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American Assassin’s Michael Keaton: Bat From the Dead

Tony Black examines the career highlights of Michael Keaton...

BATMAN (1989)

Coming a year after his starring role as Betelgeuse in Tim Burton’s 1988 cult hit Beetlejuice, Keaton followed Burton into the first major superhero picture committed to celluloid that wasn’t played for camp laughs or on a cheap, shoestring budget since Richard Donner’s seminal Superman a decade earlier.

Batman was the real deal; a neo-Gothic tour de-force adaptation of Bob Kane’s legendary comic with Keaton as casual billionaire Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader himself. Sure, Keaton may be overshadowed by Jack Nicholson’s Joker (who also got top billing) but the role, followed up in 1992’s sequel Batman Returns, cemented him as a star of the incoming 1990’s.

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