Michael Keaton was up for doing Batman Forever

“Batman 3”, as Batman Forever was originally called, could have looked very different. When Joel Schumacher took over as director from Tim Burton, Michael Keaton was still willing to continue the role of Bruce Wayne. But he would end up quitting because he didn’t like the “camp” direction Schumacher was taking.

It’s interesting to hear Keaton talk about Batman in 1993, when he still had every intention of continuing as a caped crusader. In an interview with The Morning Call; Keaton said he would “probably” reprise his role in the next Batman sequel, but declined to express a preference for any of the actors mentioned as potential Riddlers. Robin Williams or John Malkovich? “Gosh,” he said, “I didn’t think much about it.” Jim Carrey would eventually don the green leotard.

Joel Schumacher has been hired to replace director Tim Burton as he passed on the Batman sequel in favor of a Catwoman movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer – and as we wish the had occurred. “If Tim can’t do it, then I think he (Schumacher) is a great idea … But you know, it (Batman) is my side business. It’s a small franchise on the side. It’s a fun job that I don’t take too seriously.”

Keaton continued; “I never really got into the first two, like most people, because I wasn’t that familiar with the Batman storyline. I’ve never been a comic book fan or anything. I just looked at it like a different role. But now there’s a part of me that actually thinks it’s a cooler idea than ever. It’s like I just got it. What a great idea – this guy is a bat at night and he does this and that and he has superhuman strength. Wow!” It’s a shame Keaton’s new-found enthusiasm would end up frustrating.

However, Keaton felt less comfortable when it came to promoting the films; “When it comes to my performance in a film, you get everything, down to my toes, from my gut, from my testicles and lungs. Everything you want. In life I don’t have to give you (the media) anything.”

The film would become Batman Forever with Val Kilmer taking over Keaton and the rest, as they say, is history. Keaton has, of course, returned to the habit and is set to appear in the upcoming Batgirl HBO Max series.

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Emma James

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