1989 Batman actor Michael Keaton explains why he never saw a complete Marvel or DC movie.
Keaton played the iconic Bruce Wayne/Batman character in Tim Burton’s 1989 film of the same name, as well as in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, leaving the franchise before the planned third sequel, Batman Forever, in which he was replaced by Val Kilmer. Joel Schumacher took Burton’s place then as well.
Keaton will reprise his role as Batman next year in the film The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, alongside other returning DC stars such as Ben Affleck, who also plays Batman, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Antje Traue as Faora.
Keaton has also recently joined the MCU, playing Adrian Toomes/Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as Sony’s Morbius. Keaton looks set to don the cape again for HBO Max’s Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace.
What Michael Keaton says about Marvel and DC movies
Speaking to Variety, Keaton admits that although he’s now part of both the MCU and the DCEU, he’s never seen a Marvel or DC movie in its entirety. The actor wanted to explain that he doesn’t disregard the films of the two giants, but only that he doesn’t have much time for such things.
“I know that people don’t believe that, that I’ve never seen any of these movies in full, whether Marvel movie or whatever. And I’m not saying I don’t watch them because I’m too smart, believe me! It isn’t. I just have a lot of things to do. I start watching something and quickly come to the conclusion that it’s a good movie. For example, I watch three episodes, but I’ve other things to do!” said Michael Keaton.