Keaton Talks Skipping “Batman Forever”

Actor Michael Keaton has been doing some publicity rounds for “The Founder” which is currently in limited release and, during various interviews, has been understandably asked about his time on the two Tim Burton Batman films.

One thing that did come up in an interview with THR is that he was asked to express his take on “Batman Forever,” the 1995 reboot of the franchise which saw Joel Schumacher take over as director and Keaton replaced by Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Keaton was offered but didn’t return for ‘Forever’ for good reason. He explains that he dropped out because he read the script and: “it sucked… I knew it was in trouble when he [Schumacher] said, ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?'”.

Many have wondered what would have happened to the franchise if director Tim Burton had stuck around for the third for installment and today fan trailer editor Sam Ibrahim has come up with one possibility in “Batman: Sub-Zero.” The fan trailer imagines what if “Batman & Robin” were Burton directed and had just one villain, Mr. Freeze, played by “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall.