Michael Keaton has no time for Marvel or DC movies, despite starring in a few himself.
The “Batman Returns” alum reprises his role as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming DC episode “The Flash,” which sees Keaton wear the Batsuit for the first time since the 1992 Tim Burton film and the earlier 1989 “Batman” .
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It should be noted that Ben Affleck is also donning the Caped Crusader costume again for the movie “The Flash,” which sets up a multiverse aspect of the DCU, not to be outdone by Marvel’s latest phase of time-bending alternate worlds explored in “Doctor.” Strange in the multiverse of madness.”
When asked by Variety why Keaton decided to join the DCU, the “Dopesick” star simply said it “looked nice” to be a part of the superhero franchise again. “I was curious what it would look like after so many years. Not so much that I did it — part of it, of course — but I was just curious about it, strange, social,” Keaton explained. “This whole thing is huge. They have their own world. outsider, thinking, ‘Holy moly!’”
And while Keaton starred as the Vulture in Sony’s Marvel movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” he admitted he wasn’t done watching a Marvel or DC movie yet.
“I know people don’t believe this, that I’ve never seen a full version of any of those movies – any Marvel movie. And I’m not saying I don’t watch that because I’m highbrow – trust me! That isn’t it,” Keaton continued. “It’s just that there are very few things I watch. I start watching something, and I love it and I watch three episodes, but I have other shit to do!”
He felt compelled to sign up to “The Flash” because of the script by “Birds of Prey” screenwriter Christina Hodson. “The writing was actually really good. So I thought, why not?” said Keaton. “It’s cool to drop in and I’m curious if I can pull it off.”
Thankfully, Keaton teased that his version of Batman will be just as dark as those from Tim Burton’s original movies.
Keaton’s latest comments double what he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2021, in which he said he hadn’t seen a “whole” superhero movie after his first “Batman” movie with Burton. “I just never got around to it. So you’re talking to a man who wasn’t in the zeitgeist of that whole world,” he explained.
Still, there will be plenty more superhero movies for Keaton to binge… eventually.
“They will forever make Marvel movies,” he told THR at the time. “I’ll be dead and they’ll still be making Marvel movies.”
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