Michael Keaton Explains Why He Left Batman Forever Over Joel Schumacher’s Tonal Changes

January 4, 2022

In another universe, Michael Keaton may have continued in his role as Batman beyond 1992’s Batman Returns, but the actor has explained in a new podcast that a clash with Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher over the overall tone of the character instigated his departure from the franchise for thirty years. While we all know that Keaton will be reprising his role as the original big-screen iteration of the Dark Knight in The Flash and Batgirl movies, there has always been a question over what would have happened if he had not quit the role ahead of the 1995 movie that brought in Val Kilmer as the new face of Batman, and it’s one that Keaton covered while appearing on In The Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast.

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