Michael Keaton Refused 'Batman Forever' Because He Hated The Script

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 - 9:19PM
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 - 9:19PM
Michael Keaton Refused 'Batman Forever' Because He Hated The Script
To many fans, Batman Forever was one of the first bad Batman movies (and it was certainly not the last). Among many issues was that Michael Keaton, the iconic Bruce Wayne from 1989's Batman and Batman Returns, had been replaced. Turns out, he refused the role because he could already tell the movie was in trouble.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, which was mostly about his McDonald's biopic The Founder, Keaton also reminisced on being approached for the upcoming Batman Forever. This was just after director Tim Burton, who'd provided his creepy charms to the previous Batman films, had been replaced by newcomer Joel Schumacher, and it showed in the new script.

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"It sucked," Keaton says of the script he was shown. "I knew it was in trouble when he [Schumacher] said, 'Why does everything have to be so dark?'"
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Batman Forever came out in 1995 with Val Kilmer as the star, and Keaton had a point that the film's atmosphere was too bright for the Dark Knight. It cast a manic Jim Carrey as the Riddler, brought Robin into the fold, and was generally a preview of what was to come, which was Schumacher's widely despised Batman & Robin. The whole thing probably influenced Keaton's decision to do Birdman, which parodied the rise and fall of the '80s and '90s Batman flicks.

Keaton is only now returning to superhero movies, as he's set to play the Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is scheduled to come out on July 7, 2017.

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