Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
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This is from backstage.com
Michael Keaton appeared on the Backstage podcast and discussed meeting with Joel Schumacher to discuss Batman Forever. Here's a snippet from the interview:
"It was always Bruce Wayne. It was never Batman," Keaton said of his view of the character. "To me, I know the name of the movie is Batman, and it's hugely iconic and very cool and cultural iconic and
because of Tim Burton, artistically iconic, [but] I knew from the get-go it was Bruce Wayne. That was the secret. I never talked about it. [Everyone would say] Batman, Batman, Batman does this, and I kept
thinking to myself, Y'all are thinking wrong here. [It's all about] Bruce Wayne. What kind of person does that? Who becomes that?"
"And then when the director who directed the third one, I said, I just can't do it," said Keaton. "And one of the reasons I couldn't do it was - and you know, he's a nice enough man, he's passed away,
so I wouldn't speak ill of him even if he were alive - he, at one point, after more than a couple of meetings where I kept trying to rationalize doing it and hopefully talking him into saying, I think
we don't want to go in this direction, I think we should go in this direction. And he wasn't going to budge."
Keaton continued, "But I remember one of the things that I walked away going, Oh boy, I can't do this. He asked me, I don't understand why everything has to be so dark and everything so sad, and I
went, Wait a minute, do you know how this guy got to be Batman? Have you read... I mean, it's pretty simple."
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