaton's Batman is too quiet for an animated film. If he could be louder and more "animated" I think he could pull it off.

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I think that Michael Keaton's Batman is too quiet for an animated film.
And yet, Weller (who has a stronger voice than Keaton)... I found his vocal performance quite dull for DK Returns. *shrugs*

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Old 09-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #860
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Happy Birthday today Michael! You will always be Batman to me!!!

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #862
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I just realized today was his birthday. Happy Birthday Mr. Keaton. And looks like the first trailer of the Robocop reboot, which features Keaton, is up today. Perfect timing.

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So I got in the mood to art for a bit, and came up with this. Ballpoint pen, with a little digital work. Love that 89 cowl!

(sorry, it's a bit big)

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Keaton is still looking good too.

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Old 09-10-2013, 09:26 PM   #865
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I've gained a new appreciation for Keaton's Batman over the last couple of months. Really love what Bale did in the Nolan trilogy, but if I had to choose one it would be Keaton.

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:15 AM   #866
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