The actor who played Batman in 1989, Michael Keaton, explains why he’s never seen a full Marvel or DC movie.
Keaton played the famous Bruce Wayne/Batman character in the 1989 film of the same name directed by Tim Burton, as well as the 1992 sequel Batman Returns. He left the franchise before the planned third sequel, Batman Forever, in which he was replaced by Val Kilmer. Also then, Joel Schumacher took Burton’s place.
Keaton is now set to return as Batman in next year’s The Flash, starring Ezra Miller in the title role, along with other returning DC stars including Ben Affleck, also as 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 appears to be putting on his cape again for HBO Max’s Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace.
What Michael Keaton had to say about Marvel and DC movies
Speaking to Variety, Keaton admits that while he is now part of both the MCU and the DCEU, he has never watched a Marvel or DC movie in its entirety. The actor was keen to explain that he doesn’t dismiss the films made by the two giants, he just doesn’t have much time for it.
“I know people don’t think that, that I’ve never seen a full version of any of those movies, any Marvel movie or anything. And I’m not saying I don’t watch it because I’m too wise, believe me! That’s not it. It’s just that I have a lot to do. I start watching something and quickly conclude that it’s a good movie. For example, I’m watching three episodes, but I have other things to do!” said Michael Keaton.