Michael Keaton, the actor who played Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film and its 1992 sequel, says he is still fit enough to don the Batsuit. I’m svelte as ever, said Keaton on Tuesday at a private screening of his new movie Spotlight. I could put on the suit tomorrow.
Keaton has been famously open about his desire to play the comic book hero once again. He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that he had approached director Zack Snyder about appearing as Bruce Wayne’s father, but was turned down. I said, are you sure? Why not? Keaton said. Well, it’s not your time, he said Snyder told him. It’s the fans’ time.
Although not all were receptive to Ben Affleck’s casting as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Keaton was supportive of his successor. He praised Affleck for being able to play two different worlds at once—a feat which Keaton struggled with when he first took on the role. I’m nice, said Keaton of Affleck, who has also appeared in Spotlight.
Spotlight follows The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of rampant sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including its cover up by the city’s archdiocese. Keaton stars alongside Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber in the film that has garnered critical acclaim since its release in November.
The actor said his character, editor Walter Robby Robinson, was not based on any one person but rather a composite of several Globe employees. He said he was particularly moved by the story of Sacha Pfeiffer, who as a young reporter on the Spotlight team met with an intimidating lawyer for one of the first testimonies about sexual abuse. I loved her, said Keaton of Pfeiffer, who is now a TV correspondent at CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Keaton said the film had poignantly captured Boston’s tense climate following the Globe’s expose on sexual abuse. It felt like it was right away, he said.Before it even started, they knew they were going to win.
Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars and Keaton earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Although Keaton said he had appreciated the recognition, he was more pleased that Spotlight won. I felt like someone took me by the hand and gave me a prize, he said.
Keaton also spoke at the event about his upcoming role as McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc in The Founder, which will be released in January. The movie depicts Kroc’s ruthless business tactics that eventually made him one of America’s biggest restaurant chains. He epitomizes, for me, what is a tragedy, said Keaton.But it makes you think.
This article was written by Omer Aziz from Christian Today and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.