Michael Keaton Knew When To Stop Being Batman

Back in the late 80’s, Michael Keaton made himself a household name when he first put on the cape in Tim Burton’s Batman. Audiences loved Keaton’s performance as The Dark Knight since it took the character in a more serious mature direction. And Jack Nicholson as The Joker was completely unforgettable. Keaton went on the play Batman again in the infamous Batman Returns.

After Batman Returns Tim Burton left the franchise and Joel Schumacher was put in the directors chair. And with a new director came a new direction for the next two movies, being Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Anyone that has seen Schumacher’s Batman movies knows how much of a mess they were. Keaton recently sat down with THR and told how he know the next Batman movie was going to be bad very early on.

“I knew it was in trouble when he [Schumacher] said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’ “

From there Keaton knew it was time for him to stop being Batman. Years later the Batman movies found new success once Christopher Nolan took over as director. And to this day Schumacher still apologizes for his movies. While Keaton never made many movies after leaving Batman, he finally made his was back into the big screen with the 2014 movie Birdman. And Keaton will truly make his return to super hero movies by playing the villain Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And when it comes to the future of Batman, in a few years we will see Ben Affleck star and direct in The Batman. Whats everyone’s favorite Batman movie? Sound off in the comments below or on our Instagram and Twitter!