Michael Keaton Revealed the Reason He Said No to Batman 3

Posted 2017/09/11 0 0

Michael Keaton has explained why he refused to make Batman 3.


Although several actors have portrayed the Caped Crusader on film since Michael Keaton hung up his cowl, countless fans feel that he remains the definitive Dark Knight to this date. So why did he walk away after only two films? During a recent chat with The Guardian, Keaton was asked about his superhero legacy. The actor touched on why he didn’t return for a third Batman film, and Keaton said his decision boiled down to the sequel not being any good.

“[The film] just wasn’t any good, man. I tried to be patient, but after a certain point, I was like, 'I can’t take this any more, this is going to be horrible,'” Keaton explained.

“There was some really horrible taste in the '90s, and I probably contributed to that, unfortunately," Keaton added. "It was a time of nouveau riche excess – everyone was known for their jets and their stuff. And I thought, I’m in this job for the long run, I don’t want this. And the truth is, I’m not boasting, but I was correct. There are a whole load of people who ran things that are long gone.”

Keaton is definitely spot on about the first part of his analysis of Batman Forever, but it's Citizen Kane when compared to Batman and Robin. Keaton's feelings about the decision to leave the character haven't changed much over time. Keaton recently told an interviewer that the script for the third movie flat-out "sucked." Keaton explains.

"It sucked! The script never was good. I couldn't understand why he wanted to do what he wanted to do. I hung on for many meetings. I knew it was in trouble when he (Joel Schumacher) said, 'Why does everything have to be so dark?'"

A host of actors have suited up as Batman since Keaton hung up the cape. George Clooney had a brief stint as the hero before stars like Christian Bale and Ben Affleck swore to protect Gotham. The latter will soon reprise the iconic role in Justice League, so fans can anticipate the hero’s return this November.