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Michael Keaton originally pitched an origin story for the third Batman installment

01.07.2013

Before Michael Keaton decided to leave the BATMAN franchise, he took one last swing at the subject. In an interview with WTF Podcast, Keaton talks about the Nolan franchise, and how he originally pitched the idea of an origin story for BATMAN 3 with Tim Burton serving as the helmer.

"The guy who's doing them now, Chris Nolan, he's so talented, it's crazy. [Christian Bale] is so talented. It's so good." he enthused. "But I say that like I've seen them, and I actually haven't. I didn't even see much of the second one that I did."

Keaton thought that by doing an origin story like Nolan, they could sort of straighten out some issues with the first two Burton films, "You look at where he went, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I was having meetings about the third one," he continued. "I said you want to see how this guy started. We've got a chance here to fix whatever we kind of maybe went off. This could be brilliant."

Sadly, Burton left, and when Joel Schumacher came aboard he wanted to go his own way, "[He] didn't want to do it, so I didn't want to do it."

But Keaton already knew that the films were taking a different turn, "I could see that was going south."

I would have liked to see another BATMAN flick with Keaton. I have no problems with his take on the character, and am guilty of liking BATMAN FOREVER despite its flaws. However, BATMAN & ROBIN can get the f*ck right out of Gotham.

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1:30PM on 01/08/2013
Bale is good, but Keaton would have been better I think.
Bale is good, but Keaton would have been better I think.
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12:26PM on 01/08/2013
Definitely my favorite actor to play Batman. Bale is good and all... but c'mon... Michael Keaton!!!
Definitely my favorite actor to play Batman. Bale is good and all... but c'mon... Michael Keaton!!!
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8:58AM on 01/08/2013
Man. Imagine if this happened. I always was sad to only see Keaton in two Batman films. As I grew up, I was hoping for Keaton to reprise his role. Bring back Keaton for a Batman Beyond or The Dark Knight Returns. Bring Burton back too.
Man. Imagine if this happened. I always was sad to only see Keaton in two Batman films. As I grew up, I was hoping for Keaton to reprise his role. Bring back Keaton for a Batman Beyond or The Dark Knight Returns. Bring Burton back too.
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8:49AM on 01/08/2013

good

Would have been interesting to see a burton take on the birth of the batman! Although would we have got nolans amazing trilogy if it had happened? Keaton and Bale are both joint top in my opinion, although Kevin Conroy is the voice of batman!
Would have been interesting to see a burton take on the birth of the batman! Although would we have got nolans amazing trilogy if it had happened? Keaton and Bale are both joint top in my opinion, although Kevin Conroy is the voice of batman!
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8:38AM on 01/08/2013

doesnt matter

schumacher would have cocked it up anyway.
schumacher would have cocked it up anyway.
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7:30AM on 01/08/2013

Keaton as an older batman would be perfect yes

I would choose Keaton over Bale as batman anyday, as bruce wayne Bale was indeed very good, although Keaton was good to me too as Wayne, but as a Batman Keaton was perfect , didnt like the Bale batman at all, didnt like the high tech suit, his dumb voice and constantly appearing in daylight. Burton made him look like a dangerous mysterious creature that comes out of the mist or darkness.
I would choose Keaton over Bale as batman anyday, as bruce wayne Bale was indeed very good, although Keaton was good to me too as Wayne, but as a Batman Keaton was perfect , didnt like the Bale batman at all, didnt like the high tech suit, his dumb voice and constantly appearing in daylight. Burton made him look like a dangerous mysterious creature that comes out of the mist or darkness.
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5:44AM on 01/08/2013

The Batman from my childhood.

