Michael Keaton Birthday Special: From Batman to Batman Returns, 5 Best Actor Moments as Dark Knight

Michael Keaton has become one of the best working actors in Hollywood in recent years. Starring in films like Limelight, Birdman and what’s more, the actor has done some real writing while still maintaining his blockbuster roles side-by-side. With some truly dramatic twists, Keaton would continue to prove why he was one of the most underrated actors out there. However, when we think of Keaton, his Batman will still have a weakness in our hearts. Batman Fame Michael Keaton Reveals Why He Left Third Superhero Movie

Working with Tim Burton, Keaton would reinvent The Dark Knight for the big screen. At a time when Adam West’s version of the character, with his campy antics, reigned supreme, the director-actor duo brought a sense of seriousness to the Caped Crusader and adapted to how he was portrayed in comics at the time. Keaton’s version, while not entirely accurate, swung for the fences and proved fans wrong at the time considering his casting was under a lot of pressure. To celebrate Michael Keaton’s 71st birthday, let’s take a look at five of his best moments as Batman.

At the Gala with Selina (Batman Returns)

Unfortunately, this will be the only entry from Batman returns since the movie focused more on the villains than the hero himself, but this scene gets so much of Batman and Catwoman’s chemistry right. Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Keaton nail their characters and prove once and for all that they are one of the best romances in any comic book adaptation.

Introduction (Batman)

Michael Keaton’s introduction as Batman frames him as a monster from a gothic horror film. Descending to take out some thugs and instilling fear in them, the film does a great job of portraying Batman as some sort of myth that criminals fear. Also, Keaton is proving just how capable he is with the role over here.

Save Vicki (Batman)

In a scene that has all of Batman’s personality, the Dark Knight saves Vicki Vale from Joker and his goons. The scene leads to a chase through Gotham with the Dark Knight using his various gadgets and the most iconic Batmobile design we’ve seen in live action.

A dance with the devil… (Batman)

“Have you ever danced with the devil in the dim moonlight?” asks Joker before killing all his victims. That’s the same thing he said before he killed Bruce’s parents, and during their last encounter, Wayne quotes him the same thing. In a scene where Batman confronts his nemesis, this is a scene that’s great for comic book movies of all time.

LET’S GET NUTS! (Batman)

Not even in a suit, Keaton gave us one of the film’s most iconic scenes by simply being Bruce Wayne. To save Vicki Vale, Bruce again tries to distract Joker by being just as insane as he is. This is where the iconic breakout comes into play. Beetlejuice 2: Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder Return in Sequel; Brad Pitt will produce!

At 71, Keaton is still kicking ass as the actor is set to reprise his role as Batman next year The Lightning. With that we close the list and wish him a happy birthday.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on September 05, 2022 at 10:18 IST. For more politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle news and updates, visit our website Latestly.com).

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