Keaton Says He Wanted to Do ‘Batman Begins’ Before Nolan

- 01-07-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Ten years before Batman Begins hit theaters and jump started the ailing Dark Knight film franchise, Warner Bros released a decidedly different Batman movie called Batman Forever. The film was the first directed by Joel Schumacher and attempted to “lighten up” the darker Tim Burton movies with a convoluted storyline about  The Riddler and Two-Face turning the people of Gotham into TV watching zombies… Or something. But that wasn’t what Michael Keaton wanted.

The Batman/Bruce Wayne role was taken over by Val Kilmer in Forever, but originally Keaton was supposed to return. In a new interview with the WTF podcast, Keaton recounted meetings with the studio where he wanted to take the character next, as well as his admiration for what Christopher Nolan’s done with the Caped Crusader.

“The guy who’s doing them now, Chris Nolan, he’s so talented, it’s crazy. [Christian Bale] is so talented. It’s so good.” he enthused. “But I say that like I’ve seen them, and I actually haven’t. I didn’t even see much of the second one that I did.”

“You look at where he went, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I was having meetings about the third one,” he continued. “I said you want to see how this guy started. We’ve got a chance here to fix whatever we kind of maybe went off. This could be brilliant.”

Keaton’s portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne in Burton’s Bat-films still holds up and it remains some of the best, out-of-left-field casting ever in the history of blockbuster movies. Some of you young people might not remember, but there was once a time when the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman was highly controversial. He was, at the time, most famous for being Mr Mom and Beetlejuice after all.

And now you know the rest of the story…

Source: Collider

The Dark Knight Revisited, Part 3: ‘Batman Forever’ (1995)

- 06-24-12Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson

We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

Yes, the moment we’ve been dreading is here. After Batman two weeks ago and Batman Returns last week, we’ve arrived in the Dark Ages of the Dark Knight: the Schumacher Era. Granted, of the two Joel Schumacher Bat-films, Batman Forever is definitely…well, less awful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to stomach, especially after two weeks of competent (if contentious) Burton films. But as I was taking in this disastrous flick this week, something interesting happened. I had an epiphany. Oh don’t worry, I still hate this flick. The epiphany came when I realized, for the first time, why it is that I really hate it.

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