Batman fans were crammed with joy when Michael Keaton confirmed his return because the older Bruce Wayne in Andrés Muschietti and Ezra Miller‘s The Flash, and now the actor has touched on why he decided to reprise the role after almost 30 years.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the 69-year-old actor revealed that he was impressed by Christina Hodson’s script and Muschietti’s vision. Keaton was also intrigued by the mere idea of his return as Batman. “Frankly, within the back of my head, I always thought, ‘I bet I could return and nail that mother*cker,’” he explained of the role of Batman, which he walked far away from within the mid-90s because he wasn’t a lover of the Batman Forever script. “And so I assumed, ‘Well, now that they’re asking me, let me see if I can pull that off.’”
Keaton added that he needed more explanation to know the angle of parallel universes within the upcoming film, “I had to read it quite 3 times to travel, ‘Wait, how does this work?’” He continued, “They had to elucidate that to me several times. By the way, I’m not being arrogant, I hope, about this. I don’t say it like, ‘I’m too groovy.’ I’m stupid. There are tons of things I don’t realize. And so, I don’t know, I just quite figured it out, but this was different.”
“What’s really interesting is what proportion more I got [Batman] once I went back and did him. I buy this on an entirely another level now,” he said. “I totally respect it. I respect what people try to form. I never checked out it like, ‘Oh, this is often just a silly thing.’ it had been not a silly thing once I did Batman. But it’s become an enormous thing, culturally. It’s iconic. So I even have even more respect for it because what do I know? this is often an enormous deal within the world to people. You’ve needed to honor that and be respectful of that. Even I go, ‘Jesus, this is often huge.’”