What Makes Michael Keaton The Best Choice For A Batman Beyond Movie


The kids of the 1990s will forever cherish Batman: The Animated Series as the best and most definitive portrayal of Batman and the Gotham City Rogues. The series redefined the whole concept that people had about comic books and also provided an absolute revamp and iconic stature to the villians.

Although most shows before that aimed at staying comic book true, but, the 1999 series Batman Beyond which was linked only to The Animated Series. This is why we feel that if they ever decide to make a Batman Beyond film then it must feature Michael Keaton who is the ideal guy to play Bruce Wayne on the big screen.

After Batman: The Animated Series and its follower The New Batman Adventures was over and Batman Beyond was announced, viewers were unsure about the concept of a Batman show based in distant future. However, ocne the first episode was aired, the truth was out there. It was certainly going to be great because it had a good link to the highly acclaimed The Animated Series Universe and narrative. Who told this to us? The clarification was provided by Kevin Conroy getting cast as the aged Bruce Wayne who would also play a grumpy Alfred and also the Oracle. Conroy was widely regarded as the true Batman voice. After he got cast as Batman, the character took a real and acceptable shape.

There was no doubt that the casting of the actor to play Terry in the Batman Beyond movie would lead to some debate, but, according to us, there is only one apt choice to play the aged Bruce Wayne. Michael Keaton is 66 and despite the cartoon series’ Wayne being close to 90, Keaton has got a lot working for him regarding this role.

The biggest advantage that Keaton has in playing old Bruce Wayne is the fact that he has already played a younger Bruce Wayne in two movies made by Tim Burton in 1989 and 1992 and that’s just about the Batman that we grew up with. Similar to Conroy, Keaton also happens to be the best depiction of the Dark Knight, in fact, he is more impressive than Christian Bale (also the fact is that Bale is way too young to play old Bruce Wayne). Thereofre, the relevance with an older Batman will obviously be found in Keaton because we have seen his movies many times over the last two decades. Assuming if we go for a senior actor, neither Val Kilmer nor George Clooney would fit as smugly as Keaton does. Isn’t it?

Alejandro González Iñárritu’ cast Michael Keaton in his Oscar winning film Birdman, for this reason only, unmindful of the other roles played by Keaton over the years, people still remember him only as The Batman. If a movie starring an aged Bruce Wayne mentoring someone in the Batman garb then it has to feature the actor who played Bruce Wayne decades back. That would establish a clear connection with the Batman character and his timeline.

In last year’s runaway hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, Keaton played the main villain with great finesse and his performance was highly appreciated and that is a clear proof of Keaton belonging to the comic book based movies. He has already played a younger Batman, therefore, it wouold be a challenge for him creatively to play an aged version of the same character. In that show he comes across as a short-tempered, grumpy, hut and lonely person who is trying to widen the distance between himself and his former Batman self and legends.

He was shown to be aging, weakening and once it was shown that right in the center of a high action rescue mission, he suffered a heart attack which compelled him to point a gun towards the bad guy to protect his own life. He continues being the wealthy guy, but, physically weakened and aloof with just a dog for company. That’s when he is unwillingly dragged into the world due to a grumpy mentor-mentee relationship with a teenager whose father was killed. The role was full of extreme emotions and challenges that a guy like Keaton would relish.

Not just that, there is another reason why we want to see Keaton play. Back in 1989 when he was selected to play Batman, all laughed at the choice and found it to be weird. They made fun of the fact that a comedian was picked up to play a role as dark as Batman. People even said that it would become another repeat of the Adam West performance. However, Keaton made them eat their words when he absolutely nailed the portrayal of a stylish and confident Bruce Wayne who didn’t like being pushed into the corner. Keaton proved that he was a great leading star material, who suffered setbacks in the 2000s, but, still came back mightily courtesy Birdman and Spotlight.

That’s why rather than casting some old timer to play the legendary character, the best option would be to go for the guy who made Batman such a big cinematic phenomenon. At least it would have a lot of credibility. Just like how Conroy added legitimacy to the TV series, Michael Keaton would validate the movie version of the same series.

Although this is a mere speculation, but, you never know!


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