The way I see it, Burton's Batman films are more comic-inspired, whereas Nolan's take is more "this is the true story behind the Batman mythology itself". Like if Batman was an actual historical event, it would be Nolan's trilogy. Batman wasn't always calm, Batman wasn't without doubt, and Batman didn't want to be Batman forever (no pun intended). And as such, the true story of Batman inspired all other versions that we see in everything else. That's just how I see it. Different takes, and both
The way I see it, Burton's Batman films are more comic-inspired, whereas Nolan's take is more "this is the true story behind the Batman mythology itself". Like if Batman was an actual historical event, it would be Nolan's trilogy. Batman wasn't always calm, Batman wasn't without doubt, and Batman didn't want to be Batman forever (no pun intended). And as such, the true story of Batman inspired all other versions that we see in everything else. That's just how I see it. Different takes, and both are equally amazing.
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2:06AM on 01/08/2013
Keaton was certainly a far better Batman than Bale. I even loved how he played Wayne as a mask, an empty shell of a man who really died with his parents. Batman was his true self. Batman Returns even has a great scene where Bruce & Selina Kyle go to a costume party as themselves (their real costume).
Keaton was certainly a far better Batman than Bale. I even loved how he played Wayne as a mask, an empty shell of a man who really died with his parents. Batman was his true self. Batman Returns even has a great scene where Bruce & Selina Kyle go to a costume party as themselves (their real costume).
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1:01AM on 01/08/2013
Keaton for the Justice League movie :)
Keaton for the Justice League movie :)
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11:05PM on 01/07/2013

Still my favorite Batman

Not hating on Bale though. I'm with Thunderdome, Keaton is 61(!) now and in good shape, so if they feel like making a live action Dark Knight Returns he'd be perfect.
Not hating on Bale though. I'm with Thunderdome, Keaton is 61(!) now and in good shape, so if they feel like making a live action Dark Knight Returns he'd be perfect.
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10:53PM on 01/07/2013
"I would have liked to see another BATMAN flick with Keaton. I have no problems with his take on the character, and am guilty of liking BATMAN FOREVER despite its flaws. However, BATMAN & ROBIN can get the f*ck right out of Gotham."

yup pretty much feel the exact same way
"I would have liked to see another BATMAN flick with Keaton. I have no problems with his take on the character, and am guilty of liking BATMAN FOREVER despite its flaws. However, BATMAN & ROBIN can get the f*ck right out of Gotham."

yup pretty much feel the exact same way
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10:11PM on 01/07/2013
Keaton was a better Batman but I think Bale played a better Bruce. If anything, Kevin Conroy's take on his animated Batman iterations have always seemed Keaton inspired. Afterall, Keaton had a much more menacing quiet tone that worked far more than Bale's asthma inspired scream voice. Everytime he spoke and took breathers I kept thinking "this guy needs an inhaler". I may have enjoyed Nolans take on Batman, but Bale was a poor choice imo. I'd love to see another iteration with Keaton, obviously
Keaton was a better Batman but I think Bale played a better Bruce. If anything, Kevin Conroy's take on his animated Batman iterations have always seemed Keaton inspired. Afterall, Keaton had a much more menacing quiet tone that worked far more than Bale's asthma inspired scream voice. Everytime he spoke and took breathers I kept thinking "this guy needs an inhaler". I may have enjoyed Nolans take on Batman, but Bale was a poor choice imo. I'd love to see another iteration with Keaton, obviously an older Batman who doesn't quit after a year an a half of being the Dark Knight. :0p
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9:24PM on 01/07/2013
Yea I'd liked to have seen another Batman with Keaton too! Here's hoping Beetlejuice 2 gets off the ground!!
Yea I'd liked to have seen another Batman with Keaton too! Here's hoping Beetlejuice 2 gets off the ground!!
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9:10PM on 01/07/2013

Yup...

...it's true, he's mentioned it before. Keaton will always be my favorite Batman and it would be epic if he returned in a film adaptation of Dark Knight Returns.
...it's true, he's mentioned it before. Keaton will always be my favorite Batman and it would be epic if he returned in a film adaptation of Dark Knight Returns.
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8:19PM on 01/07/2013
Even though Batman Begin is my favorite Batman film of all time, Keaton will ALWAYS be Batman in my eyes and heart. Would have loved to have seen a third entry of draping the cape and cowl, but we got two great films with him in it and I am thankful for him and Burton for it.
Even though Batman Begin is my favorite Batman film of all time, Keaton will ALWAYS be Batman in my eyes and heart. Would have loved to have seen a third entry of draping the cape and cowl, but we got two great films with him in it and I am thankful for him and Burton for it.
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7:51PM on 01/07/2013
Anyone else read Keaton's quote in his Batman voice? Keaton is still the fuckin' man.
Anyone else read Keaton's quote in his Batman voice? Keaton is still the fuckin' man.
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7:48PM on 01/07/2013
awesome keaton was really good, wish he had a cameo
awesome keaton was really good, wish he had a cameo
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