On June 23rd, 1989 Michael Keaton brought Batman to the big screen in the eponymous movie that be the start of a culture-changing franchise. But Keaton himself wouldn’t stick around for the nonsense that was Batman nipples and mind-sucking tech. He’d make the best goddamn Batman movie ever. (Batman Returns. This is not up for debate.) And then he’d hang up his cape. Like a boss.
Recently Christian Bale of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy confessed he is mourning that a new Batman will be coming in the form of Ben Affleck, telling Empire (via The Mary Sue), “I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop [being Batman], there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”
We’d expect nothing less of the man who gave Batman a depression beard.
That kind of moping bullshit isn’t for Keaton. While promoting his new (and awesome) film Birdman, he was asked by The Shortlist if he’s ever felt jealous about those who slipped into the Batsuit after him. The simple answer is no. The fucking rad Keaton answer is, “No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.”