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Michael Keaton Passed on ‘Batman Forever’ Because the Script ‘Sucked’

4 January 2017 4:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tim Burton’s “Batman” was the highest-grossing movie of 1989. The sequel, “Batman Returns,” was the third-biggest film of 1992. So why did the star of the first two installments, Michael Keaton, turn down the third part of such a successful trilogy? Simple: The script “sucked.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 65-year-old actor explained why he decided to pass on the film once director Joel Schumacher took over the franchise.

Read More: Michael Keaton Is the Best Thing About ‘The Founder

“It sucked”, the actor said of the script. “The script never was great. I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do.”

According to Keaton, he attended “many meetings” to discuss the film, and was “polite up to a point about things.” However, he did not agree with the direction Schumacher wanted to take with the film. “I knew it »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Cool Videos: Fan trailer imagines Batman and Robin if done by Tim Burton

4 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

In many ways we should be thankful to Joel Schumacher for Batman And Robin. The late-90’s opus put a nail in the Bat’s coffin until Christopher Nolan decided to bring him back from the dead. Who knows how much sillier the movies would’ve gotten had it succeeded? It’s hard to picture that kind of hell. The movie has its ironic fans, but the movie is truly terrible, and many... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Spider-man: Homecoming's Michael Keaton Bluntly Explains Why He Chose Not To Return For Batman Forever

3 January 2017 5:20 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It's been well documented that Michael Keaton declined to reprise the role of The Dark Knight in Warner Bros.' Batman Forever when director Tim Burton left the project, but during THR's Award Chatter Podcast, the Academy Award-nominated actor reveals that he did "hang on for many meetings", but ultimately the script and new director Joel Schumacher's attitude to the material caused him to walk away. "Let me simplify it for you: it sucked," laughed Keaton after addressing the years of speculation about his departure from the role. "The script was never good, I didn't understand why he [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do, and I knew it was in trouble when he said, 'why does everything have to be so dark?'" Keaton also says that he would have been more open to trying something different with the tone etc if Burton was the one calling the shots, »

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Newswire: Michael Keaton passed on Batman Forever because the script “sucked”

3 January 2017 3:27 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever sits at a weird place on the scale of Batman movie quality. Sporting the early signs of the neon cartoon madness that would turn Schumacher’s later Batman And Robin into a frequently cited cinematic whipping boy, the film is somewhat validated by a strong performance from Val Kilmer, following in Michael Keaton’s footsteps as an obviously damaged Bruce Wayne. Of course, those footsteps were only free to be followed in because Keaton turned the film down, choosing to end his tenure as The Dark Knight with Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter—centered on The Founder, the latest step in his ongoing career renaissance—Keaton has elaborated on why he passed on Forever: “It sucked.”

Keaton was apparently unenthused by the script he was shown (penned by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, and the inescapable ...


- William Hughes

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Michael Keaton Says He Bailed On ‘Batman Forever’ Because The Script “Sucked”

3 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Batman Forever” is known for a few things, including bringing Robin, Two-Face, and The Riddler to the big screen. It is also known for being awful. Joel Schumacher‘s first of two Batman movies that would eventually kill the franchise, before Christopher Nolan stepped in to reboot and revive it, has become an example of how to screw up comic book movies, but even from page one one, Michael Keaton had an inkling it was going to be bad.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Moment Michael Keaton Knew Batman Forever Was Going to Suck

3 January 2017 1:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Keaton has had a stunning career resurgence in recent years. He has starred in the last two movies to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (Birdman and Spotlight) and is getting some buzz for his role as Ray Kroc in The Founder, which tells the story of how McDonald's became a massive franchise. Still, many will always think of him as Batman to some degree, since he starred in the two Tim Burton directed Batman movies and very nearly in the third of the series, which was helmed by Joel Schumacher. But he had the good sense to bail on the project because in his words, "It sucked!"

The Oscar nominee was a recent guest on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, where he discussed his decision not to be in Batman Forever, which is famously a very bad movie by most accounts. According to Michael Keaton, the »

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Michael Keaton Explains Why He Declined Batman Forever

3 January 2017 12:38 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Back in 1995, both Michael Keaton and Tim Burton stepped away from the Batman franchise after 1992’s darker, grittier sequel Batman Returns. Val Kilmer replaced Keaton while Joel Schumacher filled Burton’s director’s chair for the mediocre Batman Forever, but it was never made clear why exactly Keaton left. That is, until now.

In an interview with THR promoting The Founder, Keaton explained that the third film didn’t quite sit right with him, and decided that it would be best to hang up the cape and cowl.

It [the script] sucked. I knew it was in trouble when he [Joel Schumacher] said ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’

Keaton was also asked about his time spent working with Burton and called the director “an artist and a visionary.” Further in the interview, he described the feeling of risk that surrounded the 1989 film, which felt like it could either sink or swim under their watch. »

- Will Ashton

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Michael Keaton Reveals The Moment When He Bailed On Playing Batman

3 January 2017 8:14 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There's been a lot of chatter lately about a certain, present day star having reservations about his involvement with a new Batman movie; Reservations that have to do with the quality of the script. This isn't the first time a Bat actor has had to choose between fight or flight, of course, as Michael Keaton famously came to that fork in the road when Warner Bros. asked him to do Batman Forever.

The actor had just finished working on two Batman films with Tim Burton, and now he was asked to do a third, but with a different director. Joel Schumacher was hired to direct Batman Forever, and Keaton was seemingly going to don the cowl again...until a key moment occurred. Similar to where we find ourselves in 2017, Keaton says that script issues were why he bailed, and then he got even more specific than that:

"[The script] sucked. The script never was good. »

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